Among the highlights of The Holy Month are the exquisite culinary offerings available all over the Kingdom. Whether you want to splurge or save, BTM rounds up the best options for you.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN
The hotel unveils a new tradition this season with the largest and most elegantly designed Ramadan tent – Masaya – designed by renowned designer and scenographer Ammar Basheir. Iftar is priced at BD25++ and Ghabga at BD27++. Guests can also book a private pergola for up to eight persons. Enjoy nightly entertainment while indulging in the splendours of traditional Arabian cuisine and modern Mediterranean, Asian and Mexican fare.
Call 17 586-499.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
Al Bahrain Ballroom will stage a lavish spread with a wide selection of traditional Bahraini fare as well as Lebanese, Moroccan, Indian, Turkish and global cuisine. There will also be several live cooking stations. Iftar is served between sunset and 8pm for BD26++. Ghabga is from 9pm onwards and priced at BD28++. Shisha costs an additional BD10++.
Call 17 115-500.
SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA
Welcome The Holy Month at Layali Al Zallaq Ramadan Tent by the sea. A lip-smacking Iftar will be on from sunset to 8.30pm and Ghabga begins from 10pm onwards. Both buffets are priced at BD19.500++. The price for Iftar includes Ramadan juices and beverages, while that for Ghabga includes food only.
Call 17 636-363.
THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN
This Ramadan, the famous Khaimat Al Khaleej tent will have a modern, yet traditional, layout and kids’ play area with entertainment and games. Expect a bountiful Iftar and Ghabga buffet with live grills, freshly made savoury pastries, a selection of seven varieties of dates, a live Teppanyaki grill, chocolate fountain, crepe station, homemade Ramadan ice cream flavours and numerous, tasty new entrées.
Call 17 713-000.
AL AREEN PALACE & SPA
Discover the grace of Arabian traditions under the Qasr Al Sultan Tent, where a sumptuous Iftar buffet awaits you for BD16++ on weekdays and BD18++ on weekends. Ghabga is a merry affair at BD15++ on weekdays and BD17++ on weekends. Early bird bookings before May 7 enjoy discounted rates for Iftar and Ghabga.
Call 17 845-000.
THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN
Satisfy your taste buds with traditional Khaleeji cuisine at Furn with a plethora of Middle Eastern delicacies. The buffet, costing BD18, will be laid out from sunset to 8.30pm. Savour authentic Ouzi, Sayadia, Arabic mixed grills, Chicken Maklouba, Marshoush Ades, Fie Qataah, Machboos and Harees. Go all out with the Tahina fountain, Turkish sweets, Ramadan juices and Arabic coffee.
Call 17 171-441.
SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL
Iftar at Awali Ballroom will be a complete Ramadan experience, with typical Arabic décor and dishes. It is priced at BD16++ from Sunday to Wednesday, and BD18++ over the weekends. Al Safir Restaurant will host Ghabga from 9pm onwards for BD12.900++ per person.
Call 17 533-533.
THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA
A superbly curated Iftar will be laid out at Al Fanar ballroom overlooking Manama’s skyline. Discover the heavenly taste of traditional Khaleeji dishes, as well as international cuisines all under one roof. Special group packages are available.
Call 17 531-666.
MÖVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN
Al Murjan Ballroom will be serving a sumptuous array of authentic dishes on the Iftar buffet from sunset to 9pm, for BD19 per person. In the true spirit of charity, BD1 per Iftar guest will be donated to Muharraq Charity Fund. Group reservations of 30 people and more receive a 25 per cent discount.
Call 17 460-017.
INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN
Rifaa Ballroom will be the hotspot of lavish culinary offerings for Iftar at sunset, at BD15++. Ghabga can be arranged upon prior request for groups, priced at BD14++ per person. The ‘Whole Ouzi and Appetizer’ package, good for up to 20 guests, costs BD150. The ‘Half Ouzi and Appetizer’ package suffices for up to ten persons and costs BD80. The packages include many other Arabic culinary specialities.
Call 17 208-308 or 17 208-313.
CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN
Be charitable by dining at La Mosaique’s Iftar buffet, for BD14.520 per person. For every Iftar guest, a donation of 500 fils will be made to the Children & Mothers Welfare Society. The Bahrain Conference Centre is a perfect atmosphere for your private gatherings for Ghabga. Packages start at BD14.520 per guest for a minimum of 30 people.
Call 17 531-122.
Discover a majestic garden set-up full of festivities and a gala feast at Choices Restaurant and Terrace. Indulge in a vast selection of traditional Arabic and international dishes, and the best flavours of shisha over Iftar from sunset to 8.30pm, and Ghabga from 9.30pm to 12.30am. Both buffets cost BD21++ per person.
Call 16 000-111.
RAMEE GRAND HOTEL & SPA
Khaymat Mandolin, a grand indoor tent, will be laden with a scrumptious spread for Iftar, followed by Ghabga. Shisha can be enjoyed in the adjacent lounge, and families and friends can enjoy their own private space in the demarcated VIP area. Suhoor can be arranged for large groups on prior request.
Call 17 111-999.
FOUR STAR HOTELS
WYNDHAM GARDEN MANAMA
Explore true Middle Eastern flavours at Café Mosaic over Iftar every evening during The Holy Month, for just BD10 per adult. A special group rate for 10 persons and above is available. A Ghabga buffet will be laid out between 9pm and 2am daily for BD8. The venue is available for private or corporate Ghabga gatherings.
Call 66 316-666.
Kolors Restaurant will stage a lavish Iftar buffet comprising traditional dishes along with Ramadan delicacies from across the region. The dessert buffet will also be packed with a variety of mouth-watering items. It can be enjoyed from sunset to 8.30pm for BD9.900++ per person. Each guest will be entered into a raffle draw to win a one-night stay at the hotel by filling out the guest satisfaction questionnaire.
Call 17 360-000.
RAMADA HOTEL & SUITES, AMWAJ ISLANDS
Revive Ramadan traditions with loved ones at the hotel’s Ramadan Tent that offers a widespread Iftar buffet comprising Middle Eastern fare, traditional juices, sweets and savouries. The meal costs BD11. The venue is available for private or corporate gatherings for Ghabga, for up to 150 persons.
Call 16 000-099.
RAMADA MANAMA CITY CENTRE
Reem Al Bawadi’s Ramadan tent welcomes you to a warm and relaxed atmosphere and a luxurious Arabic-international inspired Iftar buffet, laden with culinary gems. Discover various interactive cooking stations as you treat your taste buds to delicious fare.
Call 17 104-040.
MERCURE GRAND HOTEL SEEF
Enjoy the widest selection of delicious Oriental and international dishes, delectable
Ramadan juices, flavoured shisha, games and more. Iftar and Ghabga are priced at BD12++ per person. Suhoor runs till 2am on weekdays and costs BD7++ per person. Revel in traditional music from a trio led by the famous Egyptian singer Mohamed Al Toukhi.
Call 17 584-400.
PARK REGIS LOTUS HOTEL
Enjoy Iftar and Ghabga at the hotel’s Arabesque-themed ‘Lotus Ramadan Tent’. As the hotel’s first Ramadan, the extravagant Iftar buffet features a selection of popular local fare and live cooking stations. At Ghabga, savour a multicultural spread of dishes and desserts.
Iftar is from sunset to 8pm for BD 12++, including beverages, and Ghabga from 9pm to 2am for 14++, excluding beverages. Special prices for large groups of 30 or more.
Call 17 362-220 or 36 521-597.
THE GROVE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE
For a true taste of Ramadan, join in at 25N 50 Eatery for Iftar, daily from sunset to 8.30pm. Treat yourself to an exquisite array of traditional specialities and delicious Bahraini flavours at just BD10 per person.
Call 16 030-303 or 37 331-610.
MIAM BAKERY-CAFÉ & RESTAURANT
A wide selection of Middle Eastern and signature fusion international specialities including biryanis, machboos, lasagna and pasta feature on the Iftar and Ghabga buffets. Iftar costs BD3.500, while Ghabga is priced at BD9.800.
Call 17 536-377.
Enjoy an Iftar Buffet at BD5.900 at Budaiya and Riffa outlets, and BD5.900++ at Lanterns Lounge in Adliya from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Guests get 50 per cent discount on the à la carte menu at all branches after 9.30pm.
Call 17 250-999 (Adliya) and 17 590-591 (Budaiya).
Various other eateries around town will also be hosting Iftar and Ghabga feasts, so take your palates on an exploratory journey of the traditional delights of The Holy Month.