Plant Cafe in Bahrain is the nation’s ONLY vegan restaurant (as of 2018) – all the more a reason for me to put it as a must-visit destination on my itinerary while planning my trip to Bahrain. A collaboration between the renowned American Celebrity Chef Matthew Kenney’s culinary organization and two local women, this restaurant has a laudable innovative spin on all of their plant-based dishes. I visited this beautiful restaurant while on my trip to Bahrain and fell completely in love with the food, vibes, and hospitality.
This restaurant is located on the ground floor, inside a shopping complex in Al Janabiyah. I found it slightly difficult to locate it at first but after peeping through the glass windows of the shopping complex, I could spot this cute little cafe inside.
A setting that emanates elegance in every aspect, the ambiance of Plant Cafe is marvelous. It is a traveler-friendly place in every sense. They have a wide collection of books on world travel and vegan travel; could a soul filled with wanderlust ask for more? I picked up Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel book with a list of 500 must-see destinations in the world and went through every page of it while having lunch (Hehe! I also made a list of the next set of destinations I should visit). Apart from books, the interiors of the restaurant are extremely classy with a live, open kitchen on the ground floor.
All of the dishes on their menu are 100% plant-based and inspired by cuisines from all over the world. I ordered a Black Burger with Zucchini Chips as recommended by the waiter and the dish turned out to be pretty good. The zucchini chips were crispy, light and very delicious – I have never eaten anything like that before and so would give them extra points for the innovation! The black burger (made with charcoal flour) was presented extremely well. It looked like a beautiful rainbow with vegan dressings in different colors. The taste of the burger was good but the patty was a bit dry. The waiter was kind enough to bring me an extra dip upon request post which I thoroughly enjoyed my dish.
Next, enter dessert! Well, what can I say? The dessert was outright THE best part of my meal. I ordered the Matcha Ice Cream and it completely swept me off my feet after having the first bite itself. It was the first time I had tried the matcha flavor (Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves) and I was pretty impressed. The ice cream was made with coconut milk and served on a bed of candied almonds – YUMMM! Every spoon of this green-colored bliss rocked my taste buds and I would definitely recommend you to try this in case you visit this restaurant.
I would not lie about it but the prices of the dishes on their menu are quite expensive. On an average, breakfast bowls cost 4.5 BHD, starters 5 BHD, soups 3 BHD, mains 5 BHD and desserts 4 BHD. For a single person, a two-course meal would cost anywhere between 8 – 10 BHD (1600 – 2000 INR).
I would highly recommend you to visit this restaurant if you’re in Bahrain. Every dish of theirs is made with careful attention to detail and taste. Their presentation of food is truly commendable – comparable with 5-star hotels. Their take on food is on the healthier side so don’t expect deep-fried food or sugar-loaded desserts.
They’ve some of the most innovative dishes you’ll ever come across and their food lives up to the taste in spite of having that “health” factor to it. Since this restaurant is run in collaboration with the famous Matthew Kenney’s culinary organization, high standards are maintained in every aspect be it food, ambiance or service. And so what you pay is for the overall experience and I think it’s totally worth it.
I spent almost 3 hours here reading a travel book, learning about Salar De Uyuni (the world’s largest salt flat) and planning my next destination – all while binging on a healthy, delicious, vegan burger. My experience at the Plant Cafe was beyond just “food” and I loved it in every sense.