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Authentic Spanish delights

March 17- March 23, 2021
Gulf Weekly Authentic Spanish delights

Gulf Weekly Naman Arora
By Naman Arora

An essence of Spain has found a new temporary home at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, in the five-star property’s newest pop-up restaurant, opened last week, writes Naman Arora.

Vivir, which means ‘to live’ in Spanish, is the fourth offering in a series of concepts to open by the hotel’s beach side alfresco venue.

“In collaboration with our sister property in Spain, The Ritz-Carlton Abama, and under the guidance of renowned Michelin-starred Chef Martin Berasategui, we are launching yet another unique concept at our beachside venue, Nikmati, making Vivir the fourth among a series of successful culinary events since we opened our first pop-up in 2020,” explained Bernard de Villèle, general manager at Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain.

“The main objective is to keep providing our guests the opportunity to experience different cultures and tastes through a gastronomic journey without ever leaving the island in this unprecedented time.

The kitchen at Vivir is being run by Madrid-born Spanish Chef Miguel Martinez, who is visiting from the Canary Islands in Spain.

The menu is inspired by Spain’s rich culinary heritage and features signature tapas including croquetas - traditional crispy béchamel oxtail stew and Andalusian-style squid – fresh squid fried in tempura with citrus alioli.

Chef Miguel has also unveiled his special Paella Valenciana, made of Spanish “Bomba” rice, chicken and vegetables.

After-dinner beverages include a selection of traditional favourites.

Set against the Arabian Gulf, Vivir’s design blends a Spanish garden set-up with a touch of the Mediterranean.

Wooden pergolas with vines hanging on each side and floral centrepieces are an ode to Spanish architecture, transporting diners to the cultural tapestry of the European nation.

Vivir is open everyday except Sunday from 3pm to 11pm, until April 10.

For more information, call 17586499 or follow @ritzcarltonbahrain on Instagram.

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