FAR EAST MOVEMENT

Based in the luxury of FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY one expects the unexpected. Well, experience fine dining like never before at re/Asian Cuisine by WOLFGANG PUCK as it dispels any previous notion of Asian fusion cuisine.

 

It is no surprise that Chef Wolfgang Puck chose Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay as the destination for his re/Asian Cuisine restaurant. Wolfgang’s signature modern approach to traditional Asian cuisine, this culinary delight offers a “re”-evolution of contemporary and classic cooking styles, techniques and flavours of China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and other far eastern destinations. It is a triumph of both style and spectacle with unprecedented service. Customers ordering can expect the unexpected as Sous Chef Josh Wetshtein showcased on our visit. The dishes were both innovative and surprising, and the meal can be likened to that of an artistic performance. We genuinely tingled with anticipation. Executive Chef Brian Becher and co all employ the very best of local produce and ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind culinary journey, that is indicative of Wolfgang Puck’s very ethos.

The décor is Asian in origin but contemporary in its delivery with varnished wooden tables, a vast oversized chandelier suspended from the ceiling and leather booths which create a convivial dining experience. re/Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck can cater for any occasion, event or whim. This new menu is launched at Eid alongside its renowned Dim Sum Brunch which introduces diners to the skillfully crafted selection of Asian bonne bouche without feeling overwhelmed by overflowing platters and countless stations. The brunch showcases the way in which the team employ top notch ingredients and extant technique to produce a variety of steamed buns, pan fried oriental classics and noodle dishes – perfect for diners wanting to sample an array of delights for an impeccable day out.

The sublime surroundings and breathtaking view sets the tone for what is about to follow. As we sipped on our handcrafted muddled mocktails we were presented with Stir Fried Chicken Lettuce Cups that danced alongside Thai chilli and Cilantro shavings to provide the perfect unity. I couldn’t help but quite literally ‘digin’ with both hands to the moreish spectacle that befell me. The table-service presentation of this particular dish is both interesting and entertaining; a must-share on social media using ‘Boomerang’

I must say. Crispy Rice Salad with Jumbo Lump Crab seasoned with Thai Basil, Roasted peanuts and a splash of Nam Pla vinaigrette was served and it proved itself as nothing short of exceptional! Known for its sweet taste and hearty texture, the meat from the blue crab is a true taste sensation. The premium grade crabmeat is indeed ‘Jumbo Lump’ which consist of whole lumps of white meat from the body of the crab with absolutely no shell or cartilage. The Mr and I devoured every final morsel as we smacked our lips and refrained from licking the dishes further. There is nothing ‘typical’ when it comes to this gastronomic hub – you’re forever guaranteed a fabulous meal no matter the occasion. There’s a real delight in the honest and unpretentious dishes that are served by their knowledgeable staff.

 

“This new menu is launched at Eid alongside its renowned Dim Sum Brunch which introduces diners to the skillfully crafted selection of Asian bonne bouche without feeling overwhelmed by overflowing platters and countless stations.”

A fusion of flavours further met with my taste buds as we were introduced to the Steamed Local Sea Bream. A banana leaf acted as a hammock to this marvel bathing the fleshy morsels amidst pickled onion and mint chutney. Growing-up with a Mother who is a chef has definitely allowed for an appreciation to high quality ingredients and fresh produce over the years; something that unfortunately is a bit, well, hit-and-miss across the culinary scene in Bahrain… especially when it comes to meat. Alas, the search for the perfect lamb is over and with a mouthwatering Malaysian Curry massaging and marinating the lamb shank, well, my dreams have been answered. This vessel literally fell apart due to its tenderness. The jasmine rice, cucumber and spring onion looked on as it allowed for a perfect balance and acceleration of flavour. Those with a sweet tooth are not neglected either. The Khanfaroosh with almond cake, saffron syrup and arabic coffee ice cream once again highlighted the skill and vision of the Chefs and the scope of their continuously elevated ‘performance’.

Are their dishes instagrammable? Yes. Is this my favourite restaurant in Bahrain? Undoubtedly. Should you go? Yes, yes AND absolutely…YES! Truly, re/Asian Cuisine is not just a statement but the very exclamation mark! It sets the standard not just for restaurants in the Middle East but globally and we admonish you to treat your taste buds, and your loved ones, at once.

@reasiancuisine / @fsbahrain

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