6 Iconic Bahraini Food to try in the New Year

6 Iconic Bahraini Food to try in the New Year
  1. Biryani

Biryani is a rice and meat dish cooked separately before being layered and cooked together. This dish brings people together as a big plate of biryani can be eaten communally. Check out the following places to get your fill of great biryani.


Passion Restaurant and Café
Tel: +973 3912 3086


Copper Chimney Restaurant
Tel: +973 1772 8699


Tel: +973 1717 8712

2. Balaleet

Like biryani, this dish has an Indian influence and is served mostly for breakfast—with saffron vermicelli noodles topped with an omelette making it crunchy, sweet, and savory all at once. Try it here:


House of Balaleet

Tel: +973 3933 6161


Emmawash Traditional Restaurant

Tel: +973 1730 9030


Bahrain Bay Kitchen
Tel: +973 1711 5500

3. Machboos/ Kabsa

This is a rice dish which originated in Yemen. Long-grain rice, meat, vegetables, and spices like cardamom, saffron, and cinnamon give machboos its distinctive taste. Here are some places to try this popular dish.


Upstairs/ Downstairs

Tel: +973 1771 3093


Naseef Restaurant
Tel: +973 1722 3333


Al Shoala Restaurant

Tel: +973 1733 3676

4. Mixed Grills

Dinner family style usually calls for mixed grills with khobos and a salad. While its hard to cook this at home, there are many restaurants and roadside stores that grills your food while you wait. Here are some of our favorites.


Haji Ghawa

Tel: +973 1721 0647



Tel: +973 1755 5909



Tel: +973 1758 0990

5. Fatayer

Fatayer is a popular Middle-Eastern street food that can be filled with meat, spinach, or cheese. It’s easy to eat two or more of this in one sitting. Here are some places to get your fatayer.


Take Away
Tel: +973 1756 6442


Turkish Mazaya Pastry

Tel: +973 1729 4555


Reem Al Bawadi
Tel: +973 1710 4040

6. Um Ali

Um Ali literally means “Ali’s mother” and is a traditional bread pudding with pistachios, coconut flakes, raisins and cream. A sweet end to a meal, you can try um ali in the following locations.


Villa Mama’s

Tel: +973 1730 5031



Tel: +973 1729 5143


Tel: +973 1774 6417