‘Tis the season to be merry and, thanks to Christmas landing on a Friday (brunch-day in Bahrain), this is your chance to feast your way through the festivities.
Roast turkey, all the trimmings, yuletide log and Christmas pudding are all expected to make an appearance in the year’s culinary climax. We give you the low-down on the best of the country’s Christmas brunches.
Turkey as big as the Ritz
Something of a favourite when it comes to brunching, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain rarely disappoints when serving up special occasions. A carving corner, seafood side and a prime rib patch will all be there to tempt you, while you can pass the kids off onto the magicians and clowns. Rest assured you’ll roll out utterly stuffed. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, BD30++. For reservations, call 17 586 499.
If you think you’re going to be craving something continental this Christmas, head to the passionately Swiss Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, where they will be doing their best to recreate the Alps next to the airport. While Santa dispenses presents to the kids, you can make sure you tuck into the turkey in peace. And to keep the kids at bay, Christmas carols and a cookie bake are all on the cards, meaning you can sleep off the snowballs. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, BD27.800++. Reservations, call 17 460 000.
The Germans practically invented Christmas (at least as we know it), so it seems rather apt that German Josef Umenberger leads the team at Rimal on Christmas Day. Expect all the northern European favourites, along with spiced drinks, cinnamon cakes and plenty of pudding. Those planning to eat until they are unable to move can book a bed in a Pool Villa and make a holiday of it. Banyan Tree BD18-35++. For reservations, call 17 845 000.
If you’re hanging around the Diplomatic quarters of Bahrain on Christmas Day, you could do worse than booking yourself into the Crowne Plaza’s rising star of a supper, the Absolutely Fabulous Festive Brunch. With all three restaurants in the hotel forming one bumper brunch, you’ll be joined by Santa and one of the best bands in town, Flava. Crowne Plaza, BD25++. For reservations, call 17 531 122.
It might be Christmas, but not everyone wants to be smothered by Santa and sing about a red-nosed rodent. The Mercure Grand Hotel in Seef is one of the few hotels in town in which the decor is resolutely Arabic in style. For Christmas, their restaurant Neyran will be putting on one of their famous buffet spreads, while guests will be beguiled by a Brazilian belly dancer. Mercure Grand Hotel, Seef BD25++. For reservations, call 17 584 406.
Christmas on the green
The restaurant at the Royal Golf Club, Links, is one of Time Out Bahrain’s new favourites. Their Christmas Dinner, available from noon to midnight on the big day, is expected to be a treat. Traditional turkey with all the trimmings will be the order of the day, while those able to move after dessert will be able to walk it off with a round of golf. Links at the Royal Golf Club BD21++. For reservations, call 17 584 406.
Christmas doesn’t have to cost the earth, and one of the best of the reasonably priced restaurants is Ric’s Kountry Kitchen, an American joint that serves traditional fare. If you caught their Thanksgiving buffet, then you can expect much the same. Ric’s Kountry Kitchen BD 12-15. For reservations, call 17 725 550.
If you want to stay at home for Christmas, but are turned off by the idea of turfing a turkey out of the freezer and into the oven, The Marriott Executive Apartments in Juffair is doing a Takeout Turkey. 5kg-worth of bird and condiments (including veg, stuffing and gravy), means you can pick it up and pass it off as your own to your in-laws. Price BD40. To Book, call 17 636 999.