Bay View Lounge
Time Out Says
Not so at Bay View Lounge, which has an entirely vegan menu called Folia by Matthew Kenney.
Our expectations were high heading into the lounge – those floor-to-very-high-ceiling windows, marble floors and foliage-covered lobby will never fail to impress.
We choose a spot outside, for the fantastic views over Bahrain Bay and of the Manama skyline, and quickly sink into some surprisingly comfy sofas.
The setting is absolutely gorgeous, and we can’t help admiring the fairy light-wrapped trees lining the back of the terrace. It’s after sitting down that we realise these trees are a problem (at least that’s what we’re blaming it on) – our service is noticeably slow in comparison to others around us. This would be fine at any other venue, but it’s not exactly what you’d expect from a five-star hotel.
Thankfully, once the food starts arriving, we forget all about the service. We opt for the beetroot poke, which comes with a deceptive Macadamia-based cheese topping, and the wild mushroom sandwich.The poke is a very simple dish, with a kale base and pickled ginger and other vegetable toppings, but utterly delicious. The mushrooms, rocket and caramelised onions work well together, but it’s the truffle aioli, which is super creamy and flavoursome that really elevates this dish.
The real test of good vegan food surely has to be dessert, and Bay View Lounge really knocks it out of the park with their three options. We choose the chocolate berry mousse, which comes with a hazelnut ice cream. It’s beautifully presented, with dehydrated strawberries, mint, hazelnut crumbs and three different, and very colourful, sauces. Everything just works together, and the mousse is exceptional compared to (regular) mousses, not just vegan ones.Mains range between BHD5.5 and BHD9, with desserts coming in at between BHD5 and BHD8.5 – a very reasonable price for such fantastic food. This, combined with the view, makes this spot perfect for a lunch date. We just wish the service had been a little better – although we’re hoping this was just a one off.
By Time Out staff | 10 Feb 2020
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