It’s something of an accomplishment to find Tokyo Vins. Not because it’s hard to locate, or it’s annexed in some underground warehouse or anything so silly. It’s simply that both the sign outside the restaurant and the menus bear a completely different name to that of the actual establishment.
When pressed, the staff insist that the eatery hasn’t changed its name, but that it has undergone something of a redecoration, and not everything is 100 per cent in keeping with the ‘new’ image yet. The menu has changed, however, and rather than the cosmopolitan offerings previously available, Tokyo Vins has opted to keep things simple. They may have taken this a little too literally. The Caesar salad dressing tastes like it has come out of a bottle, and the parmesan is not fresh. The green salad of mixed leaves is drenched in far too much vinaigrette, while the rib-eye steak is overcooked and chewy.
As the same 10 tracks of music are piped out, you’ll soon tire of the Carpenters and Celine Dion and, just as things feel like they can’t get any more disappointing, your banana flambé – which promises to be lit at your table – arrives with a distinct lack of flames. It sums up the whole experience. Simplicity in dining can be very appealing, but Tokyo Vins has taken this far too much to heart.
Time Out Bahrain staffhttp://www.timeoutbahrain.com