Reviews, pictures, contact and booking details for the best new restaurants in Bahrain, part of the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards.
The last year or so has seen a fair few restaurants pop up on the scene. We’ve got the details on how impressive these fresh outlets really are when pitted against each other and the older kids on the block. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant on this list, putting them through their paces and assess factors including quality of food, ambience and service. We’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
The Foundry might be one of the newest venues in town, but it’s quickly become one of the hottest and most popular, too. From the makers of gourmet deli Sage & Sirloin, The Foundry offers urban American bistro cuisine in a chic, industrial setting that is fresh and unique in Bahrain.
Teatro offers a collision of classic cuisines from across the East and West. You’ll find sushi from Japan, salads from Malaysia, curry from Thailand, tikka from India and even pizza. But the multi-national team can pull it off. Overall it offers a pleasant dining experience in a sophisticated, modern and brightly decorated venue.
Plenty of hype surrounded the opening of this new Seef-based Italian restaurant, from the makers of nearby, award-winning Café Lilou. And, so far, it’s lived up to expectations. Aesthetically, it’s bold yet full of subtle touches and, importantly, the place serves great food.
Lebanese eatery Areesh has managed to impress us with its bright and quirky interiors, rustic and artful touches and delicious, authentic dishes that feature small, contemporary twists. All the classic mezze plates and grills are present and correct, and everything is tasty and reasonably priced.
This casual little eatery has brought the flavours of Havana straight to the heart of Segaya and while this certainly isn’t a fine-dining spot, Bongos offers great value for money and spot-on flavours through its traditional Cuban street snacks.
Bringing to the fore an under-represented cuisine in Bahrain, Flavours of Morocco has re-introduced fine North African dining to the island. The brightly coloured, ambient space screams Marrakech, and the food is decidedly authentic.
Cute, pastel, shabby-chic inspired interiors and a lovely little garden setting is what initially attracts diners to Florence restaurant. Meanwhile, the extensive menu of 60-plus dishes is full of Mediterranean classics that are presently rustically and inspired by the owners’ travels.
The new Indian restaurant at Al Areen Palace & Spa might not have the same opulent interiors of its sister restaurants, but the food is just as commendable, thanks to its unique selection of options and the authentic, balanced flavours. The misti dol dessert is a particular highlight.
On the scale of sports bars in Juffair, Time Café is impressive. The vast venue is modern, spacious and buzzing all week, largely thanks to the live music. While enjoying the atmosphere, order from the extensive food menu, which features quirkily named dishes with flavours that span the globe.
From the makers of last year’s Highly Commended Budget Restaurant, Burrito Loco, Noodle Wok has opened with a similar concept, this time Asian-style. Choose your handmade, hawker-style noodles, top quality fillings and deliciously flavoured sauce. This fast meal proves quality doesn’t have to break the bank.