Arabian Delights at Samawar Restaurant

Recently opened, the bright and beautiful Samawar Restaurant is a great space for foodies to lounge, experience great cooking and enjoy a cool ambience. FACT visits for an unexpected dining adventure…

Samawar Restaurant at Ramada by Wyndham Manama City Centre is a beautiful surprise. The sprawling venue takes up space that we were pleasantly amazed to see. The event hall is basked in natural light with a greenhousestyle design that reflects a large elegant glasshouse – we can see this as the perfect spot for both an intimate and a large-scale wedding – the space is gorgeous. There’s a stage at one end of the room and comfy tables dotted around with a capacity of up to 200. The rings lights add a lovely sophisticated touch to the whole relaxed ambience.

In the restaurant, there’s plenty of casual seating areas. The venue is divided into a smoking and nonsmoking area, to cater to families with children. On the terrace, shisha is served to patrons who wish to lounge with their favourite flavour at hand. Samawar had its grand opening last month and was welcomed to roaring success. After trying out their food, we can see just why!

Our culinary tour started with a mountain of Fattoush Salad. Super fresh, every ingredient was to the best of its quality. Crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, cool cucumbers, sliced radish and, what we loved the most, a literal tower of fried pieces of pita bread. The portion size is incredibly generous and can easily fil three to four people, happily. Next up was the Kibbeh be Seniya, our standout dish of the entire meal. Traditionally, kibbeh is simple, moreish bulgur cracked wheat croquettes stuffed with minced onions, lean ground beef, pine nuts and Middle Eastern spices. At Samawar, there’s a creative spin. The idea of a kibbeh is deconstructed and presented as a layered sphere – the taste is exquisite. Who knew that the real magic in a kibbeh was to take it apart? With a side of yogurt sauce, this is one dish that we will be ordering again.

If you love tender meat, the Lamb Ghoozi will satisfy all your cravings. The huge piece of lamb shank falls off the fork like butter, we glide through the meat with such enthusiasm. To accompany is yellow rice and a sauce that adds rich flavour to every bite.

The Maghrabiya Risotto Salmon is one of the best dishes we’ve tried in a long time. The much-loved traditional Lebanese couscous is infused with pine nuts, whilst the succulent salmon is wonderfullycharred and accompanied by a pesto sauce that was mouth-watering. It’s a stunning dish to photograph for the ‘gram, but more importantly, each ingredient complements the other tastefully. Highly recommended for seafood lovers. The Chicken Freekeh Roll is what we end with – and it’s a lovely finale. A very homely dish that has the subtly strong earthy textures of freekeh with the deeply nourishing bites of chicken.

To experience the food at Samawar alongside attentive service in a cosy venue, was a delightful afternoon treat. For any early birds out there, Samawar has a fantastic offer for breakfast – you select four dishes and one beverage, plus shisha – all for a BD6 only! The offer runs until March 31.

Samawar Restaurant is the type of place where everyone is welcome; families, solo diners, groups of friends, and anyone who wants to chill out in a laid-back atmosphere with some of the best recipes in the country. ✤