Last week I was invited to a birthday celebration at one of my favorite restaurants in Bahrain, Krumz.

The birthday boy, who was celebrating his 34th birthday (once again), had booked a table for ten people for Thursday lunch. Krumz has twice been voted Bahrain’s best restaurant for service and the staff, living up to their reputation, were waiting to greet each of us as we arrived to show us to “Mr. Ron’s” table. It’s personal service all the way at Krumz and Manager, Bradley, is the perfect host whether you are a new or old customer.

Krumz is situated in the Adliya district of Bahrain, a short walk from the Gulf Hotel, in an old colonial style villa that still has many of its original charming features. The restaurant has an extensive European menu and daily specials. The menu of the day last Thursday included leek and potato soup for starters, choice of roast meats as a main course, and crème brulee for dessert, for BD6.000.

There is also an excellent wine list. Choose from specials on the blackboard – there was a good listing of French and Italian wines from BD7.500 - or the regular wine list which includes many New World wines from South Africa, Chile, California and Australia. We ordered a particular favorite, Woodbridge Chardonnay, and a very good Italian Frascati. Also well worth a recommendation is the Chilean Caliterra.

The selection of appetizers is extraordinary at Krumz. Ranging from BD1.900 to BD3.500, examples from the nineteen listed on the menu are Deep Fried Camembert with Raspberry Sauce, Spanish Grilled Vegetables, and Calamari with Lemon and Sour Cream Garlic Dip. My choice of Dates wrapped in Bacon with Yoghurt and Mango Dip was very delicious (as always). My friends also reported favorably on the Camembert, calamari, and the leek and potato soup.

While three of our party enjoyed the roast dinners, others had chosen from the extensive main course menu. We liked the lobster in sour cream and chives and lobster with lemon and garlic, beef medallions with red wine and mushroom sauce, penne Arabiata, fillet steak with pepper sauce (there is a choice of sauce with all steaks), and crispy roast duck with apple and sultana stuffing. Prices for main courses are from BD3.700 to BD6.900.

There is a good choice of desserts from the menu and a cheese board selection, but as this was a birthday celebration we had asked the restaurant to bake a special cake. They produced a superb chocolate creation with many layers and much icing (hopefully they took out the calories). This was accompanied by a bottle of champagne so that we could toast our friend’s good health. By this time there was quite a party atmosphere in the restaurant as the other diners joined in the singing of “Happy Birthday”, congratulations and photo taking.

Krumz did not charge for the cake and champagne. This was their gift to Ron for his birthday - a very exceptional way to acknowledge good custom.

Krumz is open every day from 1200 to 1500 for lunch (1100 – 1430 on Fridays), and 1900 to 2300 for dinner. Prices are subject to 10% service charge.

For reservations, call 973 712767.