What they say:
With their emphasis on home-cooked comfort food, Villa Mamas is one of Bahrain's most popular spots, and now they've brought their crowd-pleasing formula to London. Opening in Chelsea, the new restaurant stays loyal to its Bahraini roots with Middle Eastern artwork and decor hung throughout the 50-cover venue. Opening from 8am, the kitchen serves breakfasts of homemade jam, yogurts, a brunch of chicken liver and slow-cooked fava beans. Lunch and dinner focus on sharing 'mezzeh', which range from lamb and feta kofta with cherry molasses through to turbot cooked in stock with pilaf and onions.
What we say:
With dishes such as Egyptian bread and butter pudding, and slow-cooked chicken with rice and cracked wheat, it's no surprise that Villa Mamas is a hugely popular Middle Eastern outlet. It looks like they will be a good fit for Chelsea too as their first UK restaurant featured rich interiors, a delicious all-day menu and lots of quirky touches such as a Parisian counter top stacked with jams and pastries. There is a small garden which grows herbs for the kitchen and outdoor street seating for sunny days. The cocktail and wine list looks just as exciting with drinks that include the likes of 'Nostalgia', muddled with sweet potato, pumpkin spice syrup, lime and whisky.