ocated right in the business district of Manama, The Domain has become an endearing facet of city life and is popular among city dwellers and weekenders. But if you’re looking to do something on a Monday evening, you can’t go wrong with Sushi Mondays at Imari. Japanese Head Chef Riichiro Matsui, is a professional chef who insists on using fresh fish flown straight from Japan for his culinary creations. The level of attention to detail is astonishing.
Located on the 35th floor, the restaurant boasts fantastic views of Manama. The décor is sea-themed as Imari is named after a seaside town in Japan. There’s a separate bar area where you can go for a drink or aperitif before dinner if you wish. The glass covered open kitchen lets you take a look at how the food is prepared and you can tell that the chef is very much in charge of his team as they prepare delicious delicacies upon request.
Aside from authentic Japanese food, DJ Aaron Lobo plays deep house music in Imari lounge. Chad Cloete, The Domain’s dashing sommelier is on hand to advise on beverage choices, and a new and exciting addition to The Domain is a machine called “La Verre de Vin” (A Glass of Wine), which allows a bottle of vino to keep for 21 days after its first opened. This means customers can now enjoy a glass of any vino on the menu without having to buy the whole bottle.
What is the perfect glass of vino for sushi? Cloete recommends the Gewurztraminer which he calls “the ultimate chopstick grape,” an incredibly aromatic grape with hints of rose petal and lychees. Its touch of sweetness goes well with the saltiness of the soy sauce and the kick of the wasabi.
You can choose to dine at the restaurant or the adjacent lounge where smoking is permitted. There are also private dining rooms available for a quiet, intimate dining experience. The sushi (and maki and sashimi) is served in a buffet format. There’s even a counter where a sashimi master will hand roll different kinds of sushi and sashimi for you. There’s an exceptional selection available. The freshest ingredients, finely cut fish, rice, and vegetables plus a tangy soy sauce to round out the flavor is a great introduction to Japanese food; or if you’re a connoisseur, it’s a way to fall in love with the classics again. The staff are on hand to recommend dishes that you might want to try.
Creative yet authentic delicacies (try the green tea tiramisu for dessert), a stunning, sophisticated ambiance; and exceptional service make Sushi Nights at Imari a winner for Monday Happy Hours. Imari has already set the bar for a high standard of restaurant service, we look forward to what The Domain will dream up in the future.
For more information:
Tel. `+973 1600 0000