Happy Birthday Buddha Bar!

WHAT: Buddha Bar 20th anniversary nye Celebration
WHERE: Bushido, seef
WHEN: December 31, 8.30pm ‘til late
PRICE: Bd10 advance and on the door for ladies/ Bd15 advance and Bd25 on the door for gents.

2016 has been a year to remember for the world-famous Buddha Bar! In September, the venue celebrated its 20th anniversary in Paris and now, to celebrate two decades of success and unlimited developments, Bushido’s New Year’s Eve party will be centered in celebrating this emblematic venue by welcoming special Buddha Bar entertainment for NYE!

As an innovative pioneer, Buddha Bar, a reference for many Parisian establishments, will not stop playing in the big leagues any time soon. This is the story of a myth. Beyond an address, the mere evocation of the neighborhood embodies festive Paris, its legendary parties and endless nights. Steadily established in the heart of the Faubourg St Honoré disctrict, Buddha Bar, led by a passionate team of experts, has made its way and has continued its storyline while constantly reinventing itself. A permanent emulation reigns supreme within the Buddha Bar world that is a place where routine does not exist. Quite the contrary: exhibitions, vernissage, live music performances, book signing during the start of the literary calendar all give rhythm to the seasons and the Buddha Bar life.

Chefs from different outlets tour worldwide for temporary residences: Dubai meets Praha when Moscow decides to settle in Paris. And events can come in many unexpected forms: and so pop-up weeks honour destination gastronomy and culture (Korea, Japan, and India with the Bollywood theme for example). The party never stops. You’ll get a chance to experience a slice of this nightlife paradise right here in Bahrain at Bushido’s 2016 NYE celebrations – be there or miss out!

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GO: Call 1758 3555 for reservations and more information


Maki’s Holiday Treats

Let the festivities begin! That is the frame of mind at Maki restaurant where culinary innovation is the dayto- day order of business. In years past Maki has brought us many award-winning, mouthwatering dishes such as the Sushi Jewels, Oliver Maki, Oliver Temaki, Forest Haze Salad, and the Terrarium Matcha Tiramisu. “We are constantly working hard to come up with the next palate-pleasing dish,” explains Amer Zeitoun, cofounder and nutrition expert. Maki has recently introduced several new inventions including the zesty and citrusy Bloody Ceviche, which is Maki’s adaptation of a staple Peruvian dish, centered on seafood, corn, and a tantalising sauce that is sure to send your taste buds dancing. Another recent introduction was the Wagyu Steak which is a meat-lover’s dream. Raw, perfectly marbled thin slices of juicy Wagyu, nicely presented on the side of a hot lava-stone, gives diners the opportunity to cook this very exclusive meat to their own liking. Sitting at Maki, you are bound to see one of these dishes make it to at least one or two tables. Try to resist the aroma of the beef cooking in its own juices on the barbeque stones, and it will prove to be a daunting task for your appetite.

So what should you expect for the holidays coming up? Maki is sticking to basics throughout the season, leading up to New Year’s Eve. On the night, you can expect a la carte fine dining, accompanied by delightful DJ tunes, party favours, and an exciting Maki-special countdown. What better way to fill your tummy than with the best that contemporary Japanese cuisine has to offer, before heading out to the New Year’s party trail?

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GO: Visit Maki in Bahrain World Trade Centre, West Tower. Call 1752 2733 to book your New Year’s Eve dinner at the newly-remodelled venue


Celebrate at Meisei

One of our favourite spots in Bahrain for quality music events, amazing food, a great rooftop lounge and consistently good parties has to be the stylish Meisei in Adliya. December is no exception as the venue brings you some more fabulous happenings…

WHAT: Night of the dragon
WHEN: December 15

Say hello to the weekend and let Meisei take care of your Thursday night! Celebrating the winter solstice, an auspicious Chinese festival, this is going to be one event to remember. On the longest night of the year, bask in the glow of Chinese lanterns and be entranced by the enthralling Dragon Dancers weaving their way around the first floor and rooftop. By popular demand, the electric Sally Potterton returns with her neon violin to accompany DJ Salime’s relaxed tunes under the stars. Dining as usual from 7pm, entertainment starts from 9pm.

WHAT: Trix and sax for nye
WHEN: December 31

Welcome 2017 in the most trendy way! Fancy something different this New Year’s Eve? Meisei will host an elegant evening featuring Trix & Sax, a sophisticated entertainment duo that brings together international Saxophonist Sarah Chandler (founder of the famous London Saxation girls) and one of the UK’s finest Sleight of Hand Magicians, Ashley Turner. The duo perform in tandem with Sarah’s improv-style Saxophone vibes, and Ashley performing his Sleight of Hand Miracles. Be amazed this New Year’s Eve at Meisei with great tunes and cool tricks

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GO: Call 1700 7770 for reservations and more information.


The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain’s Cooking Competition

Amateur cooks, get your apron on! The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain will host the DeLonghi Bahraini Chef Competition, a dedicated two day cooking competition for Bahraini nationals, to take place on December 13 and 14. As part of The Ritz-Carlton’s Community Footprints programme, the DeLonghi Bahraini Chef Competition will take place during the celebrations of the Kingdom’s National Day with the aim to empower the aspiring chefs of Bahrain and invest in nationals possessing outstanding culinary talent, allowing them to develop further in their field of choice. Asif Jiffry General Manager Yaquby Stores, said: “We have so many excellent young cooks in this country who are eager to learn, grow, and advance their careers, as well as cook on a national stage. This competition is a celebration of the younger generation of aspiring, talented chefs.” Candidates who wish to apply are required to be a minimum of 18-years-old and are to post a video of themselves making a dish of their choice on Instagram tagging @Bahrainichefcompetition and using the hashtag #Bahrainichefcompetition. A panel of judges composed of five renowned chefs and food connoisseurs will review the videos and create a shortlist of candidates. The final line-up of 16 participants will battle it out over the two-day competition.

At the event, participants will perform a two-hour cooking contest, with the judges selecting the final winner. With its focus on developing local talent, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain and DeLonghi will award the winner an exclusive culinary experience and exposure with a Michelin star chef at one of The Ritz-Carlton properties in Europe. The winning dish will also be featured at one of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s restaurants.

Mr. Christian Zandonella, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate the Bahrain National Day with the creation of this event. The Kingdom holds a significant position in the Middle East’s culinary space with an outstanding range of local delicacies, and the Bahraini Chef Competition will be a platform to celebrate the younger generation’s passion for creativity and excellence in crafting 5-star culinary masterpieces with a touch of local techniques,” he continued. “It helps a cross-section of young chefs, from self-taught amateurs to culinary school graduates and professional chefs, to showcase their talent. We look forward to witnessing exceptional individual performances at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain during the event.”

GO: Call 1758 0000 for more information. Follow @Bahrainichef competition on Instagram to keep up with the latest.


Winter Tales at City Centre Bahrain

City Centre Bahrain, the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in Bahrain, is bringing back its third Winter Tales immersive and enchanting experience for visitors of all ages, with the timeless story of Alice in Wonderland, from December 9 to January 10, 2017. Following the success of The Nutcracker and Cinderella campaigns, City Centre Bahrain will host its third seasonal Winter Tale for 2016 with the enchanting and mesmerising fairytale favourite Alice in Wonderland, which promises a totally immersive and interactive experience. With events, activities and offers galore, little ones, families and friends will all have the chance to get up close and personal to the fascinating gateway of this classic, magical land. Alice in Wonderland fans and everyone looking to get a dose of real festive spirit, City Centre Bahrain will deliver with Winter Tales.

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GO: Visit www.citycentrebahrain.com for more information.


Mohammed Abdu in Concert

A brilliant concert featuring the one and only Mohammed Abdu, a true living legend of Arabic music, will take place at Bahrain National Theatre. Gifted with a distinctly powerful yet sweet voice and incredible oud-playing ability, Abdu’s talents were clear from an early age. He was soon discovered as a teenager in the early 1960s after singing on the local radio. Five decades on, “The Artist of the Arabs’” as he is widely known as, is still going strong.

His collaborations include some of the biggest poets, composers, and musicians in the Arab world and a vast catalogue that includes hundreds of songs and albums that clearly show the strong influence of traditional Hijazi music and spiritual chants on his style. In fact, in making this genre more mainstream, Abdu is widely credited for helping to preserve this important heritage within the GCC and Arab musical landscape. The concert will feature some of the artist’s most beloved songs which he released over his illustrious career, from early classics to more modern hits spanning the golden era of Arabic music of the 20th century all the way through to today

GO: The Concert takes place on December 8, 8pm, at Bahrain National Theatre. Tickets are available at Virgin Megastore. Minimum age requirement to attend is 10-years-old. Visit www.culture.gov.bh for more information.


 

Bahrain National Day Celebrations

DECEMBER 16 IS THE BIG DAY WHEN BAHRAIN COMES ALIVE WITH CELEBRATION AND TONS OF THINGS TO DO FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! FOOD AND FUN IS COVERED BY THE KINGDOM’S HOTELS….

WHERE:  FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

On December 16, enjoy a Bahrain National Day Brunch at Bahrain Bay Kitchen. An authentic Bahraini themed Buffet will have authentic Bahraini food items, local music entertainment and the staff will be dressed in traditional Bahraini clothing. Signature dishes will include: Bahraini ghouzi, prawn mawwash, Bahraini date cheese cake and more delicious treats. BD27++ from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. At The Spa, Bahrain national Day is all about relaxation. Experience an array of pampering spa treatments to relax and rejuvenate on this special occasion. Book any of the following spa treatment and enjoy 20% savings: Ratnakara Sea of Qi Ritual, Ratnakara Gate of Vitality Ritual, Opulence Oud Ritual, Jet Lag Recovery Ritual, Ultimate Detoxifying Body Cocoon, or the Chakra Soul Essence Rituals. A special spa amenity gift will be given on this occasion. Offer is valid on December 16.

Call 1711 5000 for more info.


New Year’s Day Brunchin

WHERE: LA MED – THE RITZ CARLTON BAHRAIN
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH
TIME: 12.30PM to 4.30PM

Celebrate the New Year in style and enjoy a festive buffet of international specialties in the beautiful ambiance of La Med. Dine with the sounds of La Med’s musical duo and celebrate the first day of 2017 with family and friends. BD35++ per person with soft drinks; BD45++ per person with premium drinks.

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 Call 1758 6499 for more info.


WHERE: MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN
WHAT: THE DAY AFTER – SPARKLING LUNCH BUFFET
TIME: 12.30PM to 4PM

Make lunch a sparkling affair with a food-filled buffet to begin your New Year on a gastronomic high. The extensive choices include a variety of seafood and grill selections alongside sparkling vino.

 Call 1746 0017 for more info.


WHERE: FURN BISTRO – THE WESTIN BAHRAIN CITY CENTRE
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S EXTENDED BREAKFAST
TIME: 6.30aM to 4PM

For some, the party need not end, for others it can start again. Late risers are welcome to join in the extended breakfast at the Furn Bistro. A fresh and healthy way to start the new year awaits all the foodies who want to start their year off in the right way! BD11++.

Call 1717 1441 for more info.


WHERE:  ELEMENTS POOL & LOUNGE – INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH

Start 2017 in one of the best al fresco settings in Bahrain. Bask in the cool temperature and celebratory vibe whilst you tuck into delicious food and drinks. BD18++ with soft drinks; BD27++ with unlimited selected premium beverages.

Call 1722 7777 for more info.


WHERE: BAHRAIN BAY KITCHEN – FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH
TIME:12.30aM to 3.30PM

All the Friday Brunch favourites are revived and brought to you in the ultimate New Year’s Day brunch. This buffet spread includes the most exquisite world cuisines and desserts to keep you there for the entire three hours! BD27++ with soft drinks and BD37++ with premium drinks.

 Call 1711 5000 for more info.


WHERE:  CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK – FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH
TIME: 12.30aM to 3.30PM

If you want to kick start 2017 on a more intimate and sophisticated note, head to CUT and you’ll find the perfect setting for a more refined New Year’s Day brunch. BD29++ or an additional BD10++ or BD20++ for beverage pairing.

Call 1711 5000 for more info.


WHERE: THE GULF HOTEL CONVENTION & SPA
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S DAY LOBBY BRUNCH

Recover your appetite, recover your senses and for some of you, recover your mobiles, keys or whatever you “conveniently misplaced” the previous night. The grand Lobby brunch is the perfect way to start the year with its amazing spread of tasty food and thirst-quenching drinks to accompany. BD25net with soft drinks and BD33net per person with premium drinks. Children aged six to 12-years-old get 50% off, and kids aged five and under dine for free.

Call 1774 6404 for more info.


WHERE: BUSHIDO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S ISAKAYA SUNDAY
TIME: 7PM to 11.30PM

Celebrate New Year’s Day with Bushido’s Izakya Sunday, offering a special selection of premium dishes to mark this special occasion. Izakaya is a type of informal Japanese food gathering. Food items are served in small portions, similar to Spanish Tapas. Izakaya dining includes a wide variety of Bushido’s signature dishes. Food is normally ordered slowly over several courses rather than all at once. Guests can reorder dishes as much as they like. BD27net for unlimited food and drinks.

 Call 1758 3555 for more info.


WHERE: SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S DAY LUNCH
TIME: 12.30aM to 3.30PM

Join in as Sofitel kicks off the New Year with an exquisite seafood lunch at Saraya Restaurant. Fondly reminisce over the year that passed with family and friends, as you enjoy the wide selection of seafood and finely prepared desserts on offer. BD24net, inclusive of soft beverages and BD28net, inclusive of selected beverages.

Call 1763 6363 for more info.


WHERE: FLAVOURS ON 2 – DOWNTOWN ROTANA
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH
TIME:  12noon to 4PM

If you’re all about the amazing food in a casual atmosphere – this is the place to be on New Year’s Day. Flavours on 2 will have a mouthwatering, sumptuous buffet for the whole family to savour. BD18net including soft drinks and juices and BD22net including selected beverages. Kids aged between six and 12-years-old get 50% off, children under sixyears- old dine for free.

 Call 3360 5070 for more info.


WHERE: AL SAFIR RESTAURANT – SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL
WHAT: NEW YEAR’S LUNCH

Roast chicken and turkey with lots of trimmings, your favorite grills, live cooking stations and a great selection of salads, a cheese corner and mouthwatering desserts just to name but a few of the culinary offerings as part of the mega New Year’s Day lunch. BD14.9++ for adults. Children from four to 12-years-old get 50% discount and those under fouryears- old dine for free.

 Call 1753 3533 for more info.