La Mediteranee, Manama
Posted On May 18, 2008
I spent the week visiting clients in Bahrain and the UAE, neither of which I hadÂ been toÂ before. I started in Bahrain, staying at the Ritz-Carlton just outside Manama. After a swim at the hotel’s private beach and use of the health club, I was feeling a bit hungry. There were several restaurants to choose from, but I went straight for La Mediteranee which is aÂ mix of Arabic and Far EasternÂ cuisine served as a buffet.
I started with smoked salmon and capers, sushi and duck terrine. Then grilled peppers, asparagus, tuna in a spicy sauce and more smoked salmon this time with caviar. Next came steamed prawn dumplings, followed by a rest. The meat dish consisted mainly of lamb (chop, stew and minced with yoghurt dressing), grilled hammour fish and a chicken tikka salad. Reluctantly I passed on camembert and black forest gateau as I was too full, but I could manage a fruit salad made largelyÂ from strawberries, melon, pineapple and passion fruit.
With a double espresso cameÂ a selection of dark chocolates, including oneÂ withÂ orangeÂ puree inside which was my favourite. A walk by the beach was required after all that, but it was a meal and a hotelÂ to remember.