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Traditional Feasts

This month, instead of checking out one of the island’s new restaurant offerings, we’ve decided to round up our pick of some of the best Iftars around to help you get into the spirit of The Holy Month. There are dozens of great places to experience the feasts that are traditional at this time of year but these are five that we’ve personally tried and can highly recommend.

The Gulf Hotel
The famous Khaimat Al Khaleej tent has a new look this year — it’s bigger and looks amazing. And this long-time island favourite has also upped its game on the food front with seven varieties of dates, a live teppanyaki grill, and a whole room for steaks! We didn’t have space left for dessert but there’s a seriously gorgeous-looking chocolate fountain as well as homemade Ramadan ice cream flavours just begging to be devoured. Iftar is priced at BD20++ per person with Ghabga at BD18++ on weekdays and BD20++ on weekends.
Call 17 713-000.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
The new tent has changed venue; it’s now over the back by Trader Vic’s and it’s huge! It’s also a bit of a designer triumph with numerous brass lamps tastefully casting a glow from the ceiling. Created by famed designer and scenographer Ammar Basheir, it’s really worth a visit just for the experience — and that’s without the always reliable Ritz food which features all the traditional favourites with a few added gems of international and Mexican fare to keep you interested. Iftar is priced at BD25++ and Ghabga at BD27++.
Call 17 586-499.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
This one is always a favourite, both for the stunning surroundings on the bay and for the friendly, attentive staff. Al Bahrain Ballroom puts on a lavish spread with a huge selection of traditional Bahraini fare as well as Lebanese, Moroccan, Indian, Turkish and global cuisine and live cooking stations. Of course, there’s music and shisha too. Iftar costs BD26++, while Ghabga is priced at BD28++.
Call 17 115-500.

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
If starry night skies are your thing, then the Sofitel’s the place for you. Its extended Layali Al Zallaq Tent looks out over the waters of the Gulf and the roof is made of up of a dark carpet of twinkling lights! It’s seriously pretty and a lovely way to spend an evening in good company with great food from the extensive buffet selection. Both Iftar and Ghabga are priced at BD19.500++.
Call 17 636-363.

Al Areen Palace & Spa
Al Areen’s Qasr Al Sultan Tent is reached by golf cart down a fairy light spangled tunnel – what a great start to a magical event. And the tent itself has had an upgrade; tasteful turquoise tones decorate the material- swathed ceiling and tables. Fittingly this year’s Ramadan events have a Turkish theme with traditional dishes and rather delicious churned ice cream, not to mention the coffee! We’re a little bit hooked. Iftar costs BD16++ on weekdays and BD18++ on weekends. Ghabga is BD15 ++ on weekdays and BD17++ on weekends.
Call 17 845-000.

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