Fusion food, like that offered by Gulf Hotel's Fusions restaurant, is currently making waves in Bahrain


n the last few years, Bahrain has witnessed the emergence of old run down houses that have been given the makeover and turned into fine dining establishments. Mezzaluna, Krumz, Jim's, Upstairs Downstairs, La Cave and Zoe are all perfect examples. With their low lighting, chillout music and totally professional staff, you will definitely want to go back for more.

You also have the chance to experience and enjoy some of the international chain restaurants. Hard Rock Café, Ciro's Pizza Pomodoro, Trader Vic's, Bennigans, Fuddruckers, Chili's, Ponderosa Steakhouse all provide wonderful dining experiences.

Fusion food has recently been introduced to the island by restaurants such as Trader Vic's at the Ritz Carlton and Fusions at the Gulf Hotel. If you haven't already tried fusion food, head out there now. You will have one of your most memorable gastronomic experiences ever.

For fans of Indian and Pakistani food, there are more great choices than there is room to mention. Heading the list would be Nirvana, Copper Chimney, Paradise and Lanterns.

If you ever wanted to have an entire meal made up of starters, then Al Arisha, Zahla, Al Berdaouni, Tarbouche or Fakhrudeen can make that dream come true.

International franchises such as Dairy Queen and KFC came to Bahrain in the 1980s, but today names such as McDonalds, Hardees, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza and Chester Fried Chicken all have outlets around the island. However local fast food restaurants such as Jasmi's, Tazaj and Jan Burger are also great choices and the taste is as good if not better.

But Bahrain's best kept secret are local takeaways that very few visitors know about. These restaurants are very popular with the locals, and for the most part are very easy on the wallet too. In this list, I would include Tikat Abul - which has the most delicious grilled food, Eskandaron Restaurant, Charcoal Grill, Al Abraaj, Yum Yum Tree and Fakhrudeen.

Burgerland, Baba Habas and Lebanese Corner are some of the best shawarma outlets. Arabian Oven and Samih are restaurants that serve stuffed bread with some of the most irresistible Arabian mixes.

Finally, you can still count on Sizzlers for an excellent English breakfast or Sausage Corner for the best sausages on the island.

Eating out in Bahrain should be one of the highlights of your trip. So pick up the phone and make your reservations now!

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To complete your Arabian experience, visit the Casa Blu, a well known shisha restaurant in Adliya. The athmosphere is unique, everything is painted dark blue, with red velour furniture and Arabic style interiors. Also try the Moroccan tea, goes very well with the sharmam shisha.