What you’ll find in Bahrain’s best foodie enclaves
Time Out Bahrain staff
Seef OK, so Seef might not look like a culinary paradise, but more and more restaurants are opening in one of Bahrain’s newest landscapes. Start with Le Chocolat and the restaurants in The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, and then make your way to the Mercure Grand Seef and notch up a few meals in Neyran. Finally, check out the swish restaurants next to Al A’ali Shopping Complex before winding up in the food court of Bahrain Mall.
If there was ever a dinner destination in Bahrain, Adliya is it. Packed with many of the best restaurants in the country, this is where those with cash to splash and an appetite for elegance head, in all their finery. All cuisine types can be found here, and is one of the few places in Bahrain in which you can go for an after dinner stroll.
Budaiya is an oddball of a place. Surrounded by residential compounds, the landscape here is drab and cold with an army of expat surveillance teams patrolling the hideous highway like horror film neighbourhood watch. There are a few fantastic restaurants around, all of which face the Budaiya Highway, but you tend to get the impression that most of the expats here would prefer to have the place to themselves.
Juffair If there were anything that constitutes a nightlife district in Bahrain, Juffair is it. And as such, the food front has not really developed as it might have done in the absence of bars and clubs. American Alley is filled with food that the American navy likes (like burgers, chips and cheap pizzas). Al Jazeera Shopping Complex has a few options, and if you venture into the old part of Juffair, near the American base, you can find a few interesting Indian cheapies.
Muharraq Most of Muharraq is such a dive that just passing through leaves you without an appetite. Still, if you are near the airport and feel the pangs of hunger penetrating your patience, head straight for the Movenpick Hotel, which has a good buffet restaurant. Failing that, the Muharraq Heritage Zone is, conversely to the rest of the island, rather beautiful, and has a couple of credible options.
Manama It is not only the heart of the city, but also the pulsing centre of cuisine in the country. Manama souq is busy, occasionally chaotic, and filled with people selling the most random of objects. Bypass all that and head towards some of the little Indian joints. Five star food you won’t find, but if it is cheap and cheerful grub eaten with the workers that’s wanted, then there is no better option.