Bahrain is well-known for its diverse contemporary culture. After all, people from far and wide call Bahrain their home, and while tradition is not about to leave center stage, the result is a truly unique blend of the old and new – with an exquisite international twist. Rich flavors, textures and scents all come together to create perfect harmony and visitors at the restaurants in Bahrain and guests are invited to enjoy the spectacular carousel of flavors that are available across the country. Here are our picks of the top restaurants in Bahrain.
Lumee Street Cafe
It’s not without reason that the word “lumee” – a Bahraini slang for “lemons” – is incorporated in the name of Lumee Street Cafe. The food here is fresh, zesty and packed with flavor. Devoted to capturing the essence of Middle Eastern street food, Lumee Street Cafe presents traditional flavors in a relaxed and contemporary deli setting. However, the food here is anything but ordinary. A variety of colors, textures, scents and flavors all come together in a wonderfully presented culinary performance that’s guaranteed to impress. There’s a tribute to Bahrain’s legendary street grills and a variety of refreshing house-made lemonades served with crushed ice. Guests will love both the cold and hot sharing plates and indulgent meat dishes. Finish your meal with a flavorsome Turkish coffee and beautifully rich pastries – the dessert menu is something we definitely encourage to explore.
There are some particular things associated with Mexico. The famous art scene is one of them and a rich culinary tradition is another one. Cantina Kahlo restaurant brings those elements to life at Ritz Carlton Bahrain hotel’s signature dining venue. Cantina Kahlo features salads, tacos, tamales and other authentic, street-inspired dishes alongside premium grilled meats, fresh seafood and decadent desserts. The impressive beverage list is as vibrant and bold as the décor itself, as the turquoise walls create the perfect backdrop for the bold colored furnishings and Frida Kahlo-inspired art. It’s a place that instantly makes you smile and feel at home, so toast a batch of margaritas and celebrate life. Created by the flavors of the folkloric traditional Mexican cuisine, Cantina Kahlo is one of the most exciting restaurants in Bahrain. Chef Hector Miguel Mendoza Becerra creates a menu that stays true to his Mexican heritage, knowledge and craft. Feast on yellowfin tuna, burned jalapeno chilies, pico de gallo and Wagyu short ribs.
Cut by Wolfgang Puck
You can be sure that the in-house restaurants within the Four Seasons hotels will always deliver and the remarkable Cut by Wolfgang Puck is as great as the Four Seasons Bahrain hotel itself. Timeless sophistication and exceptional food are key here so your dining experience is going to be unlike any other. The restaurant embraces the traditional American steakhouse approach by offering the finest cuts cooked to perfection and to each diner’s personal liking. On top of that, guests are also impressed by the 180-degree views of Manama. Feast on 100-percent pure Black Angus and Australian Wagyu. Enjoy timeless flavors like the New York sirloin and filet mignon. Pair with Yukon gold potato puree and a glass of the finest Malbec wine. Now that’s what we call a dinner experience worth booking!
Yet another exceptional dining establishment set within the Ritz Carlton Bahrain is the gorgeous Italian restaurant Primavera. A modern take on the Italian trattoria, Primavera brings the elements of chef Vincenzo Nigro’s childhood to this Manama restaurant. Hailing from southern Italy, Nigro uses local and seasonal ingredients to create fresh portions of pasta and desserts, alongside reinterpretations of classic dishes. The Italian restaurant features a veranda overlooking the pool and Gulf and a private dining room perfect for groups that want to enjoy their meals undisturbed and with the 5-star service that the restaurant is known for. Some of the restaurant’s signature dishes include eggplant parmigiana, grilled octopus, and mussels sautéed in garlic – and these are only the starters. A generous selection of different kinds of pasta, as well as a plentiful seafood and meat menu that guarantees everyone will find something to their liking.
Even among all the exquisite restaurants in Bahrain, Masso remains the absolute must-try of them – and it is a true labor of love. This is an establishment where passion and creativity meet to produce the wonderful food that is the pivotal point of the restaurant. Here you are welcomed with a relaxed dining experience, where friends and family can come together to share fantastic food accompanied by fantastic wine. Passion and attention show themselves in the great collection of wines that are offered here and it is the largest selection of wines within a restaurant in Bahrain. The wine list has won the prestigious Wine Spectator “Wine List Award of Excellence”, amongst others, from its first year of operations and every year since.
With a vast variety of Southern European dishes, you are sure to be blown away by tastes, aromas, and combinations prepared to your preference and specification by a team of well-experienced chefs. With its uncomplicated décor, rustic wood details, white linens, and vases of lavender, Masso is a corner of peace in the midst of a bustling city. Supported by its own organic garden, the cuisine of Masso is rustic in its simplicity, genuine and inspired by local products and produce harvested daily.