Despite its name being derived from the Hindu word ‘samadhi’, which means a state of deep concentration resulting in a union with ultimate reality, this café won’t make you at one with the world. However, this open-plan eaterie, with its sprawling potted plants, wooden tables and comfy sofas are ideal for a cup of coffee and some contemplation. While this chain of cafés is not going to win any awards for cutting-edge cuisine, they’re reliable outlets that attract a stream of visitors.
You’ll find a few Bahrainis watching Al-Jazeera on the large TV at the back while their wives shop, as well as the odd family ploughing their way through generous fattoush salads and mezze dips. These are appetising, and the flat handkerchief bread is as fresh as the day it was packaged. The mint tea, nicely served in an ornate pot, is devoid of any fresh mint, while the hazelnut coffee is slightly sickly, but suitably strong.
The strawberry cheesecake is a hunk of pastel yellow topped with crimson red, with a wheaty digestive biscuit base. It’s tasty, but its fluffy texture means it’s more mousse than cake. This is not a standout destination, but a reliable one if you are in the mall and footsore from shopping.
Al Samadi Café
Time Out Bahrain staffhttp://www.timeoutbahrain.com