Bahrain’s most exciting frozen desserts to cool you off
Time Out Bahrain staff
When it comes to desserts, we at Time Out Bahrain aren’t overly fussy – it could be smothered in chocolate, covered in cream, full of fruit and nuts. Whatever the concoction, we’re going to try it. So, when we heard about these 13 frozen creations we just had to shout about them…
Brown bread ice cream
This unique invention from the team at romantic Asian restaurant Keizo, which is based in Al Areen Palace & Spa, combines an intriguing brown bread ice cream with a sour cherry syrup. The stunning presentation is topped off with a tuille and fresh fruit. This dessert is only available during dinner service. BD3.2. Al Areen Palace & Spa (1784 5000).
Love a cupcake but fancy an ice cream? Well then Haute Cupcakes has just the solution for you. Their Cake Shakes blend homemade cupcakes with homemade ice cream, which are then laced with their favourite syrups. It’s served in a tall chilled glass and comes in nine flavours including Apple Pie, Oreo, Red Velvet, Chocolate Birthday, peanut butter, tiramisu and caramel banana. BD1.8. Mazaya Tower, Seef (1758 6363). Other location: City Centre Bahrain (1717 7771).
Colibri The Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain has got you covered when it comes to tropical frozen desserts to keep you cool in the summer. This option – the Colibri – includes scoops of strawberry and mango sorbet, and Vanilla Dream, on a fresh raspberry sauce mixed up with sliced fresh fruit and whipped cream. It’s served in all the hotel’s outlets. BD4.1++. Movenpick Hotel Bahrain, Muharraq (1746 0000).
My Café has reinvented a classic British dessert. Crispy meringues are laid atop some light whipped cream and strewn with pistachios. The kicker? A scoop of delightful strawberry ice cream smothered in a strawberry sauce. BD4. My Café, Block 338, Adliya (7734 4444).
Ice nougat A rather unique frozen offering from Saraya at Sofitel Bahrain is this ice nougat from the ‘De-Light’ menu. It’s nutty (almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios), creamy (non-fat white cheese), fruity (raisins and raspberries), even a bit jelly, and sweet. De-Light was developed by Sofitel Quiberon Thalassa Sea & Spa, which is known for its focus on nutrition and wellness, located on France’s Atlantic coast, and uses innovative techniques to inspire low calorie recipes. BD3.9. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Zallaq (1763 6363).
Lime and yoghurt sorbet
This work of art is a tangy lime and yoghurt sorbet encased in a light and crispy meringue and then covered with a generous drizzle of pistachio praline and indulgent manuka honey. Find it at chic Legendz steakhouse. BD3. InterContinental Regency Bahrain, Manama (1722 7777).
Liquid nitrogen sorbet
This one is a bit of a showstopper, as the sorbet is made with liquid nitrogen right in front of you. Served at The Ritz-Carlton’s steakhouse Plums, this treat is a pre-dessert made only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It has black raspberry sorbet and tonka beans, raspberry sauce, caramelised hazelnut, hazelnut streusel (crumbly topping) and a crunchy tonka meringue. They also have a mandarin variety. BD6. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (1758 0000).
Anyone who appreciates a good macaron can applaud what the Four Season’s Bay View Lounge has done to the perennial French sweet treat. They’ve stuffed the colourful little morsels with homemade chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and coffee ice cream. And you can try them all when you order the little tasting platter. BD4.2++. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (1711 5000).
Tropical colours and flavours abound in this fruity sundae that’s available at Art Rotana’s The Gallery Lobby Lounge. Fresh orange and mango ice cream is topped with raspberry sauce and berry crumbles for a delicious, zesty mix. BD4. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (1600 0111).
Exclusively from Japanese fusion restaurant Maki comes this intriguing creation dubbed the Mini Dosan. Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, these mini pastries are built for sharing. They’re topped with sweet sauces and three varieties of freshly made ice creams. BD3.5. Maki, Bahrain World Trade Centre, Manama (1752 2733).
Mochi ice cream
Bushido has put a clever twist on a popular traditional Japanese dessert. Three colourful spheres encapsulate a rich homemade ice cream centre, all of which is encased in a layer of Japanese mochi. Traditionally, mochi is made from sweetened red bean paste and pounded sticky rice. This version comes in six flavours – vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mango, red bean and green tea. BD2.4++. Bushido, Seef (1758 3555).
Reese’s ice cream cake
Peanut butter lovers rejoice! This crazy concoction from The Gallery Lobby Lounge at Art Rotana features dark chocolate mini cups filled with a peanut butter cream, folded up with Tahiti vanilla ice cream and a layer of toffee. All covered in hot fudge. BD3.5. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (1600 0111).
When one flavour is not enough… Forget about boring vanilla and standard chocolate ice cream varieties and head to Indian restaurant Rasoi by Vineet at The Gulf Hotel where they have a selection of exclusive homemade ice creams, taking our favourite frozen dessert to yet another level. You can choose the traditional Indian Kulfi which is flavoured with rose petals and vanilla bean, or opt for the Chai Latte. Alternatively pick the cashew and chocolate or caramelised banana. One portion calls for three scoops so you can go mad. BD5. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (1771 3000).
Eight to try: ice cream parlours and fro yo spots
Cold Stone Creamery An American chain which has served up fresh, fine ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes for over 25 years. They have a signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone. Open Sat-Tue 10am-10pm; Wed-Fri 10am-midnight. City Centre Bahrain, Seef (1717 9267).
Dolci Desideri Award-winning gelato artisan Ahmed Abdullatif, a Gelato World Tour finalist, is behind Saar Mall’s Dolci Desideri where you can enjoy a fantastic scoop of your choice. Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm. Saar Mall, Saar (7744 4443).
Frutto Gelato This home grown brand is no one-trick pony as they serve up gelato, sorbet, milkshakes, gelato cake and even waffles. Open Sat-Thu 9.30am-midnight; Fri 4pm-midnight. Bukuwara, Riffa (1770 0323).
Marble Slab Creamery Marble Slab has been serving fresh, homemade ice cream since 1983 and they have loads of creative and tempting flavours to offer from nutter butter to strawberry bubblegum, chocolate banana to butter pecan. Open Sat-Tue 10am-10pm; Wed-Fri 10am-midnight. City Centre Bahrain, Seef (1717 8789).
Morelli’s Gelato For five generations, the Morelli family has made ice cream. At first, Giuseppe Morelli sold it from the back of his bike in the UK. He then upgraded to a van, then onto a parlour and now he’s conquered the world. Head to the Bahrain branch for fresh gelato and sumptuous sundaes. Open Sat-Tue 10am-10pm; Wed-Fri 10am-midnight. City Centre Bahrain, Seef (1663 7002).
Pinkberry Pinkberry is pretty much the reason why the world went fro yo mad. This frozen yoghurt brand from Los Angeles started in 2005 and uses real produce every day. Try one of their many flavours. Open Sat-Tue 10am-10pm; Wed-Fri 10am-midnight. City Centre Bahrain, Seef (1717 9638). Other location: Seef Mall.
Stickhouse Stickhouse is unique in that it offers excellent handcrafted gelato sticks decorated with tasty chocolate dipping and plenty of toppings. Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Seef Mall (1758 1111). Other location: City Centre Bahrain.
TCBY Stands for ‘The Country’s Best Yoghurt’. This frozen yoghurt shop opened in Arkansas back in 1981 and now has over 360 in the US alone. They offer all sorts of options to choose from in terms of yoghurt and toppings, and even pay attention to things like gluten-free, low-fat and more. Open Sun-Wed 11.30am-11.30pm; Thu-Sat 11.30am-12.30am. Palm Square, Budaiya (1769 1881). Other locations: Juffair and Isa Town.