Turning one this month, Cantina Kahlo at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is a slice of Mexico in the Middle East. Take a bite and you’ll know that the flavours are just right.
A snazzy restaurant amidst a garden and lagoon, Cantina Kahlo is an ode to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo with a pop of colours, bold patterns, and frames of the artist. The king of this domain, Chef Cesar Daniel de Leon Torres brings trade secrets from Mexico that he complements with authentic ingredients. Start with tortilla chips and guacamole, and dive straight into tacos after this—they have chicken, lamb, sea bass, and beef varieties.
The Mexican-style grills are served with rice, salsa, chiles toreados, and tortillas. For desserts, churros with chocolate and caramel are highly recommended. On cooler evenings, you can take your feast to the al fresco Kahlo Club and have horchata while listening to the songs of the sea.
Art Of Dining
An epicurean journey to the hotel underscores the fact that the decor is singular at each restaurant, purposed to resonate with the cuisine and its region of origin. The drama at the red-themed steakhouse Plums is accentuated by the forbidden fruit on the wall; at Thai Lounge, a golden mythical swan stretches out at the length of the bar, duplicating Thailand’s royal barge; The Ritz Gourmet Lounge recreates a French salon with its vintage china and velvet upholstered Napoleon chairs. You have to salute the artistic sensibilities of the owner—a painter himself whose works take the spotlight in many restaurants and public areas.
Culinary Journey: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain has 11 restaurants and lounges. At each speciality restaurant, you will meet natives of the region who will introduce you to the cuisine and their renditions of traditional dishes.