In the HEART of Muharraq
Lukmatina, meaning ‘small bites’, is the quintessential location for light yet traditional, fresh, homemade Lebanese food. Opened up in 2013, the quaint restaurant is situated in the Sheikh Ebrahim Center, and stands amongst the restored houses in the area that have been transformed in to one of Bahrain’s most cherished heritage sites.
Headed by Gaitha Ibrahim, the café is part of the restoration of the old houses located in Manama that belonged to the founding fathers of the Kingdom. Outside, a bright green traditional door welcomes customers, while inside traditional décor offers them the feel of stepping back in time to experience dining in ancient Bahraini setting. Glass windows and ceiling allow in ample sunlight during the day and highlight the elements of traditional Bahraini architecture that have been integrated in the exterior and interior of the café. Traditional windows with colourful glass panels separate the front and the back of the restaurant, which has a slightly more modern feel to it with wooden floors and art on the walls. Incorporating contemporary elements in the interiors, Lukmatina successfully captures and juxtaposes classical and modern Bahrain under one roof with white-washed walls look and slab tables, as well as cushioned seats and chairs.
Keeping the menu simple but varied to make sure customers can enjoy the authentic flavours of freshly made Lebanese bites, both savoury and sweet. Lukmatina’s menu consists of food items such as hummus, tabbouleh, fattoush, kebbeh, Foul (beans), manakish in different varieties, as well as varieties of pastries, and traditional Levant sweets. The menu at Lukmatina also changes based on the day of the week, to offer a wide selection of food items daily, as well as serving a main course on Saturdays.
Not a chef by profession, but passion, everything at Lukmatina is prepared by Gaitha herself. Joining the restaurant in November 2015, Gaitha picks the raw ingredients herself and makes everything from scratch resulting in a light, hearty, and filling meal. Making everything daily, from the pickles in the vegetables that complement the Foul, to the dough for the manakish bread, Gaitha’s home-style cooking, along with the cosy feel of Lukmatina has made the restaurant a popular stop amongst the visitors at Sheikh Ebrahim Centre. For those who just want to enjoy a beverage, Lukmatina also has a selection of cold and hot drinks that go perfectly with the date-inspired biscuits and cakes, and other baked goods.
An ideal way to end the day after exploring the impressive houses and learning about their history at the Sheikh Ebrahim Center or to try wholesome and delicious bites, Lukmatina is the perfect place to experience a hearty cuisine and learn about Bahraini heritage, with a modern twist.
For more information:
Timings: Saturday – Thursday
8am-1pm and 4pm-8pm
Diagonally opposite to the entrance of Sheikh Ebrahim Center, Muharraq
(00973) 1732 2549 / 3778 7966
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