Fri, 04 September 2020
The world has gone through huge changes in 2020 with its effects being felt in just about every aspect of our lives. One of the things we missed the most, however, was the ability to dine out at a beautiful location, with great company and tuck into some delicious grub! So, we were naturally excited when Marriott Executive Apartments, Juffair announced the launch of their beautiful new restaurant – Crossroads Bahrain.
From the moment you step in you’ll notice the warm, yet vibrant interiors and are greeted by their friendly team. The restaurant follows all the necessary guidelines to ensure social distancing and the safety of its patrons. So, with our peace of mind intact, we got ready to dig into the wide range of cuisines tastefully put together by their creative culinary team, headed by Chef Akram Ahmed. The menu offers a wide range of familiar yet classic British, European and Middle Eastern dishes alongside some very welcome vegan and vegetarian options.
For our starters we opted for the Caramelised Onion Hummus and Crossroads Mezza which came loaded with Middle Eastern favourites including falafel, muhammara, hummus, moussaka, nojoumia and vine leaves. The Caramelised Onion Hummus is beautifully presented with peaks of toasted pita bread carefully adorning the plate. The hummus is bursting with flavour, complimented beautifully by the sweetness of the onions and crunch of the pita bread. We carefully sampled every bit of the mezza platter which proved to be the perfect start to an exciting meal. We accompanied our starters with a healthy serving of Strawberry and Date Salad.
For our mains, we were given the pleasure of sampling a wide range of dishes including the Chicken Milanese, Fish and Chips, Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, Crossroads Burger, Vegan Burger, Crossroads Hangover Pizza and Crossroads Pasta. It was undoubtedly a feast, but what really caught our eye was the Crossroads Burger – an Angus beef patty, topped with fresh veggies, cheddar cheese and (drum roll please) a crispy bun filled with cheese! We watched in awe as Chef Akram carefully sawed away at it, revealing a glorious stream of cheese which flowed onto the burger. The patty is complimented well by the crunch of the bun and creamy cheese.
What surprised us next was the Vegan Burger, which was delightfully fulfilling and full of flavour. It’s made with a Beyond Meat burger, topped with vegan sauce and fresh veggies. The Fish and Chips stayed true to classic British cuisines with a generous serving of fried fish, mushy peas, malt vinegar and steak fries. To add to the refreshing British favourites, we quite enjoyed the creamy goodness of the Vegetarian Shepherd’s pie which was filled with fresh veggies, tomato sauce and perfectly cooked mashed potatoes.
To end our culinary adventure on a high note, we were served three slices of cake: Old-fashioned Chocolate Cake, Russian Honey Cake and Blueberry Cheesecake. The Russian Honey Cake is without a fragment of doubt a must-have at Crossroads; it’s brimming with the natural flavour of honey, beautifully paired with the cool, rich butter between every layer.
After a true feast for the eyes and palette, we left Crossroads Bahrain with a smile and will to return!