For such a small island, we see an abnormal number of regular restaurant openings. Often, it’s just little venues with common concepts and average food that fade into the background of Bahrain’s over-crowded hospitality scene quicker than you can say “bad business plan”.
Sometimes though, a place opens up that we get excited about. One that gets everyone talking from the off and, right now, that place is The Foundry, a trendy, industrial-style venue, with plenty of dark woods and metal (hence the name), that wouldn’t look out of place in New York.
From the makers of popular gourmet deli Sage & Sirloin, The Foundry, which has been in the making for two years, finally flung open its doors on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, looking to serve Bahrain’s diners with great food and drinks for a reasonable price. “We realised there’s a large community of young professionals out there making a decent salary,” owner Mureed Nusseir tells Time Out. “But, at the same time, how many times can you go out and spend BD70 on a meal, really? Once, maybe twice a month?
“This is something we’re trying to change, so people here don’t have second thoughts about going out to eat.” And, with the average check so far coming in at BD18-20 per person, we’d say they’re making good on that promise.
So, what exactly are you paying for? “The cuisine is a combination of American barbecue, French bistro and a gastropub,” Nusseir explains.
Most impressively, the kitchen team makes absolutely everything in-house. They smoke salmon, they pickle pickles, and even make their own terrines. Plus, they’ve also hired an expert bartender from France to concoct special mixed beverages. We only hope it continues to live up to the hype.
Adliya, Block 338 (69 960 000).