IT JUST WON THE TITLE OF BEST NEWCOMER IN BAHRAIN AT THE CITI FACT DINING AWARDS, SO WHEN WE HEARD THAT MY CAFÉ WAS LAUNCHING A NEW A LA CARTE MENU; WE HAD TO MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE DELICIOUS FOOD, EXECUTIVE CHEF HERVE PRONZATO, FOR A SNEAK PEEK (AND TASTE) OF WHAT HE’S PLATING UP…
IF YOU’RE THE TYPE OF PERSON who, simply, loves great food and hanging out with family and friends in a welcoming and sociable environment, My Café should be right up your foodie alley. This boutique restaurant, serving gourmet-style food, has fast-become a lunchtime hotspot and an al fresco favourite since opening earlier this year. What appealed to us most about My Café is the concept and philosophy of the venue… “created by and for The Bon Vivant – the type of person who loves life, relishes food, enjoys being with others and thrives on art and culture. It was made for people who simply love food, to them (and us) food is happiness,” their website reads. What a fantastic outlook. Creative, original, and, most of all, all about celebrating good food – we were sold!
The venue itself is fabulous, and we’re told that it is somewhat an extension of the owner’s home. It’s bright, airy, contemporary and comfortable, and natural light pours into every area from the many cleverly placed windows. The tasteful interiors spans two floors high as well as out through some conservatorystyle doors onto a secluded garden area, decked out in quality outdoor seating furniture like cosy cushions and large tables and chairs – we feel a world away from the Bahrain bustle! There’s even a substantial book-lined shelf which adds to that positive, creative and down-toearth setting that foodies crave so much.
Chef Herve has only been in Bahrain for one month now, but he’s been busy with planning and launching a fabulous new A la Carte menu. He explains a little bit about the international fare served here. “The menu of My Café has Mediterranean and Eastern influences and I try to source as much local IT JUST WON THE TITLE OF BEST NEWCOMER IN BAHRAIN AT THE CITI FACT DINING AWARDS, SO WHEN WE HEARD THAT MY CAFÉ WAS LAUNCHING A NEW A LA CARTE MENU; WE HAD TO MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE DELICIOUS FOOD, EXECUTIVE CHEF HERVE PRONZATO, FOR A SNEAK PEEK (AND TASTE) OF WHAT HE’S PLATING UP… CHEF’S TABLE ingredients as possible, and, of course, some things are imported, but always the freshest possible,” he says.
Talking of fresh, out come our two starters; the Amberjack tiradito and the King fish Ceviche. The first is a beautifully flavourful dish due to a marinade of spicy Aji Amarillo – it’s incredibly tasty with a subtle spicy kick and we absolutely adore the crunch from the compressed sweet potato. The latter dish really shows the creative cooking by Chef Herve and his team. We love the use of peeled, slowroasted cherry tomatoes and the addition of truffle oil. Again, the freshness and flavours are on point!
Chef Herve’s culinary philosophy is “Always respect the true taste of your basic ingredient.” Staying true to his own words, Chef Herve sends out two fantastic main course dishes; the Roasted Hammour and the Prawn Salad. The first is served with wild fennel, baby marrow cream and slow roasted tomato. It tastes exquisite – perfectly crisp on the outside and deliciously tender inside. There’s a lovely sweet and tangy flavour that, pleasantly, lingers a while on your taste buds. The Prawn Salad had THE most vibrant and colourful presentation. Every component on the plate was super fresh, and we all agreed that the taste and textures really made this a fusion dish. There was a mouthwatering use of garlic, and a little Asian or Thai element from the nuts, mint and baby asparagus – amazing!
Chef Herve started cooking at a young age with his grandmother and went onto culinary school. His professional career has seen him work all over the world including Paris, Turkey, China, Greece, Thailand, Malaysia and now Bahrain.The desserts are created by My Café’s extraordinary Pastry Chef, Jolyon D’Angibau. He prepares, for us, Strawberry Cheescake with Rose ice cream and a Chocolate Peanut Butter dish. The rose ice cream has us all saying ‘wow!’ The second dessert was a winner too – completely indulgent and a huge treat for peanut butter lovers, like us! If you haven’t tried the food at My Café, you’re missing out! Though a little pricey, the quality is seriously impeccable and the venue will make you feel at home – totally worth it. Go and check it out for yourself!
GO: Visit My Café in Block 338, Adliya. Call 7734 4444 or email email@example.com
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