Time Out celebrated the best of Bahrain's restaurant scene with a glamorous evening at The Diplomat Radisson Blu
Time Out Bahrain staff
Time Out Bahrain celebrated the country’s best venues at the sixth annual Restaurant Awards 2015.
A glamorous evening at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel was topped off with Wolfgang Puck's re/Asian taking home the title of Restaurant of the Year, while Jones The Grocer was crowned Best Newcomer. There was also an Outstanding Contribution gong for Chef Susy Massetti.
All winners from the 22 categories, as well as those Highly Commended and shortlisted - from five-star restaurants to neighbourhood cafés – will feature in the most comprehensive set of reviews the country has ever seen. It hits the shelves in November.
Best Afternoon Tea
Figs & Olives Situated on the 16th floor, Figs & Olives boasts impressive views across Manama. Here they take great pride in the afternoon tea service, which is apparent from the outset. Domain Bahrain, Diplomatic Area (1600 0000).
Best Bar Food
Blue Moon Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay On the 50th floor of the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, the Blue Moon Lounge more than lives up to its stunning location. The menu is as unique as you would expect from a Wolfgang Puck joint and the enthusiastic staff are charming. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (1711 5000).
Best Business Lunch
Bushido In terms of quality, setting and value for money, Bushido’s business lunch offering is hard to beat. Choose from a three-course set menu or pick from a selection of eight excellent bento boxes. Then enjoy in the stunning Samurai-inspired venue. Bushido, Seef (1758 3555).
My Cafe, Block 338 What really strikes us about My Café, aside from the beautiful setting, is the focus on fresh, high quality ingredients and we can see they create everything from scratch. The small but carefully crafted menu combines café classics with more indulgent sounding main courses. Adliya (7734 4444).
Rosso, ART Rotana For family style sharing dishes, Rosso is perfect. The Italian cuisine here is fresh and flavourful. Plus, kids can run around the expansive outdoors area and enjoy the dancing fountain, which goes off with upbeat background music every hour. Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (1600 0111).
Bahrain Bay Kitchen, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Bahrain Bay Kitchen hosts a high quality brunch at the prestigious Four Seasons Bahrain Bay in a beautiful and elegant venue with a sophisticated but buzzy atmosphere and elegantly prepared, delicious food. The selection is among the largest in Bahrain. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (1711 5000).
Honey’s, Manama Souq Since opening in 1986, Honey’s Thai restaurant in Manama souq has had a loyal clientele and made a name for itself as an island institution for authentic, delicious Thai cuisine. Next to Gold City, Manama Souq (3923 8507).
La Mer, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Some of the island’s most creative and high quality cuisine is served at this elegant, ocean-facing seafood restaurant. Even when you call and book, you’re asked whether you’d like to sit in the ‘romantic area’ by floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking the sea. Sofitel, Zallaq (1763 6363).
La Mer This restaurant is perfect for special occasions as it offers top quality ingredients used in contemporary, well prepared and beautifully presented dishes, cooked using French techniques. Sofitel, Zallaq (1763 6363).
The Meat Co Expect sophisticated interiors, professional service and high quality prime cuts at award-winning South African steakhouse The Meat Co. You certainly get your money’s worth in quality, quantity and experience. Block 338, Adliya (1774 2080).
Saffron by Jena Bakery When it comes to finding a stand-out Bahraini breakfast at a truly cultural location in Bahrain, then it has to be Saffron by Jena Bakery. The brand has three branches: the one in Muharraq is in a renovated house; another more modern venue in Manama’s souq; and a third at Riffa Fort where you can gaze out at the vast Haniniya valley. Near the NBB strip, Muharraq (1362 3191). Other locations: Riffa fort, Bab Al Bahrain Mall.
Soie With the same opulent, Asian-inspired interiors but a new, revamped and excellent menu selection, it’s clear that Soie means business. You never leave Manama, but your explorations of cuisines from China to Hong Kong will have you ready to book flights. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama (1753 3533).
Masso Everything hits the mark at stylish European restaurant Masso in terms of food, ambience and service. Thanks to a passionate kitchen team, and their very own Budaiya-based farm, you’ll find the menu filled with truly delicious dishes. Palace Boutique, Adliya (1772 1061).
Rasoi by Vineet The majestic Rasoi by Vineet is Bahrain’s first restaurant to be operated by a Michelin-starred chef. The venue boasts all sorts of stunning design elements, while the menu features a balanced combination of classic Indian dishes and contemporary fusion creations. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (1774 6461).
Best Latin American
Margarita Mexicana Gulf Hotel's Margarita Mexicana is the chicest of the destinations on this list, however the ambience and setting is unpretentious and warm. A live mariachi band adds to the mood, as do the knowledgable and friendly staff. The menu caters to all degrees of Mexican cuisine aficionados. The Gulf Hotel, Adliya (1771 3000).
Primavera Enter an Italian restaurant to be greeted in Italian by Italians, and you know you're off to a good start. You have magically arrived in the heart of Italy. Ambience and view are nothing without food to complement; and Primavera doesn’t disappoint. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain (1758 6499).
Sato Stepping into The Gulf Hotel’s award-winning Sato is like discovering mini Japan in the heart of Bahrain. There are reasons why this stalwart Japanese restaurant has retained a loyal clientele – the staff are friendly and efficient, the venue has plenty of character, and the menu offers everything you’d crave from a traditional Japanese joint. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain (1771 3000).
Takht Jamsheed As one of Bahrain’s classic restaurants, Takht Jamsheed really holds its own with its delicious and varied menu. The restaurant still has a welcoming atmosphere, which makes it a great spot for a family get together. The Gulf Hotel, Adliya (1771 3000).
Best South East Asian
re Asian Cuisine | Wolfgang Puck This is celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s first ever fine dining Asian restaurant outside the US. Set on the 50th floor of the stylish Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, overlooking Bahrain’s skyline, re Asian serves up Far Eastern cuisine with contemporary twists in a chic and sophisticated venue. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (1711 5000).
jones the grocer This Australian gourmet café chain offers a lovely, bright vibe and beautiful views. This is already a foodie haven because of their fine fare, delectable dessert options and gourmet products (which you can buy in-store). Floating City, Amwaj Islands (7777 0055).