Ten great places to break your fast in Bahrain this Ramadan
Time Out Bahrain staff
Al Areen Palace & Spa The grand ballroom at this lavish hotel is decorated in royal Arabian style. Vast buffet spreads are being served, alongside live cooking stations and a dedicated Bahraini corner with traditional foods and sweets. Also enjoy live entertainment. BD15++ (food and juices, Sat-Wed, iftar), BD17++ (Thu-Fri, iftar), BD16++ (food and juices, Sat-Wed, ghabga), BD19++ (Thu-Fri, ghabga), half price (children six to 12), free (children under six). Sunset-9pm, 10pm-1am. Al Areen Palace & Spa, Zallaq (17 845 000).
Baharat A selection of local favourites and international fusion food is available during an authentic iftar buffet and another late night suhoor buffet in the recently revamped restaurant. BD18++ (iftar), BD9++ (children six to 12). Sunset-8pm, 9pm-1am. Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 000).
Bushra at Bushido For the fifth year in a row, Bushido has been transformed into “Bushra”, meaning “good news” in Arabic. The buffet boasts a wide array of Middle Eastern and international specialties with a modern twist, alongside teppanyaki kitchens featuring Japanese cuisine. In the Bushra Lounge, find teas, coffee, exotic mocktails, and shisha. BD16.5++ (buffet, water, Arabic beverages, coffee and tea). BD20 (minimum spend in Bushra Lounge). Sunset-1am. Bushido Lounge & Restaurant, Seef (17 583 555).
Crowne Plaza Bahrain Not only can you enjoy a range of Middle Eastern and international dishes across the iftar buffet in La Mosaique restaurant, but for every diner that enters the hotel, 500 fils will be donated to the Children & Mothers Welfare Society. Private iftar and ghabga packages are also available for a minimum of 30 guests in the Bahrain Conference Centre. BD14.5 (food and soft drinks). Sunset-9pm. Crowne Plaza Bahrain, The Diplomatic Area (17 531 122).
Four Seasons Bahrain Bay The Four Seasons’ Al Bahrain Ballroom is being decked out in a modern Arabesque theme, boasting a main dining area and shisha lounge. The buffet features a wide selection of traditional Bahraini fare, as well as Lebanese, Moroccan, Indian, Turkish and global cuisine, alongside numerous live cooking stations. While you dine, a live band performs traditional tunes, while the kids can keep themselves entertained with fun activities in a dedicated tent. BD25++ (food and beverages, iftar), BD27++ (food only, ghabga), half price (children five to 11), free (children below four). Sunset-8pm, 9pm-2am. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 000).
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Head to Silk’s to break your fast with dates and traditional juices, followed by an extensive salad buffet with mezze and greens. Then find different cheese selections or hot Bahraini foods such as harees and thareed, freshly grilled meats, a shawarma station and a massive pot of ouzi. Expect all the traditional favourites for dessert, too, from umm ali to Bahraini halwa. BD18 (food and soft drinks). Sunset-9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain (17 460 017).
Rasoi by Vineet The award-winning, fine-dining Indian restaurant by Michelin starred chef Vineet Bhatia is offering an all-you-can-eat iftar set menu. Try favourites such as the samosa chaat, raan lucknowi and the Rasoi biryani. You can even order it for takeaway and pick it up between 4pm and 6.30pm. BD20 (food only). Sunset-11pm. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
Sheraton Bahrain The stalwart hotel is dolling up the Awali Ballroom in traditional style and offering a special buffet spread of Middle Eastern and international cuisine for iftar only. BD16++ (food and drinks, Sat-Wed, iftar), BD17++ (Thu-Fri, iftar), BD8.5++ (children four to 12), free (children under four). Sheraton Bahrain, Manama (17 533 533).
Sofitel Bahrain The hotel’s notable Ramadan offering is held across Saraya Restaurant and the Layali Al Zallaq tent. The buffet includes Middle Eastern and international classics from past and present with a modern twist by the Arabic chef. Enjoy this while playing games, and listening to the Bassam Deeb band playing traditional Arabic tunes from 10pm. BD19++. Sunset-8.30pm, 10.30pm-1.30am. Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Zallaq (17 636 363).
The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain The elegant Al Khayma tent features authentic Middle Eastern specialties on the buffet, and a live four-piece band, as well as shisha. Enjoy a pared down iftar buffet, a grander ghabga, or dine in a private pergola with butler service. BD25++ (food and soft drinks, iftar), BD27++ (food and soft drinks, ghabga), BD300++ for six people (private pergolas for iftar and ghabga). Sunset-8pm, 9pm-2am. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 58 6499).
Acacia Ballroom A wide range of authentic Middle Eastern and international specialties are available on the buffet during iftar and ghabga, alongside plenty of traditional beverages and live music. A henna artist is also there, as well as fun games for all the family to get involved with. BD12++. Sunset-8pm and 8pm-midnight. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Seef (17 111 999).
Al Khayma The elegant Al Khayma tent is up and running again, featuring authentic Middle Eastern specialties on the buffet, personalised service, and a live four-piece band, as well as shisha. Enjoy a pared-down iftar buffet, a grander ghabga, or book a private pergola with butler service. BD25++ (iftar), BD27++ (ghabga), BD300++ for six people (private pergolas for iftar and ghabga). Sunset-8pm and 9pm-2am. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 58 6499).
Al Safir Restaurant The international restaurant is serving both a buffet and à la carte selection throughout the day during Ramadan, for breakfast, lunch and during ghabga hours. BD12.9++ (ghabga). 9pm-2am. Sheraton Bahrain Hotel, Manama (17 533 533).
Al Waha Restaurant and Takht Jamsheed A lavish iftar buffet is being served in The Gulf Hotel’s international and Persian restaurants, offering a selection of dates, juices, hot and cold mezze, freshly baked breads, salads and shawarmas. Also find a wide variety of traditional hot dishes and Arabic desserts. BD17++. Sunset-9pm (Takht Jamsheed), sunset-10pm (Al Waha). The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
Choices The Art Rotana’s international restaurant features a wide range of traditional dishes and international offerings for iftar and ghabga. Outside, in a dedicated Ramadan tent, there is live Arabic music, shisha, an à la carte menu and multiple screens showing UEFA Euro 2016 games. BD17++ (adults, iftar), BD19++ (adults, ghabga), BD9++ (children, iftar and ghabga), BD15++ (minimum spend in the tent). Sunset-8.30pm and 9.15pm-midnight; 7.30pm-1.30am (Ramadan tent). Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands (16 000 111). Downtown Rotana The new hotel is celebrating its first Ramadan in Bahrain in the Al Maha Ballroom during iftar and with a ghabga. Savour traditional delicacies and an international buffet amid unique decorations, with live entertainment inside or out on the ballroom terrace. BD14++. Sunset-8pm and 9pm-1am. Downtown Rotana, Manama (13 119 999).
Elite Grande Hotel Iftar takes place in Julio’s international restaurant and café with a buffet spread of traditional dishes. Meanwhile, a set menu for two is being served at H20 poolside lounge upstairs. BD7.9++ (iftar), BD14.9++ (ghabga). From sunset onwards and 8pm onwards. Elite Grande Hotel, Seef (17 565 888).
Elite Resort & Spa The Al Noor Tent, set beside the Gulf waters, is offering a buffet spread of Middle Eastern and international dishes for iftar. During ghabga, there is a bigger buffet with traditional dishes and desserts, as well as live entertainment and shisha. BD9.9++ (iftar), BD12.5++ (ghabga). From sunset onwards and 8pm onwards. Elite Resort & Spa, Muharraq (17 313 333).
jones the grocer A special Ramadan menu is on offer, with a range of classic jones the grocer dishes, featuring a regional twist, for eat-in, takeaway or home delivery. Items such as the confit chicken shawarma with preserved lemon yoghurt; vine leaf wrapped black cod and eggplant salad; or the duck and foie gras hot dog with date. The store also has gourmet hampers to buy. Prices vary. June 6-July 3, sunset-midnight. Floating City, Amwaj Islands (77 770 055). Khaimat Al Khaleej The Gulf Hotel’s opulent Ramadan tent is hosting a ghabga. Indulge in a delicious buffet of traditional Bahraini and Arabian specialties, to a backdrop of live Arabic music. There are special iftar and ghabga options for corporate customers, too. BD16++ (Sat-Wed), BD18++ (Thu-Fri). Sat-Wed 9pm-2am, Thu-Fri 9pm-3am. The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (17 713 000).
Kösebasi Have a traditional Turkish iftar here and choose from a menu of Ramadan specials, such as the red lentil and bulgur soup, assorted pidettes, and plenty of grills, as well as Turkish desserts. BD9.9 (adults), BD4.950 (children). From sunset. Seef Mall Muharraq (17 581 111).
La Med Break your fast with family and friends at this airy Mediterranean restaurant, where a buffet of traditional Ramadan dishes, including ouzi, are being served, alongside a dates display, Arabic coffee and tea. BD22++. Sunset-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 586 499).
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain Head to the hotel’s outlets to break your fast with dates and traditional juices, followed by an extensive salad buffet with mezze and greens. Then find different cheese selections or hot Bahraini foods such as harees and thareed, freshly grilled meats, a shawarma station and a massive pot of ouzi. Expect all the favourites for dessert, too, from umm ali to Bahraini halwa. BD18 (food, water and juices). Sunset-9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain (17 460 017).
Swiss-Café Restaurant The international restaurant is offering a lavish Arabic iftar buffet, featuring international specialties, lamb ouzi and homemade pastries and desserts, alongside live oud music and a raffle draw. BD10++ (adults), BD5++ (children from six to 12), free (children under six). Book a table for five adults and pay for four. Sunset-10pm. Swiss-Belhotel, Seef (66 310 041).