Taste The Authenticity of Gulf

July 10, 2016
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BY ANAAM IKRAM

Introducing the variety of tastes that comprise the Gulf culture, Marash presents to its customers a gastronomic journey that takes them through the traditional foods of the region through their taste buds. The wide spread allows the customers to enjoy wholesome and homemade Khaleeji food with a personal touch from Bahraini Head Chef Fatima Mohammed, who makes the food everyday herself. With a wide selection of salads, mains, and desserts, Marash welcomes customers from all over the region who enjoy eating local food outside of their homes.

The brainchild behind Marash are brothers Jassim Al Ameen and Adnan Al Ameen.  Marash was initially introduced to Bahrain in 2013 as a means to step away from the usual offering of fast food and cafés, as well as to ignite the passion to eat traditional food in a cosy and comfortable environment. The name, Marash, stems from the traditional vessel that holds rosewater and is sprinkled onto hands after a meal. The traditional brass sprinkler was the inspiration behind the brothers launching a restaurant that captures the essence of the values and the rich history the Gulf region has to offer. Guided under the talented Chef Fatima, the buffet menu offers dishes such as Chicken Ghouzi, Machboos, Biryani prepared in Bahraini-fashion, Harees, Jareesh, Madrouba, Chicken Salona, chicken tikka, fish and prawns. She explains the menu changes everyday and she decides the night before what will be prepared. All the dishes are prepared with a Bahraini touch to them, such as the spicy-tomato based sauce, Daqous, which rather than being prepared the traditional Egyptian way, is made with a Bahraini element. The dishes, although all Khaleeji dishes, there are certain that are specific to each Gulf country and she incorporates those in her menu. Serving flavours from the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, Marash also offers a wide selection of salads that include the traditional hummous, tabbouleh, mutabbal, fattoush, as well as tuna salad, and two different kinds of soup as part of the starters, which also change everyday. With a confectionary background herself, Chef Fatima not only prepares the food, but also trains her staff to assist her with the cooking. To finish off the meal, diners are treated to an array of desserts ranging from a variety of cakes, fresh fruits, custard, as well as traditional Arabic sweets such as Khabeesah, Muhallabiya, Aseeda, Sagu, and Umm Ali. The freshly made food provides a wholesome taste and leaves the customers wanting for more.

The first branch of Marash was launched in Oasis Mall in Muharraq and was designed keeping in mind the classical Bahraini décor to provide a traditional yet modest dining environment. Bahrain’s National Day, 16th December, in 2015 not only celebrated the country, but also marked the opening of Marash’s new branch located in Seef District. The branch in Seef provides its customers with a more spacious dining facility, yet staying true to their concept of emulating old Bahrain through the décor, and of course, the food. Externally, Marash blends in perfectly with the modern architecture of the Seef District; internally however, the restaurant’s setting is takes the customers on a tour around the Gulf with thatch-style ceilings, cut-out light covers inspired from Mushrabiya windows, walls adorned with Bahraini elements like coral from the sea, an actual marash, lanterns, and even an old-fashioned Bahraini window decorating a segment of a wall in the restaurant. The palm tree that stands firmly within the restaurant also represents Bahrain’s ancient title as “The Island of a Million Palm Trees”, and local Bahraini plants such as Mashmoom and the Ward Mohamedi, or the Bahraini Rose, add to the décor. Allowing in ample sunlight, Marash’s glass wall accented with an Arabesque design lights up the entire restaurant, as the oud music plays throughout the day, and the guests are treated to the true Khaleeji dining experience.

The most distinct piece of art that decorates Marash is a painting of a traditional Bahraini door with a ledge in the wall as a seating area, covered by a red cloth. The painting holds special value to Jassim Al Ameen, as it is a vivid childhood memory he has of the door of his friend’s house, which was located in Fareej Al Fadhel in Manama. The painting is created entirely from how Jassim described the place to the artist. This painting represents a place that no longer exists in reality, but only in Jassim’s thoughts, and he is reminded of this fond memory every time he sees it. Capturing all of Bahrain’s greatest monuments, a glass pane in the seating area also has silhouettes of the Kingdom’s greatest architectural symbols such as the Saakhir Tower, Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain Fort, Muharraq Bridge and outline of the Bahrain Skyline.

Serving not only delicious food from the region, but also providing a pleasant, comfortable, and cosy environment, Marash is a true treat for everyone looking to enjoy traditional food. Whether they are guests from across the Khaleej or expatriate customers, Marash allows everyone to embark on a culinary tour. Marash is not only a restaurant to enjoy food from the Gulf, but also a place that allows the customers to experience the region one dish at a time.

For more information:

Timing-IconTimings: Sunday-Thursday noon-11pm/ Friday-Saturday noon-midnight

location-IconOasis Centre, Muharraq

phone-Icon(00973) 1732 2277

Timing-IconTimings: Sunday-Thursday noon-11pm/ Friday-Saturday noon-midnight

location-IconSeef Mall, Seef District

phone-Icon(00973) 17587748

Availability of VIP room with 16 persons capacity.

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