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WIAW: Bahrain Eats and Treats

Posted Apr 04 2012 5:00pm

Greetings from the slightly dusty but sunny island of Bahrain! I’ve truly been relishing my time off while I can, which explains the sporadic posting (not that I consider blogging to be “work”, but time away from a computer screen is always nice when you’re in front of them as much as I am).

That said, I couldn’t leave without substantial documentation of my eats at home, and so a What I ate Wednesday  Sunday post is in order.



Raw buckwheat granola (which I brought with me from Nottingham) avec sliced bananas and strawberries, drowned in my favourite brand of almond milk .

Mid-morning snack:


Half a small sweet melon with ground flax sprinkled on top, eaten while doing some dissertation writing. I use the term “time off” lightly.

Lunch was my easy vegan aubergine and lentil moussaka .


Along with a delicious beet and carrot salad, green salad and Lebanese mezze leftovers.



A couple of these delicious Saudi dates and a cup of green chai tea. It was tough, but I managed to keep myself from filling up on them before dinner.

For dinner, my friends and I headed to a place I’d been itching to try out since I heard it existed.


Need I say more?

The verdict: very well decorated/flashy interiors but horrible music – think trashy upbeat techno circa 2007. The menus, which were brought to us on iPads, were extremely extensive. There was a lot to choose from and a decent amount of vegan/easily vegan-isable options, in addition to a decent variety of fresh juices.

The portion sizes however…


I wish I’d taken a picture of my hand alongside this to give you an idea of scale. Basically this salad equaled about 3 of my portions – which we all know are larger than the average joe’s. I was flabbergasted when I saw how large it was, finishing it was no easy feat! As far as actual taste – I’m disappointed to report that it was just okay. I got the aubergine and pomegranate  salad (because they were all out of anything avocado) and it wasn’t the best. The aubergine was clearly deep fried and as a result extremely greasy, and the balsamic dressing was far too plentiful in my opinion.

Worth a visit – but not more than one.

We ended the night with some traditional Moroccan mint tea at another nearby cafe.


And that was Sunday.

Other noteworthy eats-out have included brunch at the very vegan friendly Tilly’s Cafe, Jawad Food Dome .

Apple and cucumber juice to start.



Followed by the most amazing fresh fruit platter.


They also have a great selection of vegan smoothies, a hot mezze-style breakfast and even offer muesli with soy milk.


Speaking of mezze’s, Carla’s Bistro   may have won the prize for best restaurant hummus in Bahrain.


It was sensational. And you know I don’t mess around when it comes to hummus.


And always worth a mention, fresh veg juice at my beloved Cappucino Cafe in Saar.


Orange and carrot – yum.


Ever been sorely disappointed by a restaurant you had high hopes for?

Ironic that a restaurant with more vegan options than the average Bahrain eaterie was the one that satisfied me the least!

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