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Restaurants in Bahrain

Visitors can feast on a variety of Middle Eastern specialities across the island, from cheap Lebanese mezze at Veranda in Adliya to hearty Iraqi dishes at Melh Al Zaad in Manama or fragrant Persian at Seef Mall's Yas-e Isfahani. Alcohol isn't available in malls and many restaurants since only premium hotels and designated districts are licensed to serve it. These include Adliya, which is packed with sophisticated venues like Mezzaluna, set in an old Bahraini house.

Fish Market, Bahrain. Courtesy of Al Bander Hotel & Resort
Mezzaluna, Bahrain. Courtesy of Alghalia
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Mezzaluna

Innovative food and interiors

Set in the glass-domed courtyard of an old Adliya house, Mezzaluna serves up innovative, sophisticated fare. Low lighting and eclectic furnishings set the stage for dishes like eggplant caviar millefeuille with candied tomatoes, duck-breast hamburger with homemade tomato sauce, and chocolate croquettes. Live jazz on Friday nights makes this an extra special night out.



Opening Hours

Sat-Tue 6pm-11pm; Wed-Fri 6pm-11.30pm

Address

Adliya, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1774 2999

Transport

Taxi

Mirai, Bahrain. Photo by Glenn Wepener
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Mirai

New-wave Japanese cuisine

Upmarket regulars sip saketinis as they savour innovative Japanese fare at sophisticated Mirai in Adliya. Everything here is fresh and flavourful from the shrimp popcorn to the new-wave sushi and heartier Korean-influenced slow-braised short ribs. Round things off in the bar-lounge upstairs with music spun by a DJ.



Opening Hours

Sat-Wed 12 noon-3pm & 7pm-11pm

Address

Adliya, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1771 3113

Transport

Taxi

Website

Mirai Website

Café Italia, Bahrain. Courtesy of Café Italia
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Café Italia

Designer Italian cuisine

Café Italia serves up gourmet pizzas, pasta and fish in a double-volume space lit by trendy fibreglass chandeliers. Sleek sofas in the bar invite a fashionable Adliya crowd to settle in with cocktails before moving on to modern Italian dishes such as the sublime olive-crusted hammour with Mediterranean vegetable cannelloni and the warm chocolate cake.



Opening Hours

Sat-Wed 12pm-3pm & 7pm-11.30pm; Thur & Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 7pm-12am

Address

Road 3825, Adliya, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 17 744774

Transport

Taxi

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Moevenpick Hotel

Champagne-fuelled Friday brunch

Friday brunch is a Bahrain institution and it doesn't get much better than the sumptuous buffet at Muharraq's Moevenpick Hotel, which flows from the lobby into all its restaurants and onto the pool terrace. A bottomless glass of bubbly goes down well with live music and food from various cooking stations. Book in advance.



Opening Hours

Friday Brunch 12.30pm-4pm

Address

143, Road 2403, 224 Muharraq Town, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1746 0000

Lanterns, Bahrain. Courtesy of Lanterns
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Lanterns

Curries and kebabs

Decked out like an Indian bazaar, with entertainment provided by Indian musicians, Lanterns is a feel-good family restaurant, well suited to its suburban location in Budaiya. Mild to very hot curries and excellent tandoori kebabs come with piquant sambals and fresh garlic naan bread on request. The all-you-can-eat buffet brunch on Fridays is great value.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-3pm & 7pm-12am

Address

Budaiya Road, Budaiya, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1759 0591

Transport

Taxi

Yas-e Isfahani, Bahrain. Photo by Andrew Weaver, courtesy of Yas-e Isfahani
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Yas-e Isfahani

Fragrant modern Persian

Designed by world-renowned cookbook writer Najmieh Batmanglij, Yas-e Isfahani's menu marries authentic Persian recipes with contemporary, healthy eating styles. Enjoy delicious mezze, grills and khoreshes (stews) flavoured with fruit, rose petals and spices in slick interiors with traditional touches like handmade tiles. This is a stylish spot to fuel your shopping spree at Seef Mall.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-12am

Address

First floor, Seef Mall extension, Seef, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1758 1151

Transport

Taxi

La Fontaine, Bahrain. Courtesy of La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art
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La Fontaine

Romance on the menu

Islamic architecture meets modern design at Manama's La Fontaine restaurant housed in a beautifully updated old Arabian mansion, along with an art gallery and spa. White-clothed tables spill onto a terrace with a giant fountain, where you can enjoy beautifully presented fusion fare, from sesame sweet-potato cakes to Earl Grey and tamarind creme brulée.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun: breakfast 9am-11am; lunch 1130am-3pm; dinner 7.30pm-10.30pm

Address

92, Hoora Ave, Manama, Bahrain 306

Telephone

+973 1723 0123

Transport

Car or taxi

Website

La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art

Fish Market Restaurant, Bahrain. Courtesy of Al Bander Hotel & Resort
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Fish Market Restaurant

Fresh fish-market cuisine

Diners at Fish Market, overlooking the sea in Sitra, can take their pick from a variety of seafood and have it cooked to their liking, be that fried in olive oil with capers or grilled with oriental spices. Savour the result while watching dhows float by in search of tomorrow's 'catch of the day'.



Opening Hours

Daily 12.30pm-11.30pm

Address

Al Bander Hotel and Resort, Sitra, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1770 1201

Transport

Taxi or car

Website

Al Bander Hotel and Resort Website

Café Lilou, Bahrain. Courtesy of Alghalia
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Café Lilou

Relaxed French fare

Café Lilou's chic old-Paris interiors are miles away from typical Bahraini fare. Ex-pats and locals in thobes or designer abbayes return to this Adliya hot-spot time and again to lunch on its excellent French-café fare, including salads that are meals in themselves and deliciously decadent cakes.



Opening Hours

Sat-Thur 8am-11pm; Fri 10am-11.30pm

Address

Adliya, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1771 4440

Transport

Taxi

Monsoon, Bahrain. Courtesy of Alghalia
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Monsoon

Sublime south-east Asian

Set in an exquisite wooden pavilion surrounded by water in Adliya, Monsoon serves up Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Japanese dishes with a side order of romance. On mild evenings, the candlelit terrace is the place to enjoy sushi, Thai fishcakes, satay or Vietnamese summer rolls, followed by a choice of fragrant south-east Asian mains.



Opening Hours

Sat-Thur 12pm-2.30pm & 7pm-11pm

Address

Road 3815, Adliya, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1774 9222

Transport

Taxi

Johnny Rockets, Bahrain. Photo by Arthur DSouza
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Johnny Rockets

American-style diner

Johnny Rockets American diner offers inexpensive respite from Seef's finance-draining Al-Aali Mall. Quality beef (or soy) burgers like the Route 66, topped with mushrooms, onions and cheese, come with sides of fries and onion rings, and there's fresh apple pie to follow. Tabletop juke boxes play your favourite tunes.



Opening Hours

Daily 8am-1am

Address

Al-Aali Shopping Complex, Seef, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1756 6565

Transport

Taxi

Website

Johnny Rockets Website

Layali Turkiye, Bahrain. Photo by Glenn Wepener
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Layali Turkiye

Shish kebab and shisha

Layali Turkiye on the East Corniche serves up Turkish dishes in fuss-free interiors, but who cares if the tables and chairs are plastic when the food and sea views are this good? Feast on flatbread with colourful baba ganoush and vine leaves, along with succulent kebabs, then chill with a shisha pipe.



Opening Hours

Daily 6pm-4am

Address

Diplomatic Area, East Corniche Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1729 5270

Transport

Taxi or car

Thailand Restaurant, Bahrain. Photo by Glenn Wepener
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Thailand Restaurant

Simply tasty Thai

Bamboo walls and traditional art set the scene for a relaxed village-style meal at Thailand in Adliya. Ask for a table upstairs, where seating is on the floor in several rooms, and peruse the menu over shrimp crackers and a beer. All dishes are simple, flavourful and substantial.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-3pm and 6pm-12am

Address

Villa 7, Osama Bin Zayed Avenue, Adliya, Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1771 7040

Transport

Taxi

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Melh Al Zaad

Hearty Iraqi cuisine

Hidden away in the Diplomatic Area, intimate, art-adorned Melh Al Zaad serves authentic Iraqi cuisine. Meat Ghouzi, combining tender mutton with subtly spiced gravy-soaked rice, is typical of the fare on offer. To finish, there's cardamom-flavoured tea and the exquisite Jordanian dessert Kanafa, a fried-vermicelli cake filled with cream - a must.



Opening Hours

Sat-Wed 12.30pm-12.30am; Thur & Fri 12.30pm-1.30am

Address

Diplomatic Area, Off Exhibition Ave, East Corniche Manama, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 17 311170

Transport

Taxi

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Veranda Gallery Café

Low-budget Bahraini institution

A long list of simple, tasty dishes draws a constant stream of fans to Adliya's Veranda Gallery Café. Join the shisha-smokers on the eponymous veranda or settle in the colourful interiors and watch music videos as you enjoy Arabic mezze like kibbeh (delicious pine-nut filled bulgur-wheat meatballs), sandwiches or a good-value fish grill.



Opening Hours

Sat-Wed 9am-1am; Thur & Fri 9am-2am

Address

Shaikh Isa Ave, Adliya, Bahrain

Telephone

+973 1771 5868

Transport

Taxi

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