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A Food Chronicle: The Story of my Life...
First we eat, then we do everything else. - M.F.K. Fisher
f I was to ever write a book, you’d better believe that there would be an entire chapter dedicated to food. It’s the one common factor in the world that can bring people from all walks of life, cultures and backgrounds together - no matter the language barrier, the unfamiliar ingredients and the complete lack of being in your culinary comfort zone. This is what I love about a good plate of food - it’s a universal language and a great ice breaker. With that said, and as our team prepares for the 4th annual FACT Dining Awards Doha, we thought it only fitting to take you on an Epicurean Expedition around the world. How? Turn to p31 and begin your voyage with our pick of some of the world’s best cuisines and dishes to have gone viral on the gastronomy scene and, more importantly, we tell you where to try out these fabulous offerings in Doha. As mentioned, back for its 4th edition, we announce the the final list of nominees for the annual FACT Dining Awards Doha. Hundreds of venues have made the cut and you can check out if your favourites are on the list from p45 onwards. The online voting form is now live and you have until the end of the month to cast your vote and make it count! Go to www.fact-magazine.com for all the details, and keep an eye on our social media platforms for exclusive foodie competitions in the lead up to the April ceremony. Staying on the delicious track to all things tasty, this month’s dining features are an absolute treat. Our Culinary Spotlight takes place at the lush Lebanese venue, Gemmayze at the InterContinental Doha (p81), whilst the Foodie Corner takes a casual turn at LaLiga Lounge (p85), and the New In Town spot goes all the way up to luxury experiences at Morimoto Doha at the recently-opened Mondrian Doha (p89). There’s no excuse to be staying in every night! As usual, we bring you the best in hospitality, fashion, beauty, tech and interiors to name but a few of the fun pages you can find in our March issue. We’re happy to be rid of the short month - bring on the 31 days! Until the time of April Fools - enjoy the read!☺
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Meat Menu Goals DISCOVER BOLD AND DISTINCTIVE FLAVOURS AT PRIME STEAKHOUSE, INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY AS THE AWARD-WINNING VENUE INTRODUCES AN EXCITING NEW MENU OF INDULGENT DELIGHTS.
IF YOU’RE A CARNIVORE at heart and love a beautifully-cooked piece of meat or seafood, Prime’s new menu will whet your appetite and satisfy all the cravings. A culinary experience like no other, indulge in enhanced and new, innovative dishes such as Crab and Sweet Pea Panna Cotta and Slow Cooked Brisket, Beetroot Veil Foie Gras and Sous Vide Red Chilli Prawns. Prime signature items such as 36 Hours Braised Short Ribs and succulent Wagyu Tenderloin are also available. Made from the finest cuts of premium meat, the classic Prime steaks are renowned for their quality and rich flavours, and are prepared with the signature marinade that sets Prime apart from the rest. A clean, no-fuss menu, we love the selection of appetisers, salads, soups and mains – there’s enough choice to please every palate but no over-crowding to avoid confusion. The Table Side Beef Tartare, the 50 C Five Spice and Coriander Duck, and even the Heirloom Tomato & Burrata and vegetarian option of Mushroom Risotto – are 10
all equally mouthwatering. You know what this means? You’ll be making a few trips for dinner to try out all the variety of dishes – drool central! Side orders, sauces and a lovely detailed “how it’s done” section of the menu brings something innovative and informative to the dining experience. For guests passionate about steak, award-winning Prime is a bold, quality dining destination promising the finest selection of cuts consistently grilled and seasoned to perfection. Prime’s relaxed and comfortable setting combined with its exquisite cuisine will make for a memorable dining experience. It’s the ultimate steakhouse destination for the classy carnivore and discerning steak connoisseur. ✤
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HELLO, ZEITUNA! Zeituna - the renowned Lebanese restaurant at City Centre Rotana Doha, has launched a bouquet of exquisite offers to provide unique dining experiences for its guests throughout the week days. IDEAL FOR BUSINESSMEN AND EARLY LUNCH connoisseurs, Zeituna has introduced business lunch from Saturday to Thursday between 11am and 3pm, providing discerning diners the opportunity to savour business lunch amid a distinctive Lebanese ambience, far from the city noise and the burden of the office. Furthermore, Zeituna has also introduced the Mezze & Grill Night, taking place every Saturday and Wednesday from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. At a tempting price of QR165 per person, diners can choose from a wide variety of Hummus, Tabouleh, Fattoush and other mouthwatering starters from the Lebanese cuisine. In addition, hot mezze such as Sawda Djej (chicken liver), Beef Soujouk, Lamb Makanek, Batata Harra and grilled items such as Riyach Ghanam, Lahmeh Chekaf and Taouk, are all served with fresh baked bread, offering diners a chance to eat and mingle in a superb musical setting. To provide customers with a memorable experience, the 12
restaurant has launched the Lebanese Night - every Saturday, promising guests the chance to witness the nostalgic sights and sounds of Beirut’s culturally-charged streets. Guests can enjoy dinner from 6.30pm to 2am in pure Lebanese aura and live music performed by Fadi Kfoury and Cynthia, who will treat diners to a variety of most modern, traditional Lebanese and Arabic songs. This culinary journey is not only for Lebanese food lovers only, but also for the lovers of authentic atmospheres. The Lebanese night will offer a 20% discount to all Lebanese nationals living in Doha. Foodies, what are you waiting for? Pick a dining deal and get to eating! ✤
GO: CALL 4445 8888 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.
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NEW FRIDAY FOOD FRENZY Fridays are family days and Oryx Rotana, the five-star luxury business hotel in Doha has launched its all-new perfect brunch offer at Choices restaurant. DESIGNED TO OFFER GUESTS excellent value for money, this new Friday brunch offers an extensive variety of dishes from diverse culinary cultures for you to explore, enjoy and relax to the sounds of Jazz music. Guests can savour a superb selection of food of more than 100 dishes from all over the globe including a wide selection of soups, a varied assortment of cold and hot appetisers and mezze. Mr. Mark Timbrell, General Manager of Oryx Rotana said: “Our Friday Brunch is truly special and features an irresistible variety of international dishes and delectable desserts drawn from the world’s most popular cuisines. “The setting is fabulous and allows you to have a unique experience at our all-new Choices restaurant for you to have a hugely enjoyable afternoon with your family or friends,” he added. As Friday Brunch is a tradition in Qatar, brunch connoisseurs will find the Choices offering every Friday from 12.30pm to 4pm, and a delightful experience from start to finish. With an emphasis on fresh, enticing menu options with Asian, Arabian, and European influences, guests will find a tempting array of favourites on offer. The live cooking stations provide additional delight to foodies, who can choose their own fresh ingredients to be prepared right in front of them. For the children, the kids’ corner with fun activities guarantees to be memorable for everyone. Children below six years dine free and those between six and 12 years enjoy 50% discount. To further make the Friday brunch more memorable and exciting, Oryx Rotana is offering one-night stay during the weekend for guests when they book a Friday brunch for two. “People in Qatar are hungry for new flavours and dining experiences, and we think our offerings will provide the ideal weekend appetiser,” Mr Mark Timbrell explained. “With Choices’ menu highlighting global cuisine, our guests will find a very satisfying dining experience, for the weekend. It’s all about fresh, international flavours in a unique setting that is unlike anything else in Doha.” ✤
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KARAK TEA SET FOR THOSE OF YOU who love your karak – you’ll be pleased to know about the new offering at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique. A nostalgic blend of black tea with magical and evocative spices – a true invitation to make merry! A festive TWG Tea that reminds you of the warm and traditional local drink, served along with finger sandwiches, petit fours and macarons, crafted precisely to enhance the exquisite taste of the tea. You can enjoy a set for two priced at QR79; or a set with a choice of one box of teabags from retail for QR139. This delicious indulgence is available at TWG now! ✤
GO: VISIT TWG TEA ON THE GROUND FLOOR AT MALL OF QATAR. CALL 4017 4877 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.
LA CIGALE TRAITEUR DOHA’S FINEST GOURMET HAVEN, La Cigale Traiteur is located at La Cigale Hotel, offering a wide array of homemade delicacies including succulent pastries, Arabic and International sweets, freshly prepared bakeries and cakes, 25 different flavors of Italian and Arabic ice creams, and 70 types of homemade wrapped and unwrapped chocolates, in addition to a wild variety of artisan cheeses. Is there anything more you could ask for? To complement your special occasion, La Cigale Traiteur offers the most impressive gift hampers, delectable savouries and sweets too, sure to make anyone’s day a little bit yummier! ✤
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ARGAN’S AMAZING DEALS The weekend is a time for families. Wondering where you can go during the weekend and enjoy great food, heart-warming Arabian hospitality and world-class facilities? Let us tell you…
TO MAKE YOUR WEEKENDS SPECIAL, Argan restaurant at Al Jasra Boutique Hotel - part of the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli, the five-star designer collection of boutique hotels in Doha, has launched an exquisite offer for all Moroccan food aficionados. Available every Thursday and Friday, the buzzing Argan restaurant will set the scene for a weekend to remember by offering the best authentic platters lead by the renowned Moroccan Tajine, where six diverse types of Tajine and Lamb Tanjia will be available for guests to indulge their senses. Culinary enthusiasts can experience creative cuisine by the talented Chef Zahira, who has a proven track record when it comes to the Moroccan cuisine due to her unique touch that adds distinctive flavors and cooking style that suit all tastes. Guests can enjoy dinner on Thursday at Argan restaurant from 6pm till 11pm, while on Fridays, they can relish brunch from 1pm till 4pm and savor authentic Moroccan platters as well as choose from favorites ranging from variety of superb salads to mouth-watering meat, and desserts. In addition, guests will be treated to the to the famous Kouskoussi platter. To further enrich guest experience, Argan restaurant will be offering free access to kids under 5 years, and 50% discount for children between 6 and 11 years. Mr. Mohammad Taha, Director of Food & Beverage at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli said, “Moroccan cuisine is the culinary star of North Africa and the Middle East and considered among the finest in the world. Often called as “a cuisine of the kings,” Moroccan cuisine is served in leading international hotels around the globe. “There is definitely no better way weekends than to congregate with friends and family in a beautiful and relaxing environment at Argan restaurant enjoy and outstanding dining that has thought-fully prepared to provide a memorable weekend celebration reflecting the rich heritage and tradition of Morocco’s cuisine and culture.” Located in the heart of Doha, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli is an urban sanctuary, ideal for those keen on getting insider access to the city’s hottest shopping, nightlife and beverages. ✤ 18
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CELEBRATE THE BEST OF OUR COUNTRY AND CULTURE - I LOVE QATAR BRUNCH. Every Friday from 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm at Azraq Restaurant Discover a passionate brunch concept that supports the best local farmers. Dine on the ﬁnest indigenous produce, crafted into a gourmet buﬀet journey of traditional Qatari cuisine. Create your own local gastro experience from vibrant cooking stations. Select seafood delicacies, ﬂavourful appetisers, cheeses, freshly baked breads and garden greens. Mix and match hot and cold mezzeh. Relish BBQ marinated meats with herb infused vegetables. Indulge in a long, sweet ending of Qatari desserts. Outside guest prices: QAR 300 per person including luxury boat transfer QAR 175 per child including luxury boat transfer In-house guest prices: QAR 250 per person / QAR125 per child
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WONDERFUL WALIMA The brand new restaurant at Mondrian Doha is a celebration of Qatari heritage and authentic local flavours, as well as embracing Arabic influences from around the region. MONDRIAN DOHA, QATAR’S NEWEST, hottest destination from global lifestyle hospitality company sbe, opened the stunning Walima, the property’s newest restaurant which showcases Qatari hospitality with a modern twist. Walima is the seventh culinary and entertainment venue to open at the Marcel Wanders-designed hotel, joining world-class concepts such as CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Morimoto, Hudson Tavern, Magnolia Bakery, RISE and Black Orchid. Walima celebrates the Qatari heritage of authentic flavours, echoing the nation’s spirit as it remains true to its roots, while boldly embracing influences from around the world. Guests at Walima will always expect a warm welcome in a true Qatari fashion, renowned for its abundant generosity and hospitality. Executive Chef, Simon John Winchester for Mondrian Doha says: “While Qatar is relatively a young nation, proud of its rapid development, and attached to its roots, Qataris have always shown their openness to adopt multicultural influences from around the world. “Embodying the local culture in all of its elements, Mondrian Doha is at the core of the Qatari traditions reflecting the art of the true Arabian hospitality,” he adds. “It is the secret ingredient that makes Walima so special for its ability to blend local and international flavours in its distinguished offering.” As a true manifestation of Qatari receptiveness, Walima was designed by Dutch Designer Marcel Wanders with the task 20
to re-imagine Qatari hospitality in a modern dining space. Inspired by local black and white garments and oriental patterns, Marcel Wander’s created an inimitable setting for discovering local and regional flavours from the Middle East. Cascading lanterns, bold colors, ornament shishas, a sunken majlis perfect for large family meals, along with private dining rooms offering VIPs the chance to enjoy some privacy, are some of the key features that set the scene for the Walima experience. A souk inspired arrival experience marks the beginning of the guests’ journey, where Walima will collaborate with select local and regional entrepreneurs and creatives to offer new sensory experiences for guests to discover. Walima serves local ingredients as part of its efforts to support local and organic produce and the menu at Walima features Qatari traditional dishes including Lamb Harees, Chicken Machboos, Chicken Mathrooba, Vegetable Thareed and Lamb Salona along with the famous Arabian Mezze but with a modern twist including Pumpkin Hummus and Foie Gras with dark chocolate, passion fruit, yogurt and Ras al Hanout. ✤
GO: VISIT WALIMA AT MONDRAIN DOHA. CALL 4045 5555 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.
Aperitivo Lungo Experience Aperitivo Lungo an authentic Italian after work ritual. Enjoy a variety of traditional drinks complemented by exquisite Italian delights at Porcini Restaurant. Daily, from 6 pm - 8 pm
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EASTER EVENTS Whether it’s an egg hunt or a classic brunch, Easter in Doha is set to be another fun one…
Radisson Blu Hotel Doha Come along with your loved ones to enjoy the extensive Easter Brunch Buffet. Egg hunt for children along with entertainment by resident musicians will keep all members of the family occupied! Taking place on March 30 at Hyde Park Coffee Shop – where Easter décor and delicious treats will get you in the celebratory mood. Brunch with soft beverages is QR175 per person; Brunch with selected beverages is QR245 per person; 50% off for children aged between six to12-years-old; Complimentary for children aged below six years. GO: Call 4428 1555 for reservations and more information.
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel Lift up your spirits and rejoice with this cool Easter celebration as Sheraton brings you not only Easter specialties but more reason to revel with your entire family. Join in for fun games and attractions for children at La Veranda on April 1. See what the Easter bunny has up his sleeve for you all! Served from 12.30pm to 4pm. QR250 per person including soft beverages; QR330 with “Top-up” package including selected beverages; 50% discount for kids aged between six to12-years-old; Complimentary for children aged below six years. GO: Call 4485 4444 for reservations and more information.
Movenpick Hotel Doha Hop-over to the season’s restaurant on April 1, from 12noon to 3.30pm for complete indulgence in an elegant Easter brunch. Designed by the Executive Chef, the buffets include carving and live cooking stations, a seafood display, a bountiful salad bar and endless dessert selections. Kids will enjoy fun activities including egg colouring and a quest in search of the secret treasure. Priced at just QR165 per person including water and soft drinks. 50% off for children aged between six to12-years-old; Complimentary for children aged below six years. GO: Call 4429 1111 for reservations and more information. 22
W Doha Hotel & Residences Market by Jean-Georges will transform to host an Easter Brunch like no other in town. With special dishes to mark the occasion and live entertainment for guests to enjoy this momentous time of the year. QR295 including selected soft beverages; and QR410 per person including premium beverages. Taking place of April 1 from 12noon to 4pm. GO: Call 4453 5135 for reservations and more information
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MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS It’s time to share this annual holiday with all the lovely mums out there. Here are just some of our top picks in Doha…
Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas To show a little appreciation for all those wonderful mothers, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas has a few treats up their sleeve this Mother’s Day. Come and spend your lunchtime at Santa Monica Breakfast Club and get a glass of bubbly or mocktail and a voucher for your next visit. Or make a day of it – on March 21, all mums will get free access to the beach and pool facilities. It really is as simple as that. Lunch at SMBC can be enjoyed between 11am and 4pm, whilst entrance to Jaula Club is valid all day on the 21st. GO: Call 4448 1260 for reservations and more information.
Movenpick Hotel Doha Treat your mother to a free dinner! Yes, you heard that right. Bring your mum for dinner and her meal is on the hotel, at Seasons Restaurant. After all, it’s her special day so she should eat for free! QR150 per person, for guests joining mum. Served from 6.30pm to 11pm. Call 4429 1111 for reservations and more information.
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel Honor your mother this Mother’s Day with a special family meal and a specially designed three-course set menu, only at La Veranda. On March 21, served from 7pm to 11.30pm, it’s time to treat mum to elegant Italian indulgence. With every two dining adults the third dinner is free! QR195 per person, for the set menu including soft beverages; QR295 per person, for the set menu including special beverages; 50% discount for kids aged six to 12 years and kids below six-years-old dine for free. Call 4485 4444 for reservations and more information.
W Doha Hotel & Residences The renowned chef and culinary team at La Spiga by Paper Moon have prepared a specially designed menu just for you and mum. In a celebration aptly named Festa Della Mamma (Mother’s Day) – you’ll try delicious dishes that every mum and the family will truly enjoy on this special occasion. Call 4453 5135 for reservations and more information. 24
Intercontinental Doha If mum’s favourite cuisine happens to be Lebanese then take her for a feast of every sense. From yummy appetisers to indulgent mains and delectable desserts, Gemmayze is offering up a Mother’s Day Special dinner on March 21. Savour the sumptuous set menu for only QR185 as the new band, Water, serenades you. Call 4484 4444 for reservations and more information.
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ASIAN-INSPIRED ARTWORK As part of the hotel’s ongoing commitment to support local artists, Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas unveilied “Earth Tones” by local artist Jacinthe Lamontagne-Lecomte. THE EARTH TONES COLLECTION is the perfect complement to Isaan, which prides itself on taking you on a journey of the relatively unexplored Thai region. The exhibition showcases the people met during Ms. Lamontagne-Lecomte’s time in Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, India, China and Malaysia. “I am thrilled to create this exhibition in partnership with Grand Hyatt Doha and I appreciate the support the hotel provides to the thriving local art community,” said Ms. Lamontagne-Lecomte. “Isaan is one of the most well-known Asian restaurants in the city and as a regular customer at the restaurant the expressive faces of the staff members never fail to grab my attention. “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to create a piece based on, Supansa, the Assistant Manager at Isaan. Supansa immediately caught my eye and I knew straight away her face would make the perfect work of art,” she added. For the collection, Ms. Lamontagne-Lecomte used photo transfer with mixed media on canvas. This type of artwork begins as a photograph from which the artist adds a variety of materials to create interesting textures and colours and in some cases, completely transforms the original subject. “The materials I use in my art vary. I’ll use really anything from paint, newspaper, ink and gesso to silk wax, foil paper, oil and even coffee,” she said. “We were delighted to partner with Jacinthe on this project as her pieces portray the many interesting faces she has encountered on her journey throughout Asia,” said Chris K Franzen, General Manager of Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas. Part of the Hyatt Thrive project, ‘The Corridor’ was an initiative launched by Grand Hyatt Doha in 2015, to offer a unique, public, gallery space for locally based artists who wish to exhibit their work to Doha residents as well as international visitors. ✤ 26
GO: VISIT EARTH TONES AT THE CORRIDOR IN GRAND HYATT DOHA HOTEL & VILLAS. CALL 4448 1234 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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LUSH LEBANESE LUNCHIN’ If you’re looking to spark your lunch time with a little bit of flavour and traditional views, there’s a dining deal you need to check out! Discover delicious authentic Lebanese cuisine and unwind while enjoying the lively unique setting of Souq Waqif. Head to Al Terrace Lebanese Lounge at Al Mirqab, Souq Waqif, for a midday feast of a set menu that includes hot or cold mezze, a main course, dessert and your choice of shisha for only QR80 per person. Come by to indulge in a delightful lunch and enjoy indoor or outdoor seating options. There’s never been a better reason to step out of the office than this! Served from 12noon to 4pm. ✤
GO: CALL 4433 6666 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.
RADIO OLIVE LOVE This month, we’re giving a huge shout out to the first Indian radio station to be aired from Doha. Radio Olive 106.3FM has created a milestone in the history of being the first Hindi FM channel hitting the airwaves from Qatar. A dream that took four years to take shape but nonetheless, became a reality, Radio Olive is the result of determined individuals who came together and shared true spirits of perseverance as their core values. With the best of On-Air talents and production teams on board, Radio Olive aims to provide the best of information, music, and entertainment to the diaspora from the Indian Sub-Continent. With an audience of over 1.6 million listeners and viewers that continues to grow, Olive Suno Radio Network along with its two stations – Radio Olive and Suno FM helps agencies attain maximum target reach due to their top tier radio solutions that seamlessly integrate with the respective programming. It’s a no-brainer, therefore, that Radio Olive has become the destination for radio fans, brands and advertisers from Qatar to come together as one, and we’re loving the on-air creativity, positivity and overall excellent programming. ✤
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Treat yourself to the legendary Moroccan brunch buffet at Argan in Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli. Indulge in the extensive selection of unique and traditional hot and cold brunch Favorites and fill a plate with an extravagant choice of signature tagines, couscous, salads and desserts. Dinner:
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# C A F E # C O C O # L A U N C H E S # I N # D O H A # F E S T I VA L # C I T Y Café Coco, the innovative French-Italian dining restaurant, has opened its first store outside Kuwait at Qatar’s largest shopping destination, Doha Festival City. Café Coco was developed exclusively by international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya, with its first store at the Grand Avenue in The Avenues, Kuwait. Café Coco offers a contemporary and trendy twist on European café culture, with an innovative and creative menu that allows customers to experience the tastes of Paris and Rome with hints of familiar local flavours. Located at Doha Festival City, between H&M and Pottery Barn, Café Coco is open from 9am to 11pm on weekdays and from 9am to 12 midnight on weekends.
EPICUREAN EXPEDITION Weâ€™re celebrating another year of awesome food in Doha with our annual FACT Dining Awards, and in honour of all the fabulous world cuisines that you can find in Qatar; weâ€™re taking you on a culinary tour of the most famous food exports from different countries around the globe. Plate by plate, these are the delicious dishes that you just have to try and all the best places in the city to get your fix...
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Italian – Pizza Margherita
Japanese – Sushi
The margherita is a humble combination of dough, tomato sauce and cheese, and if cooked with good, fresh ingredients, it can prove a highly satisfying meal. Though the pizza all over Italy would be more than palate-pleasing, it’s actually the birthplace of the margherita – Naples – where you’ll find the most appetising choices. It was in 1889 when chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi, created a pizza resembling the colours of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil), for Queen Margherita of Savoy, when she visited Naples. Since then, the modest pizza has grown into one of the most recognisable symbols of Italian food culture.
Sushi looks so simple and pretty, but it is in fact an intricate dish in terms of presentation and knowing which flavours work well together. One thing’s for sure though, sushi is causing a dramatic shift in dining habits the world-over. The nigiri and tuna rolls we eat today are a far cry from the pungent, riceless, barrelfermented stuff that originated in the 3rd century B.C. Now we have pinwheel-shaped rainbow rolls and sushi masters trading their raw fish skills with culinary connoisseurs. Trying sushi in Japan is a must, but we have to say, Doha does sushi, excellently.
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PIZZA, PASTA & JAZZ AT LA VERANDA Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel Transform your Tuesday nights with a perfect blend of unlimited classic Italian pizzas and pasta complemented by smooth jazz music. Whether it’s the classic margherita or if you’re craving something with delicious veggie, meat or seafood toppings – nothing beats the beautiful set up at this venue and the mouthwatering pizza it offers. QR120 per person, for all-you-can eat, served from 7pm to 11.30pm. GO: Call 4485 3000 for reservations and more information.
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SUSHI & MAKI NIGHT Choices – Oryx Rotana Doha Head to Choices and enjoy unlimited fresh Sushi, Maki and delectable Japanese treats. Give in to your cravings and indulge in the authentic art of yakitori grilling. Complete the dining experience with a lavish dessert selection; a fine choice for freshly made and expertly created inventive sushi. Every Tuesday from 7pm to 10.30pm. QR139 per person including soft beverages; QR229 including unlimited hops and vinos or try the premium package for QR300 including hops, vinos, bubbly and house spirits. Children between six and 12-year-old can enjoy the same treat for QR75. GO: Call 4402 3333 for reservations and more information.
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British – Fish & Chips Definitely the most famous of all food in England. This great comfort food can be enjoyed as a greasy takeaway, traditionally wrapped in white paper, or in a more upscale environment at restaurants too. We recommend a trip up north to English counties like Lancashire or Yorkshire, where fish and chips is still the go-to dish and mostly enjoyed with a side of mushy peas, and this is also where you’ll find some of the best ‘chippies’ in the country to pick up your own bag of this hearty, hot dish. Here’s a tip – sprinkle loads of salt and malt vinegar all over and tuck in!
Thai – Pad Thai Some might consider this nothing more than a regular noodle dish – even its origins come from China, not Thailand. However, the popularisation of the dish is credited to Thai authorities and in particular the late Thai Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram, who introduced and promoted pad thai in his campaign to establish Thai nationalism and modernise the country. Well, if Thai restaurants and food vendors worldwide are any indication, the campaign definitely worked. Pad Thai is made with chewy, stir-fried rice noodles, vegetables, bean sprouts, peanuts, and egg, among other things like dried shrimp, garlic, shallots, red chilli pepper, and even more unusual ingredients like banana flowers. In Thailand it’s the most commonly served street food; a great option for a fast and filling meal.
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LAZY SATURDAY BRUNCH Opal by Gordon Ramsay - The St. Regis Doha Lazy Saturday’s are never spent better than enjoying a long and relaxing brunch with friends. Sit out on the terrace at Opal by Gordon Ramsay whilst you tuck into the incredible selection of contemporary British all-time favourites. There’s a free flowing selection of beverages and live band entertainment. Priced at QR 250 inclusive of soft beverages and QR 350 inclusive of enhanced beverages. Every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm. GO: Call 4446 0105 for reservations and more information.
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EXPERIENCE THE FOUR REGIONS OF THAILAND Sabai Thai – The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Discover authentic Thai flavours with food from the four regions of Thailand. An enriching culinary experience is guaranteed with a showcase of the most remarkable Thai dishes using the best and freshest ingredients from around the region. Served every Monday from 6.30pm to 11pm, priced at QR195 with soft beverages. GO: Call 3359 8514 for reservations and more information.
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Spanish – Paella
Tex-Mex – Fajita
By far Spain’s most famous food offering, the rice dish includes different combinations of vegetables and meats or seafood, and is normally seasoned with saffron, but also has other spices depending on the recipe and area in Spain it comes from. Paella was originally farmers’ and farm labourers’ food, cooked by the workers over a wood fire for lunchtime. It was made with rice, plus whatever was to hand around the countryside like simple veggies and, occasionally, rabbit or duck, and on special occasions, chicken. Now one of the most popular paella combos has to be the seafood variety! This is a colourful dish and the fun part is that you have to eat it straight out of the pan.
The fajita is no doubt the product of the ethnic melting pot that makes up the American table. Fajitas appear to have made the quantum leap from campfire and backyard grill to commercial sales in 1969, putting Tex-Mex cuisine (a blending of Texas cowboy and Mexican panchero foods) on the world map. Back in the day, it was skirt steak that was a prime ingredient for the delicious fajita but nowadays – anything goes. You can fill up a fajita with pulled beef, tasty chicken strips, black beans, grilled shrimps and so much more – the choice is yours and the combo is heavenly.
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SATURDAY BRUNCH A LA ESPAÑOLA
El Faro, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha Uno, dos, tres! End the weekend with an authentic Spanish à la carte brunch. Showcasing specialties from the region as well as offering an assortment of the signature tapas, unlimited paella and delicious desserts. Every Saturday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. QR240 per person, including soft beverages; QR380 per person, including vino, Spanish beverages, grains and signature cocktails; Kids age six to 12 get 50% discount; Kids below age six enjoy the brunch for free. GO: Call 4035 5555 for reservations and more information.
Doha Marriott Hotel Enjoy a lively slice of Mexico at Salsa Restaurant. Let the authentic picturesque setting and its colourful charm be an exciting backdrop for an evening full of rich flavours and spices. Whether you opt for your favourite fajita or try something new off the stone plate, at Salsa you’ll find everything you need for the perfect Tex-Mex fiesta. A la carte menu is served daily from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Closed on Saturday. GO: Call 4429 8888 for reservations and more information.
Discover dining experiences at our collection of restaurants.
Led by inspiring and creative chefs, the dining restaurants at Sharq Village & Spa offers an array of local and exotic cuisines. Begin your day with the most sumptuous buffet breakfast, savor delicious Persian kebabs at Parisa or treat yourself to Arabian delicacies at Al Jalsa. For reservations, please contact: +974 4425 6666 or email: email@example.com www.ritzcarlton.com/sharqvillage ÂŠ 2018 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. fact magazine
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Chinese – Dim Sum
English – Afternoon Tea
Dim sum tracks back to the days of ancient China when travellers along the Silk Road broke their journey by stopping at tea houses. It was discovered that drinking tea helps digestion, so small pieces of food were offered with the tea. And so, the tradition of dim sum or yam cha (drinking tea) began. Dim Sum refers to small bite-sized dishes which can be savoury or sweet and prepared steamed, baked or fried. Tastes, flavours and fillings are of a great variety – from shrimp dumplings (siu mai) to bbq chicken buns (char siu bao) and even veggie gyoza – this has to be one of the best food exports to come out of China – and Doha has brilliant places where you can get your dim sum fix.
Ok, so it’s not a type of cuisine but it’s definitely one of the most popular food trends in Doha, and the world. Afternoon Tea dates back to 1840 England when Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford would become hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. What we love about this tradition is the mix of sweet and savoury servings – from finger sandwiches packed with cream cheese and salmon, to delicious cakes and pastries, and, of course, mouthwatering scones adorned with clotted cream and jam. In this part of the world, Afternoon Tea comes in all forms – Arabian, Japanese and British too.
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SUNSET CHOCOLATE AFTERNOON TEA
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DIM SUM BRUNCH AT SHANGHAI CLUB Shanghai Club, Shangri-La Hotel, Doha Elevate your brunch experience at Shanghai Club, the chic Asian dining destination at level 43. You’ll be served up unlimited signature and traditional dim sum, soothing soup, oodles of noodles and breath-taking city views. For QR238 per person, choose unlimited servings of signature and traditional dim sum, you’ll also enjoy soup, noodles and more. And because it’s still the weekend, indulge in unlimited flowing beverage at an additional supplement. Takes place every Friday. GO: Call 4429 5295 for reservations and more information.
Sky Lounge, The Torch Doha Exceptional chocolate and freshly-made pastries create a bespoke combination of flavours to accompany Doha’s majestic sunset from the heights of The Torch Doha. Each individual pastry contains different elements of cocoa to entice the palate and blend together to celebrate the very best of chocolate, combining sugar and spice whilst ensuring that the content of ingredients is fully balanced. Available Monday to Friday, 5pm to 7pm upon reservations priced at QR90 per person Located on the 51st floor of The Torch Doha. GO: Call 4446 5600 for reservations and more information.
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South East Asian
Probably the most diverse of all cuisines – the term South East Asian is applied to everything from noodles to bento boxes, curries and stir-frys so if you find a place that does a good variety of South East Asian food – take a seat and tuck in. There are many staples of Asian cuisine – rice, noodles, spices, herbs, exotic vegetables and even meat. In Thailand, you’ll find lemongrass is a widely-used ingredient, whilst in Malaysia coconut rice is a popular serving and Indonesia is known for its Sambal Kecap (Chili and Soy Sauce). Flavour and palatepleasing textures is what defines this variety-filled cuisine.
This carnivorous feast needs no introduction especially as we’re currently enjoying the last of what’s left of the BBQ season. Though it’s not clear where the term BBQ, or barbeque/barbecue originated – according to Time magazine, the conventional wisdom is that the Spanish, upon landing in the Caribbean, used the word barbacoa to refer to the natives’ method of slowcooking meat over a wooden platform. Whether it’s over an outdoor pit, in the oven or sizzling on a grill, the popular method of slowly-cooked meat is as patriotic as it gets when it comes to throwing a true garden soiree. And don’t forget to slather your choice of meat in sauce – and keep room for seconds!
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YUM CHA BRUNCH AT HWANG Hwang, InterContinental Doha The City Offering the finest cuisine from eight different countries across the region, Friday is the day to try it ALL. An Asian Funky Brunch experience where the chefs take you on a culinary journey of South East Asia and its flavours, you can sit back, relax, and order as many items as you want off the menu. Every Friday from 12noon to 4pm, priced at QR228 FOR unlimited food and soft beverages; QR328 - unlimited food, soft beverages, and selected house beverages; and QR428 unlimited food, soft beverages, and premium house beverages. GO: Call 4015 8888 for reservations and more information.
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BBQ PIT EXPERIENCE AT ELEMENTS Elements, Four Seasons Hotel Doha Inspired by the restaurant’s namesake, the BBQ Pit incorporates fire – one of the four elements, for a culinary experience like no other. Set in the restaurant’s chic outdoor terrace, the bespoke private dining experience features a six-course menu, prepared tableside by a private chef. Two menus to select from – either Western Side of the Flame or the Asian Side of the Grill. Reservation is required 24 hours in advance. Starts from QR300 per person with a minimum of two guests. GO: Call 4494 8600 for reservations and more information.
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RETURNING FOR ITS 4TH EDITION, THE ANNUAL FACT DINING AWARDS DOHA IS BACK FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF FOODIE CELEBRATIONS. HERE’S THE FINAL SHORTLIST – DON’T FORGET TO VOTE ONLINE AT WWW.FACT-MAGAZINE.COM - THE PUBLIC VOTE WILL DETERMINE THE FAVOURITE WINNER...
•CHOICES - Oryx Rotana Doha •ELEMENTS RESTAURANT & •LOUNGE - Four Seasons Hotel Doha •TEATRO - City Centre Rotana Doha •VINE - The St. Regis Doha •FLYING CARPET - The Torch Hotel •THE SQUARE – InterContinental Doha The City •URBAN JAZZ KITCHEN – The Pearl Qatar
•AL SUFRA - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha •PARISA - Souq Waqif •AL JALSA GARDEN LOUNGE InterContinental Doha The City •AL NAHHAM - Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara •DAMASCA ONE - Souq Waqif •ARD CANAAN - Katara Village •ARGUELINA LOUNGE - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park •MAJLIS - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •TAKHT-E-JAMSHID - AlHazm Mall •MAMIG - Katara Cultural Village
Italian •LA VERANDA - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •PORCINI - The Ritz-Carlton Doha •ROCCA - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •THE ITALIAN JOB - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •LA SPIGA BY PAPER MOON - W Doha Hotel & Residences •RIVA - Banana Island Resort by Anantara •LA PIAZZA - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •ANTICA PESA - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha •DI CAPRI - La Cigale Hotel •PAPER MOON DOHA - Jaidah Square CUCINA - Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha 46
Mediterranean •IDAM - Museum of Islamic Art •SAWA - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha •MYKONOS - InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •THREE SIXTY - The Torch Doha •GORDON RAMSAY MEDITERRANEAN DOHA - The St. Regis Doha •LA CASA TWENTY EIGHT - The Pearl Qatar •SANTORINI - Shangri-La Hotel Doha
European •MARKET BY JEAN-GEORGES - W Doha Hotel & Residences
•OPAL BY GORDON RAMSAY - The St. Regis Doha •AROMA – Kempinski Residences & Suites •BELGIAN CAFE – InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •LA VARENNE - Tornado Tower •THE FRENCH OLIVE - Various Locations •EL FARO - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha •THE CELLAR - Oryx Rotana Doha
Lebanese •AL MOURJAN – Corniche •LEILA - The Gate Mall •AL SULTAN BRAHIM - The St. Regis Doha •BURJ AL HAMAM - The Pearl Qatar •DEBS W REMMAN - Medina Centrale, The Pearl Qatar •LAYALI - Various Locations •ZAHR EL LAYMOUN- Shoumoukh Towers
Latin American •IPANEMA - Marriott Marquis City Center Doha •PALOMA - InterContinental Doha •SALSA - Doha Marriott Hotel •TORO TORO - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •RODIZIO - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park •FUEGO - Shangri-La Hotel Doha
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•AZIZA - Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha •L’WZAAR - Katara Cultural Village •LOBSTER - AlHazm Mall •BALMESAN - The Pearl Qatar •AL SAYYAD - Diplomatic Club
•SAFFRON LOUNGE - Katara Cultural Village •CHINGARI - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •ROYAL TANDOOR - Souq Waqif •GYMKHANA - Al Jomrok Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •AL MATBAKH - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •ZAFFRAN DINING EXPERIENCE - Al Emadi Financial Square •TAJ RAJOI - Doha Marriott Hotel
•JW’S STEAKHOUSE - Doha Marriott Hotel •PRIME - InterContinental Doha The City •NEW YORK STEAKHOUSE Marriott Marquis City Center Doha •ASTOR GRILL - The St. Regis Doha •BENTLEY’S GRILL - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •THE ANVIL ROOMS - Tornado Tower •HUNTERS ROOM & GRILL - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
North American & Caribbean
Moroccan •ARGAN - Al Jasra Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •MARRAKECH - Lagoona Mall •TAJINE - Souq Waqif •MSSAMEN & ATAI - Qanat Quartier
Chinese •HAKKASAN - The St. Regis Doha •CHI’ZEN - Oryx Rotana Doha •RUBY WU’S - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •SHANGHAI CLUB - Shangri-La Hotel Doha •D’CHOSPTIK - Holiday Villa Hotel
South East Asian •SPICE MARKET - W Doha Hotel & Residences •ISAAN - Grand Hyatt Doha •HWANG - Intercontinental Doha The City •SABAI THAI - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa •ZENGO - Kempinski Residences & Suites •THE RICE AND THE NOODLE Souq Waqif •ASIA LIVE! - Doha Marriott Hotel •WHITE ORYX - The Pearl-Qatar
Japanese •SAKURA - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •NOBU - Four Seasons Hotel Doha •MEGU - The Pearl-Qatar •NOZOMI - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •YEN SUSHI BAR - La Cigale Hotel 48
•SANTA MONICA BREAKFAST CLUB - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY Various Locations •DINER STATION - The Pearl Qatar •TEXAS ROADHOUSE - Various Locations •TED’S - Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
•AZRAQ - Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara •CORAL - InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •OLIVE OIL - City Centre Rotana Doha •THE LAGOON - The Ritz-Carlton Doha •CIRCLE - Millenium Plaza Hotel •ARAMEDE - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park •C. TASTE - Centro Capital Doha •SRIDAN - Shangri-La Hotel Doha •AL LIWAN- Sharq Village & Spa
Patisserie •ANGELINA PARIS - The Gate Mall •FAUCHON - Various Locations •BRIOCHE DOREE - The Gulf Mall •PAUL CAFÉ - Various Locations •LA PATISSERIE - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •LA CIGALE TRAITEUR - La Cigale Hotel
Casual Dining •LO SPAGHETTO DOHA - Al Saad •SUMO SUSHI & BENTO - Doha Festival City •OCEAN BASKET - Mall of Qatar •EMIRGAN SUTIS - C Ring Road •NANDO’S - Various Locations •VAPIANO - The Gate Mall
White Oryx Chefs are passionate about the modern Thai cuisine that they create, and enjoy the challenge of developing vibrant and tasty menus.
“A TASTE OF THAI” The variety and intricacy of Thai cuisine originate from the diverse culinary regions of Thailand. From the aromatic flavors to the mild touch of spices, our menu offers the best of authentic Thai taste, with a modern twist.
Visit us at www.whiteoryxthai.com T.+974 4466 1058 | M.+974 7788 9465 30 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar
MICHELIN STARRED CORPORATE CHEF Thaninthorn “Noom” Chantrawan AT WHITE ORYX THAI RESTAURANT
Our Executive Chef Thaninthorn "Noom" Chantrawan, hails from Thailand and has more than 20 years of experience amongst 10 of the top restaurants in the UK, working alongside many other Michelin Star chefs. In addition to being the Executive Chef of the most recently completed White Oryx Thai Restaurant in Doha, Qatar, he returned to Thailand and opened Chim by Siam Wisdom in the Thong Lor district of Bangkok, Thailand. Having been in operations for only 12 months, all of his hard work and dedication has paid off as Chim by Siam Wisdom was just awarded his first Michelin Star, as seen in the recent 2018 Michelin Guide for Bangkok. The Michelin Guide instantly recognized his delicious fare, and it was one of three Thai restaurants to be awarded this prestigious star. Chef Nooms' White Oryx Thai Restaurant in Doha, Qatar, promotes well-being, healthy living, and harmony with nature. It's elegant and cozy ambiance is filled with authenticity and originality. We are proud having this small oasis in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, where we can offer healthy organic food made with ingredients that come directly from Thailand.
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Al Fresco Dining •Q-LOUNGE - Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara •AL TERRACE - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •ADMIRAL’S CLUB - The Ritz-Carlton Doha •LA CASA TWENTY EIGHT - The Pearl Qatar •ROCCA - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •SECRET GARDEN - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha •L’ETO CAFFE - AlHazm Mall •POOL GRILL – Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Breakfast •SANTA MONICA BREAKFAST CLUB Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •SEASONAL TASTES - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa •THE BREAKFAST CLUB - Qanat Quartier •LA PIAZZA - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli •W CAFE - W Doha Hotel & Residences •SHAKESPEARE & CO - Various Locations •EGGSPECTATION - The Pearl-Qatar •POOL GRILL – Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Bar •TRADER VIC’S - Hilton Doha •SHERAZAD - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •HABANOS - The Ritz-Carlton Doha •THE DEN - Shangri-La Hotel Doha •JAZZ CLUB - Oryx Rotana Doha •PURE - DoubleTree by Hilton •DUNES - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas
Lounge •SECRET GARDEN - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha •THE ROOFTOP - The St. Regis Doha •SKY VIEW - La Cigale Hotel 50
•WAHM LOUNGE - W Doha Hotel & Residences •MIX BAR, LOUNGE & TERRACE - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa •Z LOUNGE - Kempinski Residences & Suites •LIQUIDITY - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park
PUB •BELGIAN CAFE - Intercontinental Doha •IRISH HARP - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •CHAMPIONS SPORT BAR - Marriott Marquis City Center Doha •BOSTON’S - City Centre Rotana •STOCK BURGER & CO. - Holiday Inn Doha, The Business Park
Shisha Terrace •AL JALSA SHISHA GARDEN LOUNGE - InterContinental Doha The City •SHISHA TERRACE - Four Seasons Hotel Doha •AL NAFOURAH GARDEN - Oryx Rotana Doha •MAJLIS - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •AQUA LOUNGE - Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha •ARGUELINA LOUNGE - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park •AL SHURFA ARABIC LOUNGE - Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli
Café •CARAMEL - City Centre Rotana Doha •CAFÉ MURANO - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •GOURMET HOUSE - Kempinski Residences & Suites •W CAFÉ - W Doha Hotel & Residences •MEESH - Crowne Plaza Doha, The Business Park •MOKARABIA - The Pearl •LIFE WITH CACAO - Various Locations •AL JALSA - Sharq Village & Spa
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CLUB •X LOUNGE - InterContinental Doha •SOCIETY LOUNGE - Hilton Doha •ILLUSION - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •CLUB 7 - La Cigale Hotel •CRYSTAL LOUNGE - W Doha Hotel & Residences •STRATA - InterContinental Doha The City •OYSTER BAY - The St. Regis Doha
Family-Friendly Restaurant •CARLUCCIO’S - Various Locations •NANDO’S - Various Locations •ORIENT PEARL - Corniche •TED’S - Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara •THE ITALIAN JOB - Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •EATALY - Various Locations •ISLA – The Pearl-Doha
Tea Room •TEA LOUNGE - InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •LOBBY LOUNGE - The Ritz-Carlton Doha •SARAB LOUNGE - The St. Regis Doha •TWG TEA - Mall of Qatar •TEA GARDEN - The Torch Doha •SEASONS TEA LOUNGE - Four Seasons Hotel Doha •ATRIUM LOUNGE - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •L’APREM - AlHazm Mall •LOBBY LOUNGE – InterContinental Doha The City
In-Mall •VAPIANO - The Gate Mall •KÖŞEBAŞI - Various locations •WAGAMAMA - Various Locations •CHEESECAKE FACTORY - Various Locations •OCEAN BASKET - Mall of Qatar
•SUMO SUSHI & BENTO - Doha Festival City •THE BUTCHER SHOP & GRILL Various Locations •NANDO’S – Various Locations
Friday Brunch •CHATUCHAK WEEKEND MARKET BRUNCH AT ISSAN - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •THE ST. REGIS GRAND BRUNCH The St. Regis Doha •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT SPICE MARKET - W Doha Hotel & Residences •BUBBALICIOUS BRUNCH - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa •FRIDAY BRUNCH – Four Seasons Hotel Doha •URBAN BRUNCH - Doha Marriott Hotel •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT TORO TORO - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT ZENGO Kempinski Residences & Suites •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT CHOICES Oryx Rotana Doha •BIG APPLE BRUNCH AT NEW YORK STEAKHOUSE - Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha •SHANGTASTIC BRUNCH - ShangriLa Hotel Doha •FRIDAY BRUNCH - City Centre Rotana Doha
Family-Friendly Brunch •FARMER’S BRUNCH AT LAGOON The Ritz-Carlton Doha •CORAL - InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •THE SQUARE - Intercontinental Doha The City •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT FLYING CARPET - The Torch Doha •GARDEN BRUNCH AT LA VARANDA - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •CIRCLE FRIDAY BRUNCH Millenium Plaza Hotel
•FRIDAY CARVERY BRUNCH Radisson Blu Hotel Doha •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT SANTA MONICA BREAKFAST CLUB - Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas •FRIDAY BRUNCH AT SAWA - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha
Saturday Brunch •ROYAL THAI BRUNCH AT SABAI THAI - The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa •DIM SUM BRUNCH AT SHANGHAI CLUB - Shangri-La Hotel Doha •SATURDAY BRUNCH A LA ESPANOLA AT EL FARO - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha Dim Sum •BRUNCH AT NOZOMI - Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Doha •LAZY SATURDAY BRUNCH - Opal, The St. Regis Doha
Newcomer - Fine Dining •MORIMOTO DOHA - Mondrian Doha •CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK Mondrian Doha •GEMMAYZE - InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences •ZEITUNA - City Centre Rotana •NUSR-ET STEAKHOUSE - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •BELGRAVIA - AlHazm Mall
Newcomer – Casual Dining •JWALA - The Pearl Qatar •LA LIGA LOUNGE - Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel •JAMIE’S ITALIAN - Doha Festival City •KATSUYA - Villagio Mall •GAHWETNA - The Pearl Qatar •BIG SMOKE BURGER - Al Hazm Mall •THE PIER - Four Seasons Hotel Doha •VIVA MEXICO - Qanat Quartier •HUDSON TAVERN- Mondrian Doha •QAVANNA - The Gate Mall fact magazine
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THE ETERNAL CITY FOR MANY SAVVY TRAVELLERS, THE HOTEL DE RUSSIE IS THE NUMBER ONE PLACE TO STAY IN ROME. ANGELA BEITZ EXPLORES THIS ICONIC PROPERTY AND IT’S MAJESTIC LOCATION…
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ince its opening, Hotel de Russie has been Rome’s number one hotel for the who’s who including everyone from celebrities, politicians and those who want to rub shoulders with the aforementioned. The hotel is achingly chic and very private. Once you step off the Piazza del Popolo and tony Via del Babuino and into this gorgeous hotel, you’ll instantly understand why it has famous clientele. It’s a refuge from the hectic rush of Rome and is surrounded by stunning nature that you never thought possible for such an inner-city hotel. The landmarked 19th-century palazzo is discreetly tucked away in front of a secret garden that provides a lush, green oasis amid the city making it the perfect spot for an al fresco breakfast or an aperitivo. The hotel has everything you can think of including outstanding amenities that range from a wellness spa, to bespoke cultural itineraries, and even a children’s
programme. Suites are spacious, stylish and classic, with the best suites facing the inner garden. Known as one of the most luxurious spots in Rome is the hotel’s Stravinskij bar, where sommeliers and bartenders always please with the perfect drink or espresso and it’s no surprise that George Clooney, Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd have been seen here. Sophistication and style is what to expect in the rooms at Hotel de Russie and you’ll have every creature comfort available to you. For interior lovers, the décor in this hotel is absolutely beautiful with each room having its one colour scheme and own sense of style. Expect to see a palette of pastels, rich grays and dark woods along with pops of orange and quirky accessories and loads of cool coffee table books. Flower prints, plush furniture, bold colours, stripes, marble and mosaic tiles accent each of the de Russie’s 98 rooms and 24 suites. You can also book an interior room, which comes with a terrace overlooking the
luxury hotel’s garden. As if they almost knew what we were thinking, a signature drink arrived to our door at aperativo time each day. Such a nice touch. If you really want to go all out, guests can choose between two beautifully redesigned suites, both by Olga Polizzi, director of design for Rocco Forte Hotels - The Picasso Suite and The Popolo Suite. The Picasso Suite is dedicated to the artist, who stayed there for three months in 1917. It epitomises the hotel’s style with tasteful, modern furnishings and pops of colour. In the living room, prints and pillows featuring Picasso’s designs complement the beige sofa and armchairs. Guests can enjoy an intimate dinner in the dining room, which has a wet bar, an elegant marble table, and built-in shelves filled with books and decorative objects. The 860-square-foot suite has one bedroom, a bath decorated in Italian marble and mosaics, a spacious walk-in wardrobe, and a 270-square-foot private terrace overlooking the hotel’s garden. The Popolo Suite so named because its terrace has excellent views of Piazza del Popolo is even larger thanks to a recent expansion. The 1,080-square-foot suite comprises a living room, a dining area, a master bedroom, a walk-in wardrobe, a marble-and-mosaic bath with a double shower and separate tub, a powder room for visitors, and a 480-squarefoot private terrace. The design draws inspiration from Rome’s rich history and Mediterranean colour swatch, seamlessly blending antiques and modern furnishings done up in luxurious Italian velvets and fact magazine
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silks in greens and burnt amber. Reupholstered vintage chairs, a custom-made rug by Polizzi, contemporary photography of Roman monuments, and marble reliefs combine to form the suite’s inspired design. The Roman hotel’s tranquil spa has an amazing variety of treatments including massages, body scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair removal. The spa also features a well-equipped gym, marine hydro-pool, sauna, Turkish steam bath and Jacuzzi. They also use the Rocco Forte brand of products which are organic and soothing. The hotel is located in Rome’s very posh Tridente neighborhood and has everything you need right on your doorstep. The city’s shopping mecca featuring boutiques from haute cuisine favorites like Valentino, Hermès, Azzedine Alaïa, Céline, Gucci and Prada and it’s in perfect walking distance (about 10 minutes) to Rome’s main squares and monuments such as Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Campo de’ Fiori. There simply isn’t a better place to stay in the inner-city and it’s not hard to see why this iconic hotel is known for its impeccable style and great service. ✤
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THE RITZ-CARLTON DOHA CR AIG F E R R IM A N F E A S T S HIS S E N S ES O N T H I S LUXU R Y D O H A H OT E L O N T H E AR ABI A N GU L F A N D I N VI T E S U S TO D I S COV E R T H E V E R Y DE FI N I T I O N O F A N O PU L E N T M I D D LE E A S T E R N PA R A D I S E.
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he Ritz-Carlton is one of the older properties in Qatar opening sixteen years ago this month. Two years back, the management team rightly felt that a spring clean was due, so, without closing the hotel, they have refurbished the whole place, almost top to bottom and the job is now complete. I went along to check it out and admire all their hard work. The vast and palatial lobby looks much the same as it always has but that’s about the only things that hasn’t changed! I was greeted by a traditionally warm welcome and was escorted to my room where everything was explained to me about the facilities on offer. A beautiful amenities package lay on the coffee table in
my room that included a lot of chocolate. The attention to detail and personalisation to the customer was evident from the way my amenities package was presented. It featured a mock up front page of Oh La La with my own face on it! They really did know how to make me feel like a star! When the check in was complete and I was left alone in my room, I took a seat on the deep dark-green sofa and pondered where to start. I decided on the balcony. All rooms have a balcony allowing for a great start to the day as you sip your morning coffee from their espresso machine in the room and take in the views of a fast growing country and an ever developing city. I could see the West Bay skyline, Katara and from some rooms, you can look out over the new Lusail district. I could also see the
Lagoona mall which is at the end of the Ritz driveway. Ideal if you need to grab a few items or do a little shopping in the department store there or just have a wander and a browse. The new brunch format has launched with strong verve as the Ritz promises to deliver an afternoon of culinary magic. It’s held at The Lagoon which is their large international dining outlet. Their aim is to offer you a menu that comes from farm to table. There were even hens and sheep in the garden outside the dining area although I don’t think that is quite the farm they meant! Organic products and fresh ingredients are the abiding hallmark of the brunch and it’s excellently laid out on wagon carts and simple wooden racks that emphasize the sheer quality of the food on offer. fact magazine
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I tried eating as much as I could because... well...you’re supposed to at brunch, right? I know I wouldn’t totally succeed so I decided to be strategic and had some outstanding salads. There were over half a dozen to choose between and I had a little of all of them as long with the sushi which included eel nigiri - something you don’t get on every sushi counter! The beetroot hummus and the tabbouleh did impress me but most of all their meat was very good. A strip loin of beef looked me in the eye and stared me down. It was carved before me and tasted delicious. The carvery also offered chipotle shrimps and barbecue chicken. You really do need to leave a lot of room for the meats. It’s a really family friendly brunch. Kids can roam freely. The little ones can even jump into the bouncy castle and everyone can have a wander around the gorgeous gardens and see the farmyard animals; sheep and hens in their pens. The pool area is rather special. It’s like a cavernous oasis. The pools meanders around rockeries to give the impression of multiple pools although they all join up. Hidden in among these rocky outcrops are private spaces with sun lounges so the pool garden could actually be very full and you wouldn’t know it. It doesn’t really lend itself to Olympic swimming so much as lazing around, enjoying a good book and cooling off from the heat. There is a full length indoor pool that has marked out lanes if you want to do laps. I decided on relaxing in the pool and burning off all my calories in the gym which is the largest hotel gym in the country. It’s a huge space and a mixed gym although there is a large female-only gym right next to it so you’ll not be fighting for dumbbells. The hotel bought an entire line of products from Tech Gym line allowing users to use state of the art equipment. I loved the slick, simple and stylish equipment. The place just felt new and I’m sure that made me run faster! The spa is a maze of different corridors leading off to different places; to saunas, a Jacuzzi, hamam, to showers and of course to large treatment rooms which are beautifully designed and very private. They even have showers inside the treatment rooms. The staff of course are the best of the best. If you upgrade to club access, then you can use the club lounge which is bigger than my own home. It offers refreshments all day long and in the evening you can relax in high style with sushi, freshly prepared risotto or their eclectic cheese selection while reclining on a classical chaise-lounge. The Ritz has a lot to offer and freshly refurbished, it is looking stylish and modern whilst preserving its old fashioned values and its traditionally highest standards. ✤
BIG SCREEN Red Sparrow
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
After suffering an injury that threatens to end her promising career, Prima Ballerina Dominika Egorova faces a bleak and uncertain future. With her career as she knew it on the rocks, she turns to a Russian secret intelligence service that teaches exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons.
DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton
WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?
Chronicling a tale of passion, sacrifice and power, Francis Lawrence’s newest offering is everything you could ever want from a psychological thriller. After garnering incessant comparisons to Marvel’s Black Widow, Red Sparrow has finally proved to audiences why it deserves to hold its own. The plot revolves around notable Prima Ballerina Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) and her journey to the dark side. Determined to protect her mother at all costs, Dominika is forced to turn to the Sparrow School to help her mother receive a life saving treatment. As she pushes her body and mind to their limits, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the programme has ever produced. Offering a very unique and non-gadgety take on suspense thrillers, the film’s plot suggests a very different kind of spy film. Backed with Jennifer Lawrence’s killer acting and some super intense action sequences, the film will have you hooked till the very end.
Offering a very unique and nongadgety take on suspense thrillers, the film’s plot suggests a very different kind of spy film.”
Tomb Raider WHAT’S IT ABOUT:
Intent on solving the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Lara Croft makes a dangerous journey to his last known destination. Armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit, she must push herself beyond her limits to unravel the truth once and for all.
– Red Sparrow
DIRECTOR: Roar Uthaug CAST: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West
WHY IT’S WORTH WATCHING?
A revamped rendition of the original Tomb Raider movie, Roar Uthaug’s bow and arrow-wielding protagonist is well and truly the woman we know from the 2013 video game. Succeeding Angelina Jolie in bringing the video game character to life, Alicia Vikander’s portrayal of the same is every bit as promising and intriguing. Following her father’s disappearance when she was barely a teen, Lara Croft staunchly rejects the idea that he is truly gone. Now a young woman of 21, the fiercely independent and resolute Croft is intent on locating her eccentric adventurer dad and embarks on a journey into the unknown. Go and watch it for some eyegasm worthy visuals and gripping storyline!
ON THE RECORD
Single State of Mind By Andi Dorfman
Bible of Love
By Franz Ferdinand
Reminding us of the dance-floor post-rock of their 2004 debut LP, Always Ascending retains their signature musical excellence while still sounding brand new. Their first album without guitarist Nick McCarthy marks the start of a whole new era for the band. With the addition of new member Julian Corrie, the Scottish indie rock band aim to inject a hint of electronics into the mix. A departure from their more guitardriven roots, the lead single is an ambitious and experimental turn for Franz. A sonic representation of the whole record, it is the bop you never knew you needed! Dubbing themselves as the “Futuristic naturalistic” genre, the band refuses to be put into a box. A synth and sax-heavy track, Feel The Love Go is as promising as their catchy lead single. Merging electronics with back-tobasics indie, the band is truly hitting some new territory with this punchy new record, sure to keep both devoted fans and critics very happy! 64
An enticing exploration of love and life, Andi Dorfman is here to give company to everybody flying solo! Dorfman talks about a single girl living life on her own terms in New York City. From finding her first apartment in the city to watching her ex-fiancé get engaged, the former Bachelorette chronicles all the adventures she has had and how they’ve helped her grow. Juicy and entertaining - a must read!
By Snoop Dogg Spoiler alert: this record is going to make you FEEL your feelings! Taking his fans to church with his exquisite vocals and moving lyrics, Snoop’s new album seems to be taking him in a whole new direction. Turning to a more religious dimension, Bible of Love is a radical shift from his classic Snoop Dogg sound. Featuring collaborations from various Gospel artists including Tye Tribbet, the Clark Sisters, Faith Evans and Rance Allen, the album is all about putting love out into the world. Words Are Few featuring B Slade is an inspirational track with transparent lyrics. Blessing Me Again featuring Rance Allen is a beautiful amalgamation of heartwarming lyrics and mesmerising music - gospel rap at its finest! After seeing his fair share of reinvention, Snoop’s love-laden record is exactly what the world needs right now.
An American Marriage By Tayari Jones With the future stretching boundlessly before them, newlyweds Celestial and Roy are still very much in the rosyhued young lovers phase in their first year of marriage. As Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit, she is left to cope with life all alone. A heart-wrenching read!
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LAPTOP UNDERDOG With a market that’s ever expanding and improving, finding a laptop that’s best for you can truly be a task. So, if you’re someone who’s difficult to please but also simple in your asks, Dell’s XPS 13 may just be exactly what you’re looking for! FACT explores…
hen it comes to technology, our trusty laptops are a universally coveted gadget. Be it bingewatching on Netflix or trying to make that looming deadline, these prized possessions surely seem to get the job done. Enter the Dell
XPS 13. Light, powerful, aesthetically appealing and reasonably affordable, the XPS 13 is quite possibly the best laptop in the market right now. Refined further than ever before, the Dell XPS 13’s latest series of changes have made it a showstopper for the third year in a row. Boasting a design that feels premium yet not over the top, the laptop blends a metallic exterior with a carbon-fiber interior. Making it the ‘world’s smallest 13-inch laptop’, the next-generation InfinityEdge display is a total game changer. That being said, the stunning new 4k Ultra HD display and new colour option called Rose Gold on Alpine White have definitely impressed us the most. Featuring a 0.65% antireflective coating, the display aims to counteract the downfalls of all touchscreens and screen glare. While the carbon fiber and aluminum chassis ensures better endurability than most systems of its size. Apart from being a serious looker, the device is also equipped with one of the
best Windows touchpads. Impressive fluidity as well as smooth and accurate multi-touch gestures- it makes for a solid typing experience! As for processor performance, eclipsing most of its competitors featuring 7th-generation chips, the 8th-generation processor is a strong competitor and a worthy successor that truly makes its presence known. A major improvement to its predecessor, the XPS 13 9370’s Thunderbolt 3 ports support four-lane PCI connections so you can use the laptop with an eGPU for serious gaming. That said, despite being armed with gaming-ready integrated graphics, they aren’t nearly as good as others in the market. The newest XPS 13 model also marks the turning point on their webcam placement. The 720p webcam comes equipped with four microphones and produces visuals as sharp as the latest MacBook Pro, while the new IR lens work well for speedy logins using Windows Hello. If an efficient battery life is one of major requirements, look no further! Among the largest batteries in any 13-inch laptop, the XPS 13 claims an impressive 22hour run. Pleasant visuals, stunning design, solid battery and stronger heat dissipation, there’s plenty going on in Dell’s newest release. As for us, the XPS 13 remains one of the best laptops in the tech world. Let us know what you think! ✤
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THE STUDIO COLLECTION IS ALL ABOUT EVOKING THE URBAN GRACE AND INTRINSIC MINIMALISM OF JAPAN, THE COLLECTION FOR BOTH WOMEN AND MEN FUSE CLEAN SILHOUETTES WITH A RELAXED VIBE, ADDING A TOUCH OF WORKWEAR ALONG THE WAY. ITâ€™S BRAND-NEW BOHEMIAN, CRISP SIMPLICITY FUSED WITH LAIDBACK CHIC AND POISE. fact magazine
HER The womenswear in particular focuses on head-to-toe print and bright colours in the form of flowing full-length dresses, easy tunics worn over trousers, utilitarian tailoring and statement knits. It’s a brand-new bohemian – crisp minimalism fused with laidback chic and poise. An authentic, creative soul luxuriating in cosmopolitan cities as well as lush surroundings. Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Design and Creative Director, says: “This collection celebrates the vivacity of women. From the primary colours to the easy-going movement of the fabrics and silhouettes to the strong prints, there’s definitely an affinity for urban settings with a hint of glam. And yet, there’s also a longing for nature, an unpretentious way of life. We can have both, of course – that’s the beauty of modern life.” ✤
HIM The menswear purposefully elevates classic pieces such as the tailored jacket, shirting, a waistcoat and the crewneck jumper by playing around with colour and luxe fabrications. New silhouettes are introduced through subtle asymmetric cuts, paper-bag waist trousers, patch pockets and structured, oversized shapes. The result is familiar yet a little unconventional. Andreas Löwenstam, H&M’s Head of Design, Menswear, says: “The dualities in this collection are key to the modern man – traditional tailoring and classic workwear, city power dressing and calm casualwear, soft and technical fabrics, luxe and street. And it’s about making a quiet statement through strong and confident clothes.” ✤
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Sephora OUTRAGEOUS MASCARA
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Zirh RESTORE UNDER EYE CREAM
Been burning the midnight oil lately? Zirh’s Restore Under Eye Cream has got you covered! Packed with Cucumber Fruit Extract and Caffeine, it helps work wonders to help strengthen the delicate skin around your eyes. Great for keeping the area moisturised and calm down puffiness, its antiinflammatory properties reduces redness as well dark circles and helps wake up dull and tired skin.
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POTTERY Barn Spring 2018 Pottery Barn has unveiled its Spring 2018 collection which features an assortment of shiny metals, colourful prints and patterns for the season. The collection draws inspiration from the colours of spring as seen with the Victoria Botanical Pillows with fern and butterfly prints. The Mariella Duvet with its floral bedding is even more inviting, made from silkysoft Tencel, a breathable and sustainable natural fiber. Customers can redecorate their bedrooms with the new coastal style Sausalito Bed. The bedâ€™s headboard is woven of rattan for an airy, open feel, and the Seadrift finish on the wood adds a sun-drenched look. Adding brightness to your home, the Pottery Barn spring collection includes Audrey Lamps, the hand carved Caleb Lantern and the spring collection brings back the Classic Rim Dinnerware, crafted of highquality porcelain in a bright white finish. Gatherings couldnâ€™t get better with the Townsend Leather Collection of Sofas with plump cushions and cosy armrests. 78
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Things are getting green, fresh, bright and colourful for spring as interiors inspire a tropical touch for the home. Think leaf-adorned accessories, plants and even breezy, cactus-style mugs, vases and more. Whatever you choose, make sure itâ€™s a statement piece!
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Lebanese Food Crush
The Intercontinental Doha is a well-established hotel and reliable brand but it still continues to innovate as we discovered with a visit to its new Lebanese restaurant called Gemmayze. FACT’s Craig Ferriman explores…
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ptly named after a popular Beirut street that is known to be colourful, hip and trendy, Gemmayze is the embodiment of modern-day Lebanon and you feel it from the second you walk in. The venue is rather vast and you can feel as if you have the restaurant to yourselves on quiet evenings. That said, service is superb. There are quite a few large tables that can seat up to a dozen people, making this restaurant ideal for large groups, family gatherings and corporate functions. The kitchen is open, which adds to the authenticity allowing customers to see their food being prepared and for the smells to travel around the restaurant. The culinary offerings impressed us from the start. The fattoush was fresh and tangy, the tabbouleh was tasty, and the hummus was great with freshly baked, warm bread, produced in house. The kibbeh nayeh was a particular treat and that isn’t always easy to get right – but Gemmayze nails it with flavour. For those not familiar, this is a dish that is quintessentially Lebanese made from raw minced lamb and combined with bulgar, pureed onion and mixed spices. Also, worth mentioning was the chicken liver which was super succulent, the falafel which was a reliable palatepleaser and the cheese and spinach sambousek - cooked beautifully. The mixed grill was cooked to order and the lamb chops, grilled chicken shish taouk and beef lay perfectly grilled inside warm Arabic bread retaining their heat and flavour. I barely had room to try desserts but you can’t fail to be impressed by the distinctive Arak ice cream which is a traditional sweet with a twist. A wide variety of shisha is available and the aromas from the various flavours add to the magical vibe that inhabits Gemmayze. Service is noticeably strong. The restaurant is well staffed and the team have hit the ground running with a comprehensive understanding of the menu which was highly apparent, adding to the warm and welcoming feel.
On selected nights of the week, live Lebanese musicians perform on the stage, transporting you to the streets of Beirut. The restaurant is open for lunch as well as all evening but my only tip would be that it’s not the place to go if you want an express meal or a quick bite. Take your time, savour it all and don’t be in a rush. Our table was never less than full with food – just how we like it! When it comes to Lebanese restaurants, I always say that you had better get the food right as there is a very competitive and critical audience ready to pounce if you don’t. Gemmayze manages to hit all the right notes and looks set to compete with the best of them. Want to make up your own mind – book a table today! ✤
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Sport Meets Good Grub
There is never any shortage of sport in this life but there is perhaps a shortage of places to watch it. LaLiga Lounge at Sheraton Hotel Park seeks to bridge that gap by offering the market a new option for sports lovers to enjoy big matches with excellent food to accompany, as Craig Ferriman finds out. fact magazine
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aLiga Lounge has an ideal location; situated in Hotel Park outside the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, the venue boasts four levels of underground parking next to it so it’s easy to get to and easy to park when you get there. I must have counted a dozen screens in this place. Though there is predominance towards Football, we also encountered an NFL game and I’m sure that’s not the only exception, but it is predominantly English Premier league and European league and international fixtures that will get pride of place on the screens. If there is a champions league match on, then this is the hot new place to catch it. The other innovative aspect to this outlet is the fact that it is not just a sports bar but a family-friendly venue. The kids can come along too and you can safely deposit them in the kids’ area which had lots of games and a cage where informal Footie and penalty shoot-outs are set up. “Big kids” can also veg out on quieter nights when big matches aren’t on by utilising the games zone which has games consoles set up for guests to use. There are private function spaces too if you’re holding a party. The food is not what you would expect. If you think sports cafe, you might think burger, fries and basic finger food and you wouldn’t be wrong in those assumptions but their menu is a little fancier that that. If you like a seriously big burger while you watch the game, 86
the Hamburgusea Futbol club is a must but be warned - it’s not for the faint hearted or the weak of appetite! It was so big that it had to be cut in two as I just couldn’t fit it in my mouth. To say it had two grilled beef patties, cheese, onions, lettuce, and tomato with barbecue sauce does not imply it was as big as it was, but, oh my, it was (not that we’re complaining!). The thing is, LaLiga’s menu is much more sophisticated than just standard fare. It has a very Mediterranean vibe with a Spanish emphasis courtesy of its highly skilled chef, Juan Ramon Sobero. The paella is perhaps a surprising signature dish but is gorgeously cooked and a wholesome and healthy way to accompany watching a match. It has the advantage, I would say, of being good for sharing too. Juan has prepared two signature paellas, one has roast squid and clams with black ink. The other is a saffron and shellfish paella which combines prawns, mussels and clams. In true Meditteranran style, there are hot and cold mezze dishes to choose from with distinct flare. The salads are healthy and delicious - well worth it if you’re especially health conscious and there’s a decent choice of seafood and meats that can be char-grilled in the Josper grill. There is also a merchandise shop at the side that sells football strips, caps and other memorabilia including some signed balls from top players who have visited LaLiga Lounge. It’s quite the sport lover’s paradise and the foodie’s dream! ✤
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GO: VISIT LALIGA LOUNGE AT SHERATON HOTEL PARK. CALL 4485 3000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. fact magazine
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Contemporary Japanese Twist Morimoto at Mondrian Doha is inspired by the City of Nara in Japan and pays homage to the heritage of the country. The restaurant is visually stunning. The venue is a result of Tokyo-based company Glamourous and is adorned with energetic and graceful artworks by Japanese painter, Hiroshi Senju. FACT’s Marisela Paesano went to experience the epitome of luxurious dining… fact magazine
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elebrated Japanese Chef, Masaharu Morimoto is a classically trained traditional chef with total disregard for tradition, borrowing heavily from Japanese, Chinese, and Mediterranean components paired with French technique. His recipes are playful takes on established dishes and methods, incorporating 21st century artisanal ingredients. At Morimoto restaurant in Mondrian Doha, you can experience luxurious dining in a 16-seat sushi bar or the main dining area surrounded by rose-gold studded columns. A vast selection of very fine sushi and sashimi roots the restaurant in Japan, which also asserts itself in preparations of Kobe-style beef and in tofu and noodle dishes. But other dishes and ingredients branch out to many more parts of Asia, and even to Europe and Latin America. We sat at the sushi counter, just in front of the open kitchen where we could watch all the action. The Executive Chef Timur Fazilov suggested the omakase menu, a Japanese-style tasting menu; it’s the perfect choice for our first visit to Morimoto. The menu consisted of 10 dishes – yes, that’s right! We were in for a real treat! First, they served the appetisers; edamame with meldon sea salt; kani-miso bagna cauda, a crabgarlic puree served with local vegetables, chef Morimoto himself created this dish inspired by local traditional hummus; followed by wagyu beef carpaccio seasoned with yuzu soy, ginger and sweet garlic, a very delicate dish ideal to open up your appetite. Then we tried the tofu miso soup, prepared with white miso broth and silken tofu and the spicy Alaskan king crab, covered with tobanjan aioli, micro-cilantro and green mango. The crab was cooked to perfection, giving an explosion of flavours and texture! Next the very unique oyster foie grass, market oyster with foie grass and uni (sea urchin) dressed in teriyaki sauce, an audacious and savoury mix of earth and sea. This is a signature dish available in all the Morimoto restaurants around the world, a fusion dish where Japanese cuisine meets Western tastes! Most impressive of all was the sashimi plate, arranged with exquisite attention to detail, it consisted of a selection of oh toro (fat tuna), maguro (tuna), sake (salmon), hamachi (yellow tail), unagi (fresh water eel) and sweet ebi (shrimp). Most of the fish served at Morimoto is imported from Japan
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and Europe. The freshness and quality of the fish is outstanding, exactly what I was expecting from a renowned Japanese restaurant. And then on to the sushi. Soft shell crab maki roll - deep fried soft shell crab, asparagus, tobiko, avocado, scallion with spicy mayo. Pay attention to the rice. It was still just warm and only very lightly touched with vinegar, just the way it should be. We follow our culinary journey with A5 certified wagyu beef, Ishiyaki-style. It’s prepared for us on our table and comes accompanied with three different sauces: soya, spicy soya and chimichurri. The meat was luscious and hugely flavorful! From Japan it was off to China, mingled in an entrée is the roasted Peking duck. The crisp-skinned, moist duck was served with steamed bao buns and two side sauces, hoisin sauce and spicy sweet sauce. We finished our extraordinary dinner on a sweet note, the rich chocolate sphere with caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet was just divine, whilst the chilled cheesecake soufflé served with orange cream, seasonal berries and strawberry sorbet was a delicate dream, both desserts were dangerously good! We were absolutely pleased with their top -notch service and hospitality, the staff is attentive, and knowledgeable without being intrusive. Our final verdict; Morimoto Doha offers you amazing taste, stunning presentation and outstanding quality. It’s Morimoto’s moment, the place to be is right here, right now. ✤
GO: VISIT MORIMOTO AT THE MONDRIAN DOHA. GO TO WWWMONDRIANDOHA. COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.
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Doha’s Best-Kept Secret Doha’s favourite rooftop for those who love a sophisticated social atmosphere offers up inspiring taste, amazing sounds and idyllic views. At Secret Garden, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Doha, you’ll find exotic plants and gracious 360˚ views of the Pearl waterfront. FACT checks it out…
s the sun sets, Secret Garden at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The PearlDoha, comes alive with bumping vibes around an enclosed bar and lounge. It’s a place to come together, be inspired and be part of Doha’s coolest, fun-loving rooftop community. The Secret Garden presents an experience bursting with the sunbaked, sea-washed character of the Med. Arrive early for sophisticated, reinvented bar classics and when dinner gets under way there’s nothing like feasting under the stars. Chef’s light yet flavourful style appeals to the modern diner, with a creative menu that always has something new to discover. Dishes include: Rabbit Tagliatelle with house-made pasta, Sea Bass & Prawn Roulade with basil crumb 92
and saffron sauce, Crazy Mushroom Pizza with forest mushrooms, and delicious dessert is a delicious choice of housemade ice creams, sorbets, cheesecake and platters of exotic fruits. With a week of great nights on offer, there’s plenty to keep you ahead of Doha’s dining and social scene; Wicked Monday is the city’s most fashionable night out for ladies. There’s plenty of girls-only indulgence, from a choice of complimentary mixers to a special food and drinks menu. It’s no bookings, so dress to impress and arrive for 7pm. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are Happy Days! Enjoy 30% off all food and beverage menus from 6pm to 9pm. The tangy All In, made with 24K gold, and heady, citrusy Mai Tai are guaranteed to blow you away. Chicken Lollipops with pomegranate sauce provide the perfect light start to the evening, followed by plenty of sharing
dishes, from Mixed Seafood Skewers to Four Cheese Pizza. Thursday nights at Secret Garden are a Doha institution. There’s no better way to ease into the weekend than with resident ChiccoDeejay’s buoyant style. He’s been mastering the decks since he was 16 so he takes the art of DJ’ing to a whole new level, feeding his crowds’ primal desire… to dance. Be sure to make reservations, 6pm till late.
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GO: CALL 4035 5757 OR EMAIL RESERVATIONS@ ILLUSIONDOHA.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. OPEN MONDAY – SATURDAY FROM 6PM TO 2AM, FRIDAY BRUNCH FROM 5PM TO 8PM. CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.
Eats & Beats is Secret Garden’s answer to your dream Friday. This vibrant late party brunch combines everything Doha’s fashionable set loves: special menus of trend-setting cuisine, exciting mixers and exceptional music. Sample chef’s crispy Prawn and Vegetable Tempura and intensely-flavoured Porcini Risotto. And before you dance the night away, wash your meal down with Mexico Meets Colombia, an after-dinner digestif. It’s a popular night, so you’ll need to book ahead, from 5pm till late. The latest addition to Secret Garden’s weekend is the NEW and gastronomic Chill & Grill. Enjoy gutsy, sizzling dishes, from Chilean sea bass, to king-prawn skewers. The secret to chef’s tantalising flavours? Cooking under the stars on his searing-hot josper grill. Get a main, side and salad for just QR175 per person for two, from 6pm to late. For such a stylish and fashionable spot, Secret Garden has become famous for being the first choice for fun and unforgettable taste experiences. While the weather’s cool al fresco tables are going to be like gold dust. ✤
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FITNESS, RELAXATION AND PURE FINESSE You don’t have to go far to feel like you’ve left the city a long way behind. In fact, you don’t have to leave it at all. Enter the Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas and you’ve walked into a magical kingdom where leisure and luxury are the priority and the pressures of life are left behind the moment you step foot in the grand lobby. FACT’s Craig Ferriman discovers the 5-star property’s health and wellness offerings… fact magazine
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he Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas was opened nearly a decade ago and is a well established luxury hospitality offering. For years, its brunch has been considered up there with the best and its accommodation facilities have been considered of a five-star style without question. I started a day of leisure there with a class held in their giant gym. It was the express abs and stretch session and I was actually the only participant in the class so plenty of attention from the instructor! The session proved the perfect wake up as it loosened the muscles, warmed them up and toned and exercised various parts of the core and abdominal region. It was only half an hour and got the day going in a positive but not too aggressive fashion. With a schedule of classes that range from pilates to kick boxing to cross fit and yoga, there is something for everyone. Their large fitness centre is filled with state-of the-art Technogym equipment. I spent some time with one of the half a dozen personal trainers that they have. His name was Jose. He moved to Doha from Singapore and loves the people that he meets here. His manner was positive, supportive and very encouraging. Jose conducted a consultation with me as a prelude to starting a programme of training. He wanted to see how fast I could run a kilometre on the treadmill at a steady speed, how long I could plank and how I managed certain weights before taking my measurements and working out a programme tailored for me. The service was highly professional, and highly motivational. Having checked out the gym, I’d worked up an appetite and where better to get some breakfast than the Santa Monica Breakfast Club. It opened last year in the main chapter of the hotel and has quickly established a strong reputation. I’ve been there a few times and it’s never empty; the vibe is cool, and the food great. Although open all day, I was there in the morning where the breakfast buffet was still on display and numerous stations around the restaurant provided everything from Arabic and Indian breakfast items to American waffles and Canadian pancakes through to eggs, omelettes and fresh fruit and juices. It was a mean breakfast and the staff were highly efficient, friendly and attentive refuelling me with plenty of coffee. I enjoyed a 30-minute express massage which was done by Nadia, a South African masseur, in the peaceful and stylish surroundings of the Jaula Spa. It was the perfect antidote to a morning’s exercise! While the hotel has indoor and outdoor pools, I wanted to dive into the sea so I meandered through the beautifully-decorated gardens to the beach which stretches extensively and is anything but overcrowded. In the middle of it, I found a quiet cafe serving refreshments under shade and there were plenty of sun-loungers with umbrellas to choose from. The sea was delightful and as I lay under the suns rays I felt wonderfully detached from the hustle and bustle undoubtedly going on in the city outside the hotel gates. This was much-needed, quality ME TIME. Just a little something that every single one of us needs now and again, and the Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas is happy to accommodate! ✤
GO: CALL 4448 1234 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION. fact magazine
Gilles Longuet General Manager, InterContinental Doha The City
Tell us three goals you hope to achieve with InterContinental Doha The City in 2018... With the culinary arts being close to my heart, the biggest goal for me this year is the enhancement of all our restaurants with strong brand identities, service excellence, and outstanding products. We are currently working on the launch of a new relaxation area with rejuvenating treatments, massages, and services. Guests should also look forward to an enrichment of their experience with us as we continuously focus on improving service excellence. 98
Share with us some of your favourite cultural hotspots in Doha and why... Definitely the Souq Waqif! It reflects the local culture in every aspect, from the look to the taste. It is a place that awakens all the senses and you can feel the heart and soul of the city there. The Museum of Islamic Art is also a winner, with remarkable pieces of art and history that inspires awe in everyone.
What key elements make InterContinental Doha The City standout from its competitors? Our dedicated colleagues at InterContinental Doha The City work hard to ensure that every guest receives an enhanced experience, and they are our pride and joy, our key differentiators. The luxury hotel residence suites, which are some of the largest in town, provide the perfect home away from home in an ideal location in the heart of the city. Our iconic award-winning dining destinations are also not to be missed, especially, Prime Steakhouse.
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