Al Maisam – a hidden gem in Salmabad

Al Maisam in Salmabad

Ask any resident of our quaint little island where the best Indian food in town is and you’ll get the same few responses – Lanterns, Copper Chimney, Spices, Nirvana, and maybe a few shout-outs to Saravana Bhavan and Sangeetha. These restaurants are good. Very good. But are they the best? I’m not so sure.

Those familiar with Salmabad will immediately have an image pop into their heads. Intertwined dusty streets filled with car part stores, garages, industrial lots, and littered with cars seemingly left to rot in the unforgiving sun.

I ventured out to Salmabad with a friend to get some car work done one morning (Yep! Another breakfast post. Shocking.) and hunger hit us… hard. So we ventured out in hopes of finding something, anything, to eat. We made it about 80 metres before spotting a small shop with some Indian snacks in the window. Maybe they have something more substantial? Worth investigating at the very least. Continue reading

An Arabic Breakfast at Saffron by Jena

Saffron by Jena

Saffron by Jena could be considered an institution in terms of restaurants in Bahrain. Ask anyone who’s lived in Bahrain for a decent amount of time and they will tell you to go to Saffron, if you haven’t already.

Saffron by Jena serves breakfast and only breakfast. A traditional Bahraini breakfast of ful, eggs with tomato, balaleet, beans, bread and more. There’s no menu. There is just the breakfast plate.

Saffron by Jena have 3 locations in Bahrain – Muharraq souk, Manama souk and Riffa fort. You can’t really go wrong with any of them. Our personal favourite is the one in Muharraq. It’s not the easiest to find on your first trip, hidden in the side streets in Muharraq. Which is probably why I like this location so much. Not to mention the inside of the place – it feels like they’ve really made an effort to retain as much of the old Bahrain as possible. Continue reading

Breakfast at Cafe Amsterdam

Brunch – an almost exclusive weekend meal where you spend the entire day eating and drinking. Which is a valid choice of activity for any weekend. However, brunch in Bahrain isn’t the brunch we know and love. Seems brunch food is lost in Bahrain. It’s more of a Linner (Lunch-Dinner) than a brunch. So when a choice comes between breakfast or brunch, we tend to always choose breakfast.

Which is exactly what we did when we called Cafe Amsterdam, one Saturday morning, and were given this very choice. Cafe Amsterdam is one of the newer kids on the block. Opened in the middle of 2014, sharing outdoor venue space with the fantastic La Vinoteca Barcelona, Cafe Amsterdam is a slightly different beast. Same impeccable high standards, but things just feel a little bit lighter. More casual.

Well, we had plenty of stuff to get done that day, brunch could wait. Also, BD26++? A bit steep for us!

Right, onto the food. Continue reading