Maki Restaurant – in a different class

by Bill Grieve

Mon, 13 August 2018

Maki Restaurant – in a different class

The route to Maki restaurant is well signposted once you get into the general area of the Bahrain World Trade Center; it’s also accurately listed on Google maps.

Maki is located on the ground and first floors of the West Tower of the World Trade Center and parking is easy and plentiful. As you enter the parking area the Maki logo and signs are clear and welcoming.



Described on the Maki website home page as “Combining Japanese tradition with Mediterranean and global flavors and textures, Maki is a leader in contemporary Japanese cuisine with five award-winning restaurants already established internationally. Inspired by Japanese food and tradition, co-founders and brothers Oliver Zeitoun and Amer Zeitoun wanted to create a cuisine that transcends the boundaries of culture and country.  Come in, feel at home, discover a multitude of flavors in one bite and enter an exciting new culinary experience on each visit.” 

This short yet accurate description fits the Maki restaurant perfectly.



It’s always a good test to sit in the smoking area and ‘feel the frame’ so to speak. Smoking was hardly detectable, although there were not many people about at the time of our visit. However, it seems the fume extraction fans are working well.

Service was fast and friendly. When we walked in, we were greeted and seated within minutes – and exactly where we wanted to sit too. The menus are digital, presented on hand-held electronic tablets, very easy to use and simple to navigate. The benefit of digital menus is the clear enhancement available and detail provided – it’s excellent. It makes food selection simple, easy and shows the dish exactly as is – as real as can be and what it costs clearly and unambiguously as well.

A simple selection of food and cold drinks was ordered, with various offerings for sampling. In any Japanese restaurant the miso soup is a simple telltale harbinger of the standard to be expected down the line, and it was superb. The rest of the food was exactly as it looked on the menu and as described – fresh, tasty, well prepared and superbly presented.



The bill, which included a 4 per cent government levy, was presented and payment was fast and easy.

There are several factors that make a good restaurant, namely:

  • Location and ease of access

  • Ambience, furniture, decor and environment

  • Staff – uniformity, grooming and uniforms, service, speed and attitude

  • Cleanliness and hygiene of immediate area, visible area and general and non-visible areas.

  • Product – freshness, taste, quantity, quality and presentation

  • Price and value for money

We were fully satisfied with all the factors and look forward to our next visit to Maki for more great food and another great time!

Maki is open from noon to 11pm, Saturday to Tuesday, and noon to midnight, Wednesday to Friday and on public holidays. 

Call 17 522-733, 36 999-102 or visit www.olivermaki.com






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