Quirky international restaurant with tropical décor in Block 338
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Time Out Says

The tropical décor at Passion is a massive draw. The inviting exterior features wooden tables and chairs on the spacious terrace, alongside a working water wheel and an abundance of plants. Inside, there is plenty of wood panelling and beautiful design elements such as the foliage, steel lanterns, and table tops inlaid with pressed flowers. It’s homely, cosy and reminiscent of a quirky beach shack (a sophisticated ‘shack’).

On the chunky wooden menus you’ll find a huge range of international cuisine, which on first inspection is a little overwhelming. Everything from burgers to pasta to curries features with plenty more in between.

This is alongside a dedicated and exciting tea menu with around 100 blends including green, black, white, oolong and herbal varieties – each with a description of its health benefits.

From the tea menu we choose the ‘Frosty ginger’ – an iced lemon and ginger tea – which comes served in a small, transparent tea pot, allowing the fresh leaves and roots to infuse with the water, along with a tall glass and plenty of ice. Our friendly waiter demonstrates how to use the unique tea pot, and then patiently and efficiently answers all our questions about the food menu.

Intrigued, we order the vegan lasagne which is made with a tofu ‘cheese’, spinach, many layers of pasta and a rich tomato sauce. With a bite of everything on the fork the flavours are lovely, although we wish there was more sauce. Overall, however, it’s a great addition to the menu for meat and dairy avoiders.

We also try the prawn Punjabi curry which smacks us in the face with its powerful flavours (as you would hope from a curry).

It’s served in the traditional copper dish, along with our chosen vegetable fried rice, and we dig in with gusto; the prawns are cooked perfectly and it isn’t too oily.

To finish off, we hop over to the dessert display and choose a tempting chocolate fondant. It’s served to us warm, with a scoop of cooling vanilla ice cream, and a cute little bird drawn on the plate with chocolate sauce. After one bite, it’s hard to put the spoon down as the rich, melted chocolate and gooey fondant meld together, lifted by the lovely ice cream.

This is definitely a good choice for serious chocolate lovers.

Overall, we really enjoy the ambience at Passion.

The restaurant’s quirky décor and eclectic menu wins us over, as does our friendly and attentive waiter, and not to mention that particularly memorable dessert.

Most of all, it’s very reasonably priced for what you get and so we recommend it.

The bill (for two)
1 x Passionata mocktail BD1.9
1 x Frosty ginger tea BD1.9
1 x mezze platter BD3.9
1 x prawn noodles BD2.6
1 x vegetable rice BD1.6
1 x vegan lasagne BD3.5
1 x prawn Punjabi BD3.9
1 x chocolate fondant BD2.5
1 x coke BD0.800
Service charge 15%
Total BD25.990

By Time Out Bahrain staff  | 28 Jun 2015

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7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM to 11:59 PMMonday: 7:00 AM to 11:59 PMTuesday: 7:00 AM to 11:59 PMWednesday: 7:00 AM to 11:59 PMThursday: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PMFriday: 7:00 AM to 11:59 PMSaturday: 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Show number 13 632 103
Manama, Adliya, Building 571, Road 3819، Block 338، Adliya, Manama، Bahrain

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