Time Out considers the delights of fresh Gulf hammour and samples the best Mughal cuisine in Bahrain
It’s easy to get a bit blasé about hammour after spending an extended period in the Gulf. A seafood standby at virtually every restaurant in the region, its ubiquity can often count against it.
To see the fish through fresh eyes take the time out of your schedule to make the journey to the Fish Market (17 589 589) at the Al Bandar Hotel & Resort. Laid out in all its shimmering fresh glory on a bed of ice, the fish takes on a majesterial appearance. And, believe us, it tastes equally as kingly when grilled and wolfed down in fleshy forkfuls.
Bahrain boasts particularly strong credentials when it comes to Thai food with Royal Thai (17 713 000), Bambu (17 714 424),and Monsoon (17 749 222) among those vying for the title of top dog. In Time Out’s opinion though, the crown has to go to Saffron (17 558 455) at the Banyan Tree resort. The savoury options are enough to seal the deal, but by the time you’ve had the tapioca pudding with young coconut you will feel like the Siamese cat that got the cream.
Is there anything in the culinary world quite as satisfying (for caveman carnivores anyway) as a perfectly rendered hunk of red meat? We at Time Out don’t think so, which is why we’ve turned into such a giggly bunch of cheerleaders for the food at Plums (17 580 000). Order the tenderloin here, dip sawn-off chunks of it into an array of decadent sauces and we’re sure you will be equally as smitten as we are.
Bahrain’s long-standing links with India mean that there’s no shortage of exemplary food from the sub-continent to be had on the island. While those on a tight budget will find succour in the array of cheap-and-cheerful eateries dotted around, the best place to make like a Maharaja and indulge is at Nirvana (17 580 000). The Mughal cuisine here is something really quite special and we’re particular fans of the dal makhani – a creamy bowl of indulgence that will fill you up and never let you down.