BY ANAAM IKRAM
Bold prints on sophisticated dresses, a combination that might not seem to go hand-in-hand, yet the legendary Italian designer Roberto Cavalli has successfully made his name with that aesthetic, proving to be a master of his art whose signature style is one that is immediately recognised. No longer only synonymous with the world of high-fashion and runways, the Cavalli brand has found further global success with the launch of a luxurious series of Caffe around the world, introducing to the world glamorous and fashionable dining. Opening the first Caffe in Florence, Italy, in 2002, followed by Caffes in St. Tropez, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and, most recently, in Bahrain, Cavalli Caffe is the perfect place for the fashion-savvy to indulge in a luxurious dining experience in true Roberto Cavalli manner.
Emulating the same glamour that is eminent throughout the Roberto Cavalli fashion lines and can be seen within all the branches, Cavalli Caffe, located in Al Aali Shopping Complex, is designed using the signature Cavalli style of animal prints, while photographs of the designer and his famous friends adorn the walls. A bevelled glass showcase on one side of the café features the delicious Cavalli chocolates and beautiful coffee machines, similar to the ones once used by Belgian Kings to brew their coffees; while a mirrored cabinet holds the various pots used to brew coffee in different methods, adding sophistication to the overall lush interior of the café. The two-storey café has a spacious indoor seating area with access from within the mall, and outdoor seating area for those who wish to soak in the ambiance of the bustling Seef District while they enjoy their delicious Italian cuisine prepared by expert Italian chef, Feredrico Sanna, or a satisfying drink, at the hands of Bar Manager, Nemanja Beldar. The upstairs seating area serves as the perfect spot for those who wish to enjoy their meal with family or friends in privacy, while still being part of the Cavalli experience.
The bar, situated in a corner of the café, offers guests a delicious variety of hot and cold drinks. From refreshing mocktails, to hot and cold coffee, speciality coffee made through unique brewing methods and different blends of teas. Covering the entire aspect of flavours for the mocktails, Nemanja explains his drinks range from sweet, to sour, to bitter, to tart, and creamy – flavours that cater to everyone’s taste buds. Revamping popular drinks such as the Lemonade and adding his own touches to them, Nemanja says every drink has been prepared after carefully calculating the sweet to sour ratio to ensure neither tastes are too overpowering and maintains the true taste of the drink. Made using only the freshest fruits in his drinks such as lemon, the different types of berries, and citrus fruits, the unique mocktails at Cavalli Caffe are invigorating and ideal for the hot summer days. Cavalli Caffe’s expansive coffee-based drinks are best for those who like to experiment with their coffee flavours. Brewed using 100% Arabica, South American blends, which are specially slow-roasted at a high altitude to ensure the coffee does not have a bitter taste when used. Creating novelty drinks from combining various ingredients to create an entirely unique drink, Cavalli Caffe’s in-house recipes are a delight.
For the coffee connoisseurs, the speciality coffee at the café serves a pleasantly rich taste in each cup. The fusion of Arabica coffee beans with brewing methods such as using the Hario Woodneck, Siphon, and other artisanal slow-brewing coffee methods, result in coffee without any extra oils or flavours, producing a pure and clean cup. Adding the true Cavalli Caffe touch of luxury, the mocktails and coffees are infused with 24carat gold, silver, and pearl ingredients, as well as dusted with edible gold to add that extra element of opulence to their drinks.
Cavalli Caffe also offers its customers a unique and rich culinary experience through the hands of the incredibly skilled chef, Feredrico Sanna, who has brought with him to Cavalli Caffe a mouth-watering spread from the breakfast to the food menu. A native of Sardinia, Italy, Chef Sanna has successfully created authentic Italian dishes with accents of Arabic cuisine, to cater to the diverse taste of the diners. To get a true feel of Bahrain, Chef Sanna thoroughly explored the culinary scene in the Kingdom and experienced the local taste to get a firm understanding of the dining preferences in the country, before creating the rich menu for Cavalli Caffe. Adding an air of sophistication to “comfort” food, Chef Sanna’s food incorporates a rich mixture of Bahraini spices as well as authentic Italian ingredients such as fregola sarda. Revitalising the culinary scene in Bahrain with Cavalli Caffe’s enticing menu, Chef Sanna invites everyone to broaden their culinary horizons and experience a diversity of flavours in the form of new and exciting dishes.
Offering an attractive and enjoyable experience, Cavalli Caffe is the beautiful collaboration of comfort and opulence in both its ambiance and dining experience. Capturing the plush essence of the Cavalli brand name, the eponymous café is nothing short of glamorous from every aspect.
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Ground Floor, Al Aali Shopping Complex, Seef District
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