Inspired by the relaxed breakfasts of the Middle East, Villa Mama’s will launch their weekend brunch menu this December, available from 8am until 11am every Saturday and Sunday.
Chef Founder, Roaya Saleh, has created a morning menu reflecting her Bahraini heritage, travels and culinary traditions from across the Khaleej, Persia and beyond. The menu includes ‘Khubus’, a Tandoor-cooked flatbread, served with meyhawa, a Bahraini speciality of fermented sardine sauce, or za’atar and du-ah and ‘Gers Tabay’, a sweet Bahraini date crêpe. Larger plates include ‘Balaleet’, sweet saffron and rose water vermicelli topped with scrambled eggs and ‘Ch’bood Deyay’, chicken livers sautéed with masala & vine leaves, all served with khubus. To share between two, ‘Mezzeh’ comprises of fresh labneh, seasonal jam, honey, halloumi, olives, walnuts, cherry tomatoes and khubus.
Traditional Arabic or Turkish blend coffees are on offer to start the morning, alongside an array of traditional Bahraini teas including masala, chamomile and a blossoming flowering sweet osmanthus. The bar team will be serving up freshly squeezed juices, and for those who prefer an added punch, Bloody Marys and Mimosas will also be available.
“Breakfast is such treasured meal of the day in Bahrain, as the weather is usually cooler and more relaxed. During my childhood, I used to love loading my khubus with all the toppings, and dunking it straight in the honey when my mum wasn’t looking. Washing this down with a masala tea is the perfect start to the day.” says Roaya.
Villa Mama’s is designed in a collaboration led by Erta Designs with furniture, artwork, textiles inspired by Roaya’s heritage and travels. Traditional Bahraini café style benches line the pavement for alfresco diners, and folding doors line the front, dressed with handmade Turkish curtains, ready to be pulled open during the warmer months. The dining room seats 50 at pedestal tables, topped with Breccia violetta marble, and vintage chapel chairs and colourful scatter cushions. A reclaimed shop counter from Paris is laden with Raoya’s