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Bahrain's Newest Opening: Novo


The most important meal of the day, is now being served all day!

I've always believed Chef Susy Masseti has a magic touch when it comes to her restaurants, farms, f&b projects and more, and her newest opening is no different! 

Novo focuses on my favourite meal of the day - breakfast! Serving the same breakfast menu all day (from 7am onwards) they utilize their organic farm fresh eggs (from roots and shoots) in the dishes and have some seriously impressive homemade pastries to boot. 

Fifi was lucky enough to get a sneak peek this week before it opens in the next week or two. Nestled into the new Al Liwan outdoor mall in Hamala, Novo hasn't fallen into the trap of cookie cutter restaurant design (which is sadly everywhere these days. The airy interiors have character, freshness, and quirky elegance. 

The pastry counter is piled with temptingly good pastries, I devoured the croissant, tiramisu bun, strawberry Danish pastry and the sugar flecked 'kouign amann' (a must try). 

We then moved onto reviewing the menu, with about 10 egg dishes (uova in Italian). For once I couldn't decide what to try - every, single, item, looked, excellent.  the struggle was real. We ended up trying the scrambled eggs paired with crunchy risotto cakes (who said bread should be the only vehicle for eggs!), perfectly poached eggs with kefir-lime cured Scottish smoked salmon, whipped dill flecked labnah, served on a fennel loaf.

Next up, their non egg breakfast dish options all once again looked excellent. From a chickpea hash to white Tuscan bean stew, home cured turkey ‘in porchetta’ and their farm roasted chicken.  We opted for the homemade roast beef (excellent) brie, avo and wild rocket waffle sandwich, which will surely be my go-to lunch for the summer months.   

For the sweet toothed, Susy has a range of options; from baked French toast with blueberries and honeyed yoghurt, Croissant waffles with almond croissant and a nostalgic Pb&J with homemade jam and condensed milk.

Bahrain, get ready...Novo is going to be your new fave spot for all-day breakfast!

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