THERE’S SOMETHING EXCITING ABOUT FINDING A RESTAURANT THAT DOES GOOD KHALEEJI CUISINE. FURN BISTRO & BAKERY STEPS UP TO THE PLATE TO DELIVER TRADITIONAL FARE WITH AN INNOVATIVE TWIST.
Under the helm of Hany Mostafa, Complex Executive Sous Chef at The Westin and Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre, alogside his culinary team, Furn Bistro & Bakery continues to shine on the local food scene. It’s been a few months since we last visited this beautiful venue, but we remember as clear as day how the food blew us away then, and were expecting a repeat dining experience this time around as well. As you can probably tell from the vibrant dishes showcased here, we weren’t disappointed! Creative Khaleeji cuisine, infused with the heart and soul of the region is the main focus at Furn. Not only is everything cooked with authenticity in mind, it’s served with a contemporary touch.
“We make traditional Khaleeji cuisine with our own western twist,” Chef Hany says. “With almost 20 years of experience in the industry now, it’s comfortable for us to play around with the ingredients and the presentation – the platters, the glassware – we experiment all the time.” We get straight to it, ready to devour every dish. Immediately, there are a number of winners at the table when the starters come out. The Smoked Moutabel – chargrilled eggplant mixed with tahina, labneh and pomegranate seeds smoked over apple wood-packs intense flavour and we can’t stop scooping it up with freshly baked bread.Similarly, the Muhammara – walnuts, tomatoes, chilli, roasted red capsicum with extra virgin olive oil – is rich in taste and another big palate pleaser. We enjoy bites of the Bahrain Greens (jarjeer, soft feta, dates and pomegranate with palm heart) and the Bistro Tabouleh too, which is made up of kale, quinoa and tomatoes dressed with zesty lemon – yummy!
Moving onto the mains, Chef Hany tells us about the Prawn Fie Qataath. “The Fie Qataath for example, it’s traditional Bahraini food,” he says. “My grandma would cook this dish and it’s all about whatever ingredients you have in the kitchen, you cook them all and cover the top with rice, ready to be flipped over and served to guests who are visiting your home.” The dish is brought to the table on a trolley and flipped over in front of the guests so you can admire the process and skill before indulging on delicious rice and juicy prawns cooked in all the right spices – D.I.V.I.N.E. The Lamb Rump is delightfully juicy and tender whilst the Quinoa Madrooba is every vegetarian diner’s dream with roasted pumpkin, sautéed vegetables, dried onions and almonds. The Furn Burger with mouthwatering shredded beef brisket as well as the delicate Gulf King Prawns and the tantalising Mixed Grill all give us the happy feels with every bite we take!
The moment we’ve all been waiting for – the heavenly Kunafa – YES! Gloriously stretchy sweet cheese encased in kataif pastry studded with almonds doused in rose and orange blossom syrup – our hearts (and our bellies) couldn’t handle the perfection! “My message to everyone would be; come and try the food – you’ll find something you love – we have a dish for every single person,” Chef Hany says. We 100 per cent agree!
GO: GO: Visit Furn Bistro & Bakery at The Westin Bahrain City Centre. Call 1717 4441 for reservations and more information.