Don't forget these spots when you're deciding where to eat in the Kingdom
With so many options in Bahrain, from food trucks to high-end restaurants, small cafes, and hole-in-the-wall’s, it can sometimes be hard to keep track or remember them all.
Here are a few under the radar spots which always serve me well!
Nestled in the quiet Amwaj Lagoon, Areesh is a Lebanese/ Jordanian restaurant with not only gorgeous interiors (high ceilings, tiling, tables and more) but excellent food to match. On cooler days head to their outdoor terrace to eat and while away a few hours.
Tip: I come here for an amazing breakfast spread (the Areesh Breakfast set is a generous option) and always make sure to pick up freshly baked bread by the bagful to take home. If you’re living in the vicinity order their moajanat for when you have friends over and I seriously can’t recommend their Kebab Areesh enough (it has pistachio and mozzarella on top!).
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A stalwart in the Adliya café scene, I’ve heard this spot has been open for decades. Think of it as your odd uncle’s house, with mismatched furniture and a bit of a thrift shop vibe to it! However, it has some solid salads and sandwiches to try out, not gourmet, but perfectly acceptable for a mid-week lunch.
Tip: The kind of place you might want to head alone in the week with your laptop or want to meet a friend without prying eyes. Rumour has it there is a stash of fabulous antiques upstairs in the private rooms, though I don’t know if there is any truth to it.
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Ritz Gourmet Lounge
This café, hidden in the corridors of the Ritz, is the place I go for absolute comfort. Huge chairs envelope you, a little stool is brought out to you for your handbag (so Japanese) and the menu has everything you could want from a luxury hotel café. Think club sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, breakfast, and a large counter of desserts you won’t be able to walk past without ogling.
Tip: when the weather is good sneak out of work for a well-deserved Thursday lunch break. Head to their outdoor tables, order a club sandwich and a beer, watch the world go by and then plots ways to spend the rest of the afternoon here instead of going back to the office
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Looking for more off-the-radar places to eat?
Popina at the Farmer's Market in Salmabad
Seoul in Adliya
GB Cafe in Seef
Do you have an under the radar spot you head to? Let me know in the comments!