It’s been a year since Café Amsterdam opened its doors to offer diners something fresh, original and completely different from any other venue in Bahrain. It’s become a firm favourite for providing great food and a good atmosphere, so when the FACT team learned that the restaurant had revamped its menu, we just had to get over there and try it out…
Café Amsterdam, say the name to any real foodie in Bahrain and they’ll tell you about the venue’s exceptional décor, or they’ll talk about its popular weekend brunch, and some might linger on the thought of how good the sticky toffee pudding is (really, it’s incredible!). Either way, we’ve always heard positive things about dining experiences at this modern, European-inspired restaurant.
Dedicated to its unique concept, one of the things we love about Café Amsterdam is the multiple dining and lounge areas available to guests under one roof. The downstairs is a mix of contemporary and classic with iconic European imagery such as life-size bicycles, traditional chinaware, pub-style interiors, and floral décor providing a different area to cater for all types of dining needs. Upstairs, you’ll find the state-of-the-art sports lounge, perfect for getting together with friends and watching a game, with a chilled drink in-hand. This leads onto a bright and spacious glass conservatory which offers an excellent al fresco dining area, ideal for the cool weather that we’re starting to get.
The menu at Café Amsterdam is a treat, reflecting the continuing evolution of modern European recipes, with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. There’s everything from traditional fish and chips, to quality steaks, light appetisers, fresh salads, and scrumptious desserts, making it the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, high tea, dinner or even just a coffee catch-up or casual after work drinks.
Now, let’s get straight to it! The new menu is a combination of innovative and flavourful dishes that cater to all. There’s something spectacular for meat-lovers, vegetarians and even vegan diets, and a few favourites from the old menu are still available too. The chefs have plenty of ingredients to play around with, and this sure does come across once we start to read what’s on offer.
Though we try an array of delicious dishes, let us give you some recommendations on what is an absolute must. Go for the Homemade Salmon Gravadlax and the Spinach and Gouda Cheese Salad to begin with. The first is thinly sliced cured Norwegian salmon, served with air bread and fresh sprouts. A clever dish, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that the air bread is that which is used for an Indian dish called pani puri. Here, it’s stuffed with a light and creamy filling with the salmon on top – delicious. The latter of the two is a beautifully-presented plate with baby spinach, tomato and crispy onion laid on a bed of quinoa, surrounded by deep fried Gouda cubes, pine nuts and thin slices of dates, with a drizzle of balsamic. Put each component on your spoon or fork and eat it all together for the most amazing flavour – definitely one we’ll order again.
Vegetarian diners will love the Roast Seasonal Vegetables Terrine – which is charcoal roasted veggies, pressed in a terrine, served with black olive tapenade and pesto – and it’s seasoned to perfection. Also try the Pumpkin Ravioli – homemade pasta stuffed with roasted pumpkin, caper butter sauce and parmesan shavings. There’s the perfect balance of cheesy sauce and delicious filling – we love it!
Seafood lovers will enjoy the Pan Fried Scallops with fresh local rocket, tomato tartar and sultana toffee. The scallops are cooked to tender perfection, dip them in the sultana toffee sauce and take a bite – just divine. For meat eaters, there’s nothing but the best. From the grill, try your choice of succulent steak, cooked to preference and served with mouthwatering sides, or go for the Café Amsterdam burger with Gouda cheese and caramelised onion. For something more homely, opt for the Shepherd’s Pie in the specials menu – it’s one of the best we’ve tried in Bahrain. Dessert is a whole other foodie affair. Without doubt, the Sticky Toffee Pudding never fails us, and it lived up to its sweet goodness this time around as well. The White Chocolate and Oreo Cheese Cake will please anyone who likes more citrusy flavours, as it’s topped with a passion fruit gelée. To warm up on a winter’s day, go for the Traditional Apple Pie with all it’s yummy side ingredients like vanilla sauce, almond crisps, and homemade cinnamon ice cream – much like the rest of the new menu at Café Amsterdam, it will not disappoint!
GO: Visit Café Amsterdam in Adliya and try the new menu today. Call 1700 7404 for reservations and more information.