Luxury hotel in the heart of Manama proves healthy eating can be delicious with the launch of ‘Folia’, a new plant-based menu developed by celebrated Chef Matthew Kenney and KBW Ventures
Created in partnership with KBW Ventures, founded by HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, Folia’s culinary selection includes 10 wholesome, plant-based items including starters, entrées, and desserts starting March 15, 2019
Health-conscious residents and visitors in Manama have a new reason to celebrate, with the launch of a clean, green and delicious plant-based menu at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Developed in partnership with Saudi-based KBW Ventures, founded by Chief Executive Officer HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, Folia’s delightful culinary selection offers a range of wholesome, plant-based starters, entrées and desserts from the kitchen of Matthew Kenney, founder of more than 30 renowned vegan eateries worldwide.
Diners will have an opportunity to sample the menu at the Hotel’s Bay View Lounge starting from March 15, as Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay brings Matthew Kenney’s culinary creations to the Middle East for the first time. The launch, the first in the MENA region, follows Folia’s successful introduction at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in California last year.
“I am thrilled to present Folia at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay in collaboration with my partner Chef Matthew Kenney. Building on the success of our first collaborative effort at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, it gives me immense pride to launch Folia in the Kingdom of Bahrain as our premier Middle East destination,” said Prince Khaled, founder and Chief Executive Officer, KBW Ventures. “Chef Kenney’s ingenuity at crafting cuisine positions the menu’s selection as attractive to all diners. The concept, dedicated to guests looking to experience an array of quality healthy choices, demonstrated immediate success shortly after its launch in California. Now, KBW Ventures is proud to share Chef Kenney’s selection in Manama, allowing visitors to Four Seasons from all over the Gulf to choose delicious and considered dining through Folia.”
Richard Raab, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, commented, “At Four Seasons, we are always looking for fresh ways to innovate and create unique experiences for our guests. With increasing numbers of travellers seeking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, the appeal of plant-based cuisine has never been stronger. In addition to providing outstanding fine dining for our vegan guests, this new menu will also offer a delightful surprise for those unfamiliar with the tremendous array of dishes available in the plant-based world – particularly when a master chef is at the helm. We are excited to bring Matthew Kenney’s vision of healthy eating to life here in Bahrain, and look forward to introducing our guests to the many flavours of Folia’s plant-based cuisine.”
The Folia menu will showcase a refreshing range of seasonal dishes such as watermelon poke, marinated in a flavorful ponzu lime broth; hearts of palm ceviche with cherry tomato, peewee potato and olives in a dijon vinaigrette; beet hummus with oregano cream; and dukkah avocado with spicy greens, preserved lemon and tomato jam. Entrees include green herb tacos filled with roasted squash and king oyster barbacoa, and wild mushroom sandwich with caramelized onions and truffle aioli. Diners can end their meal on a sweet note with coconut cream pie, or coco-berry mousse with hazelnut gelato among the tempting desserts on offer.
The Hotel’s Bay View Lounge features large, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of Bahrain Bay and Manama’s glittering skyline. Beautiful olive trees line the chic lobby lounge, creating a perfect ambiance in which to sample plant-based cuisine. Guests can also enjoy regular live piano music as they relax in the inviting surroundings.