February 2017 - Bahrain This Month
Working Hard For Food
I was surprised by the charm that enveloped The Foundry as I stepped in. True to its name, the decor is finished to imitate an industrial feel, with iron and brick fixtures. The space oozes class and old-school charm under its rugged skin. On the second floor is an airy and spacious restaurant, which is a combination of an American barbecue, French bistro and a gastropub. An eclectic array of Edison bulbs hangs from the ceiling, lending a sophisticated yet hip vibe to the room. Soon after we took a seat beside the floor-to-ceiling window, general manager Alberto came over to greet us and tell us more about the food. He explained that seasonality is a big factor when it comes to the menu, and great measures are taken to ensure that high-quality ingredients are sourced from the finest local and overseas suppliers. Given the premium ingredients offered, the prices are reasonable. On the weekends, a special menu consisting of roast lunch and cool cocktails means you are spoilt for choice. The à la carte menu offers American staples and comfort food. My dining companion and I started with two platters of Parisian-inspired escargots à la Bourguignonne or snails in garlic-herb butter. The sauce was almost as delicious as the escargots, smooth and complementary to their chewy texture. Jalapeno cheese poppers the size of tennis balls, possibly the largest I’ve ever seen, followed. Mild Mexican peppers filled with mozzarella and cheddar, deep fried to crispy perfection embodied comfort grub in all its glory. From the fish to the meat, everything is smoked in-house. Gravies, pickles and dressings are all created from scratch to ensure freshness. Burgers are freshly made on a daily basis in the butchery using Angus beef from the USA. Four large wooden boards, loaded with delicious fare, made quite an entrance on our table. The main course, served on stunning plates was impeccable, as was the service. I started off with the braised leg of lamb, which was fork-tender and deeply meaty, and immediately earned a spot as one of my new favourites. It literally melted in my mouth. The chargrilled sirloin steak, with fries and peppercorn sauce, was a delicious piece of mostly lean, tender meat with a bold flavour. Braised beef short ribs enticed as decadent meat fell off the bone, having been cooked for 72 hours. The rich, succulent beef is flawlessly seasoned and smoked, a must-try for every meat-lover. We did justice to the hearty portions and polished them off in less than 15 minutes. The ravioli didn’t disappoint either, but at this point we were already quite full, so all we could manage was a few bites. No meal is complete without dessert. The sticky toffee pudding and banoffee in a jar seemed like they were sent straight from the gods of all things sweet. With its inviting atmosphere and ambrosial gastronomy, The Foundry deserves a top spot on your list of places to eat. For Valentine’s Day, a special romantic set menu paired with tunes from a saxophonist will make it an affair to remember. It is open daily from noon onwards. You can follow them on Instagram @thefoundrybh. Call 69 960-000.
Perched on a prominent corner of Block 338, is this conversation-worthy restaurant that is sure to thrill your senses in all aspects.