Bazza Cafe in Kuwait is the equivalent of Al Basta in Bahrain... with very similar interiors and concept, as well as menus. Bazza's menu is significantly larger, and has a wide range of retro Gulf and Arab dishes, and the restaurant has become quite a staple in Kuwait. I've tried a couple of branches, at different times, and the place is always busy! Serving rice dishes as well as starters and lighter fare, Bazza is popular amongst families and singles alike, with weekends packed to the brim.
The decor is dominated by retro pop culture items (think Vimto!), with seating that is a contemporary twist on old-style gahwa benches. Entertainment is provided via tv screens playing old Kuwaiti drama series and songs-- again, very similar to Al Basta.
But the food... well it is quite lacklustre to be honest... I haven't tried the rice dishes which may be better, but the items I had were oily, bland, and more Indian cafeteria style than traditional Gulf.
We tried the omelette (we had asked for traditional eggs and tomato, but it wasn't quite), the tanoor halloumi (basically tanoor bread with haloumi cheese, green peppers and olives, pizza style), the tanoor potato... not recommended at all- it was just ultra fried potato cubes, the muhallabiya (fantastic) the kunafa (also very good).
We had the white coffee to end- a great way to finish off all that grease...
I was really disappointed with the quality of food- there was nothing in there that was like what Mom used to make, but again, maybe the rice dishes make up for the rest.
In terms of atmosphere, it does have lots of character, and the clientele are mainly Kuwaitis-- not tourists. Prices are relatively cheap, but again for the quality of food we got it was still more than I would have wanted to pay!
|Kunafa- a great dessert|
Price: Dinner for two cost us KD 15.750.
Information: There are several branches across Kuwait, including one at the Avenues- we tried the one in Shamiya co-op (tel: +965 2482 0184) which was very close to where we were staying.