{Restaurant Review} Vapiano – fresh and delicious

31 May

What do they say about never saying never?

Insalata di arance e noci

Insalata di arance e noci

Well, I experienced it myself very recently. Vapiano in Bahrain City Center always looked promising but the previous two dining experiences at Vapiano were sub-par and less than delightful that I was quite sure I wouldn’t want to try them again. But with a little coaxing from Obai & Hill’s Zainab, I thought about giving Vapiano’s summer, fresh menu a try with a disclaimer that if I didn’t like it (again), I would refrain from doing a review on my blog.

On the scheduled day, my family and I stepped into Vapiano to sample their new menu. We were ushered in by a very friendly server who then educated us about all the new dishes and desserts. On her recommendations we settled for 1 starter, 2 main courses, 1 salad and a dessert. All this was to be accompanied by freshly squeezed orange.  For the starters we ordered the Caprese  that had cherry tomatoes with buffalo mozzerella on the bed of basil and rocket leaves. The cherry tomatoes were sweet and juicy and the rocket peppery as its supposed to be – all fresh and crunchy.

VP6

Caprese

This was just the right antipasti to whet our appetite for the remaining courses to come. The hubby had ordered Estiva – a tender chicken breast pasta drenched in semi- dried tomato sauce, with a mild kick of ginger, mint and rocket . We specially asked our server to request the chef to cook the pasta a bit more than the “Vapiano” al dente. As per our request, the pasta was just perfectly done with succulent chicken pieces and  flavoursome tomato sauce and herbs.

Estiva with conchiglie

Estiva with conchiglie

My daughter who is notorious for shunning restaurant food was content with her bread and butter. She particularly enjoyed the fresh orange juice with her simple grub. As for me, I had ordered a barbecued chicken pizza which was sumptuous to say the least. It was quite a large portion unexpectedly and so we had the rest of it in a take away bag.

barbecued chicken pizza

barbecued chicken pizza

All the wonderful food was balanced by a very citrus-y , sunshine salad adorned by pistachio called the insalata di arance e noci. To my mind, it feels like summer on my plate with juicy orange fillets, pistachios, lamb’s lettuce and chicory. The flavours were heightened by a very light walnut and orange dressing. This was the highlight of my meal at Vapiano and it would be something that I would keep going back to Vapiano for many times over.

Insalata di Arance e noci

Insalata di Arance e noci

The close of the meal was marked by the unavoidable chocolate dessert called the Cioccolata e espresso which is Vapiano’s own homestyle chocolate espresso mousse, cantuccini (literally translates as coffee bread or popularly known as biscotti)  refined with grape juice and sweet amarena cherries.

Cioccolata e espresso

Cioccolata e espresso

Feeling happily sedated after such a wholesome meal, we thanked our hostess for the day and returned home with the lingering memories of the summer food at Vapiano. Thank you Vapiano for a wonderful experience that was so fresh and delicious that I don’t think I can have enough of it this summer!!.

 *This is a sponsored post but the opinions expressed all solely mine.

8 Responses to “{Restaurant Review} Vapiano – fresh and delicious”

  1. Aneela Mirchandani May 31, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Tempting review…but the thing that really stood out is that your daughter is content with the bread-and-butter…my daughter is quite famous around the local restaurants for the bread-and-butter meals!

    • Anita Menon June 3, 2014 at 10:36 am #

      Thanks so much. It’s amazing how children do similar stuff no matter where they are brought up

  2. Bikramjit May 31, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    I want to go here pleaseeeeeeeee. ..

    Food looks yummmy

    • Anita Menon June 3, 2014 at 10:35 am #

      You should make that long planned trip to Bahrain now

  3. Chai a Cup of Life June 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    I’d pick the pasta, it looks the best with the sun dried tomatoes. I think kids tend to like simple foods they know they don’t like seeing too many things on one plate!! Nice review.

    • Anita Menon June 3, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      Thanks Amelia. It’s true what you say about children

  4. Deboshree June 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    What delicious food! :D I think the pasta looks delightful and I am usually very picky about my pasta.

    • Anita Menon June 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

      Me too! I like mine well done. Thanks for stopping by ❤️

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