Gulf Night Out, Thai food festival, farmers' market, cherry blossom festival and more
Time Out Bahrain staff
Spanish festival April 2-10 Sofitel is bringing a Spanish gastronomic and cultural festival at Tapas with special renowned Chef Jordi Gimeno who is flying from Barcelona to showcase tapas and paella of his native Spain. The group Grupo Flamenco Las Duquelas are entertaining guests with song and dance through the festival too, as a special dinner is available from 8pm on each night. Tapas Restaurant, Sofitel Bahrain (1763 6363).
Cook with Chef Andrea April 4 Italian food lovers can join Chef Andrea in the kitchen for an interactive cooking class as he reveals his family secrets, step-by-step guides to creating wonderful dishes, as well as plenty of other top tips. It’s BD18 net per person inclusive of lunch and soft drinks from 10am to noon. Fiamma, Sofitel Bahrain (1763 6414).
Thai festival at Trader Vic’s April 5-11 For one week only, Trader Vic’s Bahrain is welcoming the Phuket Events Company and their performance of traditional Thai dance. Dancers are performing three shows each evening exclusively for guests dining on the outdoor terrace restaurant from 8pm. A Thai three course set menu for BD14.5 net is also available. Trader Vic’s, Seef (1758 6555).
Gulf Night Out April 7, 14 and 21 The Gulf Hotel’s exclusive poolside event, Gulf Night Out, is back with a great buffet festival, live entertainment and many surprises including games. Tickets bought before Tuesday are BD17++ and on the day are BD18++. It starts from 8pm. Poolside, Gulf Hotel (1771 3000).
Master class with Marwan April 7 and 21 If you enjoy cooking then join this master class at La Med with Chef Marwan where he’ll reveal tips. It’s BD20 per class per person from 4pm to 6pm. La Med, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain (1758 6499).
Lebanese festival April 9-17 Zahle is hosting a Lebanese festival with a menu ranging from cold mezze to tasty sweets as the dabka folkloric dance group Moulayya entertains. It’s BD25++ per person inclusive of dinner and entertainment from 7pm to 2am each night. The show starts at 9.30pm. Zahle, Gulf Hotel (1771 3000).
Cooking with Chef Bruce April 18 Chef Minh Duong will take you on a culinary journey through Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia in this cooking class. It’s BD18 net per person inclusive of lunch and soft drinks from 10am to noon. Wok Restaurant, Sofitel Bahrain (1763 6414).
Thai festival April 22-25 Under the patronage of the Thai Embassy in Bahrain, Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain is bringing the taste of Bangkok and Phuket to Bahrain. On the evening of the 22nd, there will be an opening ceremony in their gardens featuring Thai delicacies and Thai dancers for BD18.1 net. The 23rd features Thursday Night Out with a Thai twist for BD26.6 net. Following that, the hotel’s famous brunch will again have a Thai twist, priced at BD31 net with selected beverages. To continue the celebrations, both evenings of the 24th and 25th will feature another garden festival under the stars for BD18.1 net. Movenpick Hotel Bahrain, Muharraq (1746 0017).
Farmers’ market April 24 Look no further for your local fresh produce than The Ritz-Carlton’s croquet lawn from 8am to noon on this day. Entrance is complimentary and then it’s BD4++ per person to enjoy a traditional Bahraini breakfast. Croquet lawn, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain (1758 6499).
Burrito and bandera All month Enjoy burrito and bandera night every night at Magarita Mexicana. Tuck into juicy beef burritos and the traditional mixed beverage for BD9.5 per person from 6pm to midnight. Margarita Mexicana, Gulf Hotel (1771 3000).
Sato cherry blossom festival All month Chef Naotaka and team have crafted a traditional ‘hanami platter’ with seasonal Japanese favourites to celebrate sakura or cherry blossom season. It’s BD25++ for a sharing platter from noon to 3pm or 7pm to 11pm. Sato, Gulf Hotel (1771 3000).
Momo promotion All month Momos, the traditional Asian dumpling, are featured on Soie’s promotional menu this month with options from the Himalayas to Tibet, suitable for vegetarians, seafood and meat fans. Prices start at BD3.9++. Soie, Sheraton (1753 3533).
Burger promotion All month Burgers are the meal of choice at An Nada Lounge where they’re offering veggie, lamb, tuna, chicken and beef options, with prices starting from BD3.5++. An Nada Lounge, Sheraton (1753 3533).
Pan Asia menu All month Keeping in the theme of the special ‘Asian Circuit’ F1 menu, Bushido is also running a Pan-Asian menu through April with a la carte or special set menu options featuring a selection of dishes inspired by various countries on the continent such as Tom Kha Gai (Thai chicken soup) and Peking duck leg. Bushido, Seef (1758 3555).
New desserts All month Mochi ice cream, green tea tiramisu and yuzu cheesecake are just a few of the new dishes now available on Bushido’s menu through April. Bushido, Seef (1758 3555).
Haute Cupcakes promotion All month While top secret designs are already underway to celebrate 2015 Bahrain Formula One weekend, there will also be a selection of innovative “Bunny Adventures” available exclusively for the first week of April. Haute Cupcakes, Mazaya Tower, Seef (1758 6363). Other location: City Centre Bahrain.
Crab promotions Until May 15 In this crab promotion, choose what sauce and how it’s cooked and then sit back and wait while the crab is prepared. Price are dependent on your choices. It’s available from 7.30pm onwards. Waves Seafood Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Bahrain (1753 1122).