Mahi Mahi

Seafood restaurant in Bahrain's Amwaj Lagoon

Time Out Says

I’ve watched Mahi Mahi since before it opened, excited at the prospect of another fish restaurant, since to me that’s what the name suggests.

However, closer inspection of the menu revealed a good range of fish dishes as well as lots of other options to choose from – sadly, half the things we tried to order were unavailable.

We visited the restaurant on a weekday evening and found it very quiet. So I was surprised to be handed a menu but not asked for a drinks order – in fact we waited almost 15 minutes to get a drink, partly because we had difficulty choosing our dishes and our drinks order was only taken when we picked out food.

Before choosing a starter my dining companion inquired about the size of the mud crabs, she would have these as a main if they were large but not the small local version.

However, a quick trip to the kitchen by our server revealed no crab was to be had. We thought that would put paid to the possible choice of crab chowder as a starter but apparently this is made with crab sticks! Instead my pal opted for buffalo wings, or at least she would have if these had been available.

Instead, it was third time lucky for an order of shrimp bisque for her and bang bang shrimp for me.

I was somewhat taken aback when my starter arrived quite some time before my friend’s, fortunately she told me not to wait as it would have been stone cold had I done as good manners dictate.

It was OK but certainly not more than that. I had been expecting a little chili bang but this was sadly lacking though the portion of shrimp was more than generous.

The bisque, when it eventually arrived, did look very pretty with a delicate tracing of cream across the surface and a large shrimp as decoration – this however was coupled with grated parmesan, a very odd choice, and the soup was flavoured with coriander – not mentioned on the menu despite being a rather strong and acquired taste.

However my dining partner declared it tasty and was happily digging in to a very large bowlful when the main courses arrived.

This is a pet peeve of mine here, there seems to be no appreciation of the idea that an appetiser is there to whet the appetite before the main course – if you’re going to just plonk everything on the table as and when it’s ready, why bother having separate sections on the menu?

I could maybe understand if we had been having a finger-food starter but when someone is half way through a bowl of soup, how are they supposed to dig in to a main course.

Back to the kitchen went the plates to reappear several minutes later.

I had ordered the restaurant’s mahi mahi namesake with avocado salsa and French fries and, I can honestly say, this, along with the juices, was the only dish of the evening which did not disappoint.

The fish was delicately flakey and tender with the salsa adding just the right accompaniment.

My friend, unfortunately, was not so lucky. She had ordered steak (having first asked for the Wagyu burger – also unavailable) with mushroom sauce and the waitress’s question of ‘how would you like that cooked, medium/well?’ should have given us some indication of what was to come – despite the strict instruction of ‘pink and bloody’.

The meat arrived smothered in barbecue sauce and went promptly back to the kitchen, again.

Mushroom-sauce-covered it re-emerged and the edges were indeed, much to my companion’s delight, pink and bloody. However, the main portion was brown/grey with not a trickle of blood or juice in sight.

At this point, we gave up, paid up and crossed The Lagoon for a much-needed beverage.

The bill (for two)
Bang bang shrimp BD2.200
Mahi mahi grill BD6.900
Shrimp bisque BD1.700
Berry blast juice BD2.100
Fruit cocktail juice BD2.100
No charge for the steak
Total (inc service) BD17.250

By Time Out Bahrain staff  | 27 Nov 2013

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11:30 AM to 2:30 AM
Sunday: 11:30 AM to 2:30 AM / 11:30 AM to 10:30 PMMonday: 1:30 AM to 10:30 PMTuesday: 11:30 AM to 10:30 PMThursday: 11:30 AM to 10:30 PMFriday: 11:30 AM to 11:30 PMSaturday: 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Show number 16 030 060
Manama, Amwaj Islands, Amwaj Islands, Bahrain

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