Time Out Says
Thankfully Viola came out swinging (quite literally, there’s a swing hanging from the ceiling that’s perfect for the ‘gram) and has really made its mark on the dining scene.Bahrain’s only Caribbean restaurant opened in March 2019, and since then it’s gone from strength to strength. This spot regularly hosts events, including sold-out pop-up brunches and live performances from artists such as Freak De L’Afrique.
We head here on a Wednesday night and while it isn’t busy, there’s definitely a buzz about the place. We’re greeted by stunning murals and exposed brickwork, plush velvet booths and dim mood lighting. After picking a spot in the corner, we find ourselves admiring the rest of the spectacular interior, from a faux vespa DJ booth to sweet floor seating options and of course, that foliage-covered swing.Even the bar stands out – aside from the funky wall designs, each of the seats is next to a USB charging port, which we think every bar should have from now on.
The evening starts off right, with plantain chips arriving at our table almost immediately after we sit down, and we greedily devour them within minutes.The onion rings, which are stuffed with guacamole, have just the right amount of kick thanks to the spicy jam on top. The menu (obviously) has plenty of jerk options, but we can’t resist trying the grilled chicken, which has been marinated in one of Mexico’s most popular mixed drinks, and the vegetarian linguine.
The mains take slightly longer to arrive than expected, considering how quickly the starters seem to flow around the restaurant, but they're worth the wait.The chicken is phenomenal, and the dip it comes with is a more potent version of the marinade which we were already fans of. The linguine is far from basic, with black pasta and plenty of veggies such as broccoli and green beans. Both dishes are presented beautifully and our only regret is that we’re too full for dessert.
This spot is perfect for a pre-night out bite, especially considering Hazel is just upstairs. We can’t wait to return to try some of the mixed drinks.
08 Feb 2020
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