The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain has always been associated with successful names in the world of culinary excellence, and with Cantina Kahlo’s Saturday Brunch this theory has only proved to be a continuous reality. Viva las Cantina indeed as FACT’s Jayne Green finds out…
We abandoned our car at the front of the luxury hotel and emerged ourselves into the lobby through a revolving door. Straight through the security check-up and out to the pool side. We could have drove further and parked a few steps away from the restaurant and entrance, but we did not regret the few minutes walk at the heart of such a beautiful landscape! The view of the flamingo’s en route was simply captivating.
Cantina Kahlo hosts a selection of tables on the terrace overlooking a peaceful lake, but, we preferred to be seated indoors – especially at this time of the year! We opened the door and beside the gorgeous floral arrangement in the centre of the entree, the delicious smells were so appealing that my hunger pang well and truly engulfed me.
We were escorted to our table beside the Mariachi Band and by the window. Our waitress was the loveliest lady, initially she explained the different corners of the buffet and helped us with the menu from which we were able to pick whatever items took our desire – a la carte style.
The restaurant is not vast, but, it is the perfect size for a cosy gathering, it felt like someone’s own lake house. The green colour is dominant with an array of paintings decorating the walls mainly inspired by the Mexican Painter Frida Kahlo.
The three corners of pure deliciousness are attractively arranged. Of course the soup and salad station had a big bowl of guacamole that screams ‘Eat me!’ and I must say, I visited this corner so many times! The taco station was rich with two kinds of rice, three choices for the filling, beef, vegetarian, and chicken tacos. You choose one and the chef will happily heat up the soft taco bread, add some cheese if you like, top it with the filling of your choice, then help you figure out the best sauce: coriander, tomato, pineapple, maybe add a bit of onions or fresh cilantro or some red cabbage?! We ordered our drinks and started a discovery journey of Mexican flavours. First up, was the Sopecitos Rancheros – which is my long time favourite dish here at Cantina – braised wagyu short rib beef served in crispy corn masa boats with roasted tomato-serrano sauce, avocado and cheese is something to write home to your parents about. We admonish you to try the ceviche as it certainly bypassed our expectations. Not to forget that their range of mocktails were unreal. We highly recommend the mixed berry margarita mocktail in all of its delicious glory!
And as for our main courses, we decided to try the Angus Ribeye from a variety of ‘Tierra’ Mexican Grills as well as their melt-inyour-mouth Sea Bass that showcased its perfection of buttery flesh. This brunch is truly a great choice for foodies and meat lovers alike, tender, juicy, and the taste throughout their dishes was, as always, nothing short of amazing. I was also intrigued to order the grilled Portobello mushroom with cactus. This was a simple straightforward dish, two Portobello mushrooms grilled and topped with grilled pieces of cactus and finished with a sprinkle of cheese but the taste was anything but simple. The cactus is a lot like artichokes, a very good choice for vegetarian guests and a perfect combo with the steak.
The sweet corner had a variety of desserts, but, to be honest, my eyes were fixated on the most delicious of carbs as I noticed the chef frying churros on the spot. Oh, with chocolate or cajeta (caramel) sauce, it is ultimate happiness manifested on a plate. Call your best friends and plan your next Saturday afternoon out in true Brunch Fiesta style. ✤
SERVED FROM 12NOON TO 4PM,
BD23 PER PERSON, INCLUDES SOFT BEVERAGES
BD36.5 PER PERSON, INCLUDES SELECT BEVERAGES.
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