Reviews, pictures, contact and booking details for the best local restaurants in Bahrain (Bahraini), part of the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards.
With Chicken Machboos and muhammar guaranteed to be on the menu, we hope you’re big rice fan. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant on this list, showcasing the best of Bahraini food to put them through their paces and assess factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
Basta 23 is 2015's answer to Bahraini cuisine. It's quaint but funky, traditional yet contemporary in its concept. The venue is decorated with old Bahraini posters and edgy graffiti, and the menu is full of authentic, classic Middle Eastern dishes.
Emma-Wash has stolen the hearts of Bahrain's food lovers all over the island. Its down-to-earth venue is what entices you. But it's the brilliant food that makes you linger over that litre dellah of karak.
Haji Gahwa, or ‘Haji's Café', is known as the go-to place for a taste of what Bahraini cuisine is all about. Nestled down the back alleyways of Manama souq, you just can't get much more local than here.
The mango ice cream is what made Naseef Café famous almost 100 years ago. And you can still pop by its Bab Al Bahrain Mall branch, with an eager belly for that same homemade ice cream. But there's plenty more on the menu too, like the must-try Bahraini breakfast.
Roche boasts a quaint café in the back streets of Adliya, as well as a dedicated patisserie for takeaways, across the road. The menu is whopping '“ it takes you through a huge range of local and international dishes. What Roche is most famous for, however, is their Rangeena '“ a celebrated Middle Eastern dessert.
When it comes to finding a stand-out Bahraini breakfast at a truly cultural location in Bahrain, then it has to be Saffron by Jena Bakery. The brand has three branches: the one in Muharraq is in a renovated house; another more modern venue in Manama's souq; and a third at Riffa Fort where you can gaze out at the vast Haniniya valley.