Your essential guide to dining out on the island’s island
Al Forno Pizzas, garlic bread and spaghetti Bolognese are real winners in general but when you head to family-friendly Al Forno in Amwaj Lagoon, it's a true authentic treat. Think homemade Italian cuisine just like mama used to make in a quaint setting overlooking the Lagoon. Oh and don't forget to try the sinfully chocolate desserts and tasty mocktails either. Open Sun-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11.30am-midnight. Amwaj Lagoon (1601 0528).
Burger Lounge Gourmet burgers in an upmarket setting is what’s promised at Burger Lounge with a menu full of sumptuous options fashioned with Angus beef such as the farmer burger, royal burger and, of course, the lounge burger. There’s also a selection of no-meat options, a wide variety of salads and appetizers. Open daily noon-midnight. Amwaj Lagoon (7705 5772).
Chawan Authentic Japanese Tea House An authentic Japanese tea house based on the concept of ‘Hanami’ – the tradition of drinking tea under the cherry blossom tree – Chawan offers over 60 varieties of teas as well as authentic and fusion snacks and desserts. The menu has some rather interesting additions such as the wasabi hummus, karak tea ice cream and guacamole, alongside Japanese classics such as ebi gyoza, geisha stew and banana katsu. You can also get your karaoke fix here. Open Sat-Wed 5pm-10pm; Thu-Fri 5pm-midnight. Closed Monday. Amwaj Lagoon (3366 8994).
Houseboat This is one of Time Out’s favourite Amwaj eateries, offering enormous portions of Pan-Asian cuisine with Thai options particularly shining through. It has a great, vibrant atmosphere with indoor seating and abundant outdoor space so you can really enjoy the Lagoon views. They also have a second branch in Adliya’s dining district. Open daily noon-11.30pm. Amwaj Lagoon (1601 0321).
Lemon Shisha Bistro Sitting on the terrace of Lemon Shisha Bistro is a relaxing experience – you can look over the stunning Amwaj Lagoon below and people-watch from the comfortable sofa-chairs while sipping on one of their many juicy mocktails or partake in some shisha. The café itself is brightly coloured in yellows and greens, making for a vibrant spring atmosphere any time of year. As for the food, the international menu is huge and includes salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, pastas, pizzas, desserts – each section brimming with plenty of options. Open daily 10am-midnight. Amwaj Lagoon, Amwaj Islands (1603 0555).
Mei n Yu Lounge Cleverly named (pronounce it me and you), the menu is a la carte and has influences from Asia, Europe and America. You’ll see seafood tagliatelle next to crayfish thermidor and a great selection of grills, homemade burgers and Thai fish cakes. The deserts are proper comfort food and it’s still one of the few licensed venues in Amwaj Islands. Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight; Thu-Fri noon-1am. Amwaj Lagoon (16010160).
Pizza Express Our ‘Best Family Restaurant’ for the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards 2014 was this world-renowned Italian. There aren't many kids who don't love eating pizza but here they can not only eat it but actually get to make it too! Request the kid's package where they get to choose their toppings and create their pizza with the chef and they'll certainly be happy. Plus, the food is so good, and the setting quite charming, mum and dad will be pleased as well. Open Sun-Wed 11am-11pm; Thu-Sat 11am-11.30pm. Amwaj Lagoon (1601 0524).
Tea Club With upwards of 500 different teas this place, which relocated from tiny premises in Exhibition Road, is a connoisseur’s delight and a great alternative to the abundance of coffee shops we have in Bahrain. The venue has a real community feel, a place to read the paper, chat or just while away the hours while sipping on teas from around the world. Open daily 9am-midnight. Amwaj Islands (38887107).
The Persian Room The Persian Room serves up a host of regionally-inspired cuisine including mezze, kebabs, rice dishes, stews and a range of fantastic desserts, alongside a wealth of truly authentic Persian favourites. Be sure to taste their teas as they have a huge variety on offer and they’re even served with saffron sugar. Open Sat-Wed 11am-midnight; Thu-Fri noon-midnight. Amwaj Lagoon (1601 0166).
Tuga Bakery This quaint Portuguese bakery and coffee shop is famous for its traditional Pastel de Nata – a custard filled cake from Portugal that is truly a delight. But it’s certainly not the only thing they offer as there’s plenty of other pastries and baked goods cooked fresh every morning and served with passion. Open daily 9am-7.30pm. Amwaj Lagoon (1601 0284).
Others to try:
Angham Beirut Lebanese inspired food and shisha at this café and restaurant. Open daily 9am-2am. Call 1601 0360.
Casereccio This casual dining spot offers Italian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as some great coffee options. Open daily noon-midnight. Call 1600 1010.
Cave Diner Indiana Jones meets George of the Jungle in this Rainforest Café inspired diner. The food is a mix of Asian fusion and Arabic, and is great value for money. Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am; Thu-Fri 10am-2am. Call 1603 0202.
Curry Tree Satisfying Amwaj Island’s thirst for Indian cuisine, Curry Tree serves up some good curries from across the sub-continent. Open daily noon-midnight. Call 1603 0661.
Lilac Restaurant A posh restaurant serving Italian and Mediterranean dishes, shisha and fresh juices inside or on the beautiful outdoor terrace. Open Sat-Wed 11am-2am; Thu-Fri 11am-3am. Call 7777 1112.
Vavin Head here for a multi-cultural cuisine experience in an elegant setting. Open daily 12.30pm-midnight. Call 1601 0110.