Vegans now have a new home in Bahrain
Vegans in the Middle East oft complain that there's little for them to eat at some of the region's best fine-dining establishments (indeed, the adoption of meat-free dining has been a tad slow over here). But it seems times are changing.
Cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE now offer vegan dishes (beyond the usual side salad, that is) and it seems the rest of the region is following suit. The Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain Bay has jumped on the plant-bandwagon, presenting an all-new menu dubbed 'Folia'.
The Folia dining concept was first trialled at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills California last year. It was immediately successful, prompting the team to export the plant-based menu to the Manama property - which was developed in partnership with Saudi-based KBW Ventures ( and founded by Chief Executive Officer HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud).
“I am thrilled to present Folia at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay in collaboration with my partner Chef Matthew Kenney. Building on the success of our first collaborative effort at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, it gives me immense pride to launch Folia in the Kingdom of Bahrain as our premier Middle East destination,” said Prince Khaled, founder and Chief Executive Officer, KBW Ventures.
“Chef Kenney’s ingenuity at crafting cuisine positions the menu’s selection as attractive to all diners. The concept, dedicated to guests looking to experience an array of quality healthy choices, demonstrated immediate success shortly after its launch in California. Now, KBW Ventures is proud to share Chef Kenney’s selection in Manama, allowing visitors to Four Seasons from all over the Gulf to choose delicious and considered dining through Folia.”
Richard Raab, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, commented, “At Four Seasons, we are always looking for fresh ways to innovate and create unique experiences for our guests. With increasing numbers of travellers seeking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, the appeal of plant-based cuisine has never been stronger.”
The new menu is available from March 15 from the Bay View Lounge.