My cooking is founded in the flavours of my childhood: summers spent on our farm, working with my mother and grandmother in the kitchen to carefully wash and slice herbs, vegetables and fruit, watching as their quick, skilled hands prepared each dish with knowledge, experience and love passed through the generations.

Inspired by these young memories and my travels throughout the Middle East and India, I opened Villa Mamas in 2012 in the Saar district of Bahrain as an extension of my own kitchen. Founded in a tradition of local, seasonal ingredients, we continue to support and champion growers and farmers in Bahrain.

We opened in London in September 2017 to share the warmth of khaleeji food and hospitality with an international audience.

Food is one of the most heartfelt and authentic expressions of tradition, history and culture. To share a meal is to share who we are with others, to tell a story and, at the same time, create new traditions and friendships.

I look forward to welcoming you to Villa Mamas in both Bahrain and London,

Roaya x

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