Our Top Picks: Valentine's Day Extras
There's a few days left before Valentine's Day, so if you haven't booked a table for the big day then now's your last chance! Luckily we've done the hard work for you; from romantic Arabian chateaux to trendy sky-high Japanese eateries, we've gathered some of the best spots to tantalize your partner's tastebuds come 14th February.
Headed up by the prodigal Bahrain-based chef Kevin de Guzman, trained by the Japanese foodie mastermind Naotaka Tokohisa, Sato is a literal mini Japan in the very heart of the trendy Adliya district. Kimono draped hostesses, bamboo matting and an authentic wadaika drum add to the already buzzing atmosphere. The seating options are plenty and all come with some personal flair; hit up the teppanyaki counter for some dramatic food prep (read fire. Lots of fire), a private room with tatami flooring, sunken tables and shoji dividers, the sushi bar or even the main dining area. For Valentine's Day Sato is offering a four course set menu for dinner, priced at BD26++ if you sit in the main dining room, while couples wanting a special teppanyaki experience can experience a special menu for BD60++ per couple. Both packages are inclusive of a complimentary glass of wine.
Make a reservation at Sato
Now this may just be the most picturesque spot for Valentine's Day in the whole of Bahrain! Tucked away in an old part of Manama, this stunning wind tower chateaux is 150 years old, having been lovingly restored to its former glory some years ago, integrating the best of Bahraini architectural design with a hint of French flair. The inner courtyard is bursting with bougainvillea and palm fronds, making the setting rustic, full of history and charm. This is definitely the place to blow your date's socks off! Come February 14th, La Fontaine will be combining a live piano performance with a romantic set menu dinner, priced at BD25++.
Make a reservation at La Fontaine
Ruka at the Ramee Grand Hotel in the Seef area is one of Bahrain's newer Asian dining spots to be making waves with the island's residential foodies. Perched right up on the 24th floor, the view encompasses much of Bahrain's skyline. The interior has an Asian undertone without being overpowering, which when combined with the soft lighting and romantic table arrangements make for a pretty good Valentine's Day choice! Their regular menu will be available, featuring the usual gastronomic array of sushi and maki rolls, robata seafood, meat, poultry and vegetables, plus plenty of appetisers such as soups, salads and various tempura offerings. If you're feeling a little but more romantic, Ruka is offering a special sharing set menu priced at BD39, inclusive of a glass of pink champagne, chocolates and roses.
Make a reservation at Ruka
Want to get away from the hustle and bustle for Valentine's Day? Then Saffron is for you. The road trip is a relaxing drive out of the city and into the desert, arriving at the mini oasis of Al Areen Palace & Spa. The restaurant is all high ceilings and grandiose Middle Eastern decor, with views overlooking the outdoor pool. Known for its spectacular fusion cuisine that combines modern Bahraini dishes with European and Khaleeji influences, we're excited to see what this culinary gem come up with come the big day. For Valentine's Day Saffron is offering a special five course menu for BD18++ per person.