It’s official – contemporary Japanese cuisine has a new address on the island.

The opening of a swanky new eatery is always cause for celebration, and this is only heightened when Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa plays host. The hotel has announced the addition of a brand new dining destination, Maison Sushi, to its gastronomic carousel. Rooted in contemporary Japanese cuisine, it pairs reimagined traditional dishes with French elegance and a splendid backdrop of the Arabian Gulf. And the man behind the magic? The newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Myo Zaw Khine, a veteran of Japanese cuisine who boasts over 20 years of culinary experience.

His vision is to take traditional ingredients and techniques from Japan, and integrate them with local ingredients and palates to offer a truly imaginative experience. Maison Sushi has perfectly encapsulated the East-Asian essence of delectable dining by focusing on locally sourced ingredients, intuitive service, and a rich ambience that together bind the culture, flavours, and vibrancy of Nihon – with a hint of French art de vivre, of course. As its name suggests, the new fine-dining destination features a sushi-inspired menu boasting exclusive creations bursting with innovation – whether it is the special torched-and-seared Otoro sushi (made with the coveted bluefin tuna) or the signature sushi platter, an exceptional dining affair is guaranteed every time.

And if you’re the type to snap before you savour, the venue also promises Insta-worthy plating to boot.

Chef Myo’s deep-rooted ideology dictates striking a fine balance between flavours and textures as an essential component, with a relentless “no-compromise” code on spectacular presentations to win over guests, so even the most discerning diners are in for a treat. For a front-row seat to all the action, make a beeline for the ultra-modern conveyor sushi belt and enjoy the freshest assortment of East-Asian fare that is not only prepared live, but also follows the full set of ALL SAFE measures. But regardless of where you end up, you can soak up the opulent interiors that bring together oak floors, wall art from the Yayoi period, and a super stylish bar. Meanwhile, floor-to-ceiling glass encircles the restaurant and overlooks the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, streaming sunlight in during the day. Come sunset, the dimly lit venue radiates with rich tones of gold and royal blue, creating a regal ambience that’s perfect for your next night out. ✤