Dish of the Month: Cantina Kahlo

Anew, upscale spot for Mexican cuisine called Cantina Kahlo

Dish of the Month: Cantina Kahlo

The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain is well known on the island as an excellent five-star, family-friendly hotel, with an epic beach. But, it’s also a top destination for foodies. Award-winning spots such as the ever-popular Polynesian bar and restaurant Trader Vic’s, Italian fine-dining place Primavera and upscale steakhouse Plums are just a few of what this hotel stalwart has to offer the country’s fine diners. And, as of last month, there’s also a new Mexican restaurant to get excited about.

Located next to Trader Vic’s, amid the hotel’s lush gardens and by the manmade lagoon, Cantina Kahlo is offering something unique and refreshing to Bahrain’s thriving restaurant scene.

For years, we’ve only had a handful of South American restaurants, but now this fun, vibrant eatery aims to offer us a taste of modern Mexico. Chef Cesar Daniel de Leon Torres has worked with a bunch of chefs from Mexico to create dishes such as ceviche, flautas, pulled chicken and even beef tongue. We’re most intrigued by the beautifully presented Tacos de Canasta, though.

This traditional Mexican street food dish is usually served in a basket (canasta), but here it’s been plated fine-dining style and prepared with a twist. Using homemade tortillas, made with masa corn flour, the tacos have been stuffed with wagyu beef, which has been slow-cooked for three hours with carrots, onions, celery, and leek, plus a sprinkling of Morita chilli to add some smokiness to the dish. For that punch of flavour, it’s smothered with adobo sauce (made with dried chilli and tomatoes), avocado paste and sour cream. Finally, to complete the dish, it’s garnished with Yucatan-style red cabbage and lime juice, fresh coriander, red spinach and plenty of shredded cheese.

Besides the food, Cantino Kahlo also offers a selection of Mexican hops, mixed beverages and the famous soft drink Jarritos. And, to top it all off, this month the outdoor lounge Kahlo Club will open, bringing us a new al fresco dining spot in the city, with stunning views of the gardens and a menu of light bites.

If you can’t get enough of the food (which we’re betting will be the case for most diners), then you can also enrol in cooking classes – set to launch soon – and wow your dinner guests with your own mad skills in the kitchen. Arriba!
BD4++. Open daily noon-2am, until January 30, 2017. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, Seef (17 586 499).

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