Bringing the land of carnivals and white sand beaches to the shores of Bahrain, Via Brasil at the Wyndham Garden Hotel Juffair is the newest spot in town that turns up the heat for all the latin vibes to be enjoyed? FACT’s Layal Al Mahmoud indulges her carnivorous cravings at a restaurant that is easily every meat lover’s dream…


Coming from a small village sprouted in the valley among tall green mountains, it is hard to live without beautiful scenery around me. Living in a house in Adliya did not help much if not for the humble garden that i try my best to plant with colours every time spring comes visiting.

So, when I go out, I make an effort to find a restaurant that not only brings good food to the table but one with a good view and spirit. At Via Brasil, located on the 28th floor of the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Juffair, you will find both. In addition to brilliant Brazilian grills too. With an amazing view from above, the restaurant brings the soul of South American cuisine to the heart of Manama; the best of Brazilian meat i  addition to other choices such as chicken and duck. Stepping in, you get tingled by the vibes of the Caipirinhas’country. Modern set up, simple wooden chairs, copper pipes cruising the ceiling with lights and artworks reminiscent of street style, and the presence of football makes the bar extra exciting.

The Brazilian flag takes pride of place in the open kitchen, and a Jesus statue, resembling the famous Christ the Redeemer, guards the colorful houses. And if you go in a group and wish for some privacy, there is a private table for eight at your service. The focus in any Brazilian restaurant is the MEAT; tender, juicy, succulent meat barbecued with love and seasoned with passion to the point where, even me, someone who loves her veggies, would want to have nothing else but a bite of the flavorful good stuff. Of course, once you announce you are ready, by flipping your own little wooden piece to the green side, the specialised waiter will start bringing the various cuts lined skillfully on giant skewers – it’s a GO! And, one after the other, equipped with knowledge and a very big knife, they’ll slide off as many little pieces of savoury heaven as you wish – like small rewards of appreciation. Sirloin, tenderloin, rump… you name it, they’ve got it. This is the famous Brazilian way of eating, churrascaria style – and we LOVE it.

When you’ve warmed up to this fierce battle between man and skewer, a salad bar comes to the rescue with a variety of Brazil’s favourites such as the cabbage and pineapple slaw, potato mayo salad, or the amazing shrimp ceviche. There is also an assortment of cheese along with crackers and jam that you may conclude your heroic meal with, if and when you decide there is no room for dessert. And instead of the typical bread basket, you receive a plate of Brazilian cheese bread, cassava fingers, and sweet fried banana – can we just eat here every day please?

Chef Emanuel has come straight from Brazil to indulge diners in Bahrain with his authentic creations. He was kind enough to share with us a couple of the best Brazilian desserts: the rich Brazilian flan, a firm and more condensed version of the well known crème brulée, and passion fruit mousse; a citrusy white cloud of sweet dreams, perfectly ending our meaty dinner adventure.

After 8pm and all the way to midnight, Latino music played by “First Class” Cuban band, will unleash your appetite even more and through a celebratory feel in the air. I cannot wait for the weather to cool down so I can book  a table on the terrace and watch the sunset whilst enjoying my favourite flavored shisha. This dinner experience is priced at a cool BD21++ with soft drinks and BD31++ with enhanced beverages. Travel with Chef Emanuel and his amazing crew to taste the best of what Brazil has to offer