Lunch at Lumee Street Cafe

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After a night of utter gluttony (courtesy of Chef Wolfgang Puck), I woke up the next morning craving something light and refreshing. I planned to meet my friends for lunch at Lumee Street Cafe. Despite hearing rave reviews, even from my own husband, I’d somehow never made it to Lumee and I was excited to see if it could possibly live up to the hype.

Located in Al A’ali Mall, the location is convenient and surprisingly striking.

 

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The interiors are even more beautiful. Reminiscent of an old street market style cafe, the chic, ramshackle vibe made me feel right at home. Just look at how beautiful everything is; the attention to detail is stunning.

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Fresh juices glittered like bright jewels in the abundant sunlight that poured in through the tall windows. It was exactly how I wanted to start my meal.

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We chose a spot right by one of those lovely windows so we could soak up some sun and I settled on a green juice. I assumed I would get one from the cooler, but they delivered a fresh pressed juice to our table minutes later. It was exactly what I needed – delicious!

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The menu at Lumee Street Cafe made life extremely difficult for me. Arabic food is my favorite cuisine and trying to decide between all of their delicious sounding options was a daunting task. I almost went for the duck shawarma…

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...and I was almost derailed entirely when I saw the dessert page. Speculoos stuffed fatayer topped with caramel!? For ice cream flavors they have karak tea and saffron, Bahraini halwa, and mastic with crushed pistachio…I was speechless and I hadn’t even ordered yet.

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For starters I had to try their chili cheese sambosa coated with crispy Parmesan with a side of delectable lemon chili achar dip. These were amazing – and totally addictive! My only regret – that I only ordered 6 pieces! (I have to laugh because I started off this post saying I was craving something light and refreshing but I began my meal with fried cheese sambosa – but honestly, who could resist!?!)

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And for our mains, we went for classic hummus, caramelized onion hummus, fresh baked bread, stuffed vine leaves, and Lumee Street’s tabouleh which replaces the traditional bulgar wheat with quinoa. Everything was unbelievably fresh, bursting with flavor, and flawlessly prepared.

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You know, improving upon classic hummus is not easy…but adding caramelized onion will do it. This was the star of the show for me, although, when everything is this good that isn’t an easy choice to make.

Fantastic decor, cheerful staff, fresh and delicious food, and really reasonable prices, Lumee Street Cafe has just earned itself a spot on my top favorite restaurants in Bahrain. I will be coming back again and again.

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The only thing that could get me to pass up one of Lumee’s delicious desserts, was getting to be a taste-tester for my friend’s amazing new food venture – Raw Candy. These two culinary masterminds (one of whom took the stunning photo above) are bringing expertly prepared raw, vegan goodies to the shores of Bahrain. Just look at that white chocolate square packed with goji berry – it is a piece of art…almost too pretty to eat! Make sure you check them out (follow them on instagram – here!) and try a taste of their yummy desserts.

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