338 Garden Restaurant

Mediterranean food and al fresco dining in Adliya
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Time Out Says

As it was a Saturday night, the last evening before the working week commences for most of Bahrain’s residents, Block 338 was rather quiet. We thus had the luxury of choosing exactly where we wanted to sit. Eventually we opted for one of the tables at the side of the room, one edge flanked by couches and the other with more familiar dining room chairs. As we sat down, however, we discovered that both seats were a little low. Such a seat would have been perfect for relaxing in with a drink in hand (Block 338 has become popular for that too), but not to eat at. Not to worry, though, as the helpful waitress soon ushered us
to another table with firmer, higher seats. We duly took our places and studied the menu.

The starters were scrumptious, a butternut squash soup for my dining partner and a portion of deep-fried crab for me. Our empty starter plates had barely been cleared when, hey presto, our main dishes arrived. Speedy service, or were we being rushed to finish the meal as we were occupying just one of a couple of tables that evening? Whatever the reason, it was very hasty. We both agreed that it is pleasant to have a short break between courses, especially when you’re two good friends who have a lot to chat to each other about.

On the menu, which generally had a Mediterranean feel to it, with a good choice of small bites (starters), salads, meat-based dishes and seafood, I’d been advised by a friend that there were some new items and asked which they were. One of the recent additions was spicy veal meatballs and that’s what I had with a side order of grilled sweet potatoes. I only have words of praise for the meatballs, they were perfect – so juicy, and the tomato-based sauce had a fair amount of spice without being overwhelmingly hot.

On the other hand, the sweet potatoes came with what seemed to be a sugary glaze. Aside from it being rather chewy and me worrying if I had shards of glaze stuck between my teeth, I felt the sauce was extraneous to requirements. By its very nature the sweet potato tastes sweet enough unadulterated. My friend chose the beef striploin, and it was accompanied by potato croquettes. She had asked for it to be cooked medium well, but upon closer inspection felt it was a bit too pink in the middle. It was more akin to a medium rare piece of meat. Furthermore, the potato croquettes were lukewarm, but thankfully the waitress didn’t hesitate to heed my friend’s request to take the dish and apply a little extra heat. Once that was done, it proved very enjoyable, and my friend even finished her steak.

A refreshing raspberry sorbet for me and a mango-flavoured sorbet for my dining partner completed our culinary experience at Block 338. My sorbet was delicious, extremely fruity and with a natural taste rather than an artificial one, as can often be the case. All in all, a decent meal was had by us both, although a weekend visit is probably advisable to enjoy a few drinks and a livelier atmosphere. We are so well served with quality restaurants in Bahrain, and Block 388 is a welcome addition amongst them. To compete in Bahrain these days, an establishment has to be top-notch, not just very good or average, to make you return rather than try somewhere different first.

Perhaps the biggest point in Block 338’s favour is its setting, especially the lovely garden, which is beautifully fitted out with a variety of easy chairs and dining furniture where you can enjoy drinks, a meal or indeed both. Unfortunately it’s becoming too hot to stay outdoors for long, even at night. Roll on September for some cooler weather and I’ll definitely be putting a date in my diary for drinks and dinner in Block 338’s garden.

The bill (for two)
1x squash soup
1x crab BD5.8
1x striploin BD12.5
1x veal meatballs BD5.3
1x sweet potato BD2.5
1x water BD2
2x sorbet BD2
Total (incl charges) BD41.87

By Time Out Bahrain staff  | 27 Jun 2011

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11:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Sunday: 11:00 AM to 2:00 AMMonday: 11:00 AM to 2:00 AMTuesday: 11:00 AM to 2:00 AMWednesday: 11:00 AM to 2:00 AMThursday: 11:00 AM to 2:00 AMFriday: 1:00 AM to 2:00 AMSaturday: 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Show number 17 710 338
Manama, Adliya, Villa 576, Road 3819, Block 338. Adliya، Bahrain

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