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  • Enjoying the shisha
    Enjoying the shisha
    by kokoryko
  • Spice mound
    Spice mound
    by ersatz
  • Indian workers in the Gulf
    Indian workers in the Gulf
    by ersatz
  • Layali's: AWESOME Turkish Grill near the Grand Mosque

    by AnvilVinny Written Dec 15, 2007

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    SUPERB Turkish grill. AWESOME view sitting outside. Nice sheesha and juices available as well. One of my favorite spots in the Kingdom.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the sheesh tawook with a cold Kerkadeh or hot Turkish tea, depending on the outside temperature

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    • Budget Travel
    • Food and Dining

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    Makah Shirah: Ask for a water pipe

    by kokoryko Written Oct 6, 2006

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    On King Faisal Corniche, just west of the “Kids Kingdom” is a restaurant outfitted under a Bedouin tent, which is really worth to try! Here you can order a very large veriety of Arabic food (from the homus to the eggplant caviar through lots of roasted meat), and wonderful sweets.
    They also have water pipes (shisha) which you can smoke between two dishes and at the end if the meal, waiting for the mint tea.
    I do not have a contact number , but it is a walking distance from the city on the King Faisal Corniche, just after the kids kingdom (attraction park for children)

    Favorite Dish: mint tea and shisha

    Enjoying the shisha
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    Al Abraaj: Local Delights at a Resonable Price

    by Rodan44 Written Aug 11, 2004

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    Al Abraaj is a popular local restaurant that specializes in Middle Eastern/Turkish/Iranian cuisine with several outlets on the island. We visited the branch in Adliya, a short drive south from the Manama Souq. The restaurant is modern and clean, with a large menu in English and has very good service. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to try local food in a comfortable, casual setting.

    Favorite Dish: The fresh pomagranate juice is an amazing local specialty. The falafel is quite good as is the Iranian chicken kebabs.

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    Local food: Eating in the Suq

    by ersatz Written Feb 28, 2004

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    Eating out in Bahrain is a matter of choice: if you want Oriental food, then chose from among the many Philippino or Chinese restaurants. Western fast food outlets are on every corner. If you want to eat Indian, that's easy. Only if you want to eat Bahraini food, you might have a problem! Friends tell me that all the local cooks are from India so the local dishes end up tasting like Indian food. The best local fish is 'Hammour'. Fish or mutton birianis are your best bet.

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  • Hubble bubble by the corniche: Hubble bubble by the corniche

    by googoosh Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Ask for the apple flavoured hubble bubble. Bahrain produces the best apple flavoured smokes, all non-hallucigenic so don't worry. All you'll feel is a mild tingling, just like smoking ciggies if you don't smoke that often. But the taste is definately applely. There's also a choice of peach and strawberry.

    Favorite Dish: Foodwise: try the homus, taboule, mutable and the most fabbo, amazing, falafles. They are to die for. Am I allowed to say they're orgasmic? Oh yum the food here is sooo goood.

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  • The Restaurant at the end of...

    by googoosh Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The Restaurant at the end of the Causeway
    The restaurant is in the middle of the Bahrain - Saudi Causeway.

    Favorite Dish: Nothing. All the food here is pretty disgusting. Come here for the drive over the water and to sit and watch the sea.

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    There are so many. I usually...

    by cone Written Aug 26, 2002

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    There are so many. I usually eat the kebab or tikka in the souq. But if i have to choose a restautant, i'd have to go with Ciro's or Jim's
    The great thing about Ciro's is that after eating you can hang in the bar or stay at your table. And later the live band will go on. Same goes for Jim's exept for the live band, and the bar is outside, in the backyard (cooool).

    Favorite Dish: At Ciro's you gotta have pizza, actually i think thats all they serve. Jim's is very popular for his mothers Irish Stew, now i ain't never had it myself, i'm more of steak person.

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    Al Samadi sweet, try their...

    by cone Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Al Samadi sweet, try their spaghetti bolognaise. Actually it's not a restaurant more like a coffee shop and a cake shop.
    In the daytime you can sit outside in a comfy sofa having a cappucino watching the life go by. Try their sheesha too, it's quite good....

    Favorite Dish: Cappucino, the best i ever had.

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    Any little hole in the...

    by Circlecast Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Any little hole in the wall.
    When I was in Bahrain I suggest you try some of the little hole in the wall cafes. You will find some wild items there.
    I had this little chicken looking meal that was good but just looked a little strange.
    The food itself

    Favorite Dish: Dessert: they have this yellowish stuff that looks like it has noodles in it and is very very sugary. I just wish I knew what it was.

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    I had an airline voucher to...

    by brdwtchr Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I had an airline voucher to eat at the restaurant at the Bahrain International Hotel. It was on the second floor and had a fine buffet.

    Favorite Dish: Every thing I tried from the buffet was quite good. I could not say any one thing was my favorite because all the food was very good.

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    It's really cheap to eat out...

    by ersatz Written Aug 24, 2002

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    It's really cheap to eat out in the Gulf.
    In five star hotels you can dine on seafood

    for 10 Dinars, or 25 bucks.
    In the cheap workers' restaurants,

    a fried Kingfish steak costs a dinar,
    or less than 3 dollars.

    The reason for this is the low wages
    paid to service staff in the gulf.

    Most of them are lucky to earn 150 dollars
    a month. That keeps prices down!

    Low-wage workers from the subcontinent are
    the real constructors of the present day Gulf.

    Without them, nothing would have got done,
    and nothing would get done even today.

    Indian workers in the Gulf

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