Japanese cuisine, club, lounge, bar and then some Dec 25, 2015
Bushido Japanese Cuisine, a restaurant as well as a club, lounge and bar lies in the rapidly developing sprawl of Manama, Bahrain. The award winning Bushido attempts to bring diversity and variety of food and culture to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
I did enjoy a nice outside experience, as it hardly ever rains in Bahrain with dinner by a dimly lit torch. The wait staff is courteous and easy going. Their website bushido.com/bh promises the virtues of a samurai in customer service, and I believe for the most part customer service succeeds. On a side note, if only management knew that the Bushido/Samurai classes in Japan were hated by the other classes due to their ties with the elite families and as armed tax collectors for the wealthy.
The menu offers a wide array of seafood, beef and poultry dishes along with the interesting drinks that had elements of some Japanese recipes. While the food was adequate and delicious, it felt a little too westernized for me, even with menu listing Japanese names and some amenities. This is from my perspective of having lived in Japan of 6 years, so I might find myself Bushido's toughest critic.
I do admire how expansive it is, how clean and attractive the building looks outside. Some nifty samurai galleries and art pieces to further validate Bushido's Japanese/Western atmosphere. It bears a seemingly very accommodating climate with a lounge, club and bar with cutting edge music for all the socialites from many different nations looking for nightlife to enjoy on the second floor. Walking through the restaurant, it feels a tad bit too ritzy and that too much stake was held at face value for me. A guy like me feels like an outsider whenever I look at how marvelous it is, with the plushy lounge chairs and bar stools.
Overall is was an okay experience, nothing memorable. Bushido is one of the many things that any visitor can do in Bahrain. As stated before, I'm probably one of the restaurant's more tougher critics because of my Japanese experience, but others might be more content with what Bushido has to offer.
Part of the 2015 travels (Japan/US/Canada/Italy/Slovenia/Bahrain) travel blog
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Bushido aka Buddha Bar Nov 28, 2009
Bushido extracted from Wikipedia means "Way of the Warrior", is a Japanese code of conduct and a way of the samurai life. It had recently opened in Q2 2009 at the Seef area in Bahrain.
Based on what I've heard - it was originally supposed to be called Buddha Bar (like it's other franchises) but due to some no-gos it was changed to Bushido. Anyhow, the place is equivalent to Buddha Bar except for the Buddha element.
It provides an ambience of chicness and contemporary feel, with a restaurant dining on the lower floor, and a staircase leading to an open bar/lounge. There's also an outdoor space where you can dine romantically or just gather around with your friends.
The restaurant serves a range of Japanese alacarte, from Tepanyaki to Sushi. The price is pretty reasonable for a new restaurant however with a small portioning. There's also a wide range of mocktails and creative cocktails to choose from the menu. So try everything!
Bushido's interior is pretty impressive especially in the dark, with it's extravagant chandelier, samurai armors & statues on display. Best of all is the house DJ spinning the tunes all night long.