Wed, 01 May 2019
Along with abstinence and reflection, Ramadan is also a time for bonding with dear ones over indulgent culinary treats after sundown. BTM rounds up some of the island’s best Iftar and Ghabga options.
Al Bahrain Ballroom will sport a modern Arabesque theme in the main dining area and a special Ramadan Tent. The buffet will feature a wide selection of traditional Bahraini fare as well as Lebanese, Moroccan, Indian, Turkish and global cuisine with a number of live cooking stations for sushi, bao, dosa and carved meats. Iftar will run from sunset till 8pm and is priced at BD32, including water, Ramadan juices, Arabic coffee and Moroccan tea.
Ghabga is from 9pm till 2am, priced at BD34.500, including Ramadan juices only. During the Holy Month, a professional live band from Cairo will be playing mellow traditional tunes along with an opera singer. Shisha will be available at the tent. Group bookings, with a minimum of 30 guests, receive special prices. Call 17 115-500.
The nights will be most enchanting at the award-winning Layali Al Zallaq Ramadan Tent, featuring lavish Iftar and Ghabga buffets under a roof of stars by the sea. Savour delectable traditional fare from around the world, intertwined with local flavours for an unrivalled gastronomic experience. Iftar will be from sunset till 8.30pm, priced at BD20. Ghabga with live entertainment costs BD23, starting at 9.30pm, and running until 1am on weekdays and 2am on weekends. Both meals are inclusive of Ramadan juices, soft drinks and water. Little ones get to enjoy their very own entertainment at the Kids’ Camp with various fun-filled activities. Call 17 636-363 for more information.
Iftar will be heavenly with delicious Ramadan dishes such as harees, madhrooba, shawarma, bamiah bel lahem and the traditional Bahraini gouzi. A designated beverage station will be serving a range of classic Ramadan juices, while the dessert buffet will have a chocolate fountain, Oriental sweets, flans, tarts and much more, all rounded off with soothing Arabic coffee. Iftar will be served at Al Murjan Ballroom from sunset to 9pm, for BD17 per person. The price for group reservations of 30 or more guests is BD14.500. Ghabga packages for groups are available upon request. Call 17 460-017.
Your patience will be rewarded with a traditionally curated Iftar at Bahrain’s first rooftop venue, Al Fanar. While you marvel at the magnificent view overlooking the skyline of Manama, delicious Arabian dishes will satiate your appetite at BD14 per person. Special group rates are available. Call 17 531-666.
This Seef property will mark the Holy Month by hosting a special culinary spread at Khaymat Al Antalya, a grand indoor tent, which will be laden with scrumptious delights. Guests can enjoy Iftar for BD10++, Ghabga for BD12++, and Sohour for BD7++. With a talented oud player who will play traditional and modern Arabic music for Ghabga, and shisha to be enjoyed in the adjacent lounge, diners will experience the best of hospitality at an unbeatable price. Families and friends can choose to enjoy their own private space in the demarcated VIP area. Call 36 897-379.
Enjoy a scrumptious Iftar buffet from sunset to 8.30pm at the festive Awali Ballroom, priced at BD18+++ for adults. After Iftar, family and friends are invited to gather for Ghabga, hosted daily at Golestan Iranian Restaurant. The revelry begins at 9pm, and food will be served up to 2am, for BD12.500+++ for adults. Call 17 533-533.
This Ramadan, experience a unique yet traditional Iftar and Ghabga buffet at Atmosphere Restaurant. An exceptional dining experience awaits you with traditional Ramadan favourites, various international dishes and multiple live stations made to satisfy all your culinary cravings. The buffet is priced at BD15.5++ per person, including Ramadan beverages and chilled juices. WhatsApp 33 660-312.
Enjoy your Iftar and Ghabga at the Regency Ramadan Tent that encompasses Selections restaurant and the adjoining pool area, with a wide range of freshly prepared local and international specialities using locally sourced ingredients from Bahraini executive sous chef Mohammed Samara. Iftar is priced at BD12++ from Sunday to Wednesday, and BD14++ from Thursday to Saturday, and will be served up to 8.30pm. Ghabga runs from 9pm to 2am with an à la carte menu or a set-menu on offer. Those who wish to relax with a shisha can choose from a wide range of flavours. For group bookings larger than 30 guests, an exclusive experience at the Al Rifaa ballroom awaits. Call 36 967-749 / 17 227-777.
This property’s conference centre will be richly dressed to reflect the true taste of Arabia with secluded seating for families. Enjoy a lavish Iftar buffet featuring Ramadan delicacies, live-cooking stations, and a delightful array of mouth-watering desserts served daily at sunset, priced BD12++. Specialised menus can be drawn up for corporate or private Iftar/Ghabga events for 30-800 guests. As Ramadan is a time of giving, the hotel will donate BD0.500 to the Mother and Child Welfare society for every paying guest. Call 17 531-122.
The classy Baharat Restaurant will stage an Iftar buffet priced at BD20, including Ramadan beverages, water, soft drinks and chilled juices. The spread will include popular Ramadan crowd-pleasers and other unique dishes that will satisfy your palate to the optimum. Call 17 171-000.
Bond with dear ones at a family-style Iftar for BD15, which will be hosted from sunset to 9pm. Guests can also have their private Iftar or Ghabga get-togethers at the hotel and can choose from a range of menu options to suit their tastes and budget. Call 33 502-121.
Explore a vibrant spread of lip-smacking fare with family, friends and colleagues during the Holy Month at Al Maha Tent for BD15, including Ramadan drinks and desserts. Enjoy the soothing strains of live music and allow the unique Ramadan decorations, entertainment and the outdoor ballroom terrace add magic to your evenings. Call 13 119-999.
Relish a majestic set-up full of festivities at Fawanis Iftar at Choices Restaurant and Terrace, from sunset to 9pm, priced at BD25. The meal comprises live cooking stations, a vast selection of traditional Arabic dishes and a delicious array of contemporary international cuisine, along with superb Arabic drinks and a tempting dessert section. Ghabga at Flames Restaurant and Terrace will have an Egyptian twist and some of the best shisha flavours to pick from. The culinary spread provides a wide array of Arabic and international dishes, luscious desserts and refreshing Ramadan drinks for BD18, or BD20 including shisha. Enjoy an impressive traditional ‘Tanoura’ performance from Egypt along with the tunes of the oud and tabla at both events. Call 16 000-111.
Celebrate the sense of togetherness that Ramadan brings as you step into a culinary world of festivity at this property located in Amwaj. Indulge in one of the very best traditional Arabic Iftar and Ghabga buffets every night from sunset to 8pm, and from 9pm till late respectively. The gastronomic feasts are priced at BD12++ per person. Call 16 035-640.
Gather with family and friends to experience the spirit of the Holy Month with a sumptuous traditional Iftar buffet at Via Brasil from sunset to 9pm. This will be followed by Ghabga, where guests can enjoy a traditional feast full of Middle Eastern favourites, a selection of traditional juices, sweets and savouries. Both meals cost BD10.900 per adult. Call 66 316-666.
A variety of authentic regional treats awaits you at the lavish Iftar buffet comprised of traditional dishes along with Ramadan delicacies at Kolors Restaurant. Savour Bahraini ouzi, machbous, chicken molokhia, lamb tagine and koftabil laban, amongst other regular favourites, and end the meal at the dessert buffet full of tempting sweet dishes such as Umm Ali, assorted baklawa, kunafa and gullash Ramadan. The buffet can be enjoyed from sunset to 8.30pm for BD9.9+++ per person, including Ramadan juices and coffee or tea. Call 17 360-000.
Pool Delight will host an Iftar buffet every day during Ramadan from sunset till 8pm allowing guests to experience the true spirit of the Holy Month. The lavish spread will be made up of the freshest local ingredients and traditional Arabic specialties for BD18+++ per person. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy a live dessert counter offering delicious sweets such as blancmange, kunefe, and the ultimate favourite, Umm Ali. From 9pm onwards, Reef Tent will come alive with Ghabga, priced at BD22+++, inclusive of shisha. Indulge in a delicious buffet offering a wide variety of traditional Bahraini and Arabic specialities, accompanied by traditional Arabic live music from an oud player every night. Call 13 110-110.
Embrace Ramadan flavours at the grand Iftar buffet at Neyran Restaurant for BD12, as you break your fast against the backdrop of the dazzling Manama skyline. Also discover a sumptuous Ghabga experience and delectable fare, featuring live Oriental entertainment at Al Bawadi Tent for BD8.
Ladies receive a fabulous 50 per cent discount on Sultana Nights every Tuesday, and gentlemen can take advantage of the same offer every Monday during Ramadan. Call 32 000-621.
Celebrate the Holy Month with a sumptuous four-course set Iftar menu, priced at BD10, comprising a variety of heart-warming dishes. Enjoy a fancy amuse bouche in the shape of coconut and date mousse brandy snap with rose milk shot. The choice of starters includes: truffle hummus in tomato basil tart; kunafa prawn; beef shawarma bao; and cumin scented puy lentil soup. There are several main course options, such as confit chicken kabsa or tortiglioni arrabbiata with basil cream. And you can end your Iftar on a sweet note with sublime caramelised date pudding with pistachio ice cream.
Call 17 001-344.
Indulge in a unique culinary experience featuring a luxurious buffet from sunset to 8pm and 9pm to 1am encompassing a wide selection of Arabic delicacies with a modern twist, traditional beverages and international cuisine alongside live-cooking stations. The meal costs BD15 on weekdays and BD16 over the weekends, inclusive of water, Ramadan juices, and Arabic coffee and tea. Call 17 369-696.
When the culinary traditions of Ramadan begin at sundown, make your way to the elegant VIVA Masaya Pavilion for a luxurious occasion, nightly entertainment and fragrant buffets to enjoy with family and friends. Iftar will be on from sunset to 8pm, and is priced at BD32 per person. Ghabga will commence at 9pm and will go on until 2am, priced at BD35 per person. Regular shisha costs BD10, while the special variety costs BD15. A pergola can be booked for a maximum of eight guests for BD360. The silver service that will be provided includes a selection of buffet items and three shishas. Call 17 586-499.
The newly constructed, luxurious Al Qasr Tent will host Iftar and Ghabga feasts throughout the Holy Month. Iftar will be served daily from sunset to 9pm. Guests can enjoy a lavish and eclectic Arabian buffet for Ghabga, including live cooking stations and Ramadan sweets and juices from 9pm to 2am. Guests will be serenaded by the Tarabeesh Band from Lebanon and there’s also the chance to get lucky in the special weekly raffle prize draws. Both meals are priced at BD18++ on weekdays and BD20++ over the weekends. Call 17 845-000.
Welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadan with traditional Iftar and Ghabga dining experiences, the hotel invites guests to celebrate the ceremonial breaking of the fast with a traditional Iftar buffet prepared exclusively at The Al Wasmeyyah restaurant.
After Iftar, head to the dedicated Afandi Tent which will showcase some of the finest Oriental cuisine. Service runs from 8.30pm-2am and there is a range of dishes on offer from hot and cold mezze to Arabic grilled meats. An à la carte menu is also available as are special rates for group bookings. Call 17 535-000 or 39 995-142/82/66.