Jim’s Restaurant

Welcome facelift for this old familiar Adilya favourite

Time Out Says

I’ve always been a fan of Jim’s in Adliya, good honest cooking at reasonable prices. But with the departure some time back of the gregarious host, after whom the place was named, it did seem to lose something of its sparkle. So, when a friend suggested it for a mid-week dinner, I must admit I wasn’t over enthusiastic. Preferring outdoors dining, I had envisaged being banished to the odd plastic tent which used to comprise the outdoor dining area.

I was in for a pleasant surprise. We arrived to find the former garden area has been given a rather funky makeover with interesting, atmospheric black and white prints on the walls, a proper terrace feel and flags and chandeliers hanging from the open roof.

However, less of the descriptive and on to the food.

With knowledge of the dessert menu, we chose to forego starters and for main I chose the half roast chicken braised in sharp lemon juice, olive oil, onion and garlic sauce. I chose chips and salad rather than the menu option of roast sweet potato and butternut squash.

My companion went for seafood symphony – prawns, hammour, salmon and squid with garlic butter and lemon served with mashed potato and buttered veggies.

Both dishes arrived to the table piping hot and I experienced a moment of food envy seeing the sheer amount of seafood on my companion’s plate, compared to which my chicken looked somewhat malnourished.
I need not have worried though, my portion was in fact more than enough, with some to spare, and perfectly cooked with the flesh tender and juicy with not a hint of dryness.

The sauce was rich, creamy and very tasty with the lemon and garlic delicate without being overpowering.

My friend’s seafood was also appealing, though for my taste I would have found the salmon slightly overcooked but, being a mashed potato fiend, she was more than happy since this creamy concoction put a smile firmly on her face.

My chips too were exactly as they should be, none of this stick thin nonsense for me, I like a big fat crispy chunk of spud and, at Jim’s, that’s exactly what I got.

For dessert, my companion opted for the apple pie and ice cream, a long-time favourite which never fails to satisfy. I went for the banana flambé with butterscotch sauce and ice cream. When I cook this at home the bananas invariably end up almost as mush, tasty but not really something you’d serve up to anyone else, so I was pleased to receive firm fruits which still managed to be cooked and hot right through and the butterscotch sauce meant I ate the whole portion, despite being full to bursting.

All in all, a very satisfactory evening, and with news the venue will be re-launching its rooftop, I’m looking forward to a return visit soon.

The bill for two
Half chicken BD7.000
Seafood symphony BD10.000
Apple pie BD3.800
Banana flambé BD3.800
Sparkling water BD2.000
Total (inc tax) BD31.800

By Time Out Bahrain staff  | 27 Apr 2014

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Show number 39 543 416
Manama, Adliya, Rd No 3808, Manama, Bahrain

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