Absolutely Fabulous Brunch: Don’t want to be limited to just one type of cuisine? At the Crowne Plaza’s Absolutely Fabulous Brunch you can grab food from all three of the hotel’s restaurants: Waves, which specialises in seafood, La Mosaique, which serves a range of continental cuisine, and Spices, the signature Indian outlet. The party then tends to move onto Harvesters, where the best Filipino band on the island, Flava, bash out hits from the past two decades.
Every Friday 12.30pm-4pm, BD17.950++ 17 531 122
Al Areen Palace & Spa: Thanks to the departure of the Banyan Tree brand, the Al Areen Palace & Spa has gone somewhat quiet over the past few months. However, with very little changed but the name, Rimal restaurant still serves one of the best Friday brunches this side of Saudi. With an international buffet and three price options (depending on what you want to drink), it is worth the drive out.
Every Friday 12.30pm-3.30pm, BD16++/BD20++/BD50++, 17 845 000
Diplomat Radisson Blu: One of Bahrain’s legendary brunches, The Diplomat’s spread is a fun and informal affair. Hosted in the Al Fanar Supperclub, which occupies one of the top floors of the hotel and offers panoramic views of the water, the brunch comes replete with a large international buffet, live seafood cooking stations, and fantsatic music from the Boxtones.
Every Friday 12pm-3pm, BD18++ 17 531 666
Golden Tulip: The Golden Tulip Hotel has a prime position slap bang in the middle of the Diplomatic area and yet its dining outlets rarely garner the publicity that venues of their standard should be afforded. Their Friday brunch might not be as well attended as the popular Diplomat down the road, but it is not at all bad. Held in the Coffee Shop (is much nicer than it sounds), the brunch has a range of international cuisine with the emphasis on seafood. To help the mood a Filipino band is one hand.
Every Friday 12pm-5pm, BD19.500++, 17 535 000
Gulf Hotel: Who said the Gulf Hotel does not have a Friday brunch? With a wealth of dining options in this landmark Adliya establishment, Al Waha restaurant takes centre stage every Friday afternoon. With a vast international buffet that includes a few surprises (Thai salad station, sushi and sashimi section, crepe station), drinks are, obviously, included. Firmly family orientated, kids will be entertained by the professional animation team.
Every Friday 12.30pm-4pm, BD22++ 17 746 425
Mövenpick: It might be a bit of a trek, but the Mövenpick brunch has gradually worked its way to the top of the Friday brunches in Bahrain. Held in Silk’s Restaurant, but so popular that it frequently spills into the lobby and onto the terrace (when the weather permits), the brunch is introducing a couple of new surprises in July: An Irish coffee station, and a fresh home-made pasta station. Couple these with a Japanese corner, meat and seafood cooking stations, a children’s corner, a whole range of international cuisine and (best of all) a special Cuban drinks bar, and it’s not hard to see why everyone heads here.
Every Friday 12.30pm-4pm (half price for kids between six and 12, those under six eat for free), BD23.200++ 17 460 017
Muju Friday Jazz Brunch: The newest brunch on the scene, Muju, which lies at the core of the Dragon Resort Hotel in Amwaj Islands, offers a relaxed lounge-style brunch with jazz playing in the background and a range of international cuisine on offer. There are live cooking stations serving sushi and pasta, and drinks flow freely. Best of all, the restaurant is loacted on the shores of Amwaj Islands, and is one of the very first restaurants in the kingdom to have real beachfront views. Once you’re done with the brunch, you can enjoy the facilities of the hotel, or sleep the indulgence off with a spot of sunbathing on the decking.
Every Friday 12pm-3pm, BD25++, 17 293 380
Novotel Al Dana: The Novotel is only starting to make itself felt on the Friday brunch scene, and it still has a fair ways to go before it starts competing with the big hitters: Movenpick, Diplomat Radisson, Crowne Plaza and the Ritz. Nevertheless, the brunch at Zytoun restaurant is firmly focused on seafood, which is appropriate given its location overlooking the water. Best of all, if you come from the brunch, you get to use the beach and pool all day, making it well worth the price.
Every Friday, 12.30pm-5pm, BD17.500++ 17 298 008
Royal Golf Club: Although more of a traditional English Sunday roast than a legendary Bahraini Friday brunch (which many people will see as a massive plus), the Royal Golf Club puts on a spread that would go down a treat in most parts of Europe, with a set meal consisting of an array of dishes that most English would recognise. Proving its family friendly credentials, the club also boasts a movie room and golf games for kids, which is a winner if you are looking to alleviate yourself of the strains of having a family.
Every Friday, 12pm-3pm, BD15++, BD13++ for members, BD8.5++ kids under 12, 17 750 777
Upstairs Downstairs: Some people are just not happy with a buffet. They see a spread a as jack of all trades, where what they eat has been served to everyone. Those people should head to Upstairs Downstairs, one of the country’s best European restaurants, for a three course Friday brunch that is significantly more civilised than most others on the island. With a specially designed menu (three courses, nine choices) including a range of high quality selected drinks, the price is reasonable, while the atmosphere is very much Saturday morning in Greenwich Village, London.
Every Friday 12pm-3pm, BD14++ 17 713 093