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Driven by a commitment to support local farmers and provide high quality home-grown and wholesome dishes, Baker & Spice delivers healthy and delicious all-day-dining

If you are looking for a family friendly all-day dining spot, and somewhere that serves tasty and healthy food then look no further than the Bahrain outpost for award winning bakery and restaurant chain Baker & Spice located in Bahrain’s elegant Al Aali Mall. The chic modern minimalism offers a clean and simple space where the food is the star attraction. In addition to its much-loved speciality artisan breads and pastries, the restaurant also serves its local, organic and homemade and wholesome classic and signature dishes to provide healthy and fresh options to its customers. Whether you sit inside or dine alfresco on the spacious terrace you can enjoy tasty fresh seasonal dishes from the ever-changing menu served from breakfast to dinner. Open daily, from breakfast through to the evening, Baker & Spice offers a range of freshly prepared savoury and sweet treats, available for both dine-in and takeaway.

Tempted by the promise of something special we decided to visit for lunch. We were immediately welcomed by a warm and friendly server who enquired as to where we would like to sit; we decided to take advantage of the weather and opted for a table on the delightful terrace, so we would watch the world go by as we enjoyed our meal.

“Sit inside or dine alfresco on the terrace, where you can enjoy tasty fresh seasonal dishes from the ever-changing menu, served from breakfast to dinner.”

The menu offered an interesting selection of dishes from vegan and vegetarian to meats and poultry, to seafood and pastas, as well as desserts, pastries and artisan breads. For our starters we settled upon courgette fritters, served with a spinach salad; the fritters were crispy on the outside and the perfect texture in the middle; and spinach falafel, perfectly sized quenelles, served with a beetroot yoghurt, sumac lavash, and fried baby spinach. The falafel was full of flavour and again made to the perfect texture, a nice crunch followed by the soft centre. Both portions were more than generous.

For the mains we tried the beetroot Bucatini – a vegan dish of handmade beetroot pasta, with wilted spinach, chickpea madras, lemon zest, and toasted coconut. The pasta is made on the premises and was an interesting combination of flavours. The chickpea madras not only added a little spice (but not overpowering) but looked enticing on the plate in contrast to the beetroot red colour of the pasta and green spinach. The pasta was served al dente and burst with flavour. The other main dish was a simply superb homemade chicken pie; light puff pastry, served over poached chicken, served in a rich mushroom, spinach, and cream sauce served in its own individual cast iron dish; again, the portion was ample. The aromas emanating from the dish instantly awakened my taste buds and the golden pastry was immediately inviting. The chicken was tender and enrobed in the luxurious sauce and delivered that warm and comforting feeling – making it almost impossible to stop, long after I was full. We shared a side of roasted sweet potato, that was perfectly cooked; just caramelised on the outside yet still tender, and dressed in olive oil – almost good enough to be a dish in its own right.

To follow we shared a pecan mousse tart; a chocolate and pecan mouse, encased in a dark chocolate ganache. A decadent dessert that was a fitting tribute to a delicious meal. www.bakerandspiceme.com

Photographs: Baker & Spice

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