Mediterranean MARVEL

Fresh on our shores is EXECUTIVE CHEF CLAUDIO DIELI showcasing why THE BRASSERIE ROYALE is making impressive waves in the culinary scene at JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY.

The sense of grandeur as you walk through the main entrance of Jumeirah Royal Saray is nothing short of magical. The public areas within the hotel are elegant and ornate. Marble floors with tessellated Arabic patterns and archways complete with white fretwork lead guests from one beautiful space to another. The choice of fabrics, textures and injections of colour throughout take the hotel interior to new levels of luxuriance. Ochres, greys and marine blues are used to great effect. The methods of illuminating spaces are by far the most outstanding element of the décor within the Jumeirah Royal Saray. Chandeliers on a grand scale created from varying sized droplets of glass reflecting light in a mesmerising fashion and beyond this layers of light descending from the ceiling like a glowing wasps’ nest. And, this is just your first impression as you enter after making use of their complimentary valet parking.

The Brasserie Royale was our dinner destination and is the most brilliantly unique example of sophisticated classic elegance and contemporary design. Whites, greys and wickerwork blend Arabian elegance and colonial chic. Colour is injected in the form of yellow chairs and scattered minimalistic foliage. The luxuriant table settings sit below an irregular glass prism suspended from the ceiling providing what can only be described as a sense of curiosity.

The Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain, designed by world-class architect Floris Smith, sits resplendently next to its very own private beach and marina in one of Manama’s most vibrant locations, Al Seef district, so an incredible view is a total given. The hotel’s décor and architectural features draw inspiration from the homes of Arabian Royalty and luxury from around the globe. The Khalifa Heritage House proved to be a massive influence throughout and is incorporated in many elements including the wood carvings, mirrors and flooring.

The menu blended the best of Mediterranean indulgence and clean eating. Starters include a mouthwatering selection including Deep Fried Buffalo Mozzarella Salad and, my favourite, Grilled Prawns with Mediterranean Salad which is perfectly executed amidst Squid Ink Sauce that balanced the dish perfectly. As my husband and I moved on to our entrées, we couldn’t help but marvel over the freshly vibrant ingredients that are reminiscent of European shores. Executive Chef Claudio Dieli ensures that all of his pasta is freshly cooked in an exclusive dough made up of 40 egg yolks, and, after tasting their Home-made Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli as well as his Home-Made Pappardelle Pasta served ‘ Sicilian Style’ there is no doubt in my mind that this is a man who knows how to cook! Having worked around the World from Italy, London, Dubai, Amman, Cairo, Hong Kong and China Chef Claudio brings his vast global expertise of over 24 years culinary gastronomy to our beautiful Kingdom of Bahrain.

Here’s another dish perfectly evocative of an Italian summer: Seared Sea Bream Fillet, the Sicilian speciality. Saffron Barley dances amidst the clams that are served up as a culinary masterpiece to the locally sourced fish’s melt-in-your-mouth execution. Not to forget the Northern influenced Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek which had my other half speechless, other than the ‘uhming’ and ‘ahhing’ that had now replaced his vocal chords of course…

There is something to tempt the whole family, being it the pizza for children and adults alike or indeed one of the vast items from the Chef ’s Selection, something, or rather, everything will certainly hit the spot and provide the perfect backdrop to any occasion.

Of course, one’s sweet tooth needs to be catered for and catered-for it was with offerings of both Signature Pastries and Seasonal Treats ranging from the aptly named Velvet Sphere, Exotic Pave and Black Forest Stone. I feel it would be unfair but totally necessary for me to divulge that alongside this the restaurant offers Eclairs, Mille-feuille and a series of signature tarts. Although one must admonish you to try their ‘nice cream’ that balanced the culinary feast beautifully. Sensational.

For reservations and more information, please call 7770 7070


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