Best takeaways in Bahrain

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The summer heat is strong and even stepping outside your front door in the evening can prove to be a trying event, so nothing beats curling up by the A/C and ordering an easy takeaway to enjoy while watching your favourite series. In our island culture of convenience, we are absolutely inundated with take-out options with everything ranging from Lebanese to Japanese, pizzas to burgers, healthy to the downright indulgent.

We at team Time Out Bahrain chose 26 outlets – ones we love and many we had never tried before – and put them to the test. We paid attention to ease of ordering, delivery time, service, food quality on arrival and flavour profiles, in order to rate them out of five. This is what we found…

Al Abraaj
Cuisine:
Arabic, Indian, Chinese, Italian
Order: Hummus (900 fils); falafel (900 fils); lamb arayes (BD1.4); fattoush (BD1.4); chicken tikka (BD2.4); French fries (800 fils)
Delivery time: 45 minutes
3.5/5
Al Abraaj has maintained a reputation for good, fast and reasonably priced options for many years. We order from the Arabic section of the menu – the dishes they’re most famous for – and are very happy. Everything arrives intact, on time and hot. Who can get enough of that hummus and special Al Abraaj bread anyway?
Open daily noon-midnight. Seef Mall, Seef (1758 2266). Other locations: Adliya, Sehla, Riffa, Busaiteen, Bahrain Mall, Sitra Mall, Adhari Park, Juffair, City Centre Bahrain, Budaiya, Hamala, Hoora, Al A’ali Shopping Complex.

Al Kanafany

Cuisine:
Desserts
Order: Kanafany bite with cheese (BD6.5)
Delivery time: 1 hour 20 minutes
3/5
Well known for serving up a mean kunafa, Al Kanafany is a go-to delivery service for indulgent desserts. They have a range of kunafa concoctions as cakes, in rolls, with cheese, with cream – and more. Due to the slow delivery time, ours unfortunately is on the cooler side so the cheese is a bit hard and not gooey as we’d hoped. It’s still tasty doused in sugar syrup though.
Open daily 9am-midnight. Riffa (1723 1723).

Badawi
Cuisine:
Lebanese
Order: Tabbouleh (BD1.450); shish tawouk plate (BD3.3); potato wedges (BD1.5); cheese rolls (350 fils); half dozen falafel (BD1.750); arayes meat (BD2.750); hummus Beiruti (BD1.4)
Delivery time: 1 hour
4/5
Depending on where you live, the minimum order amount for popular Lebanese restaurant Badawi might be quite large but we believe it’s worth it. This cheap but cheerful eatery in Adliya offers all your favourite Levantine bites under one roof with friendly service and impressive kitchen skills. On this occasion, our order is delivered within the promised time and the food is still hot and fresh. The dishes are all tasty and the portions extremely generous.
Open Sat-Thu 9am-midnight; Fri noon-midnight. Hoora (1729 7799).

Bayti

Cuisine:
Contemporary Middle Eastern
Order: Five dish combo – feta cheese, foul medammes, baked beans, potato harra, egg and tomatoes (BD5); gourmet shawarma – signature (BD3.8); chocolate shawarma (BD2)
Delivery time: 1 hour 10 minutes
4/5
In terms of food quality, we love contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant Bayti. Based by the Bahrain Financial Harbour, the outlet itself is funky and offers a daily lunch buffet and tasty a la carte options. Their home delivery service has a few drawbacks on this occasion – the delivery time is on the slow side and portions aren’t overwhelming. Having said that, we thoroughly enjoy our chosen dishes. The shawarmas – both savoury and sweet – are unique and deserve some serious accolades. We also love that we can order a traditional Bahraini breakfast from here. Top tip – make sure you order extra bread with any mezze.
Open daily 7am-midnight. Bahrain Financial Harbour, Manama (1722 9778).

BeauBites
Cuisine:
Café
Order: Tomato coriander soup (BD1.5); quinoa veggie burger (BD2.9); tuna melt (BD2)
Delivery time: 45 minutes
4.5/5
We’re impressed with the quality of food and BeauBites’ mission to deliver healthy, diet food to your door. It all arrives on time and in good condition – the tomato coriander soup (which hasn’t spilled) tastes wholesome and homemade. As does the flavourful quinoa veggie burger and hearty tuna melt. All in all, when we’re looking for a reasonably priced, healthier delivery option, this would be our first choice.
Open daily 11am-11pm. Saar Mall, Saar (1764 2344).

By Time Out Bahrain staff
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