The Citi FACT Dining Awards 2015 took place at a lavish ceremony on The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa’s Private Island. Over 400 guests from the hospitality sector enjoyed an evening of fabulous food and drinks, with great music and an electric atmosphere as 62 winners were announced. From International to Middle Eastern, Cafe and Pub, the night was filled with cheer as the who’s who of the food and beverage industry celebrated their award. Each category presented two winners: the Best (chosen by an expert panel of judges/bloggers and anonymous reviews) and the Favourite (chosen by the public through online voting). Here are all the winners for 2015…

INTERNATIONAL

BEST – Café Amsterdam

FAVOURITE – Links, Royal Golf Club

ITALIAN

BEST – Primavera, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa

FAVOURITE – Oliveto

MEDITERRANEAN

BEST – La Vinoteca Barcelona

FAVOURITE – Prego, Royal Golf Club

MIDDLE EASTERN

BEST – Zahle, Gulf Hotel Bahrain

FAVOURITE – Saffron, Al Areen Palace & Spa

PERSIAN

BEST – Golestan, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel

FAVOURITE – Takht Jamsheed, Gulf Hotel Bahrain

SEAFOOD

BEST – La Mer, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

FAVOURITE – Waves, Crowne Plaza Bahrain

JAPANESE

BEST – Bushido Restaurant & Lounge

FAVOURITE – Ruka, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa

CHINESE

BEST – China Garden, Gulf Hotel Bahrain

FAVOURITE – Soie, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel

SOUTH EAST ASIAN

BEST – Meisei

FAVOURITE – Monsoon

INDIAN

BEST – Rasoi by Vineet, Gulf Hotel Bahrain

FAVOURITE – Lanterns

NORTH AMERICAN

BEST – Bennigan’s, Al Safir Hotel & Tower

FAVOURITE – Tony Roma’s

LATIN AMERICAN

BEST – Margarita Mexicana, Gulf Hotel Bahrain

FAVOURITE – Casa Mexicana

STEAKHOUSE

BEST – Plums, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa

FAVOURITE – Legendz Steakhouse, InterContinental Regency Bahrain

BURGER JOINT

BEST – Smash Burger

FAVOURITE – Dairy Queen

IN-MALL

BEST – Oishi Sushi, ABC Mall Juffair

FAVOURITE – Butcher Shop & Grill, City Centre Bahrain

CASUAL DINING

BEST – Nino

FAVOURITE – Marash

ALL-DAY DINING

BEST – Bahrain Bay Kitchen, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

FAVOURITE – Choices, ART Rotana Hotel & Resort

AL FRESCO DINING

BEST – Nicole’s Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge

FAVOURITE – Trader Vic’s/Mai Tai

BAR

BEST – CUT Bar & Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

FAVOURITE – Cellar 59 Bar. Lounge. Tapas, ART Rotana Hotel & Resort

LOUNGE

Txoko, The Domain Hotel & Spa

FAVOURITE – Elements Pool & Lounge, InterContinental Regency Bahrain

SHISHA LOUNGE

BEST – Tapas Bar, Sofitel Bahrain Hotel & Spa

FAVOURITE – Aroma Café

PUB

BEST – JJ’s Irish Restaurant

FAVOURITE – Fiddlers Green, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa

CAFE

BEST – Café Lilou

FAVOURITE – Le Chocolat

TEA ROOM

BEST – Bay View Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

FAVOURITE – The Orangery, Palace Boutique Hotel

PATISSERIE

BEST – Haute Cupcakes

FAVOURITE – Cake Boutique

COFFEEHOUSE

BEST – Esquires

FAVOURITE – Costa Coffee

NEWCOMER

BEST – My Café

FAVOURITE – Jones the Grocer

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FRIDAY BRUNCH

BEST – Lemon Tree, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa

FAVOURITE – Movenpick Hotel Bahrain

FRIDAY BRUNCH

BEST – New Sparkling Brunch, Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain

FAVOURITE – Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

INDEPENDENT WEEKEND BRUNCH

BEST – Bushido Restaurant & Lounge

FAVOURITE – Café Amsterdam & La Vinoteca Barcelona

OVERALL – RESTAURANT OF 2015

BEST – La Vinoteca Barcelona

FAVOURITE – Trader Vic’s

A huge thanks to everyone who came out and supported the event! Congratulations winners…we’ll see you next year!