Fusions by Tala, which is run by Top Chef Middle East contestant Tala Bashmi, hopes to offer “a portal into the past and the future of Bahrain” by modernising traditional dishes.
The restaurant also features The Gulf Hotel’s first rooftop terrace, offering stunning views of the Manama skyline.
Bashmi, who studied at the Culinary Arts Academy, Cesar Ritz, in Lucerne, Switzerland, believes local culinary techniques and ingredients are underestimated, and wants to utilise these to create new and unorthodox tasteful combinations.
She is currently a contestant on season four of Top Chef, and she was previously a bronze medal winner in the Dubai World Hospitality Championship as a member of the Bahrain national team in 2014.
A number of new restaurants have opened in Bahrain since the start of 2020, including Clay, a Peruvian-Japanese spot.
Plus, a plant-based sustainable eatery has opened in Seef. Eighty Thirty has everything from meat-free burgers to nuggets and hot dogs.
Sat-Wed 6pm-11pm; Thu-Fri 6pm-midnight. Fusions by Tala, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain, Adliya (1771 3000).