Citi Bank and Fact Bahrain Magazine Host 7th Successful Awards Campaign. The Prestigious ceremony awarded excellence in the F&B industry hosted at ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands with 72 Awards given out across 36 categories covering over 200 venues. The Campaign also heralds another successful first year of operations in Bahrain for FACT Magazine Over 300 invited guests from the F&B industry enjoyed a sociable evening of entertainment, food and drink…

It was a cause for huge applause and celebration as the best and most popular dining venues in Bahrain were awarded a prestigious plaque to recognise their excellence at the annual CITI FACT Awards 2016. FACT Bahrain Magazine hosted the prize giving ceremony for the 7th year running at the 5-star ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands. Over 300 guests enjoyed a night of awesome entertainment and delicious food and drink as the winners from the 36 categories were announced.

The CITI FACT Awards recognises excellence in the food and beverage industry, with two awards handed out in each category: the BEST – decided by a group of independent industry experts, sponsor representatives and top food and lifestyle bloggers in Bahrain; the FAVOURITE award is based purely on public opinion, which saw more than 20,000 online votes being cast this year.

Talking at the event, Greg Hughes, CEO of FACT M.E. Publishing, said: “The CITI FACT Awards is our way of giving back to an industry which has given us so much enjoyment over the years. Most of us have spent countless hours of social time with friends and family enjoying the excellent food and service that all of the nominated restaurants offer. So, it’s a pleasure for us to invite all of these venues to enjoy a night of the same with us, and to recognise the tremendous job that they do through the CITI FACT Awards.”

Event sponsors included Citi bank Bahrain, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands, Bentley Bahrain, Hackett London, Hands on Food, Home Centre, EJ Hair, BMMI Group, Red Bull Bahrain and Alosra.
The event was filled with laughter and activity courtesy of a jazz performance, a fun makeshift seating area by Home Centre, a photo booth, special Red Bull stand and excellent food prepared by the ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands’ culinary team.

The CITI FACT Awards have enjoyed seven years of successful campaigns in Bahrain so far, with hundreds of venues awarded for brilliance over the years. The awards are also held regionally, going into their third year in both Abu Dhabi and Qatar for 2017.

Congratulations to all the winners and see you next year!


List of all the 2016 Winners!

INTERNATIONAL
Best – Café Amsterdam
Favourite – Links, Royal Golf Club

ITALIAN
Best – Primavera, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Favourite – Rosso, ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands

MEDITERRANEAN
Best – La Vinoteca Barcelona
Favourite – Florence La Maison Méditerranéenne

GULF
Best – Furn Bistro & Bakery, The Westin Bahrain City Centre
Favourite – Saffron, Al Areen Palace & Spa

IRANIAN
Best – Golestan, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel
Favourite – Takht Jamsheed, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa

LEBANESE
Best – Zahle, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa
Favourite – Pashawat, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

SEAFOOD
Best – Le Domain [34], The Domain Hotel & Spa
Favourite – Samak, Coral Bay

TURKISH
Best – Köşebaşi, City Centre Bahrain
Favourite – Mado & Künefeci

CHINESE
Best – China Garden, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa
Favourite – Soie, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel

SOUTH EAST ASIAN
Best – re Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Favourite – WU Asian Restaurant & Lounge, ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands

JAPANESE
Best – Meisei
Favourite – Bushido Restaurant & Lounge

INDIAN
Best – Rasoi By Vineet, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa
Favourite – Lanterns Lounge & Restaurant

NORTH AMERICAN
Best – Tony Roma’s
Favourite – Bennigan’s

LATIN AMERICAN
Best – Cantina Kahlo, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Favourite – Casa Mexicana

STEAKHOUSE
Best – Legendz Steakhouse, InterContinental Regency Bahrain
Favourite – Torino Restaurant & Lounge

BURGER JOINT
Best – Shake Shack, City Centre Bahrain
Favourite – Jasmi’s

IN-MALL
Best – Paul Restaurant & Bakery
Favourite – Abd El Wahab, Moda Mall

FUSION
Best – My Café
Favourite – Hévéa Café, Al Aali Shopping Complex

FAMILY-FRIENDLY
Best – Lumee
Favourite – Dome Café

TEA ROOM
Best – Bay View Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Favourite – The Lobby Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

CASUAL DINING
Best –Saffron By Jena Bakery
Favourite – Hakisushi Bahrain

PUB
Best – JJ’s Irish Bar & Restaurant
Favourite – Harvesters Pub & Terrace, Crowne Plaza Bahrain

ALL-DAY DINING
Best – Flavours on 2, Downtown Rotana
Favourite – Silk’s Restaurant, Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

AL FRESCO DINING
Best – La Plage, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Favourite – Café Amsterdam & La Vinoteca Barcelona

COFFEEHOUSE
Best – Costa Coffee
Favourite – Starbucks

BAR
Best – Cellar 59 Bar. Lounge. Tapas, ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands
Favourite – Downtown Bar, InterContinental Regency Bahrain

LOUNGE
Best – Trader Vic’s
Favourite – Txoko, The Domain Hotel & Spa

SHISHA LOUNGE
Best – Ritz Gourmet Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
Favourite – Elite Seef Residence

THEMED DINING
Best – Royal Golf Club
Favourite – Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

PATISSERIE
Best – Furn Bakery, The Westin Bahrain City Centre
Favourite – Haute Cupcakes

CAFÉ
Best – Café Lilou
Favourite – Le Chocolat

FRIDAY BRUNCH
Best – Baharat, Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre
Favourite – Crowne Plaza Bahrain

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FRIDAY BRUNCH
Best – Choices, ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands
Favourite – Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

INDEPENDENT WEEKEND BRUNCH
Best – Café Amsterdam & La Vinoteca Barcelona
Favourite – Bushido Restaurant & Lounge

NEWCOMER
Best – Fatto
Favourite – The Foundry

OVERALL
Best – CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Favourite – Masso, Palace Boutique Hotel