Café Lilou

Cafe in Manama

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 particular. The handmade pastries are a standout: try the French-standard croissants or the irresistible French toast soaked in rich vanilla pastry cream with mascarpone, almonds and fresh wild berries.

The creativity is not the sole domain of the pastry chefs, with mains like grilled tamarind hammour skewers served with saffron-almond rice and rose petals in dried lime butter and chives. Service from the bow-tied waiters is attentive and discreet. There's another branch in Al Aali Mall.