Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Manama

Café Lilou

This elegant balconied venue, with its velvet upholstery, wrought-iron banisters and polished-wood floors, is reminiscent of a 19th-century Parisian brasserie and is the place for a classy breakfast or lunch in part…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Manama

Haji Gahwa

It doesn't get much more Bahraini than Haji Gahwa. Biryanis are the mainstay, served with chopped onion and a basic tomato-and-cucumber salad. After 5pm, order the grill. It can be tricky to find: it's off Governmen…
Top Choice Seafood in Manama

Fish House

Bahrain's high-end eateries have tried to wrest the mantle of the island's best seafood from this basic place out west in Budaiya, to no avail. There are no frills here, none at all, and the menu varies with the cat…
Top Choice International in Manama

Masso

The home kitchen of Susy Massetti wins plaudits for its cooking, born in the Mediterranean and using fresh local ingredients with class and creativity. Sample dishes include Earl Grey–marinated chicken and harissa-m…
Japanese in Manama

Bushido

This institution is where Bahrain first fell in love with Japanese food. There are all the usual suspects, but there's also miso black cod, Wagyu beef cooked on a volcanic stone and 'New-Style Sashimi' such as salmo…
Iranian in Manama

Isfahani

Excellent Iranian food at an almost-budget price is a winning combination. Take your time over the menu, but we settled on the Isfahani juja kebab (baby boneless chicken with Persian spices and served with rice) and…
International in Manama

La Fontaine

This fashionable restaurant, in the outstanding La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, is a magical place to enjoy lunch or dinner alongside the fountain and surrounded by one of Manama's best examples of tradition…
Cafe in Manama

My Cafe

One of Manama's most sophisticated cafes, the elegant My Cafe, just beyond the southern end of Adliya's restaurant zone, turns out dishes like tuna carpaccio or roasted hammour, done exceptionally well. The experien…
Lebanese in Manama

Rayés

This is one of the most attractive places to sample Lebanese food, right by the water's edge in the Coral Bay complex. The chef prides himself on the variety of salads and cold mezze, but everything's good here and …
International in Manama

Coco's

With indoor and outdoor seating, huge servings and an extensive menu that ranges across more than a dozen salads, pasta and other mainly Mediterranean dishes, it's hardly surprising that Coco's remains enormously po…