For many travellers, one of the most common aspect and influencing factor for when choosing a holiday destination is food. Sampling local cuisines and the flavours of a region is one of the top to-do-list for any visitors and for many such visitors the cuisines of Bahrain have always been an experience to look forward to. The country is renowned for its fusion of many flavors has led many tourists to be lost in what to select first in the vast array of options that the destination offers in terms of cuisine.
Most traditional dishes in Bahrain include fish, meat, rice, and dates. So, for all the non-vegetarian diners, varieties are plenty.
According to the Bahrainis, when in Bahrain, the perfect way to start one’s day is with a traditional Bahraini breakfast known as Balaleet, that consists of sweetened, fragrant vermicelli noodles topped with eggs. Though it may sound like a strange combination, it works perfectly. Another well-known dish here is the Machboos, which is a dish that is comprised of rice along with meat or fish. It resembles both the Saudi Kabsa and the dish Indians adore and call Biryani. One should definitely taste this delicacy while visiting Manama, the capital of Bahrain. Qoozi, is another preferred dish that consists of grilled lamb or mutton filled with rice, boiled eggs, onions, and spices. This is a must-try among Bahrain’s cuisine and is usually served during events and family get-togethers.
For those who are tired of the traditional food and are craving for something with a distinct and familiar flavour, there are several restaurants in Bahrain, particularly Block 338, known as the ‘dining district,’ and a neighborhood in Manama, that provides cuisines from various countries, including American, Mexican, Indian, Italian, and many more.
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When it comes to vegan and vegetarian food, Bahrain is also not far behind. Dishes like Vegan Harees, Vegan Bahraini Kebab, Falafel, Veg Biryani and more are in the endless range of options. If one is a vegan or a vegetarian, then they should definitely head on over to restaurants like Plant Café, Baker & Spice Bahrain and Saffron by Jena. In Bahrain there are also restaurants which serve Indian cuisine like Asha’s, Rasoi by Vineet, Tanatan, Copper Chimney and Lanterns, to name a few.
A popular drink in Bahrain is Gahwa, that is essentially a spiced-up coffee usually served with dates. Most coffee as well as tea shops in Manama serve the traditional Gahwa.
If one has a sweet tooth then one should definitely try some of Bahrain’s delectable desserts, such as Khanfaroosh, a tiny Arab-style delight flavored with cardamom and saffron, the Rangeena, popular dessert made of dates, spices, and almonds on top.
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