Relatively new boutique mall Seef Corner is seeing an increase in food outlets and Engie’s Restaurant & Café is the latest addition.
The restaurant is surprisingly easy to find and with ample parking. With floor-to-ceiling windows all around, Engie’s is filled with light and we had no problem slipping into one of the many window tables so we could gaze out and watch life go by as we dine.
Engie’s menu is an eclectic selection of French and international dishes but what we were most taken by was the all-day breakfast.
It can be hard finding a great breakfast that’s served all day in Bahrain and so Engie’s has made an effort to fill that void, and created a combined French and Arabic menu which incorporates some classic dishes. From the selection, we opt for the Saveur du Moyen Orient, which translates as the ‘Taste of the Middle East’. This is large enough for two people and comes with a range of dishes from across the region.
As I wander around the vast restaurant, and flick through the range of newspapers available, a large tray laden with our Oriental treats is brought to the table.
The delicious spiced labnah is quickly polished off with pita bread and the traditional Egyptian fava bean dip, foul medammes, which isn’t too overpowering as I have often found in the past.
Having nicely warmed up our bellies, we move on to the unusual sounding, but tasty, lamb confit cigars that are wafer-ish, delicate, delicious. My firm favourite, however, has to be the chicken madrooba, which is a traditional Gulf stew made with chicken or beef and wheat.
This is comfort food Khaleeji-style and is ideal for these colder days we are having.
Moving from Arabia over to North Africa for our next bite, we try the traditional breakfast dish of shakshuka, basically scrambled eggs made in a tomato and onion sauce. Normally, this is one of my favourite ways of cooking eggs, however, on this occasion I do wish more spices were added to the mix to truly bring out the great flavours.
Although this breakfast option is sufficient for two people, a desire to end the meal on a sweet bite urges me to order the French Toast, otherwise called the ‘Délice de nos grands-mères’ or ‘Delight our grandmothers’ in English.
When a plate of pillowy French toast arrives with a perfectly tart vanilla cream balanced out with sweet berry compote, I am sure our grandmothers would have been delighted.
To complement the food, Engie’s has a range of juices, coffees and teas to select from and I would love to come back to explore the tea menu a bit more. This time, I opt for a delicately fragranced jasmine tea to wash down my breakfast.
From the menu to the service, the attention to detail at Engie’s is obvious. And with the helpfulness of the staff, it feels like the kind of restaurant they would remember your name at.
From the charming dish names, to the pastries and cakes all made on site, I think once word gets round of Engie’s it will become a go-to place for those trying to avoid the busy malls in the area and wanting all-day dining dishes from the heart.
The bill (for two) 1 x Arabic breakfast BD6 1 x French toast BD2.8 1 x apple BD1.8 1 x jasmine tea BD1.9 Service charge 15% Total BD14.375
Engie's Restaurant & Café
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