It’s Friday and you want a slice of the brunch culture that Bahrain is famous for. The problem is, in your family or group of friends, you’ve got meat lovers, vegetarians, someone craving seafood, and another that’s all about the sweet tooth – so how do you choose where to go in order to please everyone? We might just have the answer to all your foodie dilemmas. Enter, Flavours on 2 at Downtown Rotana…
A bright, light-filled restaurant with vibrant décor is the location of the newest Friday Brunch on the island. That’s right, Flavours on 2 at Downtown Rotana is a beautiful venue with its funky, effervescent colour scheme and welcoming vibe. The openstyle kitchen and live cooking stations add a fun dynamic to the restaurant. Trendy tables and comfy chairs with varied seating means there’s plenty of room for different groups of diners. In fact, on our visit, there were families with children, couples, friends and even solo foodies, tucking into the abundant buffet.
Talking of buffet, let’s get down to real business – the food. At first impression, we’re wowed by the variety on offer here. For starters you’ve got a HUGE selection of fresh, colourful salads, sushi, hot and cold Arabic mezze, crispy tempura and an awesome pastry stand. There’s even an extensive range of condiments, dressings, pickles, olives, cheese, and cured meats.
We’d recommend starting with a tasty salad – the Roasted Pumpkin with Pine Nuts and Rocket, and the Ripe Papaya with Shrimps – are both light and flavourful, setting your palate up for the next round. For mains, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice so, word of advice, go slow and try a little bit of everything! Seafood lovers will be in food heaven as there is everything from oysters to lobster, calamari, shrimp and, our favourite, soft shell crab. You can eat the seafood selection cold, straight off the ice display, or have them grilled to perfection!
Meat lovers will not be disappointed, too. Think succulent lamb chops, juicy beef and kebabs, and delicious chicken skewers and wings. Have them grilled to preference and served with your favourite veggies and sauces – simply mouthwatering! If that wasn’t enough, there’s an AMAZING roast turkey and ribs with all the trimmings and sides – it really feels like Christmas come early (we love it!).
For all the vegetarian folks out there, you’ve got it good too! Indulge in the salad selection, the cheese station, the veggie tempura, stir-fried noodles, roast potato, and different cooked vegetables like corn on the cob, broccoli, carrots and more. Our ultimate meat-free dish was the luscious vegetarian biryani from the Indian food corner. In fact, the Indian food was some of the best we’ve had in Bahrain, with the shrimp curry coming out on top as everyone’s favourite.
Shawarma, grilled sea bass, roasted duck, braised beef, and more savoury delights will keep you going back and forth from the buffet – just enjoy at your own pace! And, remember to leave a little room for dessert, for there’s SO much to relish. We ended the mighty feast with the most exquisite sticky date cake and ice cream – yummy doesn’t even begin to cover it! The Friday Brunch at Flavours on 2 is not over-the-top or too crowded with lots of random cuisines. It’s set up beautifully, it’s easy to walk around and see what’s on offer, and the staff is friendly and attentive to guests’ needs. The concept of a truly international selection of food will tantalise every taste bud, and where there’s something for everyone, you’re guaranteed great conversation and good times!
GO: The Friday Brunch on Flavours on 2, Downtown Rotana takes place every Friday (excluding Ramadan) from 12.30pm to 4pm. The buffet with soft drinks package is BD20++, and with premium beverages it’s BD24++. As a bonus, all Friday Brunch visitors can enjoy complimentary access to the pool after brunch, until 7pm. Call 1311 9999 for reservations and more information.