When American celebrity chef and actor Wolfgang Puck told us back in May 2014, during his first Dubai restaurant launch, that he was opening a restaurant in Bahrain we couldn’t wait to find out more. Then, when the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay announced he’d be launching not one but three new venues in the hotel, we could hardly contain ourselves. Initially we were most excited to try Cut by Wolfgang Puck, the world-renowned modern steakhouse, but our anticipation turned slightly sour when the time finally came for us to test it out.
It wasn’t because the food, service, ambiance, presentation or décor was bad. Definitely not. It was because it didn’t warrant the steepest price tag we’d seen so far in Bahrain.
Now we’re eating our words, as the restaurant has launched a new and affordable three-course dinner menu that brings fine dining back down-to-earth.
Go á la carte and it’s easy to spend well over BD100 during a meal for two. This new menu, dubbed the ‘Pre Fixe’, however, offers three delicious dishes served with family-style sauces and sides for a mere BD29 per person. You can also add grape pairing for BD10, plus a selection of artisanal cheeses for an extra BD6.
While the format stays the same every evening, the dishes are subject to change depending on the season, market availability and vendor supply chain. You can count on the fact, however, that there will always be a steak, chicken and seafood option.
You’ll also find salads such as this signature. Made using butter lettuce, Roquefort blue cheese, avocado and herb vinaigrette, and prettified with edible flowers, this salad is light, fresh and incredibly well-balanced fusing creaminess with tang and complex flavours, also playing with layers of texture. It’s testament to the talent lurking in the kitchen and the menu emphasises the restaurant’s willingness to meet its customers’ demands.
BD29 as part of the daily Pre Fixe dinner menu. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, Manama (17 115 000).