Nestled in the heart of Bahrain’s dining district Adliya, Mahonia ushers in a new era of fine dining with its gastronomic degustation menu concept – one that is unlike anything else in Bahrain and the region. Just recently, we had the chance to indulge in a gastronomic experience that stimulated our senses.
The experience at Mahonia starts right at The Lounge. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by our lovely hostess, Ariada who talked us through the progression of the evening – the process was reminiscent of a prelude before the main act. Beautifully designed cocktails and gourmet bar bites soon delighted us while we admired priceless artworks adorning the walls. We must admit that the restaurant first won us over based on looks, and a wander over to their elegant dining area sealed the deal.
We were then escorted from the restaurant to the lounge, where each table is named after a spice; ours being ‘wasabi’. Soon after, the symphony of flavours began. Devouring an overture of amuse bouches, we move through to the memorable ‘Ajo Blanco’ with capers, white grapes, marinated almonds, black garlic coulis as well as the slow-roasted beetroot with a smoked clam sauce and king crab cracker.
Then, exactly at the right time, the symphony’s fast movement shifted to a necessary down tempo with duglere style local seabass with a mushroom, daikon and lemon cream. The seabass’ lightness followed by the tang of lemon was a wonderful surprise before diving into the tender wagyu beef cheeks; which didn’t require a knife to cut and melted in our mouths.
The dinner was artfully combined so that each course builds on the last, reaching a crescendo of flavours and textures that culminates into incredible desserts. The performance ended with artisanal chocolates, with flavours inspired from different spices. Of course, we had to try the wasabi-flavoured chocolate!
Mahonia has actually curated an experience, this was more than the ordinary, the dishes offer something for all the senses and created tears of joy. Our taste buds were constantly abuzz with excitement and anticipation for the next bite or surprise. While providing something unique, the special difference here was that the experience was so very accessible. This was not made for the select few, but rather for all those that truly love food, real honest spectacular food.
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