Add these photogenic and delicious dishes to your to-do list this November! We've searched high and low in Bahrain, and here are 6 fine-dining gems with great service and quality food you simply can't miss out on. So get ready to bust out the culinary fireworks and show your friends why they should completely trust you when choose the venue. From legendary steakhouses to authentic Japanese Fare, these will certainly do the trick.
Tuna Tartare @ CUT by Wolfgang Puck
CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay is just one of the eateries on everyones' lips these days. Michelin starred chef and restauranteur Wolfgang Puck checks in regularly at this establishment, while Executive Chef Ben Small is in charge of the daily running of this critically acclaimed restaurant. The food offering is heavily orientated around one of the finest ranges of beef selections on the island; Australian Angus, Wagyu selections from across the USA, Australia and Japan, and true Japanese Kobe Beef is all available. There is also a nice emphasis on shellfish, whole fresh fish and other seafood options. The Tuna Tartare, made from beautifully hand cut tuna imported fresh from Japan is our current favorite at this joint, served with gently toasted togarashi crisps and wasabi aioli.
Octopus Croquettes @ La Vinoteca Barcelona
Our preferred eatery for tapas, sangria and everything Catalonian has been churning out some gastronomic masterpieces recently! The menu features some sublime Mediterranean dishes, contemporary Spanish delicacies and Catalonian specialities, and makes it one of the more unique eating experiences on the island. You can find authentic tapas dishes, a great range of paella, traditional gazpacho, fish of the day options and some of the best desserts in Bahrain, including our personal favorites - Chef Joan Gomez's Patatas Bravas and Gambas al Ajillo. On your next visit check out the homemade Octopus Croquettes with Tika Masala sauce for something a bit different.
Salmon Shiso @ Mirai
Mirai needs no introduction thanks to its long history of providing Bahrain with the best contemporary Japanese cuisine for over ten years. Borrowing something of the Nobu philosophy, the menu offers a number of unique fusion dishes that hit the spot between authentic Japanese and international tastebuds, and the food presentation is simply amazing. Our favourite spot is the low-seating tatami tables or the sushi bar for maximum cultural saturation. While we all tend to stick to our favorites at Mirai, go out on a limb and try the Salmon Shiso, well known to be one of the best sellers at this eatery. Raw salmon slices are marinated and served in shiso dressing and accompanied by freshly sliced jalapeños and kizami wasabi.
Tarte Tropézienne @ My Cafe
The definition of boutique on Bahrain's fine-dining scene, My Cafe combines a bon vivant atmosphere with a zen-like space and a fantastic, seasonal and ever evolving menu. The food is something special; a small selection of uniquely crafted dishes, combining some lighter classics and other more indulgent choices. With choices such as duck foie gras, veal cheeks and Japanese-style panko breaded popcorn shrimp, this place is more than tastebud friendly. If you love good food and a great setting with a seasoning of culture, then My Café should be at the top of your to-visit list. Check out the Tarte Tropézienne, one of the newest additions to their dessert menu. Originating back in 1955 in Saint-Tropez, this soft, doughy brioche bun is filled with a light orange blossom cream and decorated with dots of vanilla bean. (Photo credit to @mimbh on Instagram).
Tacos de Canasta @ Cantina Kahlo
Cantina Kahlo is the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain's latest fine-dining addition. Located next to Trader Vic’s and surrounded by lush gardens and the lagoon, this joint is offering something unique and refreshing to the island's restaurant scene. Chef Cesar Daniel de Leon Torres is determined to offer a fun and vibrant atmosphere for local fine-diners to sample a taste of modern Mexico; ceviche, flautas, pulled chicken and even beef tongue are all available here! But if you really want to taste something special then try the beautifully presented Tacos de Canasta. Homemade tortillas, made with masa corn flour, are stuffed with wagyu beef, which has been slow-cooked for three hours with a range of root vegetables and a healthy dose of smokey Morita chilli. A generous topping of adobo sauce, made with dried chilli and tomatoes, avocado paste and sour cream, gives the whole thing a delicious kick. The whole thing is topped with Yucatan-style red cabbage and lime juice, fresh coriander, red spinach and shredded cheese.
Liquid Nitrogen Sorbet @ Plums
Stellar service, a modern yet unpretentious setting and some pretty innovative food are the reasons Plums is one of our favorite contemporary steakhouses! The menu contains a wide range of cuts and choices, including Scottish salmon, US ASDA beef, Wagyu, and the fine-dining experience is further enhanced by their amuse bouche and dry ice desserts, giving your meal a pretty majestic twist. Plums walk a fine line between traditional and contemporary, but they do it well; lobster bisque, crab cakes and beef tartare contrast nicely with the foie gras with plum Mirabelle and seared scallops with caviar truffle and shitake mushrooms. This dessert is definitely on the contemporary side, and comes with quite the performance! Black raspberry sorbet and tonka beans, raspberry sauce, caramelised hazelnut, hazelnut streusel and a crunchy tonka meringue are all combined and then served with a dash of liquid nitrogen. Available only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.