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TIME TO DINE If you’re looking to explore flavours and new tastes then you’re in the right place. The dining out experience in Qatar brings people together providing a variety of options to suit all, with traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, popular International dishes, refined gourmet dining, or family‑friendly buffets. Doha’s luxury hotels offer a range of formal and casual venues, including Michelin‑starred chef experiences, which are perfect for enjoying an evening of fine dining and conversation. Around town there are a plethora of dining choices from spicy Indian thalis and vibrant organic dishes, to fresh sushi platters and perfectly grilled meats. Exciting food and beverage concepts continue to be introduced to Qatar as new malls open, and existing venues expand. With a wide choice, great food and unique ambience, Qatar’s restaurants, eateries and cafés provide a menu for every occasion. As an added bonus, the beautiful Corniche awaits you to walk off any unwanted additions to your waist!

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Dining in Qatar

Dining in Qatar

IZU, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Doha

Reflecting its multicultural society, Qatar has a huge range of cuisines to choose from. Venues range from local cafeterias to gourmet restaurants in the finest locations. Many international franchises have branches countrywide for those addicted to certain brands. However, for patrons wishing to 'eat like a local', there's a plethora of options for Middle Eastern dining. If you love food and want to keep up to date with all the latest news and dining promotions, especially for holidays such as Eid, Christmas and the New Year, visit marhaba.qa and our social media.

Dining around town Qatar residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out in and around Qatar. There are numerous local and international dining outlets and cafés. Food trucks are everywhere selling juices, coffee, tea, sandwiches, sweets and other quick bites while the more discerning palate can find midrange, casual dining restaurants in malls and around town. Throughout the year, hotel restaurants offer great choice and value-for-money promotions that include happy hours, early dinner offers and more. Before the arrival of high temperatures in the summer, make sure to enjoy an al fresco meal. Looking for weekday dining options? Great deals are on offer across town. One popular choice is a 'business' lunch, which usually runs from noon until 3 pm, and includes a two or three course menu for a set price. Thursday evenings, and Friday and Saturday brunches have become very popular with both locals and expatriates, and are widely available in hotels and outlets around town. Brunches can be anything from all-you-can-eat buffets to a multiple course à la carte option. Brunches are most usually on Fridays with many establishments offering food in a family-friendly environment, and may include live music and other forms of entertainment. Prices vary with alcohol and non-alcohol packages. DINING & RESTAURANTS IN QATAR E-GUIDE ©

Buffet food and à la carte offerings abound with tiered pricing, making it a great option for family, friends and colleagues. The following pages list some of the places to eat and drink in Qatar.

Luxury dining Redefine your dining experience in Qatar at one of the growing number of celebrity chef restaurants offering you their masterful take on culinary creations designed to delight your palate. From chefs you've only seen on TV to those you've just heard of, the city now has an impressive list of restaurants by famous chefs including Michelin-starred chefs. Chefs with restaurants here include Jamie Oliver (Jamie's Italian at Doha Festival City); Turkish butcher, chef and restaurateur Nusret Gökçe, who is better known as Salt Bae (Nusr-et Steakhouse at Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel); Japanese celebrity chef and restaurateur Nobuyuki 'Nobu' Matsuhisa (Nobu Doha at Four Seasons Hotel Doha); French-born Monégasque Chef Alain Ducasse (IDAM at the Museum of Islamic Art and Jiwan at the National Museum of Qatar); and Michelin-starred Indian chef and restaurateur Vineet Bhatia (Saffron Lounge at Katara Cultural Village).

The world's flavours in Qatar In Qatar, you can find any of your favourite cuisines. In addition to Qatari restaurants, you can find Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Yemeni, Kuwaiti and other restaurants with cuisines from

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marhaba.qa the region. Middle Eastern and international restaurants are popular in the country. While Indian, Thai, Chinese and Italian restaurants are the most admired, there are also many Pakistani, Indonesian, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, French, and Ethiopian restaurants. You are spoiled for choice in Qatar!

Dining at home and outside catering

Boho Social at Katara Cultural Village

In addition, many restaurants and hotels provide a full private catering service for special occasions such as birthdays, engagements, weddings, graduations and more at the comfort of your home or other preferred location. Most catering services offer various personally tailored and customised packages with a range of menu options with food and drinks, as well as full dining set ups with cutlery, tables, chairs and more.

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Many restaurants in Qatar offer takeaway and home delivery services. Home delivery services include a nominal delivery fee either through the restaurant itself or through online food ordering platforms such as Talabat, Rafeeq, Carriage, Snoonu, WishBox, Foodak and more.

Helpful tips Many restaurants have a family section and there are some with closed-off rooms should you require more privacy. According to Law No 10 of 2016 on the control of tobacco and its derivatives, smoking is prohibited in closed public spaces. However, some licensed restaurants may have a smoking section.

The Glass House at Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel

The legal age for drinking alcohol in Qatar is 21. Your ID or passport may be requested if dining at a licensed restaurant, as well as at bars and clubs. Some clubs and bars will ask you to pay a joining fee, and issue a membership card to use on return visits. On 1 January 2019, Law No 25 of 2018 on Selective Tax (Excise Tax Law) came into effect to regulate the consumption of 'health-damaging' goods, with a 100% tax on tobacco and alcohol products, energy drinks and special purpose goods, and a 50% tax on carbonated drinks.

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Qatar Clean Qatar Clean is an initiative launched by Qatar Tourism and the Ministry of Public Health to ensure maximum safety for all travellers and residents, rolled out across the hospitality sector and expanded across tourism sectors. This initiative introduces expert protocols for hygiene and cleanliness, and follows strict sterilisation and disinfection practices applied to hotels and restaurants across the country. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor dining will only be available to those who have been fully vaccinated, while outdoor dining will be allowed for everyone. Your Ehteraz status will be checked at entry. If you've been vaccinated outside of Qatar, ensure you have your vaccination certificate with you. ©

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel 4445 5555 Glass House All-day dining Patio Cafe Outdoor dining Primavera Italian Victoria Tea, desserts

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Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery Hotel Collection 4009 9999 AtTEAtude Infinity Rooftop Lounge Le Colonial O'Glacee Sofra

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La Maison Martinez, JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

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Serving you the authentic flavours you deserve. Dine at Dusit Doha Hotel and experience a one-of-a-kind culinary journey. Indulge in dazzling buffets, royal Thai cuisine, fresh French pastries or a couple of sips on a lively night-out. For reservations, call 4004 4444 or 3129 7415

Friday Brunch at Taste Every Friday, 12:30pm to 4pm A weekend feast of international cuisine served in our extensive buffet spread Starts at QAR 299 per person

Benjarong Thai restaurant, open Monday to Saturday, 4pm to midnight Saturday Thai Brunch, 12:30pm to 4pm Price starts at QAR 190

Antoinette’s French patisserie, open daily from 8am to midnight Hubbly bubbly available from 12pm to midnight

The House Bar and lounge, open daily from 5pm to midnight Live band from Sunday to Thursday, Latino Night with live DJ on Fridays

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Dusit Hotel Doha Diplomatic Area, West Bay, P.O. Box 23373, Doha, State of Qatar

www.dusit.com/dusitdoha-hotel dhdo@dusit.com Telephone: +974 4004 4444

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Centara West Bay Hotel &

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Residences Doha

4009 5555

Dalchini

Indian

Thai Kitchen

Thai, international

The Mezze House

Lebanese bar and restaurant

Aramede

International

Arguelina

Arabic, shisha

Liquidity

Pool side drinks and snacks

Cafe, light bites

Misturado Tex-Mex, international

Rodizio

Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7777

Meesh Me-Time Cafe

Brazilian Churrascaria

Savor International

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Al Sadd

4004 7400

Blu Terrace Pool Cafe

Pool side bar and cafe

Broadway Brasserie

Southern cuisine, cocktails

Espressolab Coffee Cafe

Coffee lounge

Indo-Chin Restaurant

Asian

StrEAT Culture Urban Bar

Street food, market style

French

Benjarong Thai

Dusit Doha Hotel

4004 4444

Antoinette's

Rooftop Lounge Lounge

Taste All-day dining

The House Steak and seafood

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The Mezze House, Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha

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Ezdan Palace Hotel 4007 1111 Red Orchid Thai ✔ ✘ Tolaitola All-day dining ✔ ✘ Four Seasons Hotel Doha 4494 8888 Après Spa Café International Arabica Café Cafe Elements International Nobu Doha Japanese Pool Grill All-day dining Seasons Tea Lounge Lounge Shisha Terrace Arabic The Library Lounge And Study International bar bites

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Ezdan Hotel, West Bay 4496 9111 Al-Thouraya All-day dining, Arabic, international ✔ ✘ Coffee Lounge Cafe ✔ ✘ Splash Poolside ✘ ✘ Sport Café Sports bar, sandwiches ✘ ✘

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Mawasem

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Pool Bar

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Shots Diner

Sushi On

Japanese

Tahitian Village

Outdoor, light bites

Trader Vic's

Asian, Polynesian

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Golden Tulip Doha

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Symphony Hilton Doha

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Nobu Doha, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

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TRAVERSE A DELICIOUS VOYAGE TO THE SHORES OF THE FAR EAST! Packed with shanghai specialities, this imperial afternoon of social dining and beverages, is an unmissable embellishment

QAR 320 FOR SOF T BEVERAGES PACKAGE QAR 420 FOR ENHANCED BEVERAGES PACKAGE For more information and reservation, please call 4429 5295 or WhatsApp + 974 5506 2798 Shanghai Club | Level 43 | JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

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Dante Cucina Italiana

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Hilton Salwa Beach

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Resort & Villas

4423 6666

Nesma Lounge

Lobby lounge

Souk Kitchen

Arabic, Asian, European international

South Bay

Poolside

Light bites

Speciality burgers

Arabic

Choices International

Sky Lounge Lounge

Splash

Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park

4031 3333

Meesh Express

Sirocco Italian Stock Burger Co.

Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha

4141 1234

Al Nafourah Garden

Pool side bar and cafe

The Cellar International JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

4429 5000

Fuego

Argentinian

La Maison Martinez

Afternoon tea

Santorini

Greek

Shanghai Club Chinese

Sridan

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IZU, Mandarin Oriental, Doha

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Baraha Lounge

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Gelato

Dessert

IZU French, Mediterranean

Places to Dine

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha

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Chinese

Mandarin Lounge

Afternoon tea

Mosaic International Marriott Executive Apartments

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Campagnia Caffe

International

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

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Aqua Lounge

Lounge, Arabic snacks

Crossroads Kitchen

International

Cucina Italian

Ipanema

Brazilian Churrascaria

New York Steakhouse

American steakhouse

Quick Bites

Sandwiches, snacks

West End Cafe

Snacks, afternoon tea

Amwage Beach Grill

Barbecue and seafood

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Arabic

Bohemia

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Cafe Murano

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha

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El Faro

Spanish, tapas

N'awlins Jazz House

Cajun

Pearl Social

Mediterranean

The Secret Garden Rooftop lounge

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Aqua Lounge, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

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Mondrian Doha 4045 5999 CUT by Wolfgang Puck EllaMia Hudson Tavern Morimoto Smoke & Mirrors Walima

American Cafe, lobby lounge Craft burgers Fine Japanese Cigar lounge Middle Eastern and shisha

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Organic beverages, local food Local flavours Japanese Lounge

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Premier Inn Doha Education City Omnia

4007 8333 All-day dining

Premier Inn Doha Airport 4009 5222 Omnia

All-day dining

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Pullman Doha West Bay 4009 4000 Asian Restaurant Asian Avenue Cuisinmotion All-day dining, international Bice Restaurant Italian Echo Pool Cafe Cafe Opening Sukar Cafe soon Terrace Restaurant Outdoor The Junction Cafe The Score Bar/Lounge

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THE ULTIMATE SKY-HIGH DINING

For reservations, please call 4410 3310 or Whatsapp 3990 5558

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Feast on the finest Levant cuisine and regional delicacies, which will be tempting you while specialty dishes are available à la carte during dinner. Get a delicious taste of local culinary heritage, complemented by a generous serving of renowned Qatari hospitality. Open from Tuesday to Sunday. 7:00pm to 11:00pm Msheireb Downtown Doha | Email: reservations.alwadihotel@accor.com | Tel: +974 4009 9999

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Inginuity Contemporary bites Qube Snacks, nightclub Ruby Wu’s Authentic Chinese Sakura Express Japanese masterpieces Shehrazad Sports bar, pub quiz nights The Italian Job Italian food with singing waiters

Ramada Encore Hotel Doha 4444 3444 The Hub All-day dining, international

All-day dining, seafood Lounge Arabic Pub, Irish Indian Italian Meat lovers Poolside dining

Steigenberger Hotel Doha 4020 1666 Avenue Café Cake, coffee, mocktails Crust All-day dining Genuss Modern Bistro Olea Terrace Lounge and terrace Sun Deck - Pool Bar Rooftop lounge

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Jamavar, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

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AT STEIGENBERGER HOTEL DOHA, WE OFFER A SUMPTUOUS ARRAY OF RESTAURANTS, EACH FEATURING A WONDERFUL MENU TO EXPERIENCE THE GENEROSITY, CUISINE AND CULTURES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.

A sensory all-day experience with an open show kitchen & live stations, offering international cuisine buffets, set menus, and à la carte specials. The restaurant also includes the Crust Bakery Café section with direct access to the mall, which offers authentic German bread and pastries along with a variety of upscale cheese products and meat cuts.

A contemporary, à la carte modern bistro inspired by the rich flavors, aromas, and heritage of modern European modern cuisine with a German twist in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.

An elegant yet casual lobby café offering a myriad of experiences with special selections of tea, coffee, and mocktails. The Avenue is a great place to meet while on the go. The daily high tea ceremony is our special signature with a selection of in-house pastries.

Crust

Genuss

Avenue Café

Located on the sunny rooftop next to the swimming pool offering a wide selection of hot/cold select drinks and mocktails along with a variety of food delights. Sundeck

A great place to meet and chill outdoors inspired by the rich flavors and heritage of Levantine and Mediterranean cuisine. Olea terrace features a lounge-style atmosphere with live bar-b-q corner, bringing families and friends together in a lively atmosphere.

Olea Terrace

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Give a Latin twist to your dining experience. Let Chef Edgar Hurtado and his fusion of punchy flavours from South America take you on a culinary adventure in the heart of West Bay.

+974 3359 3043

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The Ritz–Carlton, Doha

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The Avenue, A Murwab Hotel 4042 8222 Baaya Restaurant All-day dining, international Nektaar Light bites Tché Tché Outdoor dining The Flame and G Lounge Bar, lounge Viola Lobby lounge

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B-Lounge Doha

Asian fusion

Flamingos

Poolside dining

Sel & Miel

French brasserie

STK Doha

American

The Lagoon

International, Arabic

Kufic Lounge

Light bites, pastry, live piano

The Flying Carpet

International, all-day dining

Three Sixty

Fine dining

Torch Tea Garden

Tea lounge

✔ ✔ ✘ ✘

The Torch Doha

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4446 5600

✘ ✘ ✘ ✘

4492 1555

Hunter’s Room & Grill

Signature grills, steak, seafood ✘

Mix Bar Lounge & Terrace

International

Sabai Thai

Signature Thai dishes

Seasonal Tastes

All-day dining, international

Waves Pool Cafe

Snacks, light bites

Peruvian Italian International Southeast Asian

✘ ✘ ✔ ✘

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✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

W Doha Hotel & Residences

4453 5000 COYA La Spiga by Paper Moon Market by Jean–Georges Spice Market

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A vibrant urban retreat. Experience a lively atmosphere at DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Al Sadd, with a dynamic selection of restaurants and bars to suit every mood. Go on, treat yourself!

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HAPPY HOUR When the clock strikes 5, it’s Happy Hour somewhere in the world and Qatar is no exception! Happy Hours in Qatar are usually two or more hours of unlimited mixed drinks at discounted prices and the package may include limited or discounted prices on food. After a hard day’s work, unwind with friends at your favourite watering hole and save cash on your night out. There is something for everyone – Ladies Nights, gin promotions, wine tasting events and much more. Take it easy and enjoy comfortable cigar lounges or al fresco cocktail bars. These are several promotions at hotels across the country. For more information, see Places to Dine, or visit the Marhaba website for our top picks.

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EVENING

ENTERTAIN

FOOD

AL FRESCO

LICENSED

Places to Dine

Al Mansour Suites 4424 2888 The Red Lion

British pub

Al Najada Doha Hotel 4470 4444 Pool Bar

Mocktails, juices, sandwiches

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton 4489 9000 Pool Bar

Refreshing juices, light bites

Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery Hotel Collection 4009 9999 Infinity Rooftop Lounge International drinks, cocktails O'Glacee Pool Bar Mediterranean flavours

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

Best Western Plus Doha Krossroads

International drinks, light bites

Light bites

Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park 4408 7777 Liquidity Misturado

Poolside cafe Tex-Mex, international

✔ ✔

✔ ✘

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay Brewskis and Grub

Live DJ

Sports bar

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Old Town 4034 3333 Pure Light bites

Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas Dunes

Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park 4031 3333 Stock Burger Co. Sports bar, speciality burgers, salads

Hilton Doha 4423 3333 Shots Sports bar, diner

CLUBS AND BARS

Places to Dine

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PASSPORT/ID WHEN VISITING HOTELS

Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha Pool Bar

TELEPHONE

4424 0000

4009 5555

4019 9999

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Al Sadd 4004 7400 StrEAT Culture Urban Bar

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E V E R Y F R I D AY | 1 2 P M T O 4 P M QAR 145, food only | QAR 265, including selected beverages Prior reservation is essential, for bookings and more information: please call 4419 5510 or WhatsApp 6643 6890

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EVENING

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FOOD

AL FRESCO

LICENSED

Places to Dine

Sports bar, speciality burgers

InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences 4484 4444 Belgian Cafe Lava La Vue Manko

Belgian beer, food Fusion drinks Cigar lounge Parisian lounge bar

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

InterContinental Doha The City 4015 8888 Al Jalsa Garden Hive La Vista 55

Arabic Sports bar Cuban lounge with tapas

✔ ✔ ✔

✘ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✘ ✘

✔ ✔ ✔

JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha 4429 5000 The Den

Lounge bar, light bites

Kempinski Residences & Suites 4405 3333 Skybox61

Sports bar and restaurant

La Cigale Hotel Managed by Accor Sky View

Cocktails, snacks, sushi

Magnum Hotel & Suites West Bay 4445 1555 Aviary Shamrock Tavern

Night club Pub

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

Mandarin Oriental, Doha 4008 8888 Ambar Aqua

Stylish cocktail bar Rooftop lounge, bar

✔ ✔

✔ ✘

✔ ✔

✘ ✔

✔ ✔

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel Champions Glo Cocktail Bar

Sports bar, international International, tapas

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✘ ✘

✔ ✔

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha 4035 5555 Antika Levantine The Secret Garden Rooftop lounge

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

✔ ✔

Mercure Grand Hotel Doha City Centre The Old Manor

CLUBS AND BARS

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PASSPORT/ID WHEN VISITING HOTELS

Places to Dine

Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas The League

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4428 8888

4419 5000

4446 2222 Bar, steakhouse

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Your home away from home in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha.

Barahat Msheireb Street, Msheireb Downtown Doha, PO Box 23643, Doha, Qatar I +974 4008 8888 I mandarinoriental.com/doha

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LICENSED

Places to Dine

Mondrian Doha 4045 5555 Black Orchid Rise Smoke & Mirrors

Night club Cocktail lounge Cigar lounge

✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✘

✔ ✔ ✔

✘ ✘ ✘

✔ ✔ ✔

Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha Manhattan Orion Qube Shehrazad

Lounge bar Cocktails and snacks Snacks, nightclub Sports bar, pub quiz nights

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✘ ✔ ✘ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Saray Corniche Hotel, Doha 4497 3777 Aquaview Sports Lounge

Sports bar

Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort 4021 4000 The Edge

Outdoor lounge, cocktails

Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha 4425 6666 El Cedro Tasting Room IRIS

Cigar lounge Outdoor lounge, cocktails

✔ ✔

✘ ✘

✔ ✔

✘ ✔

✔ ✔

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel Irish Harp

Irish pub, fast food

Cigars, vintage wines

The St. Regis Doha 4446 0000 Oyster Bay & Bar The Club at the St. Regis The Rooftop Vintage Lounge

Caribbean, light bites International Rooftop lounge Cocktails and snacks

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✘ ✔ ✘

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Mix

Bar, lounge and terrace

VIP Hotel 4426 1111 Senario Club

Night club

W Doha Hotel & Residences Wahm

Poolside lounge bar

CLUBS AND BARS

Places to Dine

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PASSPORT/ID WHEN VISITING HOTELS

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Habanos

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4485 4444

4484 8000

4492 1555

4453 5000

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KNOW YOUR GLASSES Glasses have become increasingly sophisticated in shape in order to give the drinks they hold the best taste, and one look will usually suffice to guess what people are drinking. The champagne flute with its tall, narrow profile shows off the sparkling bubbles as they brush against the side of the glass, and gives the maximum enjoyment of their short journey into oblivion.

Margarita or coupette glass

The triangular cocktail glass with its wide ‘V’ shape keeps the ingredients from separating, while long stems allow the glass to be held without imparting warmth to drinks that are shaken or stirred with ice before being poured. Its larger, more rounded cousin the margarita or coupette glass has a broad-rim for holding the salt essential for this drink, and is widely used for exotic or tropical drinks and is a popular container for other fruit cocktails. A Hurricane glass is a glass tumbler which typically will contain 20 fluid ounces (600 ml). It is used to serve mixed drinks. It is shaped similar to a vase or a hurricane lamp and is typically taller and wider than a highball glass. The Poco Grande glass has a similar fluted bowl shape, but is shallower and has a longer stem. It is used for similar drinks as the Hurricane glass, but has a smaller portion size.

Hurricane glass

Poco Grande glass

The highball and Collins glasses are very similar to each other. They each hold around the same volume – between eight and 12 ounces – though the Collins tends to be taller and more narrow, more of a chimney shape than the stouter highball glass, which usually tops off at 10 ounces. These tall glasses are typically used for ‘tall’ mixed drinks and filled with an abundance of ice. Usually, the drinks are built directly in the glass by pouring the ingredients over top of the ice and stirring. The typical shot glass is made of thicker glass, particularly on the base. This reinforcement is designed to prevent breaking when, as is often done, the drinker slams the glass onto the bar top after downing the drink. Also, despite size and shape difference, they hold the same amount, which can be deceiving and something to be aware of in both shot glasses and beer mugs.

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TELEPHONE

BREAKFAST

BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

LICENSED

Places to Dine

Al Amaken Fraser Suites Doha

4424 3787

Arabic sweets

Al Jalsa Cafe Sharq Village & Spa

4425 6666

Coffee, tea, sweet treats

Al Jalsa Garden Lounge InterContinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Lounge, Arabic dishes

Al Kut Cafe Wyndham Grand Regency Doha

4434 3333

Sweet and savoury

Al Mandarin *Salwa Road (multiple locations)

4442 5588

Juices, snacks, sandwiches

Antoinette's Dusit Doha Hotel

4004 4444

French

Atrium Lounge Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Conv. Hotel

4485 3000

Afternoon tea, snacks

4419 5000

Poolside cafe

Baraha Lounge Mandarin Oriental, Doha 4008 8888

Tea, coffee, iced drinks, light bites

Espression LavAzza The Gate Mall

4407 7199

Italian

Figaro Ghanem Business Centre, Bin Mahmoud

4462 0878

Italian

Gelato Mandarin Oriental, Doha

4008 8888

Desserts, gelato

Gelato Mondo *Al Hilal, City Center-Doha (multiple locations)

4488 0466

Ice cream, cakes

Gourmet House Kempinski Residence & Suites

4405 3333

European fine foods, bakery

Hyde Park Coffee Shop Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1428

International

✔ ✔

Jazz Cafe *New Salata

4411 1969

Bakery

Kufic Lounge The Torch Doha

4446 5600

Light bites, pastry

✔ ✔

La Parisienne Intercontinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Fresh baked items, patisserie

La Cigale Traiteur La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor

4428 8803

International

Lobby Lounge InterContinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Light bites, afternoon tea

CUISINE

Places to Dine

Multiple locations, respective number listed

Aqua Lounge Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

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Places to Dine BREAKFAST

BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

LICENSED

CAFES/ LOBBY LOUNGES * Lobby Lounge La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor

4428 8803

Fresh juice, desserts

Luxe Lounge The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1658

Afternoon tea

Magnolia Bakery *Dar Al Salam, MoQ, Ezdan Mall

4450 9407

Cupcakes, cakes

Mandarin Lounge Mandarin Oriental, Doha

4008 8888

Afternoon tea

Meesh Me-Time Cafe Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7744

Snacks, sandwiches, raw juices

MIA Cafe Museum of Islamic Art

4422 4168

Healthy French-Arabic fusion

Moda Lounge AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton

5513 3472

Chic, high tea

Mondo Cafe Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

4004 7000

Lobby lounge

Orangery Cafe La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor

4428 8803

International

✔ ✘

Palm Garden Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1555

International

Quick Bites Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Healthy, all-day dining

✔ ✔

Ristretto Cafe Golden Tulip Doha

4419 8807

Light snacks

Riqqa Lounge Crowne Plaza West Bay

4019 8875

Gourmet coffee, tea, desserts

Savor Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7777

Snacks

Sugar & Spice *Aspire Park, Lagoona Mall

4038 9668

Light bites, desserts, pastries

Seasons Tea Lounge Four Seasons Hotel Doha

4494 8888

Lounge

The Lobby Lounge The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

4484 8000

Afternoon tea, desserts

W Cafe W Doha Hotel & Residences

4453 5385

International

West End Cafe Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Quick bites, meals

Ya Hala Hilton Doha

4423 3333

Lobby lounge

TELEPHONE

CUISINE

Places to Dine

Multiple locations, respective number listed

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Not just a Cafe…

Fresh breads, pastry and desserts prepared daily from our in-house bakery.

our location

New Salata Al Arabi Club Complex jazzcafedoha

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A Brief HISTORY OF

COFFEE The word coffee was first used in the English language in 1582, coming from the Dutch word koffie. This was borrowed from the Turkish kahve, and this was in turn borrowed from the Arabic qahwah! Coffee beans were first exported from Ethiopia to Yemen, and was used to aid concentration.

Coffee made its journey thereafter northward to Mecca and Medina, travelling on to the larger cities of Cairo, Damascus,

and Baghdad. In the 16th century, coffee had reached Europe, and the Dutch set up plantations in the East Indies and the Americas. From here, this simple beverage spread to other parts of the world, becoming the popular drink it is today. Visit one of the many cafés in town and enjoy cups of hot Turkish and Arabic coffee preparations, although it is equally delicious as iced lattes and mochas.

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AFTERNOON TEA Afternoon tea is a delightful institution, sipping from bone china teacups and enjoying both sweet and savoury delights. An important part of afternoon tea is of course the beverage itself. Carefully selected teas will complement the assortment of morsels on offer. This aspect of English heritage has been successfully transported to the Middle East – details of some of the best choices can be found in our listings. For more information, visit our exclusive Marhaba listing on our website.

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BREAKFAST

BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

Places to Dine

Al Mourjan *Al Corniche, Souq Waqif

4483 4423

Lebanese, international

Aloosh Restaurant *Salwa Road, Souq Waqif

4451 4444

Arabic

Al Sayyad The Diplomatic Club

4484 7420

Lebanese, seafood

Amara Al Muthanna Complex, Salwa Road

4416 0707

Indian

Asha's *Villaggio, Mall of Qatar two other locations

4452 9662

Indian

Barrio Fiesta Al Muthanna Complex, Salwa Road

4490 4886

Filipino

Biella *The Mall, City Center–Doha, Landmark Mall, TPQ

4467 7732

Italian

AROUND TOWN *

TELEPHONE

Places to Dine

Multiple locations, respective number listed

CUISINE

Carluccio's *DFC, The Pearl-Qatar, Mall of Qatar 5084 8259 Italian, gluten-free menu ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ Casper & Gambini *Landmark Mall, Mirqab Mall

4417 8406

International

Chili’s *City Center–Doha, six other locations

4411 5848

American, Tex-Mex

Debs W Remman *The Pearl-Qatar, Mall of Qatar

3333 4663

Lebanese

Eataly *Doha Festival City, Mall of Qatar

4028 5055

Italian

Eatopia The Gate Mall

4020 6400

International, bakery

Emirgan Sutis *Al Emadi Financial Square, TPQ

4037 5287

Turkish

Gerry’s Grill *Al Nasr St, Barwa City

6673 5178

Filipino

Green Education City Golf Club

7773 7973

French, Mediterranean

Huda Restaurant Hotel Park Doha, Tawar Mall

4447 5086

Lebanese

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BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

4483 3855

Indian grill

Jamie's Italian Doha Festival City

4455 4812

Italian

Jones the Grocer The Gate Mall

4407 7175

Australian

Layali *Salwa Road, Lagoona Mall

4431 0005

Lebanese

MRA *Al Ghanim, six other locations

4442 2070

Bakery, Indian, sweets

Mado *The Pearl-Qatar, Ezdan Mall Al Wakra

4436 4622

Turkish

Maison de Sushi *01 Mall, Tornado Tower, DFC

7050 1373

Japanese, sushi

Max's Restaurant *Al Sadd, Al Muntazah

4444 6297

Filipino

Nando’s *Salwa Road, six other locations 4444 2345

Afro-Portuguese flame-grilled chicken

Nassayem Qatar Diplomatic Club

4484 7470

Qatari

Neo *Mall of Qatar, Salwa Road

4431 1577

Chinese, Japanese

Ocean Basket Mall of Qatar

4490 2944

Fish and chips, seafood

Orient Pearl Restaurant Al Corniche

4410 6666

International

Outback Steakhouse *Lagoona Mall, City Center–Doha

4414 9028

Steakhouse

P.F. Chang’s *Villaggio, Mall of Qatar, DFC

4452 8541

Asian bistro

Paper Moon Doha Jaidah Square

4016 6000

Italian

PAUL *Villaggio, six other locations

4495 9815

Patisserie, light meals, French

Ric's Kountry Kitchen Al Emadi financial square, C Ring Road

4443 7846

American, diner

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Villaggio

4451 7585

Italian

Royal Tandoor *Al Sadd St, five other locations

4444 2343

North Indian

Roti & Boti Ras Bu Abboud

3355 5777

Indian

Multiple locations, respective number listed

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BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

Places to Dine

Sabah W Masa *Salwa Road, The Pearl-Qatar

4466 6001

Lebanese

Shakespeare and Co *Dar Al Salam, four other locations

6676 8812

International

Shiraz Garden Salwa Road

4466 6213

Persian

Spikes Doha Golf Club

4496 0716

International

Sushi Minto *Salwa Road, City Center–Doha

4467 5577

Japanese, Asian, international

Tamarind Indian Lagoona Mall

4466 6876

Indian

Tandoor Express *Old Airport, five other locations

4462 0100

Indian

The Butcher Shop & Grill Villaggio

4495 9847

South African, steak

The Cheesecake Factory *Mall of Qatar, DFC, Villaggio

4452 9019

American, international

The French Olive Barwa Complex, The Pearl-Qatar

4444 4777

French, Italian

The Locker Room Doha Sports Park

4469 0444

Pub food

The Noodle House *City Center-Doha, two other locations

4411 5063

Southeast Asian

The Village *Salwa Road, Souq Waqif

4444 6601

Indian, Iranian

Tofu House *Al Jazeera St, Al Mansoura

4435 8678

Korean

Vapiano *The Gate Mall, Al Mana Tower

4407 7188

Italian

Wagamama *Lagoona Mall, Doha Festival City

4463 3876

Japanese, Pan Asian

Wok of Fame Villaggio

4413 4772

Asian, international

Yee Hwa *Al Kinana St, Al Jazeera St

4441 9898

Korean, Japanese

Yugo The Gate Mall

4407 7118

Asian, Thai

Zahr El Laymoun Shoumoukh Towers

4444 9197

Lebanese

AROUND TOWN *

TELEPHONE

Places to Dine

Multiple locations, respective number listed

CUISINE

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Fast food -– it’s not all carbs! Fast food restaurants and eateries here offer varied menus showcasing multiple cuisines, prepared quickly and available for takeaway. If you are looking for a satisfying carb overload you have plenty of choices, from cheesy burgers to meaty burritos and saucy pizzas. For something different consider ordering zingy salads, spicy chaats, and flavourful sandwiches.

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BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

TAKEAWAY

DELIVERY

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Bombay Chowpatty *Old Airport, five other locations

4462 2100

Indian fast food, chaats

Burgeri Aspire Park

4449 3958

American

CinnZeo *City Center-Doha, Hyatt Plaza, The Mall 4469 7316

Cinnamon rolls, beverages, desserts

ChowKing *Dar Al Salam, Mirqab Mall, Hawdar Al Khail St

4486 6077

Asian fusion, Chinese, Filipino

Fuddruckers *Khalifa Tennis Stadium, Ezdan Mall

4483 3983

American

Hot Chicken *Al Najma St, seven other locations

3058 3386

International, fast food

Johnny Rockets *Salwa Road/ C Ring Road Junction, three other locations

4455 2792

American

Jollibee *Old Airport, eight other locations

4444 9492

Asian, Filipino

Mooyah *Al Sadd Sports Club, Al Jamiaa St

4444 4048

American, burgers

Sandwich Factory The Gate Mall

4020 6500

Arabic, Lebanese

Shake Shack *Villaggio, Gulf Mall, Mall of Qatar, DFC

4452 9668

American burgers, milkshakes

Shater Abbas *City Centre Mall, 10 other locations

4483 9230

Persian, Arabic barbecue

Subway *Salwa Road, 26 other locations

4444 4043

Subs, salads

Take Away *Al Sadd St, seven other locations

4442 7778

Arabic, sandwiches, sweets

Thai Smile *Umm Ghuwailina, Barwa City

4441 5222

Traditional Thai

The Chippy Bin Omran

5022 0126

British, multi-cuisine, quick bites

Turkey Central *Al Nasr, Al Mirqab Al Jadeed St, Najma

4442 3423

Turkish

Places to Dine

*Multiple locations, respective number listed

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Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, and stabilising your mood. To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps rather than one big drastic change. If you approach the changes gradually and with commitment, you will have a healthy diet sooner than you think. In the following section, you’ll find some of the healthiest resturants to eat at around town to help you get started on a healthier you!

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LUNCH

DINNER

DELIVERY

HEALTHY OPTIONS

Al Jazeera Petrol Station

4412 3666

Healthy bites

Chef’s Garden Education City

4409 5040

Organic meals, salads

two other locations

4444 0609

Salad bar, healthy curries

Diet Factory Al Mirqab Al Jadeed

4444 3477

Healthy, fitness food

Diet Delights Nuaija

4433 9444

International healthy food

4444 4911

International healthy food

The Gate Mall

4464 4176

Organic, vegan

Freshii Al Muntazah

6658 8815

Healthy meals

Umm Salal Mohammed

4488 8864

Healthy food

Ideal Diet Ali Bin Ali St

4488 7745

Healthy food

4042 8222

Healthy food

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Al Mosak

Dean and David Ezdan Hotel,

Diet House Bin Omran, six other locations Evergreen Organics Hamad International Airport, The Pearl-Qatar,

Healthylicious Barzan Souq,

Nektaar The Avenue,

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GLOSSARY OF MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE The term ‘Middle Eastern cuisine’ includes Arab, Turkish and Persian food. In Qatar, chefs from all over the region provide delicious examples of their local dishes.

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Small sweets made from dates

Al arayess

Deep fried lamb in a sandwich

Ataif (qatayef)

Small pancakes stuffed with nuts or cheese, doused with syrup

Baba Ghanoush

Chargrilled aubergine, tahini, olive oil, lemon and garlic dip

Baharat

Arabian mixed spices

Baklawa (baklava)

Sweet layered pastry with nuts, in lemon-honey syrup

Bamiya

Okra and lamb in tomato stew

Basboosa

Semolina tart soaked in syrup

Batata harra

Potato cubes fried with hot pepper

Bukhari rice

Lamb or chicken and rice with onion, lemon, carrots and tomato paste

Baklawa

Burghul (bulgar wheat) Wheat kernels used in tabbouleh and kibbeh Cardamom

Aromatic spice used to flavour Arabic coffee, yogurt and stews

Ejje

Arabian omelette

Falafel, taamiya

Small deep-fried balls of ground chickpeas or broad beans with spices and herbs

Fasenjan

Chicken with walnuts and pomegranate syrup from Iran

Fatayer

Pastry pockets filled with spinach, meat, cheese or zaatar

Fattouche

Salad of toasted khubz, mint, cucumbers, tomatoes and lemon

Foul m’damas

Slow-cooked mashed broad beans, lemon, olive oil and cumin

Gahwa, coffee

Coffee is made in two traditional versions in Qatar. Gahwa arabiya, the cofee of the Gulf, is a light golden colour spiced with cardamom and served in tiny cups.

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Haleeb

Milk

Halwa (halva)

Sweetened sesame paste, with nuts, fruit or chocolate

Hamour

White fish from the grouper family

Hamra

Red Snapper

Hummous

Puree of chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic and olive oil

Jebne

White cheese

Kebab

Skewered chunks of meat or fish cooked over coals

Kamareddine

Apricot nectar used to break the fast in Ramadan

Kharouf meche

Whole lamb stuffed with rice, nuts, spices, raisins and rose water

Khouzi

A whole lamb served on a bed of rice

Khubz, pita

Flat round bread for sandwiches

Kibbeh

Oval nuggets of ground lamb, burghul, pine nuts and spices

Kibbeh naye

Raw kibbeh, similar to steak tartare

Koshary

Rice, pasta and lentils, with onions, chillis and tomato paste

Koussa

Stuffed courgettes

Kufta (kofta)

Fingers, balls or flat cake of minced meat and spices

Kunafah

Thin pastry with sweet white cheese, nuts and syrup

Laban

Tangy sour yogurt drink

Labneh

Thick cream cheese made from yogurt, sometimes spiced

Laham bi ajeen

Arabic pizza

Loomi

Dried lime tea

Loubia (fassulya)

Green beans in tomato sauce

Ma’amul

Cakes filled with either dates, walnuts or pistachios

Machbous

A favourite Gulf dish of lamb, chicken or fish with rice

Makloubeh

Meat or fish with rice, broad beans and cauliflower

Maqdous

Small aubergines stuffed with walnuts, garlic and steeped in olive oil

Mehshi

Aubergines, courgettes, vine leaves or cabbage stuffed with meat, rice and onions

Mezze (mezzah)

A selection of hot and cold appetisers

Moghil

Crushed rice made into a pudding

Mouhammara

Mixture of ground nuts, olive oil, cumin and chillis

Mouloukia

Edible green leafed stew usually cooked with chicken

Moutabel

Aubergine dip made with tahini, olive oil, lemon and garlic

Muhalabiya

Silky textured semolina pudding served cold

Kibbeh

Grilled red snapper

Moutabel

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Mutabak

Sweet or savoury pastry stuffed with cheese, banana or meat

Qatayef

Syrup soaked stuffed crêpes

Rocca

Salad greens with peppery mustard flavour

Rubbiyan

Shrimp

Sambusek

Triangular pies filled with meat, cheese or spinach

Sayadiyah

Delicately spiced fish served on rice

Saleek

Lamb and rice dish, where the rice is cooked in milk

Shai (chai)

Tea is an essential in much of the Middle East. It is usually served black in small glasses often flavoured with mint, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon or ginger and sweetened

Shaour

Red Sea fish from the Emperor family

Shawarma

A wrap of pressed lamb, chicken or beef roasted on a spit; the meat is shaved off as the spit rotates. Khubz is filled with shawarma meat, pickles and topped with tahini sauce

Shebsi

A spinach stew flavoured with a variety of herbs including dill

Shisha

A water pipe for smoking tobacco and

(hubbly-bubbly)

used when drinking coffee or after a meal

Shisk taouk

Skewered chicken pieces cooked over coals

Shorbat addis

A rich, nourishing lentil soup

Shrimp kabsa

Shrimps cooked with rice and spices rather like a paella

Sukkar

Sugar

Sumac

Ground red powder from the cashew family, used as a seasoning

Tabbouleh

Salad made from burghul, tomato, parsley and lemon juice

Tagine

A rich slow-cooked stew from Morocco and western North Africa traditionally served with couscous in a conical serving dish of the same name. Samak tagine is cooked with fish

Taklia

Ground coriander and garlic mixture

Tahini

Oily paste made from ground sesame seeds, used in hummous, moutabel and baba ghanoush

Tamr

Dates

Tatatour

Thick dip made from puréed pine nuts, garlic and lemon

Umm Ali

‘Ali’s mother’ is a pastry pudding soaked in milk with raisins and coconut

Warak enab

Vine leaves filled with rice, rolled into a cigar shape and cooked

Yansoon

Hot spiced tea, used medicinally

Zaitoon

Olives

Zaatar

Thyme; ‘special’ zaatar is a blend of thyme, marjoram, sumac and salt

Zubeidi

Pomfret

Shawarma

Tangine

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The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Levantine Breakfast at the Luxe Lounge Author: Lalaine Sumaray Turqueza

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ave you ever tried an authentic Arabic breakfast? If you haven’t, maybe it’s time you try the Levantine offering at the Luxe Lounge of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa. This special breakfast can fill the length of a table and includes everything you need to start a busy day - several dips and bread, pickled vegetables and olives, halloumi cheese, fresh fruits and your choice of coffee or tea. Bread is the star of the show and every dish that comes with the spread is said to complement the bread. While the price of this breakfast deal is reasonable enough for one person, bringing family or a group of

friends should be the way to go. Start with the hot stuff and work (or eat) your way down the colder dishes. If you want to have a better understanding of the Levant region, this breakfast is a good start. The food, which is served in a number of small, ceramic dishes, are both colourful and overwhelming. How can one eat this much for breakfast? Surprisingly, the food is not as heavy as they look. The meal, in fact, is light and borders on the healthy scale. Another attraction of the offer is the space. You can sit inside and lounge on their comfortable chairs, or sit outside and eat under the watchful eyes of birds and trees. We opted for a table outside. The weather this time of the year is perfect for an outdoor meal! Maybe the idea for this Levantine breakfast at Luxe Lounge is to give people time to catch up. Meals are considered family affairs everywhere, and more so for Arab families. The meal allows everyone to catch up on the latest news about each other. Having everything on the table will also allow for more time to talk. If you find yourself craving for company and family this weekend, Luxe Lounge will be there waiting, ready with their Levantine breakfast spread. This gastronomical journey from the heart of the Middle East offers a wide variety of authentic dishes for QAR99 every Friday and Saturday, from 8 am to 1 pm. Call 3359 8514 for reservations. m

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Marriott Executive Apartments Breakfast Bliss at Campagnia Caffe!

just opposite City Center. For West Bay residents, the location is spectacularly accessible, or for those living outside of West Bay the café is only a short walk from a Metro station. There are also plenty of parking for those of us who prefer to cruise around in a airconditioned car. Whether you fancy lounging with a book and an incredible cup of coffee, or set up your laptop to reply to some emails with a mug of Dilmah tea. With oodles of natural light bursting through the windows, the café is illuminated with natural light and is perfect for lounging on a comfy sofa soaking up the Vitamin D.

here’s no better way to start the day, than with an incredible breakfast. It sets you up for the whole day - a good breakfast can make a bad day seem okay, or a good day even better. And one local hangout where you are guaranteed a great breakfast is Campagnia Caffe in the Marriott Executive Apartments.

To begin our breakfast experience, we decided to order the Arabic Breakfast. The centrepiece of the huge plate of food is the Shakshooka. A bed of roasted, rich tomatoes topped with two sizzling fried eggs, and layered with squares of crumbled feta cheese is an incredible way to start the day. Paired with three bowls of: smooth, creamy hummus, rich black olives, sundried tomatoes and feta cheese, and pink yoghurt sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. With warm, crunchy triangles of fresh bread, and falafel and kibeh to scoop out the mezzes, you will find little at fault with this breakfast platter! And keep a look out for the new Turkish Breakfast which is coming soon: if it’s half as good as the Arabic breakfast it will be worth the trip!

The Campagnia Caffe is nestled on the ground floor of the new Marriott Executive Apartments. This cosy café is perfectly situated in the heart of West Bay,

The next dish to arrive at the table were the Eggs Benedict. From top to bottom this dish was a show stopper. Served on a huge, crunchy, sweet English

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muffin were two ginormous poached eggs. Upon closer inspection you could see two thinly-cut slices of turkey ham nestled between the muffin and the egg. But the piece du resistance was the lashings of hollandaise sauce that dripped from the muffin to the gorgeous enamel plate. The eggs were served alongside a hearty handful of arugula to mop up any hollandaise sauce that might escape. Along with the Eggs Benedict we were served a Bruschetta Platter which featured all the different recipes of bruschetta available at Campagnia Caffe. All served on a crust of garlic crostini bread the delightful concoctions included feta cheese and mashed avocado, sautéed mushrooms with parmesan cheese, assortments of roast peppers, and a classic: tomato and drizzles of olive oil. In an effort to be healthy, we also ordered the Campagnia House Salad which we were told is one of the most infamous dishes available at Campagnia. A bowl of tossed arugula with surprises of halloumi, avocado, pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes and you can even add chicken, all drizzled with a tangy cranberry dressing. It’s easy to see why this dish is such a popular favourite. Now to ruin our healthy cravings.... The nutella and banana waffle can only be described as a tower of sugary delight! The waffles were balanced upon layers of chocolatey nutella spread, fluffy marshmallows, cool, fresh bananas and all dowsed with a huge heap of vanilla ice cream and glazed with caramel sauce. Wow! Breakfast, or any meal for that matter, at Campagnia Caffe is certain to be an incredible experience. With a relaxed, comfortable vibe you can enjoy a book, take a break from the office and get some work done, or just relax and savour the cuisine. We will certainly be returning to this incredible eatery. Campagnia Caffe is open everyday from 7 am to midnight. Contact them on their website or call 6676 6785. m

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Education City Golf Club The Most Colourful, and Deliciously Tasty Green You’ll Ever See!

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Author: Terry Sutcliffe

ne of the perks of being a resident in Qatar is being able to eat and socialise with friends at Education City Golf Club’s imaginative and creative restaurant, Green. Entering from the busy streets of Doha and Al Rayyan, you feel immediately relaxed by the calm atmosphere of Education City. You’re soon at the Clubhouse Restaurant. Aptly named Green, and with both indoor and outdoor balcony seating and fantastic panoramic views of the expansive golfing greens, you’ll love seeing the myriad varieties of trees, bushes and shrubs interwoven with pretty colourful flowers.

Green offers a casual yet familyfriendly dining experience to refresh and unwind in a relaxing atmosphere. Operated by Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, Green offers delicious internationalstyle dishes from salads to sandwiches, sushi combos to vegetarian options, desserts and drinks. Pop in for a bite to eat and the friendly informative staff, led by Harlene the Restaurant Manager, will make you feel right at home. Plus, it’s a great place to start your weekend, as the breakfast menu has everything from a classic or vegan breakfast to eggs benedict and dosas. Even the drinks look great. Especially if you like green! Try the Lemon with Mint; if you weren’t fully awake when you arrived you’ll be fully conscious now. And one drink, Peanut Berry Power, has so many healthy ingredients it’s literally bursting with goodness and energy. And it’s lips-lickin’ delicious, too. Highly recommended. The choice of food from four continents should be enough to please all tastes; cooked to perfection, the dishes are arranged, decorated and dressed, as beautiful to behold as satisfying to taste. The Eggs Benedict and The Scotsman were such a gratifying blend of protein and vivacious vitamins – but it was a shame to spoil the presentation, a picture of perfection. As, indeed, was the sublime Shakshouka. Suffice to say, our compliments must go to Richard Ruiz, the chef, who has the amazing ability to make even a simple poached egg so attractive. With flowers! Tomatoes, too. Unbelievable!

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Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at Green – the Education City Golf Club innovative restaurant – with perhaps the most beautiful green scenery in Qatar, seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Send an email to info@ecgolf.com or a Whatsapp message at 7773 7973 to book a reservation. For more information about the Education City Golf Club, visit ecgolf.com. m

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A Refreshing New Menu At Quick Bites!

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Author: Charlotte Wright

he Quick Bites restaurant at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha is renowned in Doha as the perfect breakfast and coffee one-stop-shop for delicious, fast and tasty food. Now they have a new menu filled with old favourites, and new exciting dishes! When you get to Quick Bites, the cool vibrant interior is the first thing that you notice. This soothing cafe is littered with comfy chairs for all occasions - deep

sofas for enjoying a cup of coffee and some light bites, or cushioned chairs and a table if you want to sit and check your emails - or enjoy a lengthy breakfast, lunch or dinner. We were at Quick Bites to sample their exciting new menu so we ventured over to meet with Chef Josna Thakur who told us all about her special new additions to the menu. She was insisitant on preparing us a selection of her favourite dishes. Everything has a unique twist that makes it her own and that’s what makes this menu, and venue, so special. Starters The first item to arrive on our table was the Truffle Brie Cream served on fluffy, flat bread. Beware - the cheese is strong on this dish - but ever so creamy. The chunks of dried fig, and the bed of fresh, warm bread, enhanced the flavours of the brie and was soooo satosfying to indulge in. Alongside the brie, we were serevd a selection of the Wellness Signature Dishes: the Avo, Cucumbers and Smoked Salmon. Each was served on a thick wedge of sourdough bread but the toppings were so fresh and oozing with flavour. There is no better way to pack goodness in to your diet! Next, we were brought an assortment of dips California, Truffle Hummus and Muhammara - severed along side some exquisit triangle of crunchy pita bread. These are my favourite kind of dips - light on the bread, heavy on the dip! The taste of each dip was better than the last - the California was a minty, avocado dip, the Muhammara was an awesome red pepper dip, and the truffle hummus was an instant classic.

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After we had finished licking the plates clean, our main courses began to arrive. First to arrive was the Salmon. It was served on a bundle of shaved zucchini and drizzled in an incredible parsley black garlic drizzle. So fresh and flavourful! Alongside the salmon, came the Waldorf Salad and the Egglant Mujadara Style. These dishes are both vegetarian friendly, and certainly tastebud friendly! The Waldorf Salad was tangles of shaved zucchini with delicate slices of green apple, crumbles of stliton, nuggets of caremlised walnuts all tossed in a lemon mayo confit. The Eggplant Mujadara was equally impressive - with baked eggplant stuffed with lentil rice, carmelised onions, cumin and melted burrata to top it off!

If you don’t have time to sit and linger like we did - the Grab And Go counter at Quick Bites has to be one of the best. They have a ‘make your own’ salad station, huge baguettes, and even freshly baked pizza, prepped and ready to go! They also have freshly prepared meals waiting for you to grab - which include an impressive selection of vegan and vegetarian options. To get in touch with Quick Bites and the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel please call 4419 5510. m

I want to give special mention the Spaghetti and Meatballs. What sounded like a simple dish, quickly became the most intriguing dish of the day. Chef Josna explained that it was her take on a Spaghetti Bolognese but in my opinion this creation far out shines it’s inspiration. The veal and lobster meatballs have a wonderful umami falvour that sets them apart from anything we had tried before. Couple that with a smoky tomato sauce, and you have yourself a masterpiece! Vegan Options Woven in to the fabric of this new menu are some exciting vegan options. These certainly aren’t your typical lettuce and boiled vegetable options either - they are fascinating, flavourful recipes bursting with different tastes. The best sellers that we would heartily recommend are the Impossible Burger and the Blueberry Textures. Desserts After all that food, it was hard to imagine tasting anything else. But when Chef Josna brought out her favourite desserts it was impossible nto to have a spoonful.... and then another. We were given two very different desserts - one was a healthy, wholesome fruit bowl and the other was a sweet and sticky creation. The Berry Bowl was a treat - it’s not often that you find fresh berries here in Qatar - and this dish had all of them! The base od acay cream was dabbled with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, and infused with a sweet vanilla meringue. The Crepes on the other hand were all about the sugar. The crepes themselves were wonderfully light and fluffy, and folded around slices of banana, dollops of marscapone cream and lashings of maple syrup. The chunks of strawberry were an added treat!

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The Avenue, A Murwab Hotel Bang for the Buck: Lunch Buffet at Baaya Restaurant, The Avenue Author: Maria Anicas

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uffets are very common here in Qatar – there are quite a number of brunches and themed nights offerings in hotels, and most of them are held during weekends. Lunch deals, too, are almost a staple in every restaurant. Now, what about a lunch buffet on a weekday? The Marhaba team once again have been invited to try the lunch buffet at Baaya Restaurant in The Avenue, A Murwab Hotel.

Situated on the Mezzanine floor, Baaya is a straightforward restaurant. You enter, and a wide spread of dishes laid out in the middle will be greeting you. I roamed around and checked what’s on offer, and afterwards I had to ask one crew member: “All of this for just QAR110?!” I was immediately impressed by the variety of dishes, all of which looked appetising, by the way. And so, I had to dig in. For starters, there was Lentil soup and a selection of bread, some sushi rolls, cold mezze, and salads – the hummus and the Fattoush are a must-try! There also was smoked salmon and my favourite, dumplings. I love dumplings, but they’re a hit or miss when you get them from a place that doesn’t specialise in Asian cuisine. I have to say the ones at Baaya were really good, I had quite a few of them. Honestly, I had to take a break after the appetisers because I was almost full, but it didn’t take long enough for me to get up and head to the main courses. The dishes at Baaya are served on a rotating basis – the dishes may be different on the day you visit, but there’s always rice, meat, chicken, vegetables, fish, and pasta. And take it from us, every dish is worth a try! When we came, there was Beef in Oyster Sauce, Chicken Curry, Stir-fried Vegetables, Mashed Potato, Seafood Pesto Pasta, and the one that stood out for me, Mansaf. The meat was so tender it was literally falling off the bone, and it was packed with flavours.

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FOOD REVIEW Don’t forget to drown the rice with the sauce! After all the savoury, dessert is a must. But, at Baaya, there should always be choices that even the dessert spread was big – from cakes to fresh fruits, Arabic sweets like Umm Ali, baklava, and kunafe. I could go on and on but I just wanna say, do NOT miss on the cream puffs! Choosing what to get or where to go for lunch can be challenging, especially when you do it on a daily basis, and when there’s just a lot of choices around. You may want to consider Baaya’s lunch buffet at The Avenue – you might say “all of this for QAR110?!” too. Special thanks to the crew at Baaya for making sure we were well taken care of, and to the man behind the amazing menu and food, Baaya’s Head Chef Amir Swedan. Lunch Buffet at Baaya Restaurant Daily, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm QAR110 per person; QAR55 for kids of ages 6 to 12 years old (including soft beverages) For inquiries and reservations, call 4042 8222 / 7768 9088 or WhatsApp +974 3143 8000 m

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3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum 3-2-1 Café: Where You Can Be Healthy and Happy Author: Brian Candy

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ot being a fan of healthy eating, I don’t normally make an effort to visit healthy eating restaurants and cafés. So my visit to 3-2-1 Café, which is located within the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, came as a pleasant surprise. I learned that you can eat healthy and enjoy really tasty food. Not just tasty, but also very reasonably priced as well.

The café is obviously very sporty in appearance because of where it’s located. Spacious with a selection of seating arrangements, both indoors and outdoors which is going to be really nice when we start to move towards the cooler weather. The staff were friendly and helpful, guiding and advising on the menu choices. I started with a salad. Chef recommended a Broccoli Salad, with mangetout, sugar snap peas and edamame. And as I watched him prepare this, I knew it was going to score high on my taste buds chart. My eyes didn’t deceive me. The salad looked amazing, tasted absolutely delicious and was totally healthy. Next up was a pizza called Pizza Alive. But hold on there, this isn’t any normal pizza, not by a long measure. This pizza is guilt free and indeed dough free. The pizza base is made in-house using seeds. There is walnut ricotta instead of ricotta cheese, cherry tomatoes, grilled piquillo pepper, spinach, grated courgette and halloumi cheese. It’s bursting with flavour, so much so that you completely forget that this pizza is actually healthy. The chia seed pizza base is actually more filling than bases made with flour dough and contains a lot more beneficial fibre as well. I was eating healthy and thoroughly enjoying it. And for the main course: Turmeric Brined and Grilled Chicken with Spinach Salad and Wild Rice. I fancied a bit of chicken, and this was a great choice. The chicken was juicy, the turmeric added a good touch of flavour, and was grilled to perfection.

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For drinks I had a mixed berry banana and vanilla yogurt smoothie made with oat milk, which once again tasted so good that you forgot it was healthy. And I finished with a surprisingly delicious beetroot latte that I didn’t expect to like and ended up absolutely loving. The broccoli salad cost QAR45, the pizza was QAR75 and the chicken was QAR85, totaling QAR205. The drinks were QAR40 for the smoothie and QAR23 for the beetroot latte, bringing the total for the meal to QAR268. There was more than enough for the two of us, so that works out to just QAR134 each including drinks. An absolute bargain for a tasty three-course meal, that was healthy and guilt-free throughout. If you’re planning on visiting the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, make sure you incorporate a stunning meal at the 3-2-1 Café to complete your experience and make it extra special. Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday: 9 am – 7 pm Fridays: 1:30 pm – 7 pm For more information, visit their website or visit them on the third floor of the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum. You can also follow them on Instagram at @321qosm. m

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DoubleTree by Hilton – Al Sadd Nashville Vibes at Broadway Brasserie Author: Maria Anicas

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n a typical work day, we usually get lunch, but what we had for lunch at the Broadway Brasserie in DoubleTree by Hilton – Al Sadd today was a little more than just typical! Broadway Brasserie is a newly-opened Nashvillethemed restaurant and bar that serves Southern cuisine and cocktails inspired by music icons. Upon entering, it’s hard not to appreciate the interior of the place – retro vibe, lighting dimmed just right for you to relax, and projector walls. There’s also this cool spot for live music and I heard they’re bringing in a really good band very soon!

The drinks were first served; my colleague tried a cocktail called Burning Piano (Jose Cuervo silver, Louisiana hot sauce, passion fruit juice, fresh lime juice) while I had the Blackberry Ginger Spritz mocktail (blackberry syrup, lemon juice, ginger ale). I enjoyed the drink because one, I love ginger ale and two, it was a good combination of the lemon’s acidic flavor and the sweetness of the blackberry syrup. Refreshing! Okay, so since we’ve tried a lot of food and because they’re all good, I’ll do this review the ‘pick a favorite’ way. Marhaba tip: The unique names of the dishes got me first, and there’s a story behind each of them so don’t forget to ask the server to tell you the story when you order! The appetisers: Jerked Smoked BBQ (beef jerky, BBQ, popcorn); Chicken Poppers (buttermilk, crispy chicken, spicy mayo); Roadkill Beef Tartare (tenderloin, bloody Mary, quail egg); Oh Burrata, Where Art Thou (burrata, heirloom tomato, balsamic). Marhaba favorite: Oh Burrata, Where Art Thou — the beautiful, almost-a-shame-to-break jelly-like base where the burrata was stuffed in, the heirloom tomatoes and quinoa for texture, and the balsamic vinegar that they made into caviar-like balls for a pop of flavourful surprise inside your mouth makes it a perfect a salad to start with! The mains: The “Broadger” Burger (beef burger, donut, pommery mustard, sticky BBQ sauce); Memphis Style Braised Chuck (200g Omaha chuck,

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Marriott Executive Apartments

Enjoy a Lunch Break at Campagnia Caffe!

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Author: Charlotte Wright

ampagnia Caffe is a remarkable and comfortable café where you can enjoy a hot drink, breakfast, lunch, dinner - pretty much anything you can imagine! It’s situated on the ground floor of the Marriott Executive Apartments opposite City Center - right in the heart of West Bay. When we walked in to Campagnia Caffe we were struck by how bright and airy it is. It’s the perfect place to take your laptop and get through some emails. It even has a fantastic outdoor seating area so you can relax and soak up some Vitamin D.

To start our lunch we decided to sample some mocktails and lemonades - perfect for a hot day! I ordered the Lemon Breeze which was sweet and cool, while my lunch partners ordered the Innocent Mai Thai and the Spicy Margarita. There was nothing innocent about this Mai Thai - it was slightly sweet with a sour aftertaste that made your tongue sizzle. The Spicy Margarita however was exactly what it promised to be - spicy! You can’t go wrong with any of these incredible choices prepared by Campagnia’s expert ‘bartender’. We decided to order a variety of lunch/dinner dishes and share - family style. Everything looked so delicious it was impossible to choose just one! We ordered the Pomegranate Glazed Chicken, the Skirt Steak, the Harissa Baked Cauliflower and we just had to try the Beef Burger from the “New Adds” menu. The Skirt Steak was tender, perfectly cooked slivers of steak served with a dish of mint coriander salsa to dunk it in. The steak was served alongside some fat chips which must have been triple cooked because they were soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. They were served with dollop of black lemon mayo. We were ecstatic to discover that the Beef Burger also came with a side of these heavenly fries. The burger itself was piled high with delicious tit bits - carmelised shallots, cheddar cheese, tomato, baby gem lettuce, and a special tomato sauce and was a wonderful choice for anyone having a cheat day!

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FOOD REVIEW The Pomegranate Glazed Chicken was a fantastic choice as well but it was a half a chicken so not for the faint hearted. The chicken was served on a bed of arugula, herbs and lettuce to catch all the sauce that escaped the chicken. The pomegranate glaze was sweet and paired perfectly with the saltiness of the chicken - especially the skin. However, if you’re cutting down on the meat then the Harissa Baked Cauliflower is an impeccable choice. This cauliflower ‘steak’ is baked and then smothered with creamy, garlicy, hummus and peppered with crunchy fried chickpeas and raisins. Who knew vegetarian dishes could taste this good?! To end our amazing lunch experience, we indulged in some piping hot tea and coffee which is roasted in Italy. The tea is served in ornate glass tea cups so you can distil your tea exactly how you like it - which make this the perfect venue to sample some exotic tea flavours. The list of desserts was mouth-watering including Umm Ali, Strawberry Hibiscus Tart and even a Snicker Tart with dark chocolate ganache and salted caramel. We will certainly be back to sample these - perhaps during Happy Hour from 7 pm to midnight where if you buy a dessert you also get a free hot beverage! A huge thank you to the ladies who made our lunch experience so amazing! The Campagnia Caffe is open from 7 am to midnight every day in the lobby of the Marriott Executive Apartments. Get in touch with Campagnia Caffe on Whatsapp at 6676 6785 or on their Instagram (@campagniacaffe). m

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Chef’s Garden Looking for a Healthy Dining Destination in Qatar? Try Chef’s Garden Author: Lalaine Sumaray Turqueza

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his is not just a simple garden lunch, mind you. We were back at Chef’s Garden, the organic restaurant in Education City, near the Al Shaqab facilities. The restaurant is an ideal dining destination this season - outdoor seats, fresh air, lots of greens, and a menu that provides only healthy options. First things first, book your reservation. You can check out their website, chefsgardendoha.com, and make your reservation from there. Just fill out the required information and submit. You will receive a call to confirm your booking. We came in time for lunch, opting to go for something light and fresh in keeping with the garden theme.

The dishes are priced reasonably (on average around QAR100 to QAR150 per person) with servings big enough for two people. Straightforward menu Ideally, you’d want to start with soup, salad and bread before going for the mains. The soup and salad selection is varied enough and if you’re trying the restaurant for the first time, don’t skip on anything. They have special packages, in case you want a proper three-course business lunch. Did you know that they grow their own herbs? Chef’s Garden is an actual garden growing kitchen staples like eggplants, peppers, and even cauliflower and broccoli! If the soup tastes fresh, it probably is! Our three-person group opted for soups and bread and moved directly to our choice for the main course - Grilled Chicken Pappardelle Alfredo, Seafood Paella Risotto, and Grilled Beef Tenderloin. Their menu does not really lean on a particular cuisine, although you are less likely to find Asian specialities among their offered dishes. Their offerings are incorporated with a lot of freshness and greens, and are very straightforward ‘healthy’. When in doubt about your choices, you can always ask any of their staff. Their servers are polite and attentive, and always there in case you need anything. Aside from the food, we pretty much enjoyed the view of the greeneries outside - cold weather and warm sunlight did make an ideal combination when you’re finishing a good meal with coffee. Dessert? Maybe next time we’ll have time for their healthy sweets.

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FOOD REVIEW Chef’s Garden is located in Education City, accessible via Al Shaqab Gate 6. Brunch plans? Chef’s Garden serves a Farmer’s Brunch every Friday, from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. QAR170 for adults, QAR75 for kids six to 12 years old and kids below six - free! Bring your family and friends and enjoy great outdoor dining! The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday, from 7 am until 3 pm. Call 3027 7059 or visit chefsgardendoha.com to learn more about their offers. m

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Aleph Doha Residences – Curio Collection by Hilton Intense Latin Flavours at IKA South American

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Author: Lalaine Sumaray Turqueza

usiness lunch is always a straightforward affair - you eat a meal then go spend the rest of the day going about working. It’s not like dinner where you had to dress up and expectedly enjoy courses after courses of meticulously prepared dishes.

Our latest lunch adventure had us driving around the streets of West Bay, to Aleph Doha Residences – Curio Collection by Hilton. It was a new hotel and while the surrounding area is a bit ‘challenged’ by constructions and roadworks, we still knew that this is some lunch to look forward to. Considering its proximity to all essential places in the West Bay area, this new hotel actually makes an ideal lunch stop. IKA South American Business Lunch The business lunch they offer at IKA South American is a three-course meal - starters, mains and dessert. There are three options for starters - Arepas, Tacos and Dynamite Rolls. Of course, we had to try all three just to be sure we cover the flavours. Arepas is basically a pancake made from ground maize, a staple in many South American tables. It was thicker and sweeter than the tacos, which were served open, thin and crispy, stuffed with braised brisket and avocado sauce, and comes with three more sauce options on the side. The rolls, meanwhile, are filled with avocado, cucumber and prawns, covered in mildly spicy salsa. Similar to the starters, there are also three options for the mains - Pollo (chicken), Sabana de Lomo (beef) and Mariscos (seafood). Pollo is deliciously glazed, soft and sweet, and had us doubling on our share (ha!). Sabana de Lomo is tender and goes really well with the chimichurri. But my vote goes to Mariscos, a dish very similar to risotto but less heavy and really, really flavourful.

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The business lunch menu only has two options for desserts - Saffron Tres Leches (milk cake served with mango ice cream) and the chocolate brownie, which also comes with ice cream (vanilla) and bits of small chocolate in caramel sauce. Food and possibilities The limited business lunch option offered by IKA will probably make you think of other restaurants with a longer menu. Well, it had us thinking of possibilities, actually. What other flavours are we expecting if say, we try their weekend brunch? And what about an à la carte dinner? Such good-tasting food can only come from an excellent kitchen. Executive Chef Edgar Hurtado, the one responsible for all the good food at IKA, is sure to draw a lot of attention from foodies in Doha. The brief introduction on their website says IKA blends intense Latin flavours with a vibrant atmosphere. Well, vibrant is everywhere in Doha, especially now with everything happening all at the same time. But intense Latin flavours? Not as easy to find. Good thing we know how to find our way to IKA South American. The Business Lunch at IKA South American is available Sunday to Thursday, from 12 pm to 3 pm, QAR77 with one soft beverage and QAR99 with one house beverage. Call 3359 3043 to book your table or visit ikadoha. com for more information. m

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Hybrid Lunch at Elements Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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f you’re in the West Bay area and you want a really delicious lunch, especially if your family and friends have diverse tastes, then this is the place for you. There are Middle Eastern dishes, Japanese, International, Italian, Thai, Indian and some fresh fish favourites from right here, with the Catch of the Day, so there is sure to be a dish that really appeals to you. You can sample the best of modern Arabic, Asian and Western cuisine served in Elements, the vibrant and versatile signature restaurant of Four Seasons Hotel Doha. Like cosmopolitan Qatar with FIFA World Cup 2022, Elements is happy to be catering to guests from all over the world.

Four Seasons is a great and classy hotel; it’s a terrific location, too, at the start of the Corniche; with the cooler weather this is the season to enjoy Four Seasons; why not experience the Hybrid Lunch al fresco and let the sea breeze stimulate your appetite. Elements is elegant – it is Four Seasons signature restaurant – and I like the interaction with the chefs in the live, open kitchen setting. But some may prefer to be outdoors on the garden patio with its dramatic fire table and views of the pool, gardens and Arabian Gulf. A hybrid lunch with both buffet and à la carte options with international favourites and extraordinary flavours is perfect for a timely business lunch but, with an abundant selection of appetisers and desserts, also the ideal destination for a special leisurely lunch. The diverse international buffet includes appetisers and a salad bar, as well as hot and cold mezze, while the main course is prepared fresh from an exotic à la carte menu. But beware… with an indulgent dessert buffet, your business lunch may well give way to unbridled pleasure. Atmosphere is elegant, but Elements also gives satisfaction. You will love your lunch here: first, help yourself to the wide selection of appetisers, a deluxe Arabic mezze selection, some exotic Asian treats like the salted duck eggs, dim sum and really tasty kimchi and seaweed with crispy treats like popadoms, and international standards.

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Now choose your main delight from the menu; If you’re thinking of becoming a ‘veggie’, stop now: the Charcoal Mixed Grill, with shish tawook, lamb kofta and lamb kebab will keep you a voracious carnivore for ever. You can’t resist tucking into these dishes with such enthusiastic fervour. Four Seasons chefs make everything extra nice: even humble hummus looks desirable, their crème brulée is extra tempting and their Pizza Bianco with its mozzarella, porcini mushroom, truffle, beef bresaola, and arugula is the most colourful charismatic pizza I’ve ever seen… Shish Barak has nothing to do with American politics, but everything to do with one of the great Middle eastern dishes: lamb dumplings in yogurt sauce – healthy, tasty, satisfying and refreshing at the same time. And, by the way, the vermicelli rice was a revelation in how light and tasty a rice can be. Exquisite, well-crafted yet delicate and dainty, the enjoyment like the variety of Elements desserts was possibly unending. In fact it would have been but we had to leave; the business lunch was over, with a vow to cancel appointments and make it a leisure afternoon repast next time. About Hybrid Lunch: Lunch is served Sunday – Thursday, 12:30 pm – 3 pm Brunch is offered on Fridays, 1 pm – 4:30 pm BBQ Brunch is offered on Saturdays, 1 pm – 4:30 pm For reservations, call 4494 8888 m

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The Torch Doha Lunch Out on a Flying Carpet!

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Author: Lalaine Turqueza

t felt almost unreal to be invited to a Flying Carpet lunch. I mean, how high can you actually go to stay focused on the food, maintain your balance and be amazed just enough to be able to write a review? No, we did not go flying on a magic carpet. But we did have an amazing lunch out at one of Doha’s popular themed restaurants. The place had carpets of different sizes hanging above the dining room, it was fascinating and distracting at the same time! Flying Carpet Flying Carpet is one of The Torch Doha’s all-day dining restaurants serving a selection of classic Arabic

dishes. Almost all tables are window tables, as the restaurant faces a glass panel wall that overlooks the surrounding area. They have live stations - you can watch the staff prepare your salad or grill your kebab - but everything is ordered from the menu. They used to serve food buffet-style but has since switched to à la carte because of the pandemic. This is not a place for anything light, believe me. The food came in, served one after the other and you can’t help but be game enough to try everything! Marhaba tip: bring your family! The servings are reasonably sized, and with more people, you can try more of their dishes! For starters, we had the hummus with soujouk, a plate of the Flying Carpet salad and the flavourful signature falafel platter. Soujouk is a Middle East version of meat sausage, fermented and mildly spicy. We weren’t even halfway through when more dishes came: a chicken shawarma pizza and an oriental burger served with chips and coleslaw on the side. For the mains, we had the seafood sayadia - a classic rice dish that is very similar to the Italian risotto; and the braised lamb shank served with oriental rice. The sayadia is moist and carries the subtle flavours of spices that is unmistakably Middle Eastern. The lamb shank, meanwhile, is tender. This I think, should be the standard for lamb shanks. Very tender and with meat falling off the bones. Eating and enjoying these dishes for lunch, we can almost taste

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the hours spent by the staff preparing, cooking and serving them. We were lucky and very grateful. But of course, the desserts are almost as grand as the mains - Um Ali, rice pudding, ice cream, and the heavenly milk cake. Do not miss the milk cake! It definitely is the perfect ending to a Flying Carpet lunch. The Flying Carpet is located on Mezzanine 2 of The Torch Doha. Lunch is served from 12:30 pm to 4 pm, daily. For restaurant reservations, call 4446 5600 or 4446 7464. m

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Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel India’s 9 States Theory at Jamavar Doha Author: Lalaine Turqueza

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ine dining Indian restaurant Jamavar Doha at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, is showcasing Indian cuisine differently, highlighting instead the country’s coastal offering and serving, for a limited time, seafood, matched with the usual spices and flavours of India’s culinary tradition.

9 States Theory Regal Menu The generous coastal set menu, aptly called the ‘9 States Theory’ has fresh seafood flavoured with spices from India’s coastal states. Expect tiger prawns, lobster meat and fresh fish meats served grilled and sitting on flavourful sauces. Sides are also generous, with rice and various kinds of Indian bread. How different are regular Indian dishes from the coastal set? Except for the fresh seafood, which is the highlight of the new offering, the flavours of the new menu is not very different from other Indian dishes. What surprises us though is how the flavours, the usual Indian flavours that we are so used to here in Qatar, took in the freshness of the seafood. Have you ever tried carom-soaked prawns? What about scallops wrapped in banana leaves? These dishes are not usual and in a plate highlights the rich spice tradition of the Indian regions. The meal is served as a spread and includes an assortment of mildly spiced Indian crackers with chutneys and dips. The drinks are also served in quite an interesting manner. One came in a daiquiri glass with a delicate bubble ready to pop, which did pop and released a soft smoke. The lunch had us thinking of sleepy afternoons, an indulgent hour to simply drink tea or coffee or anything warm. Rich food can actually do that to anyone. Jamavar food had us lulled into an almost dreamy state, full and pampered like a Maharajah.

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Indian desserts The regal set will give you three options for dessert: the saffron jalebi, the malai-berry kulfi (India’s version of ice cream) and the mango ras malai, their signature dessert. Malai is actually Hindi for cream, which means that all three are creamy and sweet, a perfect complement to the flavourful dishes served early on. Call 4485 3000 to book your table at Jamavar. m

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha No Fuss Business Lunch? Go to Mosaic!

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Author: Lalaine Turqueza ow about a business lunch at Mandarin Oriental, Doha’s Mosaic restaurant?

Popular for its diverse collection of dishes, Mosaic will give you the chance to try their delectable offering for as low as QAR90! The new business lunch offers almost everything in their regular menu plus a selection of Asian noodle dishes, ‘inspired by the flavours and spices across the regions of the Silk Route’. The servings are much more ‘manageable’ compared to their regular offering. Lunch is no fuss, efficient yet friendly. We had our pickings each of a salad,

soup and some sushi rolls for starters, followed by noodles - you can choose from their Italian or Asian list. Dessert is of course sweet enough to kick your brain back to work mode. If you’re having a busy day and would welcome an hour and a half of some stylish mid-day meal in fashionable surroundings, this is the right place for you. The place is not as busy and you can choose to sit at a corner table overlooking the busy Corniche street. The business lunch dishes are on a separate menu, together with the Asian noodles. Choosing is easier, especially if you are familiar with Mosaic. Our suggestion is to choose your mains first. If you’re having noodles or pasta, you can opt-out of the soup and choose instead the sushi rolls or the salad. If you’d rather go for the heavier option, you can stick with their Arabic and/or Indian selection, and an Umm Ali dessert. Our operative word is ‘light’, a meal to bridge us through a busy afternoon. The business lunch at Mosaic is available in twocourse or three-course meals, for QAR90 and QAR120, respectively. The restaurant is open from 11 am. Call 4008 8888 or email modoh-reservations@mohg.com to book your table. m

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Hilton Doha

Pizza or sushi? They have a sliced ‘pizza’ sushi - nori tempura topped with a generous portion of tuna tartare, avocado, edamame and fried Kani. It was a bit challenging to eat, and the first bite had us speechless - it was, after all, difficult to talk when you have a mouthful of tuna tartare in the way.

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Next came a bowl of Salmon Crispy Marine Salad. Not your regular salad, mind you, as it had more salmon than greens. This dish alone can satisfy all your raw salmon cravings and pair well with their colourful mocktails.

ushi On at Hilton Doha hotel definitely lives up to its name. Their sushi offering comes in different sizes (they have a sushi burrito!) - fresh and raw, and very much filling - forget about regular meals and go sushi instead!

Sashimi, anyone? Their pretty sashimi plate - Hamachi Marinated with Truffle Lime Ponzu - came with a bowl of Kani salad. There was a bit of hesitation for the seeming ‘rawness’ of the white fish, and we took our time with the salad. But two pieces after - we know for sure that this pretty fish tasted cooked - tangy, flavorful and spiced enough to keep us anticipating for more.

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Did you know that sushi was traditionally eaten with fingers, not chopsticks? Sushi shops in Japan were said to hang noren or fabric dividers visible to passersby. Customers would wipe their hands on these on the way out, so a dirty noren was an indication that the shop had many customers, and therefore, serving good sushi. These days, a good sushi place is rated based on the freshness of seafood served, variety, and of course, authenticity. A dirty fabric is definitely not a good sign for a sushi place!

Raw, cooked and crunchy A sushi lunch doesn’t necessarily mean ‘raw’ sushi lunch. Sushi On offers both raw and cooked selections - some crunch even - with fresh tuna, salmon, shrimp, crab meat and even scallops - served in sets of eight or 24 pieces. You can opt to order by the piece (if you want to try anything else that is not included in their Moriawase or assorted set) and mix and match some interesting varieties. We had a 24-piece Moriawase, which is quite enough to satisfy our sushi cravings.

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To finish off the meal, we had their black sesame coconut ice cream - creamy, textured and mildly sweet - the taste of toasted sesame lingering almost as an afterthought. If these are the old days and worries about safety precautions is non-existent, we would happily wipe our hands on a noren at Sushi On to show that we did enjoy our sushi lunch. For now, we’d be glad to bow our heads and say, oishikatta desu (it was delicious)! Sushi On is open daily from 1 pm until 10 pm, on the first floor of the Hilton Doha Hotel. For reservations, call 4423 3222 or email doha.restaurants@hilton.com. m

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel Inside the Glass House Author: Lalaine Turqueza

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he ‘Glass House’ is tucked inside the victorian structure of the Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel, overlooking the verdant Aspire Park. The restaurant is very picturesque with its ‘greeneries’. Walls, ceilings, everywhere is filled with ‘green’. It was a glasshouse, literally, with the structure made of glass panels, like a huge glass-cased garden in the middle of a park. Definitely an Instagram place! The place offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you can go anytime in-between, even for just a cup of coffee or tea. Their menu offering is surprisingly extensive - they have pasta, sushi and steaks, Asian noodles and Arabic Mezze - and everything is priced

reasonably. If you’d rather go for a ‘combo deal’, they have a business lunch deal that includes a three-course menu, served from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm. We were expecting to have a simple, straight-up lunch menu, something light and not at all a feast. But the very friendly Glass House staff would have none of it, and instead served us several selections of their sushi, a big plate of green salad and pasta, a medium-sized Margherita pizza, a delicious serving of their salmon and steak plus of course two of their popular dessert. It was a heavy lunch. Well, how do we find the food? Their sushi selection covers the usual favourites and of course, more. Each of the dishes they serve was to prepare your taste buds for something that’s a bit more exciting and interesting than the last plate. Even their salad bowl tasted different - sweet, fresh, more delicious. Their pizza could give any Italian speciality restaurant a run for their money. The sauce and the herbs were not overpowering and the crust provides just the right crunch. Moving on from the mains - the salmon and the steak - is not as easy. Their flavours could haunt you probably until dinner, taking over your thoughts until you resolve to go back. Meaty, juicy and cooked just right, their taste stays with you. Both were flavourful on their own, and much more flavourful with everything else.

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FOOD REVIEW We were a bit relieved that we were served a simple dessert, something that sits on dry ice but with relatively less drama, ha! We had a simple Dates Toffee Pudding and a Ferrero Caramel Dome. The pudding is not sugary sweet and is a perfect ‘date’ with black coffee. The dome, however, is something else. We had to tap it just a bit to break the dome and partake of the delicious chocolatey caramel goodness inside, an appropriate ending to a memorable lunch! Marhaba’s food adventure has brought us to a lot of interesting places - near, far, early, late - each leaving us with good impressions. This Glass House lunch definitely will stay with us longer, until maybe we go back for another feast. Glass House is located on the first floor of the Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel, open from 6:30 am until 10:30 pm. While walk-ins are accepted, calling and booking your table is encouraged. Please note that only vaccinated guests are allowed to dine inside the restaurant. Call 4445 5555 or 4445 5535 or send an email to glasshouse@alaziziyahboutique.com to reserve. m

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The Ritz Carlton, Doha C’est Magnifique! Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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Malcolm immediately set us at ease and quickly brought out a premenu offering of Sourdough Rye bread with some signature Sel & Miel dressings. While just a kind of amuse-bouche, the brown bread was warm and wholesome, especially with the dressings: honey and truffles, black olives with anchovies, and sea salt. Trust Sel & Miel to show its class even with these simple dressings. For the Starter or Hors-d’Oeuvres, we went for the Classic French Onion Soup and the Burgundy Snails/ Escargots de Bourgogne. Created to sustain the workers in the market of Paris, the soup is made up of a marvellous selection of shallots, brown and red onion, brioche and two layers of cheese, the one on top beautifully browned. Individually basic but very enjoyable.

el & Miel, nestled cosily on the ground floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, is a classy, authentic and top quality French-style brasserie, i.e. a cosy and less formal restaurant.

The Burgundy snails on their green bed of mixed parsley, coriander, and garlic herbs are iconic in taste and texture. This is why French cuisine at Sel & Miel is deservedly famous, transforming humble ingredients into heavenly dishes of delight.

Here you are always guaranteed authentic French cuisine with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation and you’ll immediately feel at home in the stylish and less formal atmosphere.

If you like a glass of vin blanc or such you’ll be happy to know Sel & Miel have one of the best wine lists in Doha and, yes, even their soft drinks are outstanding …

The man in the middle explaining all the details of each and every dish with his encyclopaedic knowledge of everything connected to ‘French’ and ‘cuisine’ is Malcolm who, in addition to unlocking the secrets of the kitchen, is really friendly and patient with all such questions.

Now for Les Plats, the Main Dishes. Here I must mention that there are a dozen dishes to choose from – meat, fish and vegetarian – but we only sampled two. But the level of perfection achieved by these dedicated kitchen staff makes it crystal clear that marshalled by Malcolm, they deliver on every dish.

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FOOD REVIEW Leaving for another day the Bouillabaisse, recently voted by a colleague and fellow devotee as the best dish ever, and the undoubtedly succulent Halibut and Seabass, the Salmon was reaffirmed as scrumptious in the extreme. And, another Sel & Miel knocking it out of the park, with something basic: how about french fries? Indeed. Well, add some magic and some truffles and now you’ve got the finest fries in town. My choice of Duck Leg Confit was also connected to water but more important, as the word ‘confit’ means, is that the leg was slowly cooked in its own fat; that means no waste and less fat for you to digest. It was absolutely delightful, soft and tender, falling off the bone, melting-in-your-mouth mouthwatering succulent – and that’s without mentioning the succulent selection of colourful vegetables, the orange glaze and the very nice and palatable purée tinged with celeriac. Oh my gosh, you could visit this brasserie a dozen times and have a completely different but equally delicious meal every time. Not such a wide selection of desserts but both lemon and apple tarts, while traditional, truly justify their status (and I love the name Tarte Tatin!) But the Mousse au Chocolat doesn’t justify anything. It could be the source of the expression ‘sinful pleasure’ and may lead you to a life of hedonism and selfgratification. With that one caveat, I’m definitely going to Sel & Miel again … Siel & Miel is open daily, from 12 pm to 11 pm. Call 5576 4278 to reserve. For more information, visit their website at selmieldoha.com. m

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The Ritz Carlton, Doha Out for Lunch? Try the New Menu at STK Doha Author: Lalaine Turqueza

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he new menu at STK Doha, that chic place at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, features dishes that are simple yet stylish enough to keep you holding your camera for another Instagram post. Of course, we had to hold it in a bit as we are having a proper lunch, and just over two hours to sample their new offerings. Milan, the friendly staff who assisted our recent food adventure, served us a combination of STK’s old and new dishes to start with - crab cakes, burrata and their signature STK garden salad with passion fruit dressing.

Milan ‘dressed’ the burrata with the gazpacho dressing right on the table, adding a bit of pepper to taste. We love the crunch of the vegetables and the hint of passion fruit in the salad, a nice complement to the meaty texture of the crab cakes. Very refreshing! Next came the braised prime short rib and the rib-eye steak paired with their ‘homemade’ gnocchi. Gnocchi is considered the ‘dumpling’ of Italian cuisine, although certain quarters would rather call it a special ‘pasta’. Either way, the homemade version at STK is pretty straightforward, not just your usual ‘side’. Come to think of it, none of these mains is ‘usual’. The short rib and the grilled steak were much more tender than expected. I had to take a second helping just to be sure it was indeed beef meat - it was. Having tasted some of the best steaks around Doha, STK steaks remain one of the best, so far, in my opinion. No need to tell them if you need them rare, medium-rare or well-done. Just by looking at their guests, they can tell exactly how you want your steak. Want a bit of drama for dessert? Go for the Junk Chalice. This is not a new item on the menu but a classic favourite that will have you ooh-ing and clicking away for at least ten minutes. Served on a double glass bowl with cool smoke (dry ice) under and a huge ball of cotton candy on top, it made up for all the toned-down mood of the other dishes. And the treasures beneath combine all your happy food in - ice cream, popcorn and marshmallow - we’d like another one of this, please and soon!

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If you are looking for a leisurely place to dine, STK Doha offers the perfect ambience and just the right dishes - for lunch, dinner or anything in between. STK is located on the 23rd floor of The RitzCarlton, Doha. For reservations, call 4484 8588 or send an email to reservations@stk-doha.com. m

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JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

An Elegant Afternoon Tea Experience at La Maison Martinez

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Author: Charlotte Wright

he JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha has utterly transformed its lobby lounge in to a lavish, European-inspired café! So, of course, we had to take a look and experience it for ourselves! This wonderful space was once an ordinary lobby lounge, but has since been elevated to La Maison Martinez - a European and French inspired eatery serving sweet treat and delicious tea and coffee.

The first thing you notice is the fabulous new décor. The walls are plastered floor to ceiling in an intricate blue wallpaper that gives new life to the space. The floors have also been completely transfigured with elegant new carpets, and even the curtains are new! The old lounge chairs have been replaced with colourful, baroque chaise lounges, ottomans and refined chairs. This new social hub emits a timeless design reminiscent of historic Europe where guests can immerse themselves in an authentic European culinary experience. A selection of curated dining experiences offered includes an Afternoon Tea crafted with a French flairinfused with a regional twist, designer cakes, pastries and a wonderful selection of beverages. To begin our afternoon tea experience, we were brought a small crystal glass of distilled water infused with lemon, mint and strawberry. Quickly afterwards, the tier of delicacies appeared at our table. The waitress told us that each afternoon tea serving is prepared fresh that day so pre-booking is essential if you want to be sure to have all these tantalising sweets available to you. Tier 1 - Savouries: With so many bites sized delicacies on show, the only way to decide what to try first was to start from the bottom and work your way up! The most intriguing concoction on the savoury menu was the Green Apple & Chicken sandwich with Granny Smith apples, frisee, and Dijonnaise, served on cereal bread. Another that caught my eye was the Smoked Salmon Crepe which was tightly rolled to reveal a pink spiral. The other

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FOOD REVIEW savouries included Pan Bagnat with tuna, a quail egg, olives, and scallions, the Cecine & Manchego sandwich with a herb ricotta, and finally the Truffle Egg Brioche with creamy scrambled egg with black truffle oil and chives. Tier 2 - Sweet treats! On the tray above were more intricately designed cakes. Small details like the white chocolate feathers and the honey comb with bees elevate this afternoon tea above the rest. The Gateau aux Abeilles or layered honey cake with sour cream frosting was crunchy and sweet, while the Pomme au caramel which was apple tatin, salty butter caramel, and milk chocolate mousse was soft and tart. For chocolate lovers like me the Choux Surprise is sure to be your favourite. With dark chocolate choux, milk chocolate cream, and a puff rice crunch this dessert has outstanding flavour. Finally, the Tarte Citron was wonderfully tangy with grapefruit and orange, in a crème patissiere. Tier 3 - The creme de la creme: On this final tray perched three different morsels; the first was a Meringue Framboise with raspberry cremeux, almond sable, and burnt meringue. The second was a Le Petit Antoine which was an almond & hazelnut dacquoise, with chocolate cremeux, croquantine, and chocolate chantilly. The third was a Fraise Pistache which was a bed of pistachio biscuit, with a dollop of strawberry gel and compressed fresh strawberry on top. There was oodles of sugar and flavour in every bite - bring your friends with a sweet tooth! Baked Scones: No afternoon tea is complete without buttery, freshly baked scones to wash down with a piping hot cup of tea. And this afternoon tea did not disappoint. The scones were crumbly and soft and they were served with the traditional clotted cream, strawberry jam and orange marmalade. This afternoon tea is a really showstopper. It’s the perfect place to take a few friends, sit and drink tea, nibble on some sweet and savoury bites and chat. Of course, the new décor and atmosphere provide the perfect setting, and the intricately designed cake and sweet are perfect to glamourise your Instagram story! The afternoon tea at La Maison Martinez in the JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha is available for QAR240 for two people. La Maison Martinez is open every day from 8 am to 10 pm. Please call 4429 5295 for more information or to book your reservation. m

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Steigenberger Hotel Doha Looking for a Tea Date Venue? Why Not Try the New Avenue Café

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Author: Lalaine Sumaray Turqueza

he Avenue Café at the new Steigenberger Hotel Doha looks like your usual typical lobby café. They have comfortable chairs and you’ll be greeted by the smell of baked pastries and waffles just as soon as you step in. But don’t be fooled by appearances. This café is definitely more than meets the eye. How different is High Tea at Avenue Café? Well, the ‘not-so-usual’ High Tea at Avenue Café offers a selection of brews and a delectable spread of sweet

treats and savoury bite-sized sandwiches served ‘buffet-style’ every Wednesday. On other days, these treats come on a rolling tray. A smaller tea tray will be served on your table with a dainty see-through teapot set. They exclusively serve the Tchaba tea brand. We chose three flavours of their tea offering following the recommendations of their friendly staff - the soothing Ginger Zest, the minty Moroccan Nights and the fruity Happy Forest. All three came with honey on the side plus two biscuits. A waffle maker is also on standby and you can choose your toppings - Nutella and maple syrup plus a selection of berries and nuts. Nothing enhances the soothing effect of warm tea than these sweet treats and savouries. We helped ourselves to a few and say, they definitely spoil my appetite for dinner! If you are more of a coffee person and only take tea on occasion, going to Avenue Café will probably convince you to drink tea more. Beyond the tea though, the new venue is ideal for catching up with friends. And with restrictions easing up, nothing beats an in-person tea date. Why not have it on Avenue Café? High Tea at Avenue Café is available daily, from 4 pm to 6 pm. Call 4020 1666 or visit steigenberger.com more information. m

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel Pink High Tea at Glass House

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Author: Ola Diab s part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we indulged in Pink High Tea at Glass House at Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel.

Glass House is an upscale all-day dining venue offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and even afternoon tea. Vibrant interior design and a spacious outdoor terrace, with spectacular views of Aspire Park’s greenery, set the tone for an extraordinary dining experience. Pretty pink savoury treats and delicate sweets paired with an electrifying strawberry lime mojito welcome drink, and a pink latter or another hot beverage for only QAR150 for two.

The elegant three-shelf tray comes with all-pink canapés, sandwiches and homemade sweets topped with a pink ribbon and Breast Cancer Awareness Month welcome note. The first shelf includes homemade sweets with one of each: a strawberry macaroon, red velvet cake, strawberry tart, and red fruits pavlova. On the second shelf, there is a mix of sweet and savoury delicacies with two of each: a pair of pink panna cotta, beetroot-flavoured hummus tarts, and chicken sandwiches on beetroot soft buns. On the last shelf, there is another mix of sweet and savoury treats with two of each: brie cheese and apricot jam baskets, mini Greek baskets, avocado and strawberry on beetroot toast, potato cheese croquettes, and scones with jam and cream cheese. Our favourites were the beetroot-flavoured hummus tarts, the chicken sandwiches on the beetroot soft buns, and the brie cheese and apricot jam baskets. Delicious! An exceptional High Tea with beautiful views at great value. Now that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, High Tea will be available at Glass House every Monday. High Tea Monday, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm QAR150 For more information, call 4445 5555/35 or email glasshouse@alaziziyahboutique.com m

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha Feel Elevated with Kempinski’s High Tea

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Author: Ola Diab

galore with eight delicious miniature chocolate, strawberry and white chocolate cakes. The third and last shelf consists of four freshly baked scones – two with raisins, two without – served with cream, butter and strawberry jam. Sip on a brewed cup of coffee or choose from a selection of a range of teas, and look over the seaside pool, the turquoise sea of the Arabian Gulf and the luscious tropical gardens that surround Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha. QAR290 for 2 guests, including two beverages of your choice. Daily, 2 pm – 6 pm For reservations or more information, call 4035 5011, WhatsApp 7479 0864, or email restaurants. marsamalaz@kempinski.com. m

pend a luxurious afternoon and indulge in an assortment of handcrafted delicacies by talented patissiers along with a range of tea and coffees, while overlooking the sea at Café Murano at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha. Indulge in a collection of fresh, delicate cakes and tarts, and warm baked sweets and savouries. The Kempinski High Tea comes in an elegant three-shelf black and gold marble tray, which begins with eight savoury miniatures including egg, mushroom and cheese sandwiches. The second shelf is sweets

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Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery

Afternoon Tea With Atteatude!

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Author: Charlotte Wright

he perfect ladies day out has got to be a delicious Afternoon Tea. There’s no better setting to catch up with friends, dress up and relax together. A new Afternoon Tea to rival all others is the Summer Afternoon Tea at Atteatude in the Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery. Nestled in the new, metropolitan area of Msheireb, the hotel oozed class and sophistication - and Atteatude is no different. The stylish café is situated at the back of the lobby and overlooks an outdoor patio so it’s bathed in natural sunlight. The café is splattered with intricately decorated cakes that would make an interesting Instagram post, and ornate jars of fancy loose-leaf teas.

Speaking of tea... a huge highlight of this afternoon tea was certainly the Iced Passion Fruit Tea. Not only was the flavour incredible, but the presentation and creation of this cool delight was impressive. Our waiter came to our table wheeling a baroque tea cart, and created our Iced Tea before our eyes. He began by mixing some freshly squeezed passion fruit in to a glass shaker, and then added a generous portion of passion fruit infused tea. He added some ice, closed the shaker and began to shake it - bartender style. The smooth rattle of the ice was so satisfying! After the tea and passion fruit were ice cold, he poured it Moroccan tea style - in to an adorable clear glass tea pot. After all - the higher the pour - the better the tea! He then decanted the iced tea in to a lovely pair of apple shaped glasses. Wonderful! Endowed with our ‘apple’ of cool iced tea, we watched as the elaborate platter of tasty goodies was brought to the table. The tray itself was fantastic - an elaborate M (for MGallery) with three tiers - each displaying an array of delicate treats. You can see the entire menu below. After snapping some shots for Instagram, which will be irresistible when you see how delicately, and elaborately each bite is decorated, we dived in to the savoury course. To begin, we tried the Cajun Prawn and Avocado Vol au Vent. The small hollow case of puff pastry encased the creamy, flavourful paste of prawn and avocado, resulting in delicious taste with a healthy crunch. Next we were drawn to the English Sandwich, which was a fresh white bread with rich cheese and turkey ham - a quintessential feature of a traditional English afternoon tea.

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FOOD REVIEW To cleanse the palate a little - ready for our next course - we tried the grilled watermelon and feta salad. It was a very unique and fresh dish, and the perfect segway in to our Pastry / Sweet course. To begin our sweet treats, we decided to try the Caramelized Banana Macaron as neither of us had tasted one before. The macaron was crunch and sticky, and the flavour was indulgently sweet definitely the perfect bite for a sweet tooth! Next, we decided to sample the Lemon Meringue Tart, which may have been the opposite of the macaron. It was far more fruity than sweet, and had a wonderfully tart aftertaste with a dollop of flambéed whip on top. Continuing along our fruity theme, we decided to taste the Strawberry Ginger Cake which was an equally fruity delight. Finally, we tried the Mocha and Dark Chocolate Loaf. Even from the name I’m sure you can imagine how rich and creamy this dessert was - the perfect end to the second course! To end our afternoon tea, what else could we do except devour our scones. The scones were served in a cute glass cloche to keep them warm, with a generous dollop of whipped, buttery clotted cream and sweet jam. The more savoury scones worked perfectly with the sweetness of the jam and the creaminess of the cream - a fabulous way to end our Summer Afternoon Tea For Two. Summer Afternoon Tea is served at Atteatude from 3 pm - 6 pm everyday. The price is QAR175 for two people including refreshing beverages. Call 4009 9666, Whatsapp 3075 8211 or email restaurants.alwadihotel@accor.com to book a reservation! m

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Park Hyatt Doha

Afternoon Tea Delights Author: Charlotte Wright

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s lockdown ends, restaurants and cafes have launched endless special deals and offers to entice the Doha crowd back out on the town. But the Afternoon Tea at Park Hyatt Doha distinguished itself from the crowd with an incredible 5 course offering from The Living Room that wowed and thrilled us. Not only was the food delicious, but every bite was so immaculately designed - it was almost too good to eat! A highlight of this experience was that not only did all of the treats on offer taste delicious - but they looked incredible as well. It was easy to see how much effort had been put in by Chef Steffan Schnetzke and his team to make the meal a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!

To begin our afternoon tea we decided to indulge in a mocktail - after all why not! Our amusebouche arrived shortly afterwards and it’s safe to say neither of us had ever seen anything like it! It was a chocolate cotton candy tree donned with gorgeous, colourful and edible flowers. The highlight was that everything, and I do mean everything was edible! The base was made of sugar bites and mini macaroons, the tree trunk was made of dark chocolate and the canopy was made of pure white cotton candy. The next course to arrive at the table, along with some napkins for our sticky fingers, were the Savory Canapes. My eye was immediately drawn to the goat cheese and mascarpone cone with avacado salsa. Goats cheese is a particular favourite of mine and this treat did not disappoint! The explosion of the goat cheese and mascarpone flavour was paired perfectly with smooth, richness of the avacado salsa. Nestled on the same plate were the green asparagus tarts with black truffle. This quickly became another favourite of mine, with a refreshing, light texture almost like a quiche. Served alongside the goats cheese cone and the asparagus tart were the sandwiches. We were given a generous helping of both the truffled eggs and leek sandwich and the spicy, corn-fed chicken sandwich. Both were incredible but the creaminess of the chicken sandwich combined with it’s spiciness made for an intriguing combination. Finally, we sampled the bite-sized mozzarella sandwich topped with a sweet mango guacamole. This savory course was going to be hard to beat!

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FOOD REVIEW After a while nibbling at our savoury canapes and sipping our fruity mocktail, our next course arrived. What else could it be at Afternoon Tea but traditional, home-baked scones served with dollops of fluffy clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam? All we could talk about was the wonderful taste and how classy we felt and of course the age old debate - which do you spread on first: your jam or your cream? After every crumb of our scones had been hoovered up, we were served our next course: the Patisserie Francaise. This was the highlight of the meal especially for those with a sweet-tooth! The first dish to catch our eye was the strawberry shortbread tartlet which was literally smoking. Served on a bed of dry ice, this dish is one of the most Instagram-able on the menu. And not only is a treat for the eyes, it’s a delight for the taste buds as well. After our strawberry tart we dived in to the pistachio creamux. The nuttiness of the creamux worked perfectly with the sweetness of the delicate sliver of chocotate that rested on top. Afterwards we were craving a chocolate fix, so we reached for the Madagascar chocolate profiteroles. Neither of us had ever tried one before and we were very pleasantly surprised! The firm outer layer housed a gooey centre of rich, creamy chocolate that was so satisfyingly sumptuous. Although the profiteroles were outstanding, my favourite dessert of the evening had to be the mango passion fruit desire. This dish wasn’t necessarily sweet but fresh and fruity. Finally, with our sugar rush abated by a wonderful cup of tea, we were served our final course - the Gateau Roule. This was certainly the pièce de résistance of the evening. The Chantilly cake roll studded with berries, squeezes of lime, a flood of berry jam and topped with pink chocolate flakes. Wow! The whole leisurely experience was incredible - after being cooped up during lockdown - this afternoon tea felt like the ultimate freedom. We were sitting outside, enjoying a cool breeze and the sunshine, with a mocktail, expertly prepared dishes and the best part: you could showcase the entire experience on Instagram! Each dish was a not only delicious but beautiful and just begging to be Insta-famous. Afternoon Tea is available from The Living Room at the Park Hyatt, Doha from 3 pm - 7 pm. The price is just QAR260 for two people. Visit their website or call 4009 1234 to book your reservation now! Don’t forget you can also book a private room to enjoy your afternoon tea with just your friends - however you will need to pre-book in advance. m

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Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha

QR 220 per person with soft drinks, and the good news is that you can use an Entertainer voucher if you have one, making it just QR 220 for two people, which is outstanding value. Chef is busy barbecuing succulent cuts of meat and fish all night long. Cooking them for you on demand, and how you like them done.

Choose the International BBQ Night at Choices

But as well as the BBQ, there is an outstanding buffet selection of hot and cold dishes. Including a delicious Indian station, an extensive salad station, a pizza station and one I saved for the end of the night, a cheese station.

Author: Brian Candy

I had a lovely evening and it looked like everyone else there did as well. There were plenty of couples, and families and children were having a great time at the desserts section. Which is where they seemed to spend most of their time actually.

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ou’ll find Choices Restaurant on the first floor of the Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha. You may remember the hotel as I do, as Oryx Rotana as it was formally known. Located near the old airport or Doha International Airport (DIA) as that is now known. My goodness how everything changes. But what hasn’t changed is the quality and value of this excellent restaurant. If you prefer to eat out on a Friday evening instead of a traditional Friday Brunch, Choices have got you covered. They offer an International BBQ Night from 6:30pm until 10:30pm every Friday evening. It’s just

There’s a special beverage package available if you want it, and that costs an additional QR 165 per person. And no…. you can’t use an Entertainer voucher on that. Pop along and give the International BBQ Night a try at Choices, it’s a choice I didn’t regret. For bookings or more information, call 4141 1234, WhatsApp 6608 5806 or visit hyattregencyoryxdoha.com m

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha Great British Cuisine at Its Best Author: Brian Candy

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he Radisson Blu Hotel Doha has some of the best restaurants in town. There’s the Chingari which has won more awards than any other Indian restaurant in Qatar, there’s Bentley’s Grill which has won best Steak House, Most Romantic restaurant, and Favourite European restaurant in Doha, but the restaurant I want to tell you about today has won my award for Best Fish and Chips restaurant in Qatar. Fish and Chips is a traditional Great British dish. Enjoyed for generations and one of the few things I really missed while living in Qatar.

Missed that is until The Frying Scotsman restaurant opened in the Radisson Blu Hotel Doha. And now my craving for good old British Fish and Chips has been dealt with. The name Frying Scotsman comes from the fact that the Scottish are famous for their Fish and Chip shops, where they fry lots of strange things, including Mars Bars, more about that later. And it’s also a play on words from the name of the famous steam locomotive ‘The Flying Scotsman’. The Fish and Chips are amazing. With a choice of battered Hammour, Haddock, or my favourite Cod. And the chips are fresh cooked for every order. These are not frozen chips. They are made from potatoes which are specially imported, and the chips are cooked twice to make them nice and crispy. And The Frying Scotsman is not only serving the best fish and chips in town. Oh no, they also have a choice of three amazing Great British pies as well. You can choose from Beef and Potato Pie which we call ‘Cottage Pie’ (and is my favourite), Scotch Pie or Chicken and Mushroom Pie. They are meals in themselves, substantial in size and enough fill my tiny tummy. And there’s delicious gravy or curry sauce available to go along with them. But wait! There’s more. There are traditional British fish shop mushy peas available as an accompaniment too. And trust me, these are the real deal. Mushy peas seem to be a British thing, only understood by Brits. I love them with fish, pies and even just with chips. But other nationalities seem to struggle to get their head around mushy peas. You’re going to have to give them a try for yourself to see if you can understand

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why we Brits love them so much. And if that wasn’t enough, they also have traditional pickled onions, and pickled eggs available as well. These can be found on the counters of Fish and Chip shops up and down the country back home, and I would always buy one or two to go with my meal. And for dessert, you can choose from a choice of ice cream, Sticky Toffee pudding, or why not give a fried Mars Bar a go. Out of these, I would choose the Fried Mars Bar every time, let’s see if you are adventurous enough to give one a go. The restaurant is full of character, and there’s even a steam locomotive, well, two, chugging their way around the room. Although I must point out neither of them are the famous Flying Scotsman. But it adds a lovely bit of fun to the ambience. Prices are exceedingly reasonable and won’t break the bank. I love the menu, and you will not be surprised to find me in there on a regular basis, I love it that much. I may see you in there. Enjoy a real taste of Great Britain at The Frying Scotsman within the awesome Radisson Blu Hotel Doha on Salwa Road. Operating Hours: • Tuesday to Sunday: 4 pm – 10 pm • Thursday & Friday: 1 pm – 10 pm • Closed on Mondays For reservations, call 4428 1555, 4428 1645 or email fbreservations.doha@radissonblu.com m

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Four Seasons Hotel Doha

Seafood Night at Elements Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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he Four Seasons is famous throughout the world for top quality in all its operations, including personal customer service and food and beverage. Now, we can all experience this all-round excellence at the Seafood night, every Wednesday at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel in Al Dafna, West Bay Area of Doha. You are welcomed with a freshly mixed cocktail as you enter and immediately impressive is the size and scale of the variety of tasty-looking dishes on offer. There are salads all of types to get you started but the main attraction is, of course, the sparkling seafood, so fresh and tempting. There are scallops and oysters, mussels and more.

Make sure you visit the Seafood B-B-Q section early as your selection will be cooked to your order and it takes a few minutes to come to your table. And what a selection, there are Qatar favourites Hamour and Sherri, King fish and Sea Bass, plus many more, all waiting to be cooked to your taste. And another selection greets you with your choice of dessert, including an array of cheeses and fruit to round off your meal. Make sure to leave enough space for your sweet finale, which is admittedly hard to do as you have so much to choose from throughout your meal. Throughout your meal the personable and helpful staff are always at hand, ready to bring you whatever you may need and they really make you feel at home. There are very palatable white and red wines to complement all your dishes, in addition to smooth soft drinks. Whatever your tastes, you are sure to find a delicious dish - correction, many delicious dishes at the Seafood Night at Four Seasons. You may not even be able to sample them all, but there’s always next week to explore more. Seafood Night at Elements Wednesdays, 7 pm – 10:30 pm Price: QAR295 per person including local water only, additional QAR190 for alcoholic package To make a reservation at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, please call 4494 8600 or email res.doha@fourseasons.com m

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Not One to Miss: Indian Night at Holiday Inn Doha! Author: Maria Anicas

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f there is one cuisine that, I would say, intrigues and interests me at the same time, it would be Indian. I’ve tried several Indian restaurants here in Qatar and I’ve been to international buffets serving a few Indian dishes, but I just realised – I’ve actually never been to an Indian buffet! Sirocco Restaurant at Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park holds an Indian Night every Wednesday and we, the lucky Marhaba team, have been invited to try it. Keep reading to find out how it went!

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted with traditional Rangoli, an art of decoration drawn on the floor or the entrances of homes/properties. It is thought to bring good luck, prosperity on the house and in the family, and to welcome guests. The place was set up as if you’re in the streets of India because there were live food stations from left to right – the food selection was fantastic! There were even fresh coconuts just waiting to be picked up! For starters, there were Aloo Chaat, Chana Chaat, Kachumber, Vegetable & Bondi Raita, and a station with fresh vegetables if you prefer to make your own salad. Hot appetisers like Indian Pakora and Vegetable Samosa were there as well. On to the live food stations – Pav Bhaji, Tava Sabji, Dosa, Indian Maggi, Papdi Chaat and my favourite one to visit, the Pani Puri station. There was also an Indian Mixed Grill station with kebabs like Mutton Seekh, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Malai, and Fish Pahadi Tikka. The best thing about visiting these stations is that the chefs were kind enough to give us an insight of the food before preparing/serving it to us. It’s like going on a mini field trip! The selection gets better with the main courses – Chicken & Vegetable Biryani, Butter Chicken, Chili Chicken, Raara Gosht Masala, Indian Chopsuey, Mushroom Matar, Palak Paneer, Dal Makhani, Aloo Jeera, and Naan Roti or Basmati rice to pair the dishes with.

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When I go to an Indian restaurant, Butter Chicken is my go-to order. I’ve had my fair share of Butter Chicken from different places, and the one at Sirocco did not disappoint. I also loved their Raara Gosht Masala although it made me tear up… it was super spicy! After the party of flavours, it was time for sweets! There was a variety of cakes and Indian desserts like Kulfi, Rasmaili, and my all-time favourite, Gulab Jamun. There was a chocolate fountain and a Falooda station, too! For drinks, you can choose from Mango Lassi, Chaas, Buttermilk, and Saffron Lassi. We all loved the Mango Lassi that we kept coming back for it! It’s made of mango, yogurt, milk, and cardamom – so refreshing! Selection of food, check. Quality of food, check. Value for money, check. If you’re up for a food adventure, Indian Night at Sirocco is one to book. Indian Night at Sirocco Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 11 pm QAR195 per person For reservations, call 4031 3333 / 4031 3631 / 5041 5309 m

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Mashawi Night at Crossroads Kitchen Author: Brian Candy

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ooking for a delectable dining experience this weekend? Why not try Mashawi Night at Crossroads Kitchen - you won’t regret it!

This is a fabulous opportunity to try a first class Arabesque experience every Thursday and Friday evening at Crossroads Kitchen, within the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel. On offer are delicious

meats seasoned and marinated the Arabic way, grilled to perfection as per your request. There is also succulent roast beef and lamb and a sumptuous selection of main dishes to tantalise your taste buds., along with mezze favourites to complement your meal. And of course a dessert section (if you have any room left in your tummy) to complete your evening. They had all my favourites, so for me it was a challenge to decide what, and how much of each to eat. And everything I selected was cooked absolutely spot on. I knew I was going to eat more than I should, and indeed I left Crossroads wishing I had exercised a little more self-control! There was a saxophonist/vocalist duo to entertain, adding a classy touch to a delicious buffet that represents really great value. You can opt for your meal to include soft beverages at QAR195 per person, or selected beverages (for 2 hours) for QAR295. Available between 6:30 pm and 11 pm, you get four and a half hours to spend quality time with your family and friends. Good conversation, great live music and fantastic food, what more could you want? If you’re looking for something to do in the evenings this weekend, I can strongly recommend you pop along to Crossroads Kitchen. Tell them Marhaba sent you! For reservations, call 4419 5510, email mhrs.dohmq.reservation@marriotthotels.com, or WhatsApp 6643 6890. m

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Level Up Your Thai Dining Experience at Benjarong

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Author: Brian Candy

he Dusit Hotel Doha, located in West Bay hides a rather luxurious hidden gem. The Benjarong restaurant. A Thai restaurant that could almost be described as fine dining. Thai cuisine on a level above. In plush comfortable and opulent surroundings that make the whole experience rather special. And on this visit, I was joined by two more staff from Marhaba. Keen to find out what it is that makes Thai food in the Benjarong so exclusive. The first thing we discovered is that the restaurant is entirely staffed by Thai nationals. And Chef de Cuisine at Benjarong, Chef Ninja (apparently her real name is a bit long and difficult) is of course also Thai. And we found

out that some ingredients are not available here in Qatar, and Chef Ninja orders them specially from Thailand. We asked Chef Ninja to choose the dishes for us. And she picked an absolutely fabulous selection for us to try. Let’s begin with the Appetizers:‘Goong Tord Song Kasad’ – Deep fried crispy prawn wrapped with silk thread and prawn spring roll served with pineapple and chili sauce. Followed by ‘Yum Hua Plee Bab Bo Ran’ – A delicious salad and one of my highlights of the visit. It’s a firework display of flavours going off in your mouth. An ancient recipe for banana blossom salad with Thai chili paste and poached quail eggs. Next was the soup. I must be honest, whenever I’m in a Thai restaurant, I only ever order Tom Yum soup. Because it’s absolutely gorgeous and I can’t get enough of it. But Chef Ninja served me a bowl of ‘Tom Sab Nua Tun’. And it was a very pleasant variation for me. Slow cooked Thai spicy beef, North-eastern style with shallots, basil and birds eye chilies. Absolutely delicious. Now I have two favourite Thai soups. Now for the main courses: ‘Gaeng Kua Goong Yai Subparod’ – A jumbo tiger prawn in thick red curry. With caramelised pineapple, kaffir lime leaves and red chilies. Followed by ‘Gai Kua Prik Hang Med Mamuang Himmapan’ – Wok fried chicken with cashew nuts, water chestnuts, onion and dried chili. And then we had ‘Khao Phad Poo Khai Krob’ – Jumbo lump crab in organic fried rice, fluffy Thai omelette, tomatoes, onion and of course more dried chilli.

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And for the finale, ‘Khao Niew Moon Mamuang’ – Thai sweet sticky rice served with mango and pandan sako. This wasn’t a meal, it was an adventure. An adventure where I discovered new flavours and new spins on food. If you love Thai cuisine it’s an adventure you should also take, and let Chef Ninja delight you as well. To get in touch with Benjarong or the Dusit Doha Hotel, please email reservation.dhdo@dusit.com or call +974 4004 4444. m

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Radisson Blu Hotel Doha Award-Winning Indian Cuisine at Chingari

The man behind their sumptuous Tandoor cuisine since the very beginning is Indian Master Chef Jograj. Yes, that’s right, Chef Jograj has been there for over 25 years! And boy oh boy, does he know his craft. Talking of which, here comes the food. First up is Chef Jograj’s Selection (yes, that’s its actual title on the menu) – a delightful array of Tandoori kebabs consisting of chicken, lamb, fish tikka and a fresh prawn that was so big it could have passed as a lobster. If this was a competition, this dish would have made all the other competitors go home early. It’s available on platters in sizes of 1 to 4 people. I had a platter for 2, and as you can see, it’s a generous serving with enough to easily satisfy you and your plus one... and the taste was simply divine.

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Next up was Lamb Curry. Lamb is my favourite meat in a curry and this beautifully aromatic dish really put a smile on my face. It wasn’t too spicy and packed full of flavour.

or over 25 years, one of Qatar’s most acclaimed Indian restaurants has been in the market to delight those who insist on the finest. And you don’t have to take my word for it, Chingari is unquestionably the most awarded Indian restaurant here in Qatar.

Then there was Murg Makhanwala, which is chicken marinated and cooked in a tandoor, then simmered in a rich tomato gravy. The top selling British Curry in the UK, is Chicken Tikka Masala. And the Murg Makhanwala could have easily been mistaken by me for a Tikka Masala if I hadn’t been told what it was already. I will always order one of these for the table whenever I go back to Chingari.

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It’s not difficult to see why – just look at this lot: using their words, you will “Dine in the glory of the Maharaja as you feast on their irresistible meals, marinated to perfection while musicians sing sweet traditional Indian songs.” They literally transport you there.

Chicken Biryani was next up. For me, this biryani is as good as it gets – exactly how I like a biryani. It was overloaded with ingredients to delight not only your eyes, but also your taste buds. Absolutely amazing!

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FOOD REVIEW The last dish on the table was Dal Tadka. I love a good Dal, and this one had the perfect spicy heat for my palate. It wasn’t too weak, and not so strong that it stops being enjoyable. The spice was right there at my comfort level and delicious to eat with bread. And on the subject of bread, you get to create your own breadbasket by choosing any combination of 3 breads from an extensive selection of 12 varieties. For the finale, I went for the Malai Pista Kulfi – delicious Indian ice cream and my preferred dessert whenever I’m having Indian cuisine. Not on the menu, but a vital ingredient to your Chingari experience, is the service. The staff are absolutely brilliant! They have extensive knowledge of the menu, and they can guide you through your selections, and then serve them to your table as if you were family. Nothing was too much trouble for them, and they deserve a shout out for being so amazing. The Chingari Indian Restaurant is located in the Radisson Blu Hotel Doha. If you like Indian cuisine, this is one restaurant you simply must visit. For reservations, call 4428 1555, 4428 1645 or email fbreservations.doha@radissonblu.com m

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha Mastering the Art of Dining at Mosaic

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Author: Maria Anicas

t’s only been an hour since we finished our meal at Mosaic Restaurant in Mandarin Oriental, Doha, but if you tell me to go back now for another, I would. The Master Cuts, Mandarin Oriental, Doha’s newest offering, is a three-course dinner set menu available at Mosaic Restaurant every Sunday from 6 pm to 11 pm. Filling? Yes. Satisfying? Definitely. Mouthwatering? For sure!

When we arrived at the restaurant, the first thing I noticed was the open kitchen. I saw the executive chef preparing our food, and when I took a closer look, he even showed me how all the cooking was done. The menu consisted of starters like US Prime Beef Tenderloin Maki, Hand-Chopped Beef Tartar, PanSeared Duck Liver, and Char Siu Bao. I’m a fan of starters because, for me, they set the mood for the whole meal experience. The super-thin, melt-in-your-mouth M3 Wagyu beef tenderloin plus the freshly-shaved winter truffle made the Beef Carpaccio my personal favourite among the starters. I also loved the Australian Wagyu Beef Roll because of its perfect smoked flavour. If you love meat, you will love their set of mains. We were served a generous platter of quality meat – all cooked just how we wanted it – the perfect mediumwell. The mains platter had Roasted M3 Wagyu Beef Tenderloin Steak, Slow-Roasted Lamb Leg with Herbs, Braised US Prime Short Rib, and Char-Grilled M5 Wagyu Rib Eye. Along with the mains came a selection of nicely seasoned sauces and you could also choose one from the sides like Roasted Potatoes with Parsley, Sautéed Green Asparagus and Broccolini, and Homemade Onion Rings, which I liked very much because it was crispy and unlike other onion rings I have tried, even the batter was flavourful. I know, that already sounds like a lot of food, but that’s not all! We were already so full from all the

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FOOD REVIEW delicious dishes served to us but the desserts were so appetising – it just seemed wrong not to give them a try. For dessert, you can choose from Pistacchio Tart, Caramel Vanilla Cheesecake, or Crème Brulee, which was my favourite. It had just the right amount of sweetness and spot-on texture, while the mango passion fruit compôte gave it balance. The overall experience, from the service to the food, at Mosaic Restaurant was superb. So if the carnivore in you is kicking in, for QAR390 per person, the Master Cuts Set Menu at the Mandarin Oriental, Doha might be a worthy one to try. For reservations or more information, call 4008 8888 m

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha Orion: Elegant Surroundings, Exquisite Tastes and Enjoyable Entertainment

So, here we are, not exactly in the heavens but up there, on the ninth floor of the east wing, and the impression when you enter is really awesome: very chic, wonderful lighting (not too bright!), plenty of space and very comfortable. As always at the Radisson, the staff are super helpful with the sole goal of making your stay as enjoyable as possible. Beyond the comfortable ‘lounge’ there’s a long curved bar and plenty of seats with a saloon-type ambience. Every night, the atmosphere becomes more vibrant when the curtains open and the live band and DJ are revealed: the band and DJ are smart people, great performers and produce great sounds.

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Now to tackle that hunger and that thirst. The menu has lots of choices in both food and drink. From olives with feta cheese, or with green salad, to a fresh fruit salad, to those perennial veggie favourites, like spring rolls with a sweet chili sauce and samosa with its special chutney. Then there’s chicken in both tikka and satay forms, the first with its mouthwatering mint chutney and the second with that most palatable peanut sauce. Yummy!

rion, in the east wing of Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha, is now welcoming guests every evening with a menu of reasonably priced snacks and drinks of all kinds – guaranteed to suit all tastes.

Last, but not least, on the food menu are the fingerlicking and lip-smackingly luscious Orion Dusted Wings; a dozen chicken wings served with either BBQ or hot sauce. Hungry no more!

Who’s that guy at the entrance, you ask. He is Orion, a ‘star’ of Greek mythology who was in legend the tallest and most handsome of men. After a rather chequered career, he was finally raised to the heavens where he is now the most splendid and brightest of our constellations in the night sky.

Those delectable food offerings are well accompanied by a diverse selection of ales and lagers, stout and cider. Wines are available, of course, but the brightest stars of the drinks menu are undoubtedly the cocktails, mocktails and the wide selection of spirits. The names alone can raise your pulse, like the Long

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FOOD REVIEW Island Ice Tea (that contains no tea) to the exotic-sounding tropical heat inducing expert concoctions that could highlight your evening. Orion is indeed a heady, but heavenly, blend to engage all your senses. Open Friday to Wednesday, from 4 pm – 1 am Open Thursday, from 4 pm – 2 am Band schedule: Monday – Wednesday: 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm, 9:45 pm – 10:30 pm and 11 pm – 11:45 pm Every Thursday: 8 pm – 8:45 pm, 9:15 pm – 10 pm, 10:30 pm – 11:15 pm and 11:45 pm – 12:30 am Contact the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha at 4428 1428 m

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel A Relaxing Dinner at Patio Café

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Author: Terry Sutcliffe

ou’ll love the fresh full-to-bursting flavours at the Live Cooking Station, nestled outdoors among the trees and gardens of Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel, in Aspire Zone, where between 3 pm and 8 pm (10 pm at weekends) you can enjoy some of your tastiest casual dining favourites, and the kids can frolic on the grass. Aspire Zone, including Aspire Park, have glorious gardens with diverse plants, flowers, shrubs, bushes

and trees, and the green gardens of Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel are similarly inviting for children to play on or just to chill out and relax while enjoying the extremely tasty dishes that are available at the Live Station in the Patio Café. Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel is one of the city’s very few urban country estates. Lush greenery and polished gardens set the scene for a most relaxing visit. The Patio Café – a scenic garden café, nestled among blossoming pergolas, offering drinks and snacks in a casual environment for memorable moments with family and friends. The menu is surprisingly long and varied, with pizzas, crepes, saj and waffles, plus English traditional fish and chips, Japanese Shrimps Tempura, lots of kinds of mouth-watering pizza, Arabic mezzah, Latino fajitas, internationally acclaimed burgers – the list goes on – and to drink, a wonderful selection of marvellously crafted oh-so-tasty mocktails. We started ordering from the helpful chefs at the Live Station and they created the tastiest shawarma and the most succulent Brisket Saj you could hope for. As they explained, the brisket is premium quality beef slow-cooked for eight hours, mixed with many spices, and served in a very thin and light bread or pastry. Yummy… For a refreshingly different tang, try the Blueberry and Avocado Bowl which is a succulent green salad made extra tasty by the addition of blueberry and avocado. Our seafood pizza was the most seafoody-tasting ever, and if you are really hungry, the Chicken

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FOOD REVIEW Tenders, the Steak Sandwich, the Burger Sliders, to pick just some from this outstanding menu, are 100% guaranteed to make sure you leave supremely satisfied. And that’s before the desserts … We could have had ice cream (many kinds of ice cream!), cheesecake, chocolate or milky cake, but we tried the crepes as a dessert which were really scrumptious, especially with their strawberry, kiwi and banana toppings; the same could be said for the waffles which were lighter than I expected but just as enjoyable as I had come to expect from the skilful, creative chefs at Patio Café and Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel. While enjoying the dinner and casual country setting, take the chance to enjoy the beautiful gardens, swimming pool and water features. Watching the setting sun in natural comfort is a view you won’t often be gifted so try it out at Patio Café while the window of opportunity is open! Opening hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 3 pm to 8 pm Thursdays and Fridays, 3 pm to 10 pm For reservations or more details, call 4445 5555. m

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha Izu: Exciting French, Mediterranean Cuisine

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Author: Terry Sutcliffe

zu Restaurant (upstairs on the first floor, above the street side cafe) has a truly great French menu, showing the quality and variety of this rightly famous cuisine, enhanced and inspired by the talent and travels of legendary Chef Ani Izu. We are lucky that he chose the Mandarin Oriental, Doha for one of his restaurants. To emphasise Izu’s dedication to quality, while we were waiting, we were treated to a vinaigrette dip using Chef Ani Izu’s own home-grown organic olive oil and balsamic wine vinegar together with three varieties of Izu’s own home-made bread.

Izu room decor was surprisingly understated, unlike literally everything else in this temple of culinary adoration. But you could say this was the blank canvas on which the Izu chefs would create their culinary masterpieces. After the astonishing lengths gone to in the sourcing and preparation of the simple but scrumptious bread and balsamic dip, we now witnessed complex (and delicious!) cocktails meticulously prepared and ceremoniously presented – yes, even with a cafetière! To start, we tried the bruschetta with truffle and the quinoa salad – both were interesting and flavourful. For the bruschetta, the chef even brought out his rare and valuable real truffles, sourced at great expense from the forêts of France, which absolutely fulfilled this satisfying hors d’oeuvre. The quinoa salad was, in contrast, lighter but still full of freshness and multiple sensory tastes and tactile satisfaction. We only tasted these two starters, but there are over a dozen cold appetisers and almost twenty if you include the hot starters. Now for surf and turf! We trusted our chef’s recommendations but awaited with some trepidation as we don’t much care for fish that tastes or smells too ‘fishy’ but this salmon was, without prevarication, the perfect poisson. It hit the sweet spot of palate pleasure without excess – and the thin strips of fennel were the ideal accompaniment.

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Lamb ribs in contrast, if soft and tender, were low risk. In fact, the lamb ribs were very well-decorated, indeed a little spicy, but absolutely melt-in-your-mouth mouthwateringly delicious, the soft meat barely hanging by a thread to the bone. Both dishes were served by the expert chefs at ideal temperatures and levels of satisfaction. Again, there is a wide choice of other fish and meat dishes, indeed almost every kind of sea and land dish imaginable, each enhanced by an exquisite sauce. To finish on a sweet note, cheesecake has a reassuring creamy solidity and when combined with passion fruit it explodes with a wonderful zesty taste. Chocolate mousse and ice cream? Guaranteed to be delectable, yes, but the mixture of warm mousse and cold ice cream, when mixed together, created an extra special taste and the added sparkle of some crunchy chocolate chunks was a great idea. In fact, every dish at Izu has a creative sparkle to it, let’s call it Izu zest, panache or initiative; this restaurant indeed has a touch of class. Marwan our chef, and Julia our waiter, both were expert sources of information and friendly too; ‘sympathique’ as the French say. Not to forget Roman, our barman, who gave us some insights on how to make a killer cocktail. Signing off with an unmistakable coffee. For reservations, call 4008 8888 or email modoh-reservations@mohg.com. m

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Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha

Thai Kitchen Opens With A Buffet Of Thai Treats!

Say hello to Thai Kitchen at Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha! The restaurant has transformed its burgundy booths to royal blue banquettes. The décor is magnificent - contemporary, bright and full of plants. This venue screams ‘Thai’ - down to the rice fronds and the framed picture of King Rama hanging on the wall. Not only has the décor changed - the Chef has too! Chef Karthik Ravi brings his own twist to Thai food while remaining true to Thai flavours, dishes and spices. What I loved about this sampling menu was that it contained traditional Thai food that I had never tried before. As a Thai food lover, I’ve always seemed to find the same offerings in every Thai restaurant - pad thai, green curry et cetera. But this menu has enlightened my taste buds to the endless tastiness that Thai cuisine has to offer.

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Premium Appetisers What Asian meal would be complete without a generous helping of prawn crackers? In Thai Kitchen, their flavour is enhanced with your choice of siracha sauce, Thai chilli jam, crushed peanuts, or crushed chilli (for those who like it spicy).

f you are a Doha resident, you are certain to have heard of Thai Kitchen Night at Caprice. This table top buffet concept was so successful that the whole restaurant has been rebranded to offer the Thai Kitchen quality every night of the week.

After we had demolished our bowl of prawn crackers, our appetisers started to arrive. Our course began with a traditional chicken satay with peanut sauce drizzled decadently over the top, and a Yum Nua which is grilled beef sirloin, seasoned with lime juice, onions and scallions, and served with mint and ground toasted rice to add some extra crunch.

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FOOD REVIEW This was followed by Som Tam which is a green papaya salad with peanuts, tomatoes, chilli and beans. This is a remarkably flavourful dish with the freshness of the vegetables, the nuttiness of the peanuts and the mild heat of the chillies. After we had eagerly finished our starters we were treated to a piping hot bowl of Tom Yum Goong soup to cleanse our palates - ready for our main course! Main Courses That Stole The Show This first dish was my absolute favourite of the evening! In fact, it might even replace Pad Thai as my favourite Thai delicacy. The Khao Soi is a northernstyle curried noodle dish with chicken and deep-fried egg noodles. The deep-fried noodles are served on top of the dish, and then when you’re ready you can stir them in and the relax and soak up all the flavour of the broth below. The next dish might be a bit of a mouthful to ask for but trust me it’ll be worth it! The Pla Muk Tord Kra Tiem Prik Thai or squid with fried garlic are fantastic bites of flavour and crunch - they weren’t at all chewy which speaks to the freshness of the squid and the skill of Chef Ravi at cooking them to perfection. Next to try was the Kaeng Massaman or lamb massaman curry which was remarkable when paired with the soft jasmine rice. We also tried the Pad Prik Nua which is stir-fried beef with homemade chilli paste, long beans and sesame seeds. To help us feel healthy, Chef Ravi also treated us to the Pad Pak Ruam Mit which was stir-fry vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms. Delicious Dessert While you might be tempted to go for the mango sticky rice which is the preferred dessert of many at any Thai eatery - I heartily encourage you to try the Tub Tim Grob. This dessert is a sweet, creamy concoction of water chestnuts with coconut milk served in fresh young coconut shell topped with edible flowers to make for the most Instagram-able delicacy. No eatery in West Bay quite captured our hearts like Thai Kitchen at Centara West Bay. For the incredible prices they offer - the food is of an outstanding quality. On Thursday Nights you can enjoy a table top buffet called ‘Thai Kitchen Night’ featuring delicacies like the above - for just QAR88 per person. If this venue hasn’t made its way to your list of favourites it should! To get in touch or to make a booking please call 4009 5530 or Whatsapp 3001 5360. m

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The Torch Doha Spinning Tastes at Three Sixty

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By Ola Diab njoy dining nearly in the sky – over 900 ft high – overlooking Doha city on Qatar’s tallest structure, The Torch Doha.

Three Sixty is a unique restaurant located on the 47th floor of The Torch Doha and the only revolving restaurant in Doha. A must-see for any visitor, Three Sixty offers Mediterranean cuisine and breathtaking panoramic views of Doha’s skyline. More than just a restaurant with a view, Three Sixty offers a succulent menu of seafood, grills, pasta and more. Our dinner began with exquisite appetisers: Shrimps & Cheese Croquette (mozzarella and shrimp balls, garlic

aioli and barbecue dip), Fritto Misto (deep fried calamari, shrimps, courgette, carrot, and aubergine with herbed salmoriglio sauce), and a luscious Yogurt Beetroot Salad (roasted beetroot, yogurt blueberry dressing, greens and candied walnuts). From the grill, we had a juicy and well marinated Chicken Cilantro (half corn-fed baby chicken, grilled asparagus, wild mushroom, glazed carrot and rosemary jus) and delicious Mushroom Risotto (Arborio rice, porcini mushroom, parmesan cheese and light creamy sauce). For a sweet ending, we had Red Velvet Cheesecake, which comes with pieces of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, and their Signature Um Ali, topped with baked kunafa dough and pistachio nuts, accompanied with additional baked kunafa dough, pistachio nuts and Arabic baklava. Although Three Sixty is very family-friendly, it is one of the most romantic restaurants in Qatar, and highly recommended for couples wishing to have a ‘Date Night’ or to mark a special occasion. It will be a night to remember with delectable food and remarkable views! Opening hours Weekdays: 6 pm – 10:30 pm Weekends (Friday and Saturday) noon – 3 pm | 7 pm – 10:30 pm For more information or to make a reservation, call 4446 5600 or email restaurant.reservations@ thetorchdoha.com. m

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

Meat Lovers Paradise at the New York Steakhouse

atmosphere. We were seated by the roof-to-floor windows, by the charming and attentive staff, where we could gaze out across West Bay. At night the view is rather special. To begun our carnivorous culinary journey, we were served some light starters to satiate our appetites until our meats arrived. There was: a shaved vegetable salad with mixed greens, slivers of seasonal vegetables tossed in lemon oregano dressing, a fascinating tuna ceviche dowsed in leche de tigre (tiger milk), and a creamy Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, croutons, parmesan, and anchovies. This was such a refreshing way to start a meal, and more importantly it was light, as we knew we had five courses of meat ahead of us!

he aptly named ‘Butchers Night’ at the New York Steakhouse is the literal meat lovers’ paradise in Doha. With five courses dedicated to superior cuts of your favourite meats this is the best night in town if you are serious about meat.

To start our assent to meat heaven, Canadian Chef James Warnica, wheeled over the first of five trolleys called the ‘Butchers Block’ and began to carve our first meat treat of the evening. The Omaha Tenderloin Wellington was my personal favourite of the entire evening. Golden, crispy puff pastry was wrapped delicately around a slab of beef tenderloin which was coated with a mushroom and foie gras duxelle. When drizzled with the mixed peppercorn sauce, this dish went from delicious to euphoric. This beef wellington was unreservedly the best I have ever tasted and if you try nothing else - this dish is a MUST HAVE!

On the second floor of the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, waits the New York Steakhouse. It is designed as a quintessential steakhouse should be low lights, deep comfy armchairs and a warm, relaxing

It was impossible to imagine how such an incredible dish could be followed up, but when the next Butchers Block arrived with what may have been half a cow on it, we knew we didn’t have anything to worry about.

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Author: Charlotte Wright

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FOOD REVIEW This behemoth was a whole prime rib which had been slow roasted for 24 hours. And that certainly resonated when you felt the meat practically melt in your mouth. This was served with a Cafe de Paris béarnaise sauce and some deliciously creamy gruyere mashed potatoes. After two huge doses of beef, the lamb was a surprise. A huge, steaming herb-crusted rack of lamb was carved up for us. The meat was tender and juicy, while the herbs were flavourful and aromatic. The lamb was served with a fragrant rosemary jus which was wonderful when dribbled over the succulent lamb and sautéed vegetables. The next dish to arrive to our table was a mystery. It arrived at our table encased in a hard shell of salt. But when expertly cracked open, it revealed a whole fish buried inside. The fish was a Norwegian salmon encrusted in salt - bust stuffed with lemon and herbs. The simple seasonings really allowed the flavour of the fresh salmon to shine through and tantalise our palates. Shortly afterwards, our final serving was a whole confit rougie duck served with sweet orange sauce and roasted baby potatoes. After our meat-centric mains, we were happy to see the dessert trolley rolling our way. We could not have endured another course - we were so full! But each mouthful is so exquisite it’s impossible not to clear your plate. A sweet selection of the Chef’s signature desserts were poised on a tray for us - with rich, chocolate tarts and cakes, to nutty bites, and caramel mouthfuls. We were served a beautiful, velvety cheesecake as well with a tasty strawberry coulis. This was certainly an unforgettable, meaty, all-youcan-eat experience! Indulge yourself at Butchers Night on Wednesdays from 6 pm – 11 pm at the New York Steakhouse on Level 2 of the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha. For more information or to make a reservation, please call or WhatsApp 5043 4035. m

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Banyan Tree Doha Thai Night Adventure at Saffron

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Author: Lalaine Turqueza

arhaba’s weeknight outing brought us to the beautiful Banyan Tree Doha, another one of Qatar’s up and coming venue in Msheireb. The opulence of the place is awe-inspiring. Halls, suites and even each little nook are designed to happily surprise guests. Butterflies? You can almost hear them fluttering from some corner. Julia Macario, the Marketing and Communications Manager of Banyan Tree Doha, gave us a quick tour of the new hotel and a glimpse of their spacious suites. While they are yet to officially open in October, the place is very much alive with people coming and going. Except for our face masks which we had to

Our little tour ended at Saffron, the hotel’s signature Thai restaurant. With candles, incense and soft chairs, the space spells relaxation. Well, until the food started coming and then it became Thai food haven. Our welcome drinks came in mini-glasses, seemingly floating on a tray of clouds. It was dry ice actually, but the ‘cloud’ magically spread on our table like fog. Impressive! Thai food is spicy, well, most of their dishes are. That’s a fact. And if you are not much of a spice fan, you can always ask them to tone it down. We did ask Saffron Assistant Manager Rupesh Shrestha and he kindly obliged. Before the formal starters, we were offered a surprise called Amuse Bouche, another pair of appetisers consisting of shrimp spring roll and a refreshing Miang Kam, a traditional Thai snack that has nuts, leaves and more. It literally translates to ‘one bite wrap’ and sort of prepared our palate for the food. The appetizers were quite a spread. Called Khong Wang Ruam, it has chicken satay, prawns wrapped in crispy rice noodles, a reasonable serving of pomelo salad and three dips with all the flavours of Thailand in it - sweet, sour, salty, and of course, spicy. Then came the papaya salad (Som Tum Puu Nin), served with crispy soft-shelled crab. Other countries in Asia have their version of this salad but the Thai version is probably the most popular. It looks simple

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FOOD REVIEW enough, but once you try to make one on your own, you’ll never really get there, flavour-wise. Good thing there’s Saffron. And then came the soup: Tom Yum Goong Tom Yum, like Pad Thai, is synonymous with Thailand. But Saffron’s Tom Yum Goong is way, way better, in terms of presentation and of course, flavour. Each serving comes in special bowls that are kept warm by a tea light candle. A couple of prawns are skewered and placed on top to garnish the bowl. Because we requested NOT SPICY, the soup is of course not spicy at all. After the soup, they again served us a magical glass of sorbet - Butterfly Pea Sorbet - to prepare our palate for the main course. There’s wok-fried beef tenderloin and Pad Thai Goong Sod - you can’t go wrong with noodles; there’s prawn (again) and so far, in my opinion, the most tender braised beef curry. These came with servings of four rice varieties. Are we done yet? Not quite. Going to a Thai restaurant is not complete without Mango Sticky Rice. Saffron’s version has mango slices that are sweet, with rice that is flavoured with just the right hint of coconut. It’s called Khao Niew Mamuang & I-Tim Kati and comes with a scoop of coconut ice cream. As expected the Mango Sticky Rice provided the perfect ending to a flavorful and delicious Thai night, giving us another good reason to go out on a weeknight. One interesting trivia about Saffron: they have an allfemale chef team led by Chef Porntip Eumanan! Located on the 24th floor of Banyan Tree Doha, Saffron is open daily, from 6 pm until 11 pm. For bookings and reservations, call 3992 0808 or 4410 3333. Visit banyantree.com for more information. m

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Alwadi Hotel MGallery The Exceptional Sofra Author: Ola Diab

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ofra at Alwadi Hotel MGallery is where you can enjoy traditional cuisine with contemporary tastes. The charming restaurant is designed to be reminiscent of Qatari culture and local traditions, with dhow boats, pearl diving and travel bags adorning the walls. Feast on the finest Levant cuisine and regional delicacies in the most unique and generous servings – tempting speciality dishes, which are available à la carte during dinner. Our dinner began with very delicious, fulfilling cold and hot mezzes with a Sofra Signature Hummus Selection, which are six of the chef’s exceptional signature hummus preparations – different flavours

such as Hummus Beiruti (hummus with parsley, lemon juice and cumin powder), Avocado Hummus (hummus with avocado puree), Chili Hummus (hummus with chili paste), Hummus with Pomegranate Molasses (hummus blended with pomegranate molasses), and Meat Hummus (hummus served with minced lamb and pine nuts). Following this immense selection of hummus, we enjoyed a richly flavoured Lebanese Fattoush with fresh cut tomato, cucumber, onion, capsicum, lettuce, mint leaves, fresh zaatar and special chef dressing, and a very tasty Tabbouleh with Pomegranate with dried pomegranate seeds and dressing. It’s Tabbouleh galore on Sofra’s menu, offering Traditional Tabbouleh, Tabbouleh with Green Apple and Tabbouleh with Pineapple. We also enjoyed Labneh with Beetroot. The menu also has Labneh with Garlic, Labneh Keshka and Labneh with Olives. Then the Hot Mezzes graced our table, including Fried Shrimp Kibbeh (homemade kibbeh stuffed with minced shrimp, fresh coriander and pine nuts). The menu also offers Grilled Kibbeh, Fried Meat Kibbeh, Fried Chicken Kibbeh, and Fried Lamb Kibbeh with Pomegranate. This was followed by the Chef Selection of Mixed Fatayer (homemade wrapped fatayer stuffed with minced lamb, fresh cheese and spinach), Fried Halloumi Cheese (breaded and fried halloumi cheese with mint sauce), Potato Harra (fried cubed potato with garlic, chili paste, lemon juice and chopped fresh coriander), and Soujok with Pomegranate Molasses (soujok sausages cooked with pomegranate molasses).

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Then, feeling fully appetised, we enjoyed a succulent Grilled Meat Grand Platter, which is charcoal grilled Australian lamb chops, shish tawook, lamb kebab and kofta, served with Khashkhash sauce, muhammara flat bread and steak fries, and a juicy Chicken Shawarma, served with homemade garlic sauce, cucumber pickles and fries. Now, it’s time for dessert – as if we had space, but how can you say no to their delectable menu offering? We had Oriental Chocolate, which is dark chocolate cream with nuts and dried fruits infused with jasmine tea. This delicious dinner is one we look forward to enjoying again soon. It’s the best of the Levant cuisine in a way you haven’t experienced it before. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 7 pm – 11 pm Closed on Mondays Only vaccinated people are allowed to dine-in. Those with a Green Ehteraz status are allowed to dine at the outdoor terrace. For more information or reservations, call 4009 9999 or email reservations. alwadihotel@accor.com. m

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha Food with Thought Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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he new Liang Signature Menu presents a variety of Liang’s specialities and is designed for sharing with a minimum of two guests. It’s available every Friday and Saturday, from noon until 3 pm, for guests to savour the best of traditional dishes from many provinces across China. For Liang, the word ‘authentic’ is perfectly fitting and correct. From Executive Chef Lam to all the staff dealing with us, the culture and atmosphere of the Mandarin Oriental, the exquisite Chinese setting and decor of Liang restaurant, all will transport you instantly to an expectation of heavenly delights from the middle kingdom.

Like a Ming vase and examples of jade culture and cloisonné, you’ll be amazed at both the technical expertise and the devotion of the Liang restaurant staff which is obvious in the presentation of this comprehensive exhibition of the best in Chinese cuisine. A well-established meal and family tradition in China is Dim Sum and Liang presents both Steamed Dim Sum, followed by Baked Dim Sum. Different varieties are served, each with its own specially made sauce, such as vegetable, crystal shrimp and chicken consommé (that’s the one where you have to be careful not to spill!), then the drier baked samples of turnip cake, spring roll and crispy wonton. Take a refreshing sip of your smooth white tea, as here you’re only a quarter way through the menu and you have already enjoyed – as I am sure you will – six different and distinctive flavours each accompanied by their matching and enhancing dressings. We are then presented with Seafood and Sweetcorn Soup, so refreshing, so nourishing, with different textures in every sip, every spoonful; unsurprising, with a list of ingredients including shrimp, scallop, sweet corn and egg white. So scrumptious, so satisfying. We were then treated to Hot and Sour Soup, a more spicy one with a long list of ingredients including tofu slices, black fungus, chicken slices, egg white and shiitake mushrooms. Now that was tasty! Now onto that most renowned of Chinese dishes, the Peking Duck. The name seems to have resisted

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FOOD REVIEW all post-imperial revisionism and propaganda, and that’s because it’s simply delicious and, thankfully, some good things outlast the ravages of time. In addition to the delectable roasted duck itself, you will marvel at the expertise (and thorough knowledge) of your server who with deft strokes of her knife and chopsticks will surround the delicacy in a small and light steamed pancake which – with the addition of some splashes of Hoisin sauce – will have you, politely, of course, asking if she can make you more, and faster, of the same. Who else goes to this level of creation, in forethought and in execution, to bring you a taste you have probably never had before. Now for some Rib-eye but stir-fried in the Liang way with its soy sauce reduction, served with garlic chips and again distinctively delicious; with the right blend of chewiness and melt-in-your-mouth smooth satisfaction.

Chinese cuisine reflects the size and diversity of the country, its peoples (including overseas) and history. As such the diverse dishes you experience at Liang multiply rapidly and your taste buds are never allowed to rest. Until, of course, the dessert, Fresh Mango Purée, which with the infusion of pomelo and sago makes the perfect cooling digestif to reset your palate after the taste tsunami you have just experienced; or was it a taste tornado that just blew your mind…? Call 4008 8888 or email modohreservations@mohg. com to book your table. m

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Park Hyatt Doha

Taste the Best of Arabia and the Mediterranean at Opus By Ola Diab

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ithin the architectural marvel Msheireb Downtown Doha stands the sophisticated Park Hyatt Doha, home to the elegant Opus restaurant. A composition by Michelin Star Chef, Jean-Francois Roquette of Park Hyatt Paris, Opus is a spacious Arabesque restaurant with an open kitchen, cooking Qatari and Mediterranean dishes from the heart, which are served in generous, sharing style – just the way food is meant to be enjoyed.

Making the best of this season’s pleasant weather, we chose to dine at their magnificent outdoor dining terrace with rays of sunlight on comfortable beige loungers and red velvet pillows, surrounded by Arabesque lanterns and greenery. Our lunch began with a colourful and plentiful Mezze, resembling a Charcuterie Board, consisting of four homemade salads, each on a separate plate, resting on green seeds, accompanied by vegetables, olives and pickles, and two pieces of warm Arabic bread and breadsticks. The delicious salads were beetroot and mint, carrot vegetable crudités, hummus and baba ghanoush. Last but not least, cream cheese with beetroot. This selection of unique and diverse salads was one to remember and marked the beginning of an exceptionally scrumptious lunch. For our mains, we had Charcoaled Roasted Shrimp, on a mini-grill with pieces of corn ribs, saffron rice, and tomato chutney, and Charcoaled Chicken Majboos, which came in two separate plates of a perfectly seasoned and cooked chicken pieces with pine nuts, raisins, tomatoes and an egg, and wellspiced Basmati rice, almonds, pine nuts, and raisins. To end an exceptional lunch, we shared a slice of a warm Date Cake for dessert, which was outstanding in taste and texture. It’s their most popular dessert along with their Saffron Cheesecake. Opus is open for breakfast (6:30 am – 11 am), lunch (12:30 pm – 3:30 pm) and dinner (7 pm – 10 pm). For more information on Opus, visit their Instagram pages @opusdoha and @opusmenugram m

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha A Bella Notte at The Italian Job By Charlotte Wright

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he Italian Job at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha has been around for such a long time - it’s a cornerstone of Qatar dining! Little has changed; the waiters still sing (well, not at the moment), the décor is still inspired by Michael Caine’s classic film, and the menu is still spectacular - why mess with a winning formula? So, rather than mess with perfection, The Italian Job have simply expanded it. This super Italian eatery is now home to a wonderful outdoor patio with gleaming lights, table-side fire heaters and the wonderful dishes.

As we sat at our table, our intuitive waitress ignited the outdoor heater. Between the glow of the fire, and the colourful hue of the fairy lights, the veranda at Italian Job is such a idyllic and charming venue. With Valentine’s Day coming up, you can’t help but think how it’s the perfect date spot for a romantic night out. We decided to feast on our dinner family style, so we each ordered a plate to share. To begin, we delved in to two plates of insalate - the buffalo mozzerella with tomato and pesto dressing, and the marinated beef carpaccio with ruccola salad and parmesan cheese. How could we visit an Italian restaurant and not indulge in a pizza? We decided to try the Pizza Valtellina which is topped with tomato, mozzarella, beef bresaola and shaved parmesan on top. The thin crust was perfect to scoop all the delicious toppings off the plate and in to your mouth. Our second choice was another Italian classic - the Lasagna Alla Bolognese. This dish comprises layers of pasta, Bolognese sauce, béchamel and parmesan cheese. Exactly how mama used to make! We also tried the seafood pasta which is the ‘must have’ of the menu. The fresh tagliatelle pasta is heaping with rich tomato sauce with an array of seafood delicacies hidden inside - there were prawns and scallops aplenty! Our final choice was something on the lighter healthier side: a salmon escalope with a buttery lemon and mint sauce. The salmon was perfectly cooked and paired perfectly with the creamy, tart sauce it was served with. This is the perfect dish for someone who’s looking to cut out carbs.

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FOOD REVIEW For dessert we could do nothing else but sample everything on the menu. Yes everything. There was a glorious, sweet Tiramisu al fresco, a creamy chocolate Mousse el cioccolato in salsa alla menta and three scoops of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream. The tiramisa was layer upon layer of delicious creamy mascarpone cheese filling, and coffee flavouring while the mousse was a soft and tangy when you added the shot of mint dressing. All in all our night was utterly fantastic. Sitting outside in the fresh air, enjoying the lights and the fire, while indulging in some infamous Italian cuisine. It truly was a bella notte. To make a reservation at The Italian Job, please call 4428 1428. Or to find out more information about The Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha please visit their website by clicking here. m

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha Flavour Tour of Mosaic

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Author: Lalaine Turqueza

osaic sits on the 8th floor of Mandarin Oriental, Doha. Bright, friendly and boasts nine live food stations with everything you could possibly want - grills and dim sum, sushi and biryani, they even make their own paratha in ovens conveniently visible to diners. Tables surround the stations, with views of the Barahat Square on one side and the blue waters of Doha bay on the other. We settled on a corner table. Our friendly server (we’ll call him C) immediately offered a refreshing watermelon mocktail. The menu is straightforward. Salads, soups, a selection of starters, with the main courses classified accordingly plus of course a list of desserts on the last page.

We started with a basket of bread followed by a hot and sour soup matched with a plateful of Quinoa salad. The pairing was reminiscent of a sunny weekend brunch - fresh, green, hinting of sweet, with the soup spiced just enough to remind us of more good food to come. Bring it on. For starters, we sampled several tasty servings of the ‘usual’ favourites - the Japanese sushi and tempura, some Chinese dumplings, a Turkish cheese pide and some very juicy Wagyu skewers (definitely a musttry). The servings are big enough for two people, but if you’d rather not share (for safety reasons *wink *wink) each plate, definitely, is too good for leftovers. The first main event is a grilled black Angus beef ribeye that came with two sauces - creamy wild mushroom sauce and chimichurri. Chimichurri, as you know is a regular grill sauce, popular among fans of churrasco. You can choose from several sides, or follow the recommendations of the friendly staff. The second one is the Kaeng Kung, a Thai curry dish with tiger prawns, best eaten with steamed rice. Yum. Mosaic’s choices of desserts are as many and as varied. They have cakes and ice creams and sorbets. They have Umm Ali and Tiramisu and lemon tarts. They have all the tempting sweets you can only want from a proper restaurant. After all the food, we were thinking of just skipping dessert. But C was very insistent on us having at least a taste of their best sellers. We chose the chocolate brownie and their new Bourbon vanilla cheesecake. Was it a good choice? It definitely had

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us lounging back and contemplating on all the fun summers we had before the pandemic. Good times. Mosaic at Mandarin Oriental, Doha is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6:30 am until 11 pm. Please note that only fully vaccinated guests will be allowed to dine inside the restaurant. Outdoor seating available. For reservations, call 4008 8888 or send an email to modoh-reservations@mohg.com. m

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Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

Living Life The Italian Way at Dante

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By Charlotte Wright very dish had a unique Tuscan flare and flavour, that with every mouthful you feel yourself being transported back to Italy.

The restaurant is named after Dante Alighieri, who was a poet in 1265 in what is now Italian Tuscany. He is best known for writing the ‘Divine Comedy’ and other infamour Italian literature. So, to celebrate the combination of poetry and cuisine, the menu is named Liber de Coquina and the restaurant was named after Dante himself. The restaurant brings you the best Tuscan cuisine that it is meant to look, feel and taste like poetry.

There’s no better chef to make this vision a reality than Chef de Cuisine Alfonso Ferraioli. He grew up in Tuscany so he knows the traditional way to prepare dishes and with plenty of experience in the Middle East, he knows how to give each dish a unique twist that will appeal to everyone. We were seated at our table by Assistant Restaurant Manager Dexter who explained Dante’s unique origin and design. He was always keen to help and explain every dish, along with our waitress Jessica and Chef Alfonso himself. In fact, they recommended our drinks and food for the entire evening! For our drinks, we were brought the restaurant’s favourite mocktails: the Via Cortona, the MostoMosto, the Orzata and the Bea. Our favourite was the Via Cotona which was made with citrus, basil, mint, and limonata. Delicious! We began our Tuscan culinary journey with some salads. Now, for me, salads are usually just a sideshow while you enjoy the main event - but these salads absolutely stole the show! The Panzanella or tomato salad was my favourite dish of the evening. The individual ingredients are brought to the table in glorious blue ceramic bowls so you can see exactly how the salad is made. To begin, a bed of croutons are heaped in to a large mixing bowl, mixed with fresh tomatoes which were ripened on the vine so they are extra juicy. These are then combined with a trickle of agrodolce bianco and lashings of olive oil. Afterwards the cucumbers, fresh basil leaves, salt, mixed herbs and pickled onions are added and mixed for 20 seconds. The result was a wondrously fresh and tasty concoction.

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FOOD REVIEW The next dish to arrive at the table was the Bruschettone Stracciatella Di Burrata - Pomodorini or a pulled burrata bruschetta. Served on a wooden board, this unique style of bruschetta comprised a thin bed of oven-baked bread, wedges of succulent tomatoes, heaps of pulled burrata cheese, sprigs of basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. The combinations of freshness from the tomatoes, creaminess from the burrata and the smoky undertone from the oven-baked bread made for another fantastic dish.

In a similar fashion the Pesce Al Sale was another incredible dish that was served encased in a ‘jacket’. However, this jacket was not for eating! The catch of the day was encrusted in salt which Jessica had to crack open to reveal the succulent fish inside. By this point, we were getting rather full but how can you turn down the pasta course at an Italian restaurant? We tried the Ravioli Di Melanzane Ricotta Al Forno, which was a ravioli stuffed with roasted aubergine with baked ricotta crumbled on top, and the Scoglio Per “Quatro”. This dish should not be attempted with less than four people - it’s massive! This overflowing plate of pasta comes with not one, not two nor three, but four different types of fish. It’s definitely a seafood lovers paradise. There’s no better way to finish a proper Tuscan meal, than with some proper Italian desserts. Of course tiramisu is an infamous choice and Dante do it perfectly. with the Tanto, Tanto Tiramisu. We also had to try Grandpa’s coffee cafe or the Coppa Del Nonno. The strong coffee flavour is perfect to cleanse your palette and goes perfectly with something sweet like the Panna Cotta.

Another favourite of ours was the Crostoni Toscani In Teglia. Served on Tuscan bread, the chicken liver was paired with goats cheese, baby onions, bread, pesto, and herbs. Chef Alfonso was keen to tell us that we had to try a mouthful with all the ingredients to get a proper taste of Italy. And he was right! A classic Italian dish that everyone knows and loves is... a margarita pizza. This Regina Margherita with buffalo cheese is a tasty addition to the menu and a fabulous choice for sharing with family or friends. This dish was served alongside the Cestino Di Olive Ascolane which had a fantastic rich, smoky flavour.

In a time when you can’t travel anywhere, restaurants like Dante are so important. With authentic, traditional flavours and dishes you can be transported anywhere - and where else would you rather go than Tuscany? Located at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, Dante invites residents and guests to ‘Celebrate Life the Italian Way’ from Monday – Saturday, 4:30 pm – 11 pm. For reservations please call or WhatsApp 5045 9130. You can read the full food review on our website marhaba.qa/food-reviews m

What came to the table next was a puzzle at first. From a distance, it was hard to work our what it was but when it arrived at the table you could see it was black dough wrapped over a surprise ingredient. The Galletto - Crosta Di Pane is actually a whole free range chicken in a bread ‘jacket’. The whole chicken is stuffed with herbs and then encased in a black dough. This is regular pizza dough that has been dyed black with squid ink. By encasing it in the dough, Chef Alfonso was able to deliver a perfectly cooked, juicy chicken with salty skin which had absorbed all the flavours of the herbs which was trapped by the dough. Chef Alfonso was eager to tell us to try the baked dough as it’s perfectly suitable to eat.

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The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Eat Like a True Italian at Seasonal Tastes

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By Charlotte Wright

Thursday night is all about happiness surviving the work week, not having to wake up early the next morning. And there’s no better way to celebrate the weekend, and Italian food, than enjoying the ‘Eat Like An Italian’ menu at Seasonal Tastes restaurant in The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa.

My passion towards cooking started when I was very young, I was so curious to see my mother cooking for the family that my father got me a step to be able to help her and watch her more closely. Marhaba: What do you like best about cooking and being a Chef? I have always believed that when cooking you MUST enjoy each moment. You can craft many dishes using a diversity of ingredients; enjoy working in different countries and learn to cook new dishes from different culinary cultures and a variety of ingredients. I believe that you can do the job only if you are passionate about it and you love to cook. I love cooking, giving emotions to the people through food. Seeing the guest smiling and happy, while devouring all their plate. There is no better feedback than this. Hearing this we were even more keen to dig in and taste the food! The central island was full of tasty morsels to get the mouth watering - and even though protected behind a screen - the smell of freshly baked bread, roasted vegetable bruschetta, and fried croquettes was enhancing our fervour.

‘Eat Like An Italian’ Night is brought to life by Chef Massi - an authentic Italian, cooking authentic Italian food. We had to ask:

After diving in to our first course, and with so much food still to choose from we asked Chef for some direction:

Marhaba: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your history of cooking.

Marhaba: What is your favorite dish on the wonderful “Eat Like An Italian” menu and why?

I am originally from Italy from a city called Vasto, which is on the seaside of Abruzzo on the Adriatic.

Definitely, that would be Pizza and Brodetto di Pesce alla Vastese!

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FOOD REVIEW I can eat Pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner, hot and cold. I love Pizza. When I was growing up, I used to buy fish with my father. We would go back home and my mother would cook one of the most famous dishes in my city, that is the Brodetto di pesce alla vastese. It is a seafood stew, cooked in a clay pot, using fresh seafood caught by our city’s fishermen the night before. We never missed cleaning the plate with our bread, Simply Mamma Mia how good that dish is!!! With some fantastic direction from the chef, we headed back over to the food station, plates at the ready. There were three flavours of pizza on offer - a Margarita, a Beef Pepperoni and a tantalising Quattro Formaggi - or four cheese pizza. I decided that I had to taste the four cheese pizza and I can completely understand why Chef Massi would eat this pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The crust was thin and crispy, and the gooey melted cheese on top was strong and sharp but also creamy. It was the perfect balance of pizza and generous topping.

magnificent dish is cooked in a clay pot and has a wonderful and extensive array of seafood delicacies hidden inside. There were mussels, prawns, scallops, squid - all dripping in a rich tomato sauce. The stew was served with a generous chunk of garlic bread to mop up any leftover drops of sauce. Mamma Mia indeed Chef! Marhaba: Is there a secret to great Italian food? I create menus reflecting traditional Italian cuisine. Keeping the dishes simple and with the maximum flavour from all ingredients. If there is a secret, Chef Massi certainly knows it! Dessert was a continuation of the masterpieces that came before it. There were plenty of bite-sized treats on offer - from chocolate cake to fruit tarts - and even ice cream. They were the perfect end to a wonderful meal. Marhaba: And finally, what do you think makes the Italian Night at Seasonal Tastes so special? It is special because I can assure you that the food has been cooked with love from my side. We have created live stations such as pasta, pizza, risotto and that would be a true culinary journey through authentic Italian cuisine. I also have some news for you, the menu will change every week so – if you become a loyal guest to our Italian Nights at Seasonal Tastes – get ready for a new taste of Italy every week! See you there! Seasonal Tastes is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but Italian Night is every Thursday. You can call 3359 8514 to make a reservation. m

After the pizza, we decided to sample the Agnello in Casseruola and the Pollo alla Diavola. Both dishes had that ‘fall-off-the-bone’ quality that only comes with time and care being taken with the best ingredients. I was craving pasta and to my surprise there wasn’t just a single pasta special on the menu - there was a whole dedicated ‘Make Your Own’ station and not only can you make your own pasta but your own risotto as well. And then - for an extra dose of flavour - your pasta or risotto is placed inside a huge wheel of parmesan cheese and tossed until every grain of rice, or every sliver of pasta, is coated in a fantastically cheesy layer of parmesan cheese. Wow... talk about taking Italian food to the next level! All that food, and we still had one more recommendation from Chef Massi: the Brodetto do Pesce alla Vastese or seafood stew in English. This

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha Chinese Cuisine at Its Very Best

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By Brian Candy

ocated adjacent to Mandarin Oriental hotel in Barahat Msheireb. Liang offers a unique Chinese cuisine dining experience with outstanding service and in a most opulent setting. My guests and I collectively decided to be guided by our server. And two varieties of Dim Sum were quickly served; Xiao Long Bao Steamed chicken dumplings, and Har Gau Steamed crystal shrimp dumplings. Not being a ninja with chopsticks I decided not to try and be clever with the Dim Sum, and opted to simply pick up a Xiao Long Bao and pop it straight into my mouth. This was surprise number one, the Dim Sum was filled with what appeared to be a delicious chicken soup. The moment I bit into it there

was a flavour explosion inside my mouth. My eyes literally sprang open with astonishment. Firstly I was not expecting liquid inside a Dim Sum (how on earth do they get soup inside there anyway?), and secondly it tasted absolutely amazing. This was a delightful start to the meal. Surprise number two was filled mushroom-shaped buns. We were told that these are exclusively available only in Liang here in Qatar. The buns literally and convincingly look like mushrooms. I felt a little guilty for destroying something that must have taken so much effort to produce. But they were absolutely delicious. Then followed a succession of dishes that brought so much pleasure to my taste buds. Lotus Leaf-wrapped glutinous rice with chicken, crispy wonton dumplings, deep-fried prawn dumplings with sweet and sour dip, and Hong Kong style pan-fried turnip cakes with fermented shrimps and shiitake mushrooms. All of which were simply wonderful, and lead up to surprise number three; Chilled Sichuan Spicy Chicken. This is poached chicken in chilli sauce with sesame seeds and spring onions. Without doubt one of the tastiest things I have ever tasted. Hot and sour soup was next to appear on the table which is firm favourite of mine. I was still enjoying this when out of the kitchen came a whole roasted Peking Duck. It looked and indeed was cooked to crispy perfection. Presented to us whole, then right in front of us skilfully carved and placed into steamed pancakes along with cucumber, leeks and Hoisin sauce. Absolutely delicious.

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FOOD REVIEW What remained of the duck was then diced and cooked in XO sauce or sweet soy sauce and served with lettuce wraps. Yum! Two more dishes arrived, Kung Pao Tiger Prawns in sweet chilli sauce and Sichuan-style Braised Seabass served with wood fungus and capsicum in chilli and broad bean sauce. Then ta-dah! Out came the Signature Wagyu Beef Short Ribs. Braised short ribs with Sichuan chilli sauce. This is another dish I would return to Liang just to order again. The meat just melts in your mouth accompanied by a sauce that takes it to another level. This is when the resident and certified Tea Master arrived at our table. Tea Masters practice for years before being honoured with the coveted title of a certified Tea Master. And he gave us an impressive performance with an exceedingly long-spouted teapot

which he seemingly danced with. Make sure your phone is ready to take video if he comes to your table. The finale was caramelised banana fritter with frosted sugar. Simple, yet with so little room left in my stomach, exactly what I wanted. If you like Chinese cuisine, I can’t think of anywhere I would recommend more. Liang’s menu comprises traditional Cantonese recipes and innovative creations by Executive Chef Lam, and the handpicked team he has brough with him. m

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Park Hyatt Doha

Sora: Spectacular Food, Spectacular Views

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By Brian Candy

ocated in Msheireb Downtown Doha, the Park Hyatt is in one of the most vibrant and fashionable areas within Qatar. The restaurant is spacious, modern and very premium. And the staff made sure I felt welcome from the moment I stepped out of the elevator.

the food arrived at the table just in time, every time, with no pause. Absolutely perfect timing. Beginning with Crispy Mochi Chicken which was black in colour thanks to squid ink, along with Lobster Tempura. These bite size lobster balls were exceedingly tasty, and very much to my liking. Salmon Tadaki and Tuna Caviar Tadaki were next to make an appearance. I love salmon so much I headed straight for the Salmon Tadaki. Then I, with my absolutely dreadful chopstick skills, grabbed a slice of Tuna Caviar Tadaki and managed to get it across the table and into my mouth without dropping it. WHAT! NO! WHAT IS THIS! I had to enquire what this stunning dish was called immediately, because I had just found a very big reason to return to Sora. It was soooo…. Good. If you take just one tip from this review, make sure it’s to try the Tuna Caviar Tadaki. You will thank me. Next out was Chef’s selection of Nigiri Sushi. Available raw or cooked, our selection was raw, just how I like it.

The menu is Japanese, created, curated and brought to life by Sora’s head chef who is of course Japanese.

If you order the next dish to be served, make sure you have your phone ready and set to record video, because the Spiced Salmon Maki is one for your Instagram account. It comes out smoking!

My fellow guests and I decided to let our server select our meal for us. And in no time at all some Taiyaki Japanese Waffles arrived on the table. These filled hot pastries are complimentary and a great way to prepare your pallet for what’s coming. From this moment on,

Signature dish time! Up next was Wagyu Beef Tenderloin. Oh come on. The moment you see the word ‘Wagyu’ you know this beef is going to be exceptional. Not just exceptional, but the very best beef can possibly be.

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FOOD REVIEW wait, ‘Love Potion’. And all of a sudden there was a new contender. Sora’s Pistachio ice cream. It was stunning! The best pistachio ice cream I have ever tasted. It was so good I had another plate of just pistachio bought for me. My fellow diners and I enjoyed a Japanese menu at its very best. Would I return? I guarantee it. Would I recommend it to you? Absolutely! And have your camera ready. Sora has the Wow Factor! m

Get your camera ready again, because the next dish was still moving when served. The Hokkaido Scallops are covered in fish flakes that chef has somehow managed to animate. I was mesmerised. And this is when I realised that Sora is all about spectacle. The view is spectacular, the taste is spectacular, and the presentation is, yup you guessed it, spectacular. Oh and the scallops… cooked exactly as I like them. Yum! But wait, there is still one more chapter in this book. Desert! Mochi & Ice. Another spectacle and another photo op. So out comes some ice cream, well presented, fogging and once again Instagram ready. I love Dairy Queen ice cream, it’s the ultimate soft ice cream. My favourite Baskin & Robbins flavour is ‘Love Potion’, no wait, ‘Cotton Candy’, no

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Park Hyatt Doha

Join The Brunch Club at Opus Every Saturday!

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Author: Ola Diab

oin The Brunch Club at Park Hyatt Doha Every Saturday!

Welcome to Opus, a Marhaba favourite at Park Hyatt Doha, where every Saturday, you can enjoy an exquisite buffet-style brunch that caters to all tastes, cultures and ages. As you walk into Opus, you are welcomed by a selection of colourful and refreshing drinks to choose from. You’re then greeted by rich aromas coming from their open kitchen as well as the buffets spread out at the restaurant. There’s a rich spread of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean salads such as a

delightful beetroot hummus, baba ghanoush, mutabal and other green salads, with a selection of breads on the side. This is followed by delicious dumplings of chicken and shrimp as well as a live ramen station, where you can choose what ingredients you want in your ramen. At the open kitchen, you can choose from fresh seafood, chicken and meat, which can be prepared for you on the grill according to your preference. Also prepared by a chef at the open kitchen is risotto, which once cooked, the chef pours into a big wheel of cheese, then serves you a plate of cheesy risotto. As you got a little taste of China and Japan with dumplings and ramen, you can now get a taste of India with butter chicken, saffron rice, shrimp biryani and more. Nearby, there’s also the popular Middle Eastern lamb and rice dish, which is rich in spices and flavour. And finally, the dessert buffet – it’s a feast. You’re spoiled for choice and might return for a second plate as there’s a scrumptious raspberry cake, lemon tart, strawberry tart, pistachio cake, crème brûlée, Umm Ali, fruits and a variety of chocolate cakes. Nearby is a kid’s dessert buffet where they can savour donuts, cupcakes and other enjoyable child-friendly desserts. Children can also retreat to a fun supervised kid’s club area where they paint, draw and make miniatures sculptures.

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As for the adults, as they relish in the exquisite buffet, they can also enjoy some live music. Saturdays 12:30 pm – 4 pm QAR199 Soft beverage package QAR299 Enhanced beverage package For more information or reservations, call 4009 4330. m

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Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel A Shera-ton of Fun at Al Hayakum Saturday Brunch! Author: Sarah Palmer

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reaking news: The Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel has a fabulous new Saturday brunch for all you gourmets!

It is exciting to hear that not only are buffet brunches back on the menu at the stalwart hotel, but that the new Hayakum brunch at iconic Al Hubara restaurant will feature a number of Qatari speciality dishes. We went along to the opening to find out more. Al Hubara restaurant is always a special treat to visit, with its glamorous, spacious seating areas and opulent décor, a real aesthetic pleasure. And on our visit this time, as well as the affable staff there was also a large blue cockerel to greet us! Brunch on a Saturday can be a more leisurely affair compared to its Friday counterpart, a declaration of ‘we’re not quite ready for the weekend to be over yet, thank you very much’. Al Hubara is not resting on its laurels though – the chefs have been busy whipping up all manner of food! The brunch offers delicious authentic Qatari and international cuisine, something for everyone to enjoy. The extensive buffet spread entices diners with uberfresh salads, seafood and sushi, and soups to ensure a healthy start to proceedings. We indulged ourselves with luxurious poached lobster, chilli prawns, and a chickpea quinoa salad, alongside traditional favourites hummous, moutabel, vine leaves and fattoush. The additional selection of sushi was perfect, some of the best we have eaten. And so, with halos polished, we were ready for the main event. We made a beeline for the roasts and barbecues and boy, we were not disappointed. My dining partner immediately procured a succulent turkey leg – I had

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to remind him we were in polite company and to not throw it over his shoulder, medieval banquet style, once it was finished. Its companions were melt-inthe-mouth slow-cooked ribeye, daoud pasha, a Qatari dish of meatballs in tomato sauce, and kebbeh b sayaniyeh, baked beef and bulgur wheat. A real meat feast. We also decided to plunge into the bounty of the ocean again, this time with Arabic-spiced hammour. The fish was delicately but beautifully seasoned and perfectly complemented by the accompanying roasted Romanesco. One thing you absolutely must do at this brunch is sample the two feature dishes: whole grilled hammour with biryani rice, and lamb ouzi. You’ll find these in the two domes sitting either side of the food stations. If you are not familiar with Qatari cuisine, they are excellent introductions to a taste of the region. In fact, they are confirmation that those deceptively simple looking dishes provide the best flavoursome experiences. And hurrah, for those with a sweet tooth, the hotel’s justly famous Um Ali is available! This perennial bestseller sits in solid company, with the celebrated Sheraton Signature Cakes also making an appearance. There is a wonderful selection of regional and international cheeses as well. This can all be washed down with a cup or two of freshly brewed Turkish or Arabic coffee. A delightful way to end the banquet! For reservations, call 4485 3000, WhatsApp 5594 9701 or email f&breservations.doha@sheraton.com m

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Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery O’Glacée Oh-So-Cool Saturday Brunch Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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Glacée Saturday Brunch – The Mediterranean comes to Msheireb with a wonderful choice of flavourful dishes, delicious drinks, accompanied by an infectious Latin beat at Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery poolside terrace restaurant. The streets and architecture of Msheireb are pristine and proud, and Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery is so classy but – have no fear – Saturday Brunch at O’Glacée Pool Bar is really fun and friendly. It’s so cool on the sunny but shaded terrace – it’s the perfect venue to sip delicious drinks, relax to music and meet up with family and friends.

Enjoy an aperitif and some creative starters; there are lots of little bread, including a freshly baked brioche with delectable tapenade and condiments, artisan cheeses, charcuterie and cold cuts, grilled halloumi, assorted breakfast bites in pretty little glasses, plus a variety of appetising pizzas on small trays and sizzling pots of delectable lasagna. ‘Countless choices in sensible sizes’ is the mantra and you can’t go wrong as the staff are all superfriendly, helpful, and well-organised. The drinks keep coming and, here comes a lady with a saxophone! Yes, mixed with the French cuisine is the sound of salsa. Healthy appetites will appreciate the pizza, pasta and macaroni on offer, and there’s a barbecue with multiple meats and fish, seafood and shellfish. If all this variety was not enough, O’Glacée Saturday Brunch also has an amazing à la carte menu with top-quality items delivered to your table for your delectation: tender Wagyu beef, creamy lobster, grilled lamb, both smoked and pan-seared salmon, shakshouka (egg with tomato and cheese), plus a couple of very palatable plates of charcuterie and artisan cheeses. The choice and quality – both buffet and à la carte – is awesome. The same goes for the desserts; sweet little things, so many colours and textures, nothing too large to tempt you to excess, but, on second thoughts, the sheer variety may do just that… And me, a cheesecake lover of many years experience, even discovered a cheesecake I’d never

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seen before – Basque Cheesecake – which you will not be surprised, did not disappoint. Au contraire! And if Basque cheesecake is too strange for the kids, there’s lots of ice cream with toppings and syrups so adored by kids worldwide. O’Glacée When: Saturdays, noon – 4 pm Why: You’ll love it! Call 4009 9666, WhatsApp 3075 8211, or email restaurants.alwadihotel@accor.com for more information or reservations. m

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha A Real Public House with Retro Vibes Offering Great Value American Diner Menu

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Author: Brian Candy n the UK, stand-alone establishments that primarily serve drinks (food secondary) are called Public Houses, or ‘pubs’ for short.

Ever heard of the phrase ‘going down the pub’? Well, last Friday, I went down the pub, and the pub I went to is actually called the Public House — the one that can be found in Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha.

There is a separate entrance and dedicated car park for the Public House, which from here on I’m going to call the ‘Pub’. As you drive on to the hotel’s island, turn left and head for the giant horse. The entrance is right by the side and it’s very well signed. The Pub has a large spacious indoor area with plenty of comfortable seating/dining tables and a lot of large screens sprinkled around the room for everyone to see. There are games available to play at your table such as Jenga and, of course, a first-class music system. It also has a terrace for when the weather permits, and a chef from New York — all the ingredients to a fun, relaxed and most enjoyable visit. Talking of ingredients, let’s get on to the food. The menu is classic American Diner, plus a bit extra. All my favourites are there: burgers, salads, corn dogs (yum), sandwiches, etc. It’s a huge comprehensive menu of feel-good food prepared by a true New Yorker, the portions are generous and the prices are very reasonable. Also, the whole menu including breakfast is available all day long, seven days a week. I started with a Mixed Market Salad. I’m not much of a salad person, but the Mixed Market was exactly how I like a salad to be: with slices of apple, walnuts, Manchago cheese and a delicious dressing. It was super tasty and refreshing. Next I tried the Lobster & Crab Rolls. They are exactly what their name suggests; bite size rolls (well bite size for me anyway) filled with lobster and crab meat mixed into a mayo dressing with ‘Old Bay Spice’. They went very nicely with the salad.

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FOOD REVIEW One of my favourite American diner foods was next on the table: a plate of two large and perfectly prepared corn dogs dressed with honey Dijon mustard, Japanese mayo, and good old Heinz ketchup. I would come back to the Pub just for more of those. Last out was the delicious Not Just a Baked Potato, a hearty, very generous portion of baked potato filled with shredded smoked brisket, avocado, chive and sour cream. That, along with a pint of my favourite beverage after work, would be a lovely way to end a hard day. For dessert, I decided to try a slice of carrot cake, which is big enough to share (if, of course you are into sharing). It was a lovely, moist carrot cake served with frosting, walnuts, cinnamon and ice cream. I’m going to be popping down the Public House at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha again very soon, and I recommend you do the same. I may see you there. For more information, follow @publichousedoha on Facebook and Instagram. For reservations, call 4035 5011 or send a message via Whatsapp at 7449 6058, or email to reservation.marsamalaz@kempinski.com m

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Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha A relaxing brunch at The Cellar Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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or a relaxed and relaxing, indeed a lazy, Saturday brunch head over to The Cellar for tapas and wine where a great atmosphere, attentive and informative service and multiple flavours will help make your weekend one to remember. There’s nothing lazy about this menu which also offers very good value: varieties, tastes and textures are exquisitely presented by the artistic chefs who clearly love their craft and delight in their creativity, and, there’s a good choice of drinks all of excellent quality. So, settle in, chill out, relax and enjoy the surprising variety and tastes in the various dishes. The chefs are really creative and there are some delicious toppings.

One of the best things about tapas is they’re a great way to sample a range of dishes and ingredients without over-ordering. Tapas are a great tradition of the Spanish, known for a certain latin joie de vivre and love of good food. It’s a key part of eating in Spain and, of course, the same idea exists in other cultures, like mezze in the Middle East. It’s an idea being adopted and adapted around the world, too. And why not, it’s a fun way to eat! Let’s start with the various appetisers: How about octopus salad, sun-dried tomatoes, stuffed peppers, beef cecina with eggplant aioli, marinated anchovies, manchego cheese with olives, goat cheese, green salad, spanish onion and potato frittata – how’s that for choice and for taste. Worthy of mention were the hearty artichoke soup and the refreshing mixed green salad. This mention should also include the accompaniments; so far all the dishes have been visually delightful, and their taste and texture have kept that promise of delight. But The Cellar Brunch doesn’t stop here: those were just the appetisers. Now choose from a selection of main dishes which just about cover al tastes: fish, seafood, steak and chicken, plus a vegetarian paella. All the dishes look equally delicious and desirable on the plate. The lobster tail was great, cooked sous vide for a softer texture, as was the chicken, or rather confit of chicken, the process that delivers softer, more tender, melt-in-your-mouth nourishment. This seems to be the trademark of the cellar: to make a little more effort where the customer gets a lot more satisfaction.

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FOOD REVIEW And more mains: have you ever seen such substantial and succulent servings of prime beef bbq steak and supreme sea bass, both dishes served with their colourful accompaniments. Desserts with a Spanish flavour to bring the brunch to a suitably satisfactory finale. Churros are unashamedly hedonistic and indulgent, but the sorbets taste so fresh and refreshing. However, the final prize of the afternoon must go to the product of Catalunya, the Crema Catalana Clasica – similar to creme brulée but so much better! A delightful combination of crispy on top, followed by smooth, sweet, and velvety cream to savour. Saturday Brunch (or Lazy Brunch Sabado) 12:30 pm – 4 pm every Saturday. For reservations, call 4141 1234 or WhatsApp 6608 5806. m

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha The New Big Apple Brunch at the New York Steakhouse!

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Author: Brian Candy

o today I find myself seated in one of the most reputed Friday Brunches in Doha. I’m in the New York Steak House within the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha. And my expectations are high. Is it going to live up to its reputation? I’m about to find out. The Brunch format is a la carte. There’s an extensive brunch menu, and you can order anything you like

from it, as many times as you like. Some dishes are for one, some to be shared. The menu was so extensive that I asked chef to make recommendations for me. And he did a great job of it. Here we go, first out was an amazing seafood platter, named the ‘Fulton St. Seafood Tower’ with Poached Canadian Lobster, Alaskan King Crab, Giant Prawns, Scallop Ceviche, Octopus Escabeche, and Tuna Ceviche. Beautifully prepared, beautifully presented, and an absolute delight to eat. As a true seafood lover, this was a fabulous start. Of special mention is the lobster and the tuna. Here in Doha, I have had plenty of lobster that didn’t make the grade for me. This knocked the ball out of the court. Delicious! Next up was the amazing slow roasted Wagyu Tomahawk rack. This comes to your table on a trolley, and they slice it right there in front of you. Served with Milk Buns and Cheddar Popovers both of which are mini breads. And dollops of mustards along with their very own freshly prepared horseradish. I tasted the breads and they were very nice, but I decided against eating them to save room for more delights to come. The Wagyu was cooked to perfection. Oh my goodness I am in beef heaven. Am I making you hungry yet? Most of the dishes on the menu are named after New York districts and next up was an assortment presented on a board. First I tried the ‘Staten Island 36 Hot Dog’ Scallop, Lobster and Black Truffle Sausage in Espellete Brioche with Fennel Relish and Caviar Mayo. Well that’s a hot dog with a difference.

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FOOD REVIEW Next was the ‘Williamsburg Standard Toast’. Avocado served on organic sourdough, with blistered tomato and Quail Egg. Very nice indeed. Next the ’East 65th Burger Junior’. A Wagyu patty served with Foie Gras and Raclette. And last on the board but one of my favourite dishes of the day so far, was the ‘Angus Sandwich’. Prime Striploin, Edam cheese and a spicy hollandaise sauce served as an open sandwich. Then came ‘Short Ribs Croquettes’. Vine braised short ribs with breadcrumbs and a spicy sauce. He shoots, he scores! Goal! These were amazing and jump to the number one position on my Croquettes top 10. And that was followed by a plate of ‘Hudson Valley Carpaccio’. And this is going to delight your palate the same as it did mine. Yum! If I wasn’t working my way through the menu, I would have repeat ordered this as well. Tastebud tastick! And then for my final mains salvo, ‘Beef Cheek’, ‘Grilled Skirt Steak’ and ‘Long Beach Seabass’. The beef cheek is served on what looks like mashed potato, but turned out to be celery root cooked in truffle oil. Served with a tasty braising jus, pecorino and a fried egg on top. A really hearty dish which if I ordered again, I would ask them to hold the fried egg. The grilled Skirt steak was a delicious piece of steak beautifully seasoned (Montreal Spiced) and served with Raclette Poutine. This I would order a lot more of. Absolutely delicious!

And finally surprise of the day was the Seabass. I have ordered Seabass in some very reputable seafood restaurants. And here I am in a Steak House eating what in all honesty is one of the best plates of Seabass I have ever had. And I had to compliment chef on an outstanding dish. And for the finale (drum roll) dessert (symbol strike). I had an individual strawberry cheesecake served with chocolate ice cream, and a chocolate fondant pudding with vanilla ice cream. Now I’m no expert (Errr…. Wait a second… yes I am) but the ice cream being freshly made right in front of me, seems to be cream and plenty of liquid nitrogen. Result… ice cream granules. And this represents the end of a wonderful afternoon spent in the most eloquent of surroundings. Did the New York Steak House live up to its reputation? Oh yes it did. For a quality brunch with the finest quality dishes, look no further than the New York Steak House, located in the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha. About The Big Apple Brunch: When: Friday, Noon – 4 pm Where: New York Steakhouse Prices: QAR495 including soft beverages or QAR595 including selected beverages To get in touch with the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, and the New York Steakhouse, please call 4419 5510 or Whatsapp 6643 6890. m

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel Enjoy a Traditional Italian Family Get Together Right Here in Doha Author: Brian Candy

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ring the family, bring friends, bring everyone, and enjoy each other’s company the Italian way. With great food that will bring a smile to your heart, your tummy and of course your face. Sharing has never been so much fun. The Glass House at Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel is stunning. Airy and spacious with lashings of green. You are transported miles away from the past week, and the week ahead. The setting is well designed and prepares you for the coming gastronomic feast.

The starter station is dominated by seafood, but there is something for everyone there. Fresh and bursting with flavour. And my first plate was also dominated by seafood as it’s always my preferred starter. I love scallops, and I partnered them with shrimps, muscles, cigale (a sort of mini lobster), bresaola (cured beef) and of course tomato mozzarella. But of course it’s a brunch, so you design your own starter, no need to copy mine. Round two and it had to be pizza. Today, there was pizza margherita and pizza Contadina. And into the mix I also added Bruschetta with Duxelles. All three were bang on! I especially love it when you try to take a slice of pizza and the cheese goes crazy stringy. And this cheese was way out of control stringy. Loved it. The base had the texture and taste you only get from an Italian restaurant that knows its stuff. The toppings were really tasty without the over complicated ingredients used in errr…. Shall we say American style pizza. The Bruschetta with Duxelles was made with truffle oil and it exploded with flavour. And even though I eat it at the beginning of this paragraph (yes I do write as I eat) I can still taste it vividly even now. Next, I asked Chef Nicolas Di Virgilio to recommend a pasta dish for me. And without hesitation he said he would prepare a lasagne Bolognese and a Ravioli stuffed with Veal Cheek for me. Both were the real deal. You will not experience these dishes (or similar) from any fast food brand I know of. Without requesting it, chef then appeared at my table and prepared the best linguini I have ever

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had. Ever!! He had a wheel of parmesan cheese, he placed freshly cooked tagliatelle on top (still piping hot) and he stirred it on top of the cheese while simultaneously shaving off flakes of parmesan with the spoon. And then he added oodles of truffle paste, which he stirred in before serving. Mama Mia! Divine! By the way this was not preferential treatment, he moved around the room preparing the same for every other table as well. Come and visit the Glass House and bring your camera with you, this is something you will want to tease everyone you know with. I now have a full belly. But there is an amazing cheese board and a dessert section to attack yet. And those breads look so good. What to do? I decided that I did not want to eat so much that I would become uncomfortable. And as such decided to go straight to dessert. There was a Crème Brûlée with my name on it, and I’m on my way to get it. A couple of minuets later…. That’s it… I’m done! No more room. Well maybe enough to squeeze in a Cappuccino. Crème Brûlée is my favourite dessert, and this one had a nice thick caramelised sugar crust on top that had that amazing crack when I smashed through it. Am I coming back here? Absolutely! Would I recommend it? Without a doubt, and especially to Italians. And at QAR220 for adults and QAR95 for kids ages 6 to 12 years, this is a bargain. Tell Chef Nicolas Brian sent you. For reservations and more details, call 4445 5555/35. m

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W Doha Hotel & Residences Time to Tuk Tuk into a Delicious Friday Brunch at Spice Market

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Author: Brian Candy ARNING! The word delicious is used on more than one occasion in this article.

The W Doha Hotel & Residences has just launched their new Friday ‘Tuk Tuk Brunch’ in their Spice Market restaurant. They have taken delicacies from seven countries; Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand and presented them beautifully on Tuk Tuk themed live stations. This is a food bloggers paradise, no need to fly anywhere, it’s all in one place. Being British, I unimaginatively

started with a roast beef dish from Hong Kong. Roasted Striploin with Hong Kong Sauce – one of the best slices of beef I’ve ever had. Pink exactly how I like it with roast vegetables. I was just tucking into that when a nice gentleman appeared and asked me if I’d like some sushi. I said that would be very nice and he disappeared and promptly reappeared with enough sushi for me to open my own restaurant. I’m not an expert on sushi and so I was super glad he brought me a selection that I didn’t have to think about. And it was all delicious. I’m not an expert on sushi, but I know good food when I have it, and this (and no I’m not kidding) was the best sushi I have ever had. Bursting with flavours that I had never come across in sushi before. And the amazing thing about it, is that this is part of a Friday brunch. I was beginning to understand why my friends always spoke so highly of the Spice Market in the W Doha. Next I visited Thailand, and foolishly asked the chap on the Tuk Tuk to cook me something. I actually said cook me anything you like, surprise me. He asked me to return to my table and said he would bring me something shortly. And true to his word, he did bring me something, and then something else, and then something else. Service was awesome, nothing was too much trouble. Staff go out of their way to please you. The dishes from Thailand were absolutely gorgeous. I erroneously forgot to ask what they all were, however I know one of them was Pad Thai. I started making my way through them enjoying every mouthful, when I realised, I still had five more countries to visit.

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Then I took a Tuk Tuk to Sri Lanka. Where I learned never to tell a Sri Lankan Chef you like it spicy. He prepared me a Koththu Parata. Boom! I say again, never tell a Sri Lankan Chef you like it spicy. Luckily I do like it spicy, and this is why Sri Lankan continues to be one of my favourite cuisines. But this may challenge some of you. Before taking another Tuk Tuk, I simply must tell you about the mocktail’s in the Spice Market. They are so good I can’t stop drinking them. Especial the Pina Colada. I think I’ve already drunk about five of them. Hong Kong, Thailand and Sri Lanka done. Next up China, and Glass Noodle Japchal. A spicy noodle salad dish. By this point I’m starting to ask for small portions because Thailand took so much of my stomach real estate early on. Another short Tuk Tuk ride, and I’m in Vietnam. I decided to go for Beef Broth with Rice Noodles. A light delicious beef broth with vegetables and noodles. This is a delightful dish that is so much more than its name infers, bright with tangy flavours. This would have been my appetiser if I had known about it. Taxi! I mean Tuk Tuk! Malaysia please driver. And on arrival I order a Nasi Lemak and a Pomelo Salad. Nasi Lemak is a rice dish with beans and fried boiled egg. The boiled egg, fried, was something a little different for me. Quite nice actually. And Nasi Lemak a salad with a slight bitterness in its flavour. And last but not least Indonesia for some Mixed Seafood Skewers and Beef Satay. Phew!! I’ve made it. Seven countries, seven Tuk Tuk Live Stations and a massive portion of sushi. I’m done! Oh no… wait a minute, there is an eighth station… Desserts. I can’t leave without a dessert. And they had just the thing for me. Teppanyaki rolled ice cream, prepared right in front of me. They literally pour coffee and cream onto a cold plate, spread it thin until it freezes and then scrape it into rolls. A perfect dessert to finish my culinary journey around Asia. Tuk Tuk Brunch is available every Friday, noon – 4 pm. At just QAR350 for soft drinks, QAR450 for special sips and QAR550 for sparkling you get an afternoon packed with more variety than you could possibly handle. For reservations or more information, call 4453 5135 or WhatsApp 7794 3975. m

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W Doha Hotel & Residences

The First Brunch at COYA Doha Is One Of A Kind!

the fresh elements of a traditional Peruvian guacamole, which were all quickly mashed up by our wonderful server. The result was a truly fresh, creamy guacamole. For our first course, we were treated to a fabulous selection of Maki Rolls - Maki Roll de Aguacate and Maki Roll de Salmon. The first was a mouthful of shiitake, avocado, quinoa, sesame seeds and aji limo. The second platter were rolls of salmon sushi with spicy mayo, soy, daikon and orange tobiko. In addition to these flavourful treats, we also had Croquettas de Lubina with chilean sea bass croquettes sprinkled with red chilli and Papa y Pollo Taco. These balls of grilled chicken, bell pepper, and huayro potato were packed with flavour!

This restaurant is well known for its exquisite Peruvian dishes, fabulous and intricate design and spectacular location - at the W Doha Hotel & Residences. And now they have added a brunch to their resume - and not your standard brunch either - a five course brunch!

This second course features the classic Peruvian dish that COYA Doha is known for - ceviche! I’ve never had better ceviche than at COYA Doha and this course displays all of their various flavours and styles. There was Lubina Clasica with sea bass, Salmon Nikkei, Atun Chifa with yellowfin tuna, Pez Limon with yellowtail, and Atun Nikkei with yellowfin tuna and pickled cucumber. There were loads of other treats as well like Tuna Tacos, Octopus Causa and Picante de Pepino. My two favourite dishes were the Hongos which was wild mushrooms, choclo, shallots, and crispy enoki which had this fab umami flavour. The other favourite of mine was the Tataki de Res Wagyu which is Wagyu beef tataki with cashew nut puree.

First to arrive at our table was just a small sampling of what’s to come - a selection of Oysters, Peruvian Bean Dip and, of course, a guacamole! A huge stone mortar and pestle was brought to our table contain all

This next course may have been my favourite! The prime short rib served in mantou baos with aji amarillo or ‘Baos con Res’ was utterly divine - the meat was so soft it just fell apart in your mouth. In

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t Marhaba, we are lucky enough to have some pretty spectacular invites - but to attend the very first brunch at the renowned COYA Doha was truly a thrill!

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FOOD REVIEW addition to the Baos we were served a tray of various skewers on a bed of charcoal. There were three different skewers - the Res Anticucho which was a beef fillet, with aji panca and coriander, the Pollo Anticucho which was chicken with aji amarillo and garlic, and then the Setas Anticucho which was forest mushroom cubes tossed in aji amarillo and garlic. For course number four, COYA Doha has switched things up and you select a larger course of your choice. We decided to try the Costillas de Res and the Pollo a la Parrilla. The costillas were beef ribs cooked with miso and aji limo. The pollo was a succulent corn fed chicken, roasted with aji panca and coriander. In addition to your main courses, you can choose some delicious side dishes like patatas bravas, arroz con choclo, and brocoli. Finally, we were treated to an excellent platter of various sweet treats - all served on a bed of fresh popcorn. There was ice cream, churros with orange chocolate sauce, passionfruit ice cream, berry sorbet with a surprising cinnamon flourish. There really is something for everyone! About the Brunch at COYA Doha: When: Friday, noon - 3:45 pm Price: QAR350 - Non-alcoholic package QAR450 - House beverage package QAR550 - Premium beverage package - includes bubbles and pisco sour and infusion of the day To get in touch with COYA Doha, please call 4453 5416 or email wdoha.coya. reservations@whotels.com m

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JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

Swimming in Flavour and Fun at Koi Brunch in Shanghai Club! Author: Charlotte Wright

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erched on the top of West Bay, on the 43rd floor of JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, is Shanghai Club. This haven of Pan-Asian cuisine has views that will give you goose bumps, and food that is sure to delight you. Their new Koi Brunch is the perfect opportunity to sample all the best that Shanghai Club has to offer.

Under the feet of the huge dragon that towers over the restaurant, lies what the Doha community have been craving.... Live entertainment! This electric jazz band ignited the atmosphere at Shanghai Club creating the perfect bouncing brunch vibe. In addition to the band, there was a huge coconut collection where you could sample exquisitely fresh coconut water to hydrate before your foray into Friday brunch. In addition to the fresh coconuts, there was an array of fancy mocktails, cocktails, wines, beers and bubbly on offer. And the drinks menu was a revelation - literally. At the centre of the table were two Chinese fans; if you open them up, inscribed on the fabric between the blades are all the luscious sips on offer. After you have drank your fill, you can initiate the march of delicious food that is sure to come your way. The first treat to arrive was a piping hot bowl of sour and spicy Tom Yum soup. It was the perfect palette cleanser to began our parade of Pan-Asian delicacies. When our bowls were licked clean, our appetisers arrived. Every dish was presented immaculately but the Assorted Sushi platter stole the show. With shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, lobster rolls crispy phili, shrimp nigiri and sashimi, and salmon nigiri and sashimi this assortment is truly paradise for sushi lovers. Continuing with our seafood theme, we were served a Soft Shell Bao - which looks very intimidating at first - but once you dive in, you won’t regret it! The Kani Salad paired wonderfully with the seafood as well, the yuzu juice and ginger garlic really paired well with the seafood palate.

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FOOD REVIEW Buried in ice, was the tuna tartar. Served ice cold this dish is a wonder for tuna lovers - and if you’ve never tried it before - this would be the venue to do it. You won’t find better anywhere I imagine! In addition to the classic chicken satay with lashings of peanut sauce, and mango salad, we were treated to corn tempura - which I had never tried before. The corn obviously sweetened the dish, but the tempura style of frying in batter added a salty flavour that was incredibly tasty. In addition to the mocktails, cocktails and sparkling vino there was also a roaming cocktail cart shaking up a secret signature cocktail served with a delicate rose petal. For our main course, as if we hadn’t been treated enough, we were served another fantastic array of delicious dishes. Including, Malaysian BBQ Mamak Chicken, and Steamed Seabass served and cooked inside a banana leaf, served beside Phad Thai Noodles, Wok Flashed Vegetables and steamed rice. Despite the deliciousness of the dishes above, my two recommendations would have to be: the Peking Duck and the Short Ribs. The slivers of perfectly cooked Peking duck were served with thin pancakes, shredded leek and cucumber and oodles of Hoisin sauce to make your own mouth-watering bites of sweet and savoury flavour. The Short Ribs had been cooked for 48 hours so you can imagine how the meat simply fell apart in your mouth.

Time for the sweet tooth’s to rejoice - it’s time for dessert! In addition to great savoury dishes, Shanghai Club also offers an array of sweet treats. These are actually some of my favourite desserts in Doha; not too sweet, full of fresh, fruity flavours. We enjoyed the passion fruit cheesecake (Giggly Cheesecake) - which is my personal favourite - a raspberry Sans Rival, a Matcha Espuma and of course the classic: Mango Sticky Rice. A (Squid) Game: Inspired by the hit Netflix show, Squid Game, Shanghai Club have created their own game to end your fabulous brunch experience. If you can break your heart away from the rest of your Dalgona Candy - without cheating! - you win a cute selection of signature shots! A wonderful, fun task to laugh about with your friends and family. The Koi Brunch at the Shanghai Club in the JW Marriott Marquis is a MUST TRY! With spectacular views, incredible dishes, and a fabulous atmosphere this brunch is perfect for everyone. And the best news of all - it is one of the best priced brunches I have seen here in Doha - especially when you consider what is included. About Koi Brunch: When: Friday, noon - 3 pm Price: QAR240 for soft beverages, QAR360 for enhanced beverages package Call 4419 5510 or Whatsapp 6643 6890 to book your reservation m

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha A Casa Della Nonna Brunch at Cucina

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Author: Matthew Wright

or lovers of authentic Italian food look no further than Cucina! This haven of Italian cuisine is located at the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, offering both à la carte and a brunch option there truly is something for everyone. We were fortunate enough to be invited for a delicious brunch at Cucina and upon entering the restaurant we were greeted by the friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful staff. They directed us through the beautiful, rustic yet refined interior and past the display of

incredible looking desserts to our table. It was here we could truly appreciate the atmosphere created by the exposed brick walls and archways, hanging lights and varnished wood furnishings, immediately it felt like being transported to Italy for a wonderful candle light dinner. As we took in the warmly lit interior the excitement for what would surely be an amazing Italian dining experience with authentic Italian food grew. Masterminding the menu available at Cucina is the Sicilian-born Head Chef Claudio Trovato. His craftsmanship and understanding of Italian flavours brings unique dishes to Cucina that nonetheless feel authentically Italian. Chef Claudio believes that to get the best from Italian cuisine local and seasonal ingredients should be used, to ensure you are enjoying fresh ingredients at the height of their flavours. Beyond just crafting the delicious menu, Chef Claudio brings warm Italian hospitality to Cucina, the notion of guests being part of La Famiglia (The Family) certainly shows through in his dedication to make amazing food for all his guests. Perhaps the best example of the family welcome you will receive comes from the name of the brunch itself. ‘A Casa Della Nonna’ brunch isn’t just any brunch as its meaning in English is brunch at grandmother’s house. As for our dining experience at Cucina, we were first brought the chef’s selection of appetizers; these delicious treats were mostly a collection of different vegetables cooked in an Italian style. The caramelised onions were particularly delicious. A big stand out of the brunch was brought shortly after the

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FOOD REVIEW appetizers, this being the fried calamari and the mac and cheese croquette. The batter for the calamari was crunchy and the tartar sauce brought alongside it offered a fantastic crunch with a pop of zesty flavour, making for a truly fantastic experience. The mac and cheese perfectly walked the line between being dry and moist, creating a centre of deliciously melted, stringy cheese and soft macaroni, truly it should be a must have for any fans of savoury foods. Following next was probably the highlight of our Cucina experience; a truffle pizza! This piping hot, fresh-from-the-oven pizza was brought to our table on a classically Italian pizza peel. As the pizza slices were split a wave of delicious aromas were released, the combination of the earthy truffles and melted mozzarella was incredibly inviting. Biting into this pizza was like taking a bite from a work of art and we couldn’t help but feel slightly sad when we had finished. Part of the reason this dish was so great is the care Cucina takes when making their dough, this process takes 72 hours and it is definitely worth it. Their method involves using traditional techniques to ensure that the dough for each pizza ends up perfect, allowing for the ideal rise on the crust. Along with the pizza we were brought a seafood risotto and bucatini pasta in richly flavoured tomato sauce. The seafood risotto was truly fantastic, and for a dish with such reputation for being difficult to master, Cucina made it look easy. The bucatini pasta in tomato sauce was perhaps the most anticipated of all the dishes, owing to it being so synonymous

with Italian cuisine and it truly did not disappoint. The pasta was cooked to a perfect degree but the real stand out was the tomato sauce, richly seasoned with Italian herbs it was mouth-wateringly delicious. Believe it or not, because we certainly didn’t, we were still to have our main course. We were given multiple options but ultimately we settled on the seafood salad, swordfish, mozzarella in carroza and a ‘squashed meatball’. The seafood salad seemed to contain as many types of seafood as the sea itself, making this salad fitting for any lover of seafood. The ‘squashed meatball’ was incredible; the meat practically melts in your mouth. This was covered in a rich tomato sauce that had been made to better pair with the meatball, showing the dedication of the chefs to give the best possible experience. The fried mozzarella in carroza had a fantastic crunch from its breadcrumb coating and the inside was filled with molten mozzarella that practically oozed deliciousness as we cut it apart. If you are looking for a reasonably priced Friday brunch to spend with your family or friends, this Casa Della Nonna brunch is perfect for you! Cucina is a homey, beautiful restaurant which is brought alive by Chef Claudio and his passion for cooking! A Casa Della Nonna costs QAR145 or QAR265 with selected beverages. Reservations are required, to make a reservation or for more information please call 4419 5510 or WhatsApp 6643 6890. m

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Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park Friday Brunch at Aramede, the Wonderful International All-Day Dining Restaurant

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Author: Terry Sutcliffe

hat a spread! There’s an amazing array of dishes on display; I’ve never seen such quantity and variety and it’s all laid out in gorgeous colour in the spacious, light and airy Aramede Restaurant on the ground floor of Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park. This is going to be good, so Bon Appétit to everyone!

I was going dizzy taking in all the displays: from cold cuts, to pizza, to cold and hot Arabic mezze, cold and roasted vegetables, and of course soup. Lentil, of course. Good for you. And then to the sea: Red Mullet and Snapper, Seabass, Seabream, and Salmon which the friendly and professional staff will grill you one right now; takes about 10 minutes. Can’t wait. So good, and good for you. Plus oysters, lobster tails poached shrimps, mussels, squid and octopus, take your pick. On the outside of the circle was the carvery, showcasing the most tempting-looking joint of beef and roasted leg of lamb for which I can personally vouch for the veracity of the qualifiers ‘mouthwatering’ and ’melt-in-your-mouth’. Don’t look now but there’s an enormous section with desserts and sweets and cakes and, goodness me, are they good for me? We’ll come back later. There’s a waffle station; well, it is brunch and some people do absolutely love waffles for their breakfast. And to involve as many continents as possible, but only discovered by the incongruous sign of a red lantern, you could treat yourself to a colourful and beautiful selection of Sushi and Sashimi. After I have eaten starters, Arabic and marine, I turn away from the centre circle towards another outside station with all my favourite cheeses therein. And one which I didn’t know of but which has now entered my favourites chart very high in the rankings; it’s Italian, called Taleggio, and it gives my lovely brie, emmenthal, edam, cheddar and blue a run for their money.

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FOOD REVIEW Exec Chef Jonathan recommended it while we were enjoying the brunch and since then I have bought a nice piece of the same from my favourite French supermarket to prolong the pleasure. But look, to add another taste to your tasty cheese, what about adding a little truffled honey and/or some fig chutney, not to mention some soft and dried apricots and nuts. Dishes that we chose and enjoyed: the cold starter with beef bresaola… but wait, add roast figs, truffled honey and blue cheese and it’s transformed. Wonderful, especially with chicken liver and pistachio terrine and a slice of their freshly baked bread. Try, like us, a plate of seafood starters, mussels, shrimps and squid, and most delicious the tail of lobster. Arabic cold mezze is very common in Doha, but come to Crowne Plaza and the common becomes sublime. I haven’t shaken off the temptation of the dessert station and thank goodness there were no giant cakes… actually, there were three, well not giant, but still very impressive, very artistic cakes: one with the word strawberry in it, one with coconut and one with chocolate. One of our party died for the chocolate, one went for the Charlotte because he knew a girl called Charlotte, and I just love coconuts, the most natural food and indeed drink. What can go wrong?! The staff are great. Friendly, professional, informative, and all seem willing to go the extra yard to bring some special sauce or intelligently explain away some culinary misconceptions I may have had. But leaving the Arabic desserts smouldering in their attractiveness, I really liked the cute presentations of coconut mango panna cotta in a cocktail glass. It’s cruel, and unfair, to choose only one, but it was time to go, it was the end of the affair – an exquisite finale. Cheers! For reservations, call or WhatsApp +974 6641 5504. m

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DoubleTree by Hilton Doha Al Sadd Happy Friday Brunch at Indo-Chin! Author: Lalaine Turqueza

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sian food fanatics would be happy to learn that the Indo-Chin restaurant at DoubleTree by Hilton Doha - Al Sadd has once again opened its doors to the brunch crowd on Fridays, serving everyone’s Asian comfort food favourites. The restaurant recently launched a new menu and everyone online and offline who is into food were there, getting stuffed with Asian dishes and enjoying the table games set out on every table.

The restaurant was very festive when we came, with friendly faces greeting everyone passing through the entry. We had a shot of welcome drinks at the door, a sweet, fruity concoction enough to set your expectations on track. Food came in round bamboo trays and serve almost non-stop in cute, colourful bowls. You need to come in hungry and willing to try anything passing through you. Some dishes are spicy, but not too spicy that you’d want to stop. Well, we actually stopped for a while to play Jenga, found the hidden blocks marked with the Indo-Chin logo, redeemed our prize, and again waited for the bamboo trays. Bamboo trays There were lots of bamboo trays going around, filled with dishes in single servings. Our first bamboo tray covered most of Asia already - two soup options - hot and sour soup and sweet corn soup, papaya salad, a pair of chicken and beef satay, and spring rolls. On the side, they also served shrimp dynamite in cute coconut shells, fish crackers and edamame. Another tray soon made its way to our table carrying a stir-fry beef dish, sweet-and-sour fish, and steamed vegetables. The rice and noodles tray followed after. The last tray and probably the most anticipated was the dessert tray. It has shallow bowls of treats that looked and taste as sweet as expected! It was generally a fun experience for the guests, as servers came and went with the food, and guests had the option to pass or take and have as much as they

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FOOD REVIEW want. We salute the servers for never showing signs of exasperation or grumpiness amidst an endless flow of requests for drinks and rice and whatever else was offered on the menu. If you’re looking for peace and quiet on a Friday, IndoChin is not the place for you. The place is much too happy with its own buzz, the kind you look forward to on a weekend when every member of your family is spending time together, eating Asian comfort dishes and being happy regardless. The Indo-Chin Brunch is open from 1 pm to 4 pm on Fridays, QAR149 per person (with unlimited soft beverages) and QAR245 (with unlimited enhanced beverages). Kids under six years old eat for free! Book via their WhatsApp number, 5002 6386. m

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Samba Along At The Rio Carnival Brunch At Ipanema!

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Author: Charlotte Wright

razilian Churrascarria is an incredible treat for any meat lover and the best place to enjoy it is at Ipanema in the Marriott Marquis City Center

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This lively Brazilian Churrascaria showcases 12 cuts of meat and Rodizio-style service, set to the soundtrack of live music. Sadly, live entertainment isn’t allowed yet - but watch this space! With the

recent relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions, there may be even more to enjoy at this decadent brunch spot! While the Brazilian Churrascaria is the highlight of this brunch, you don’t want to make the mistake of ignoring the incredible South American treats on offer or the extensive buffet of appetisers, salads, roast vegetables, ceviche and so, so much more. If you haven’t been to Ipanema in a while you might not recognise the place. Don’t worry - the funky art wall hasn’t disappeared - it’s just been enhanced but walls of hanging plants and new chic wicker baskets, and even more plants. The abundant sunlight, the art wall and the plants give Ipanema a warm glow where you feel happy to enjoy a languorous brunch with your friends. Speaking of friends, what struck me about this brunch at Ipanema was how wonderful the gauchos (and gauchas?) like Rey were. Adorned in Brazilian themed dresses (on the ‘gauchas’ obviously) and a party attitude, they were a huge embellishment to our experience. We were taken care of by Izabel who brought us our drinks in not ones, not twos but threes! What more could you ask for? Speaking of drinks, as soon as we entered we were treated to a loco coconut cocktail. A cart filled with fresh coconuts await - and if you are celebrating with the alcohol package - they’ll add a kick of something extra. In addition to the Coco Loco you have to try the different Caipirinha and Caipiroska flavours: classic, mandarin, and strawberry. According to Izabel, if you visit Brazil and you neglect to try Caipirinha rum

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FOOD REVIEW - “you need to go back and try again!” The same sentiment certainly applies at Ipanema. You can also try the notorious Pisco Sour which comes in classic, mandarin, and strawberry flavours and is made with Peruvian Pisco - which is similar to grapa from Italy or cha cha from Georgia. And now to the food! As you walk in to Ipanema, there is a huge cart of fresh empandas. There are many different flavours, like Cheese and Truffle, Wild Mushroom, Short Ribs, Lobster, Shrimp and lemon, and Potato Siracha. Regardless of the flavour, each empanda was tasty and cooked perfectly with a light but crunchy casing. In addition to the empanda station, there was a table decorated with corn on the cob and huge pots of tamales. The slivers of corn was grilled and coated in a sweet marinade which was absolutely scrumptious. Towards the back of the restaurant, there is an extensive buffet of South American and Brazilian delicacies including ceviche, roasted vegetables, salmon, salads, cheese and burrata, and crochettes - to mention a few! In addition to this extensive buffet, there is a ‘design your own taco’ stand run by Richard, who is happy to make any flavour taco you would like. You can choose between beef, shrimp and chicken and an array of fillings and sauces. After you have sampled the appetiser and salad buffet to your hearts content, it’s time to flip your coaster from ‘Red’ to ‘Green’. That begins a carousel of gauchos bringing you 12 different types of meat. The signature meat of Ipanema is the Picanha

which has a large ‘cap’ of fat which make the meat incredibly tender and flavourful. In addition to the Picanha, there are six other types beef on the menu like smoked topside of wagyu beef, rump steak and flank steak. Each are expertly prepared and oozing with flavour. In addition to beef, Ipanema offers other meats like marinated lamb chops with herbs and grilled prawns. There really is something for everyone! If you still have room for dessert there is certainly plenty available. There is a dessert buffet which contains plenty of sugary delights - brownies, chocolate bark, cakes, churros, meringues, macarons and so, so much more. This brunch is an incredible option for anyone who wants to really celebrate their Friday. It’s incredibly priced for the array of delicious food and drinks on offer. Ipanema is a wonderful eatery to dine in - it’s got a fabulous party atmosphere which is certainly infectious so you don’t only revel in the food and cocktails or mocktails but the atmosphere as well! About the Rio Carnival Brunch Friday, 12 noon - 4 pm Rodizio Buffet & Limited Soft Beverage Package QAR325 Rodizio Buffet & Soft Beverage & Selected Alcoholic Beverage Package - QAR435 To get in touch or to make a booking please call 4419 5000 m

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Mai Tai-pe of Brunch at Trader Vic’s

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Author: Sarah Palmer ou don’t need to leave Qatar to enjoy the best of island life – let the Hilton Doha bring it to you!

Did you know that Trader Vic’s Doha opened all the way back in 2012? Did you also know that since the Original Mai Tai® was created in 1944, there are now more than 200 signature cocktails?! Also known as Paradise In A Glass®, you know there is something for everyone to enjoy, especially when sitting down for brunch – at the Hilton Doha, they particularly recommend Middle East special the Tiki Puka Puka! Trader Vic’s is just perfect for a leisurely Friday or Saturday foray into the wonderful world of French Polynesian food and drinks, with fab views across the bay. We were so glad to be invited along to join in the fun!

The huge restaurant has been carefully decorated to immediately invoke the feeling of stepping in to a tropical paradise, with gorgeous light fixtures and colourful rattan furniture. And a lei (flower garland) on every chair, so you can truly embrace the island vibe! All set against some catchy Polynesian beats to get completely in the mood. The seated brunch has a good choice of dishes, with Chef Marli explaining that the menu allows diners to experience some of the restaurant’s most popular items (if you have any concerns or allergies, just let them know in advance, they will happily adapt the menu for you). We put ourselves in the hands of our server Maycel, and we just about had time to put on our leis and sip our cocktails before we were served our starters. Excellent! Now a gentle word of caution here: it would be super easy to fill up on the starters, so take your time, savour every mouthful, and be mindful that there will be more to come. We enjoyed the house special, Trader Vic’s Salad with a mix of greens, palm hearts, artichokes and their Javanese dressing, the West Bay Calamari Salad with crunchy quinoa and a white miso dressing, Beef Gyoza with a delectable spicy coriander dip, and Sriracha Prawns with Thai mango salsa. While tucking into these, we saw a trolley draw up to the table: hurrah, it’s Vic’s Original Tuna Poke! Succulent yellow fin raw tuna, served with tuna poke dressing, crispy nori chips and red radish. One of the best we’ve had, with faultless seasoning. Where has that trolley gone ..!

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FOOD REVIEW After a brief pause in proceedings to enjoy the ambience, the main courses made an appearance. We all have a favourite dish on the Trader Vic’s menu – thankfully, you don’t need to choose which one you want at brunch, as you will be getting them all. The Miso Salmon was a plate of perfectly cooked medallions with garlic seaweed rice and stir-fried bok choy, and keeping with the fishy theme, the Red Thai Prawn Curry was simply amazing – we could have eaten several bowlfuls. However, we needed to save room for the Kung Pao Chicken in Vic’s signature sauce, and the USDA Black Angus Striploin with truffle scented mashed potato, asparagus and chimichurri. We also had two delightful vegetarian options: roasted cauliflower steak with chimichurri, and spicy wokfried tofu. Great additions to the menu, so ensure you ask the chef to make these for you. And as it’s the weekend and food at brunch has no calories, carb lovers will rejoice with the Malaysian style Mee Goreng – egg noodles, beansprouts, onion, bok choy, carrot … divine. Talking of divine, wait until you taste the Coconut Custard Tart, served with Trader Vic’s dark rum glazed pineapple compote and vanilla coconut ice cream! Oh, and also the Rum and Raisin Ice Cream with compote and crumble! These desserts, along with the Tropical Fruit Platter, are worth the cost of brunch on their own. Do not leave without having sampled these sweet treats – the perfect end to the perfect island brunch! The Brunch Set Menu to share is available every Friday and Saturday, 1pm – 4pm. Price per person: Non-alcoholic QAR225, special beverages QAR295. For more information, call 4423 3222, visit the website. On a related note, why not also try the new Tahitian Village, located to the left of the main Trader Vic’s restaurant, which offers a comfortable, relaxed environment to sample more of the famous food and drinks. Price per person: QAR295, minimum of 2 persons. m

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha Orion: Elegant Surroundings, Exquisite Tastes and Enjoyable Entertainment

So, here we are, not exactly in the heavens but up there, on the ninth floor of the east wing, and the impression when you enter is really awesome: very chic, wonderful lighting (not too bright!), plenty of space and very comfortable. As always at the Radisson, the staff are super helpful with the sole goal of making your stay as enjoyable as possible. Beyond the comfortable ‘lounge’ there’s a long curved bar and plenty of seats with a saloon-type ambience. Every night, the atmosphere becomes more vibrant when the curtains open and the live band and DJ are revealed: the band and DJ are smart people, great performers and produce great sounds.

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Now to tackle that hunger and that thirst. The menu has lots of choices in both food and drink. From olives with feta cheese, or with green salad, to a fresh fruit salad, to those perennial veggie favourites, like spring rolls with a sweet chili sauce and samosa with its special chutney. Then there’s chicken in both tikka and satay forms, the first with its mouthwatering mint chutney and the second with that most palatable peanut sauce. Yummy!

rion, in the east wing of Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha, is now welcoming guests every evening with a menu of reasonably priced snacks and drinks of all kinds – guaranteed to suit all tastes.

Last, but not least, on the food menu are the fingerlicking and lip-smackingly luscious Orion Dusted Wings; a dozen chicken wings served with either BBQ or hot sauce. Hungry no more!

Who’s that guy at the entrance, you ask. He is Orion, a ‘star’ of Greek mythology who was in legend the tallest and most handsome of men. After a rather chequered career, he was finally raised to the heavens where he is now the most splendid and brightest of our constellations in the night sky.

Those delectable food offerings are well accompanied by a diverse selection of ales and lagers, stout and cider. Wines are available, of course, but the brightest stars of the drinks menu are undoubtedly the cocktails, mocktails and the wide selection of spirits. The names alone can raise your pulse, like the Long

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FOOD REVIEW Island Ice Tea (that contains no tea) to the exotic-sounding tropical heat inducing expert concoctions that could highlight your evening. Orion is indeed a heady, but heavenly, blend to engage all your senses. Open Friday to Wednesday, from 4 pm – 1 am Open Thursday, from 4 pm – 2 am Band schedule: Monday – Wednesday: 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm, 9:45 pm – 10:30 pm and 11 pm – 11:45 pm Every Thursday: 8 pm – 8:45 pm, 9:15 pm – 10 pm, 10:30 pm – 11:15 pm and 11:45 pm – 12:30 am Contact the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha at 4428 1428 m

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Four Seasons Hotel Doha Enjoy a Classy Hour or Two at Arabica

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Author: Terry Sutcliffe or just a couple of hours – while you have this chance – let Four Seasons show you how to relax.

As the weather remains cool, but still feels bright and fresh, it’s a great time time to enjoy a warm convivial atmosphere, good views and the great outdoors. Four Seasons Hotel Doha invites visitors to unwind at its restaurant terraces, the perfect escape from busy city life, enabling guests to enjoy the stunning open-air settings and breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf. Life has never felt more refreshing at Arabica with its newly renovated terrace where visitors can enjoy a signatures afternoon tea featuring premium tea,

scones and mini sandwiches, surrounded by rich greenery and overlooking the Gulf. Arabica – a cosy, casually elegant spot to meet friends or relax on your own – is also Doha’s newest destination for bespoke coffee, specialising in single-origin beans, sourced for sustainability and roasted for rich flavour. Sit inside in cool, airy comfort, or outdoors on comfy chairs and sofas in the restful beachside garden. Currently, between 5 and 7 pm every day, you can enjoy G&T Time: a unique promotion of unlimited Gin & Tonic for QAR195 per person with a choice of complimentary bites which include crispy shrimps with chilis mayo on the side, vegetable spring rolls with sweet chili sauce on the side and duo sliders with french fries on the side. All the famous Gin names are there: Gordons, Beefeaters, Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray and each Gin has its unique mixers, one being absolutely loaded with fruity berries, making each glass worthy of close attention and intense tasting… The complimentary bites were delicious and quite filling, but if anyone is inexplicably still peckish, there are plenty of hot and cold sandwiches, soups, salads, salmon, spaghetti, beef and mixed grill available on the menu, all of which are served in the stylish and sophisticated manner that you expect – and always get – at Four Seasons. Equally possible, if one of your party doesn’t care for gin, there’s a wonderful choice of alternative spirits and wines from all corners of the globe on an similarly well-planned drinks menu.

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For that most symbolic of Qatari and indeed Middle Eastern leisure activities, nothing can compete with the Shisha especially with the most-fruity-offruit selections, and the impeccable hygiene of the superior Four Seasons shisha. Service is constant and attentive, but not intrusive; it’s knowledgeable and always with a smile. That starts with the welcome to Arabica, the qualities of the various gins, the accompanying food and available options, any odd thing that might crop up and even the humble shisha comes with full after service. Happy Hour is available daily from 5 pm to 7 pm. Call 4494 8600 or email res.doha@fourseasons.com for more details. m

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha All You Need For A Stylish Ladies Night: Pearls. Bubbles. Heels.

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re you looking to enjoy a sophisticated ladies night out on the town? Perhaps somewhere to wear that amazing new dress or those fancy heels and catch up with your girlfriends? Hosted at the wonderful New York Steakhouse in the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, this ladies night is made exclusively for those who enjoy spoiling themselves... and eating oysters. Every Thursday night, The New York Steakhouse features a ladies night for QAR149 with unlimited,

free-flowing oysters and two complimentary sips of sparkling wine. Everything you need to know is in the title: PEARLS - BUBBLES - HEELS. PEARLS Feel free to bust out your favourite string of pearls, but in this instance, the pearls are the unlimited platters of oysters that are on offer. You can enjoy two hours of as many oysters as you can handle! Each portion of oysters is served on a bed of ice with a wedge of lemon to ensure that each oyster is as fresh as possible. Every platter has three oysters each with a unique dressing to highlight their natural, creamy, salty flavour. For oyster lovers this offer is heaven - especially when the oysters have been prepared by Chef James Warnica. Chef James hails from Canada where some of the best oysters in the world originate so he certainly knows what he’s doing! BUBBLES In addition to unlimited oysters, the lucky ladies also get two free glasses of sparkling wine. That means two hours of luxuriating in the New York Steakhouse’s regal red chairs sipping bubbly wine and sampling delicious oysters. Can you think of a snazzier way to spend your Thursday evening? HEELS The New York Steakhouse is an unparalleled venue to sit, relax and bask in gorgeous views of downtown West Bay which comes alive with lights at night time. This eatery is wonderfully comfortable and classy so feel free to dress up in your finest clothes (and heels).

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FOOD REVIEW If you are still hungry for more, you can order some more of Chef James’s specialties. We decided on an indulgent Filet Mignon steak and an assortment of side dishes. The Filet Mignon was unfathomably good; as it has been on every trip to the New York Steakhouse. You can read our review of Butcher’s Night here. The sides we chose were the Truffle fries, the Mac and Cheese and the Broccolini. The truffle fries were delicious, crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. The broccolini was cooked al dente and lightly dusted with parmesan cheese. Finally, the mac and cheese is a well-known classic American dish and it certainly didn’t disappoint. This upscale dish was creamy, cheesy and perfect! All in all, this ladies night is an excellent way to catch up with your gal pals at the end of the week or if you’re looking to start your weekend in style. These oysters are made unique with Chef Warnica’s distinctive dressings and toppings and are perfectly paired with a sparkling glass of vino. Ladies - check it out! For more information and reservations, please call 4419 5510 or WhatsApp 6643 6890. m

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Wednesdays Are For The Ladies At Shanghai Club

On Sparkling Wednesday, ladies can enjoy two hours of unlimited sparkling wine for just QAR99! Between the two of us we each decided to try a glass of each sparkling wine on offer - the rose and the white. With tables of girlfriends giggling and chatting and some lively tunes, the atmosphere was bubbly and full of energy. We were happy to discover that Shanghai Club’s bubbly offer wasn’t the only special deal available that evening... the appetisers were buy one, get one free. It’s not like we needed an excuse to overindulge in the Pan-Asian delicacies that were on offer but it was nice to have one anyway!

o you find that your weekend is just too short and before you know it - it’s Sunday again? Well at Shanghai Club, ladies can live it up on a Wednesday night and extend the weekend by a night in glorious sparkling fashion!

Something that was a favourite of mine from the Shang High Brunch on Friday, were the Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Rock Shrimp Tempura and the Chicken Satay so of course we ordered those. Neither of us had tried the Summer Roll though so we decided to surprise ourselves. The spring rolls and the shrimp tempura were flavourful, golden and crispy - especially when dipped in the sticky sweet chili sauce. As I remembered, the chicken satay was delicious and drizzled in creamy peanut sauce. The summer rolls were refreshing and tasty - with salmon, avocado, mint and coriander wrapped in glass noodles and dipped (generously) in a siracha emulsion.

To enjoy Ladies Night at Shanghai Club, take a quick ride to the 43rd floor of the JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha and indulge in some of the most breathtaking views of West Bay.

Although the appetisers were incredible, how could we visit Shanghai Club without sampling their signature dish: Peking duck pancakes! If you have never tried this they are absolutely worth the trip -

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they would be worth the trip if you had to climb the stairs to the 43rd floor to try them. Delicate slivers of crispy duck, thinly sliced leeks and spring onions, and lashings of hoisin sauce all wrapped in a intricate pancake make these the perfect bite-sized morsels to lose yourself in! Sparkling Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, 6 pm Midnight Price: QAR99 for two hours of unlimited sips and fun! To learn more about Ladies Night at Shanghai Club call 5506 2798 and ask about Sparkling Wednesday. m

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But first, let us tell you about the resort.

Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

An Evening of Pub Grub and Drinks at The League

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he League sports bar and restaurant at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas has a homey vibe, with plenty of rooms to do your own thing billiards, foosball - or you can choose to watch any of the ongoing matches on one of the big screens, which you can find everywhere in the restaurant. We came before sunset and the place was happily preparing to open for guests. Assistant Restaurant Manager Tebo Kabelo Ngidi welcomed us warmly with cold drinks and stories, before serving us some of The League’s special offerings.

Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas is approximately an hour and 15 minutes from Doha and sits on a long stretch of beach southwest of Qatar. It has villas and a number of good restaurants and a world-class waterpark that is ideal for a weekend outing with the family. Why would you want to go to a bar that is almost a hundred kilometres from Doha? Well, driving the long road to the resort can get you on a ‘thinking’ mode. While it is indeed a stretch to drive that far for a couple of drinks, driving on an open highway can help relax your mind and ease the tension of city living. Drink up! The drinks are served in fun glasses, garnished with generous slices of fruit. They have a wide selection of mocktails and cocktails plus a lot of other ‘fun’ drinks to choose from. If you intend to have ‘fun’ at the bar, it will be safer to book a room at the resort and stay overnight. A dip in the clear waters of the Gulf can do wonders for the spirit. Plus they just might give you a discount! Now for the food Pub grub does not raise a lot of expectations. They’re usually greasy and quite easily satisfy. But the food at The League takes the usual bar food a notch higher. Empanadas served on buckets, cordon bleu served rolled, even their salad has more colours. The pièce de résistance (or should I say pieces) was of course their burgers. Aside from their very sporty names classified as Offence and Defense in

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FOOD REVIEW reference to American football - these burgers have add-ons that are not usual in burgers. Maine lobster and foie gras? That long voyage to The League had such delicious rewards, we should go back! Their sweet treats are such treats it’s almost unbelievable you can actually order them from a bar. We have in fact, officially added their Banoffee Pie in a Jar to the list of our favourite desserts! And now we’re back to the question: why would you want to go to a bar that is almost a hundred kilometres from Doha? Well, we liked the food and the people and the long drive that seems to take forever but ends in this relaxing place very near the sea. Plus anything that gets us out of the city is a good enough excuse for us. The League certainly is more than just a good excuse. The League at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas is open daily, from 1 pm until midnight. Please note that entry is restricted to fully vaccinated individuals 21 years and older. For reservations, call 5593 8084. You can also follow them on Instagram - @theleagueqa - for updates. m

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Marhaba gave it a go with a selection of our favourites from Mondrian Doha.

Mondrian Doha

A Taste of the Exquisite Mondrian Doha at Your Home

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Author: Ola Diab ow does receiving a little bit of the best from Mondrian Doha’s kitchens at the comfort of your home sound?

Mondrian Doha has recently launched ‘Taste To Go’, an initiative that allows the people of Qatar to continue enjoying Mondrian’s exceptional culinary experience from the comfort of their homes. Offering the convenience of take-away and delivery, Mondrian Doha has started delivering some of its most popular dishes from its restaurants Hudson Tavern, Morimoto, CUT by Wolfgang Puck, Walima and EllaMia.

From Walima, a Marhaba favourite, we enjoyed a beautiful and delicious spread of Cold Mezzeh, which included Hummus, Beetroot Moutable, Fattoush and Tabouleh. From Morimoto, the famous Japanese luxury dining experience, we had exquisite Maki and Sushi combo with shrimp, tuna, salmon, crab and more – fresh, unpretentious and authentic. From Hudson Tavern, which has one of the best burgers in town, we had a Cheese Burger (beef patty, American cheese, shredded iceberg, tomato, pickles, onions) and The French One (beef patty, Comtécheese, truffle garlic mushrooms, house onion relish, truffle mayo) – everything, from the bread to the patty to the condiments, was exquisite. We also enjoyed Hudson’s delicious 12 Wings, which come with hot sauce, celery, carrot and blue cheese – how wings should be served. From CUT by Wolfgang Puck, another Marhaba favourite, we had a delicious, cheesy and bready Cavatappi Pasta Mac Cheese, and an appetising Butter Lettuce Salad (marinated cherry tomatoes, Roquefort blue cheese, herb vinaigrette). Next was a spicy and tangy Hong Kong Style Norwegian Salmon (baby bok choy, sweet soy, jasmine rice), and a juicy yet tender sirloin steak (USDA Prime, Tenderloin Sirloin from ‘The Cuts’, served with a petit salad, French fries and sauce Bernaises. For a sweet ending, from EllaMia, we enjoyed delightful Coconut Macarons, Pistachio Delice

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FOOD REVIEW (pistachio sponge, ivory mousse, pistachio praline) and a creamy Passionfruit Cheese Cake. There was also a unique Cajun Chicken Salad Bowl (Cajun spiced grilled chicken, roasted butternut, wild rice, spinach, mixed peppers, avocado, pecan nuts, Feta cheese, herb vinaigrette). For some hydration, we had a few health juices. As part of Mondrian’s ‘Taste To Go’, you can also opt for an ‘Afternoon Tea To Go’, a ‘Roast Box Specials’ and much more. Delivery timings: Morimoto 3 pm - 10:30pm daily CUT by Wolfgang Puck noon - 10:30 pm daily Hudson Tavern 3 pm - 11:30 pm daily EllaMia 9 am - 10:30 pm daily Walima 4 pm - 10:30 pm daily You can make your order now by calling 4045 5999 or by WhatsApp 5050 7888. Free delivery. For more information, visit bit.ly/TasteToGo

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W Doha Hotel & Residences Eat Fit!

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f you’re feeling the need for some healthy food, but either can’t face cooking after a hard day at the office or don’t know where to start on portion control, we have just the thing for you! Those splendid chaps at the W Doha Hotel & Residences have a superb subscription meal plan that is ideal for taking the stress out of eating healthily. You can choose from three options offering different calorie values – Low Cal, Classic and Active. And breaking news: the hotel now offers a totally vegan option! I ordered this straightaway, and next day, the shiny yellow WFIT2GO box was delivered promptly to the office.

So what do you get? For my day’s meals, the box includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. So straight to breakfast, which today was the enticingly namd Fiesta Scramble – this comprised a tofu scramble with onion, tomato and bell pepper, accompanied by two potato cakes. Delicious, and the perfect start to the day. Having waited for the appropriate time to eat lunch – the food looks too good to wait! – next up was spaghetti bolognese. Of course, this is made with no meat or other animal product; instead Beyond Meat is used, a plant-based substitute, with a sprinkling of vegan cheese. So tasty and quite filling – this will see me through the afternoon! A quick workout after work, and it was time to treat myself to a snack. The edamame kale salad was the ideal quick and easy post-gym meal – just the right portion size and a good mix of protein and carbs. Feeling tired in the evening means cooking is usually out the window, so I was over the moon to know dinner is already prepared for me. It’s one of my favourites, cauliflower ‘steak’, with red quinoa and roasted carrots, and a tasty, piquant dressing. The perfect end to the day! (Can you come tomorrow as well, W team?!) Interested in WFIT2GO Vegan? Here is all you need to know: Subscription costs: 1 Day QAR195; 2 Weeks QAR1,950; 1 Month QAR3,900

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Amazing Mezze and Much, Much More at Le Comptoir Libanais, Lebanese Deli Kitchen Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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on’t miss out if you love Lebanese food – anytime, any day – here it’s authentically fresh and flavoursome and the choice is amazing…

If you need a take-away or home delivery or Talabat, you can quickly taste the bold flavours guaranteed from the Lebanese Deli Kitchen at the Hilton Doha, anytime afternoon or evening. Lebanon is justly famous for its mezze and Le Comptoir Libanais excels here. Indeed, you’ll love the freshness and flavours and the inventive additions to the standard hummus and moutable dishes. Our

mouths were watering over the Guacamole Muhamara topped with avocado and the salads are made of the best and healthiest ingredients, like zataar, quinoa, arugula, spinach and pumpkin. Especially scrumptious were the amazing Falafel with a soft cheesy centre. Strong advice, if nothing else, treat your taste buds to one or three of these! Always interestingly tasty are the lamb or pumpkin kibbe, the chickpea falafel, and rakakat, fatayer and makali. Yes the choice is fantastic and the prices are all reasonable. There are wraps with a choice of white, bran or wholewheat brown bread – try beef or chicken shawarma, and different kebabs and kofta; more choice needed? Here’s shish taouk and beef shekaf and an awesome Lebanese Burger! If you still have an appetite or need a sweet ending, the desserts are to die for, whether it’s the international favourites kunafa and baclava, or the always appreciated date or halawa pie. If you’re not hungry, the menu makes for a great read and reminds you of the great Middle Eastern experience at your fingertips or rather on the tip of your tongue in Qatar. This awesome A La Carte menu from the Lebanese Deli Kitchen, Le Comptoir Libanais, at the Hilton Doha is available from noon – 9:30 pm every day. Available for home delivery and take-away from noon – 9:30 pm. To order call the hotel directly at 4423 3333 or on order via Talabat. m

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Park Hyatt Doha Experience Modern Luxury in the Heart of the Old City

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Author: Ola Diab f you’re looking for a truly urban and sophisticated yet culturally rich retreat in Doha, Park Hyatt Doha should be your choice.

The five-star Park Hyatt Doha is the tallest hotel in Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project. Indulge in a carefully curated treatment at their tranquil two-storey spa, and take part in an exquisite culinary journey when you dine at one of their unique restaurants. We stayed in a King City View Deluxe suite where we experienced luxury in this 50 sq m room featuring one king bed, floor to ceiling windows, marble bathroom with rain shower, and a deep soaking tub. The view is remarkable, bringing the old and new Msheireb together to your windows. The ongoing development in the area is inspiring. A warm note from Park Hyatt Doha welcomed us to our ‘home away from home’.

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Once we checked in at 3 pm and explored our room, it was time for lunch at Anis, which is an allday, healthy food eatery offering delicious, handmade, nutritionally balanced food (including gluten-free options), coffees, juices and smoothies. Boasting direct street entrance, the restaurant is a social hub for health-conscious locals, office workers and visitors to MDD. Anis additionally offers al fresco dining on Sikkat Wadi, perfect for enjoying the milder weather during Doha’s winter months with family or friends, or simply people watching in the heart of MDD. In this beautiful cool weather, we dined al fresco, looking at the picturesque MDD and the multicultural people walking around it. Our lunch at Anis began with a delicious Cajun Roasted Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad, which also had broccoli, cooked onions and yellow peppers, and pomegranate. Then we had The Boss Burger – big and tasty, served with three onion rings on the side – and Fish and Chips – the fish was white, clean, soft and crunchy with plenty of potato wedges on the side, served with lemon, rocket leaves and tartar sauce. After a delectable lunch at Anis, which instantly became a favourite, we took a stroll down MDD. Park Hyatt Doha is seconds away from Doha Design District, a minute away from Msheireb Galleria and M7, as well as Barahat Msheireb, which is the heart of MDD and piazza-style – it is the largest open-air covered square in the Middle East featuring the biggest retractable roof in the region. With our back, legs and whole bodies aching, we needed time to relax and unwind at The Spa at Park

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and stays over... Hyatt Doha, which treats each person individually, measuring treatments designed to address your needs. The Spa also offers exceptional facials, body scrubs, and wellness programmes, and as well as hair and nail treatments. We opted for a Detox Ritual, which combines a kneading and cupping massage to help dissipate toxins and drain excess water from the body. It’s not a full body treatment as it focuses on your problem areas. However, it was one of the most interesting spa treatments with the cupping massage truly feeling like toxins were dissipated. Most importantly, the massage bed can be moved to keep your head or upper body higher and your legs lower, and they’re also able to heat your body as you sit back and relax. We also chose The De-Stress Body Massage, which is a signature relaxing massage treatment and a time-out for the body, leaving you feeling relaxed and de-stressed. Thanks to Agnes and Sonum for exceptional and memorable treatments. We were truly ready for bed for deep uninterrupted sleep, but it was time for dinner. On the 21st level is the sophisticated, rooftop Japanese restaurant and lounge, Sora, which has quite a speculator panoramic view of downtown Doha – the Doha Palace, Green Mosque, Souq Waqif, Corniche and West Bay skylines. With a balance of small sharing dishes, sushi, sashimi and the unique culinary art of Robata (meat grilled over charcoal), Sora is easily one of the finest Japanese restaurants in Qatar with one of the most charming outdoor dining terraces. Our Japanese dinner was of Wagyu M5 Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Chicken Crown, and SORA Maki – all dishes to be looked at first, admired and taken pictures of before indulging in them. The SORA Maki is unique – deep fried maki rolls with caviar, truffle, salmon, tuna, crab meat, onion and egg. The SORA Maki rolls came covered with a flat circular squid ink cracker decorated with different colourful sauces and edible flowers. The Roasted Chicken Crown was three pieces of the softest chicken I’ve ever eaten, each perfectly marinated, and came with teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, squid ink cracker and truffle with three sweetcorn balls. The Wagyu M5 Beef Tenderloin came in a smokefilled glass cover that was later removed to release the smoke and delectable aroma. The beautifully decorated plate of tenderloin was topped with soy sauce, chilli and sesame, surrounded by two grilled aubergines with dried bonito. For dessert, we enjoyed a chocolate taco filled with berries, with more fruits on the side and passion fruit sorbet – a very light and sweet ending to a

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delightful dinner at Sora. For breakfast, we went to a Marhaba favourite, Opus, which is a celebration of French and Qatari cuisines, prepared in an open kitchen, served sharing-style – the way food is meant to be enjoyed. Opus features a magnificent outdoor dining terrace. Diners may otherwise retreat to the exclusivity of private dining rooms, ideal for special occasions or corporate entertaining. Opus’s breakfast buffet has everything from omelettes to waffles, fruits and salads, with a selection of breads and pastries. It’s where you can have a great start to the day with a breakfast that’s light yet filling. For those who are gluten-free, there are many options including waffles made from buckwheat. After an enjoyable breakfast at Opus, we decided to take a walk to Souq Waqif, which was only five minutes away from Park Hyatt Doha. It was a beautiful, vibrant Friday morning at Souq Waqif. People were there enjoying breakfast, taking pictures of Doha’s century old trading market, or just taking a walk. Park Hyatt Doha is also minutes away from the Gold Souq, Doha Corniche, Al Bidda Park, National Museum of Qatar, and the country’s largest station, Msheireb Metro Station. Once we returned, we sat back and relaxed, and enjoyed the room some more. The spacious marble bathroom is stunning with a rain shower that leaves you feeling soothed and rejuvenated, and a deep soaking tub with a TV. After a beautiful and warm shower and bath, we read a few interesting books offered by Park Hyatt Doha on the world’s natural treasures. We took in the view one last time before checking out at noon. As we walked out, we reminisced how we enjoyed everything, from our room to the food to the spa to the warm, friendly staff. We look forward to visiting the marvellous Park Hyatt Doha again in the near future. Anis Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 11 pm Friday 1 pm – 11 pm Sora Monday to Saturday 4 pm – 11 pm Sunday: Closed Opus Breakfast 6:30 am – 11 am Lunch 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Dinner 7 pm – 10 pm For more information, call 4009 1234 m

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

A Memorable Japanese Staycation

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By Sarah Palmer f you’re feeling in a bit of a funk after the seasonal festivities, why not try a staycation at the Radisson Blu, Doha?

We fancied an overnight stay as a weekend pick-meup, and those kind chaps at the Radisson quickly came to the rescue. Having been in Doha for many years, you can be reassured that they know what they’re doing!

Following all necessary health protocols currently in place, we were quickly and easily booked into our home for the night. We stayed in a suite, comprising dining and lounging areas, a very comfortable bedroom and a massive bathroom. There are a number of special touches kindly provided by the hotel: a welcome basket

After admiring the spacious suite and making sure Teddy and Ducky were ok for the evening, there are a number of options to enjoy a quick bite or something more substantial. The hotel has been steadily reopening their outlets now that restrictions are gradually being eased, some of which look a little bit different to the last time you may have been. QUBE has recently reopened after undergoing refurbishment, and is now a huge light and airy restaurant, offering tasty snacks to enjoy while watching the big game on one of the massive TV screens. Meanwhile, The Italian Job has also been upgraded with a fab new terrace by the pool – perfect for the cooler weather (look out for a Marhaba review coming soon!). But don’t worry, inside is reassuringly the same, with the team serving up the restaurant’s famed authentic Italian dishes. Maybe you’re craving a steak? Doha favourite Bentley’s Grill is just the ticket – you too can pretend you’re in a gentlemen’s club while eating ribeye or Chateaubriand. For a more relaxed affair, go for the Steak Diane promotion currently on at Inginuity. Prefer Indian? Then head to Chingari for the ultimate Tandoor dishes. Two of the Radisson’s other famous outlets, Indian restaurant Bombay Balti and Chinese restaurant Ruby Wu’s, have now been joined by Sakura Express. While

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the hotel’s main Japanese restaurant is temporarily closed, lovers of sushi and sashimi can get their fix at Sakura Express. Menus are conveniently placed underneath the glass on the tables, meaning you can quickly see what you want. And there is a lot you are going to want – with prices starting at just QAR40!

coffee from the Nespresso machine, we awaited breakfast with baited breath. There’s something so decadent about having room service… no need to rush about, you can take your time while still wearing your PJs (plus the fluffy robe and slippers, of course...).

Served by the affable Keo, she advised us of the chef’s recommendations and so we chose the Dark Shadow Maki (fried salmon skin, crab meat, avocado and a chilli mayo), and an order of the house special, Green Caterpillar Maki (crab sticks, mayo and cucumber, wrapped in avocado and topped with a choice of tobikko or unagi sauce). We also chose perennial favourite, California Maki (crab stick, cucumber and avocado with tobikko), and shake (salmon) sushi nigiri. You can watch them all hard at work behind the counter – it constantly amazes us how quickly they make the sushi rolls (and without making a complete and utter mess!).

Mindful of social distancing, we watched plate after plate being placed on the dining table and as soon as we could, we dived in. We ordered the American breakfast, which comes with a choice of eggs and served with beef sausages and crispy beef bacon, accompanied by plenty of toast, bread rolls and pastries. Meanwhile the poached eggs were scrumptious and came with hash browns and extra gluten free bread, and the masala oopatham were soft and spicy – we definitely recommend the coconut chutney and sambar!

But you don’t just have to choose from Sakura Express – although that is obviously a good enough meal in itself. Due to its location, diners can also order from Bombay Balti and Ruby Wu’s. Fabulous!

All in all, an excellent restorative break – no wonder we all keep coming back to the Radisson. For now though, it was time to pack up and take Teddy and Ducky to their new home If you’re looking for a relaxing stay and delicious food, call 4428 1428 for information and bookings asap! m

Never one to look a gift balti in the mouth, we tucked in to delicious, succulent chicken and prawn tikka, which was well seasoned and had a good level of spice to it (you can of course adapt this to your own preference). Next up was an equally well-spiced lamb rogan josh, with huge pieces of meat, and their famous creamy dreamy dal maharani, both served with jeera (cumin) rice, the perfect foil for both curries. Ruby Wu’s also made an appearance, offering us a platter of Szechuan chicken, and hamour in garlic sauce. The chicken was spicy and zingy with the right amount of sauce and crunchy vegetables, while the hamour was soft and cooked perfectly, with crisp broccoli and a piquant sauce. A great end to our Asian feast. Next morning our thoughts were again on food – we’d had a great night’s sleep, felt completely refreshed and were eager to start the new day! After a cup of

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The Family Suite

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

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Perfect for a staycation, the family suite features two bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, living and dining areas, a guest washroom, solid wood flooring and a BOSE surround system. Rooms are spacious and the furnishing world-class. It was all just beautiful, we loved the big windows which have uninterrupted views of the pool area and Doha skyline.

Awesome Family Staycation!

arhaba recently checked in at the Westin Doha Hotel & Spa for a weekend family staycation. THere are many things we loved about the stay!

Heavenly Bed True to the name, this bed is the heavenliest of all. The Heavenly® Bed is made with all the right ingredients to brew a night of restorative sleep, and wins brownie points for its plush, pillow-top construction. Our toddler, who otherwise needs a combination of reading, snuggling and lullabies, absolutely loved it and went to sleep without any effort. He even made a record by waking up at 7 am, instead of his regular 5:30 am body-clock wakeup call. A big YES! to this marvellous masterpiece of a bed.

Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids Picky eaters easily give their tantrums a go when dining out, but not with the Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids, available at Seasonal Tastes. The menu, created in association with experts at SuperChefs™, offers nutritious food prepared and presented the

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way kids love it. Comprising doctors, dentists, chefs, dieticians and other experts, SuperChefs is dedicated to educating kids on the importance – and the fun – of eating smart. The Eat Well Menu is a must try when you are dining with kids.

Waves Pool Five stars for the pool facilities at the property! The wave pool is perfect for toddlers, while the kids pool is perfect for their older siblings. And the grown-ups can soak up in the outdoor infinity pool next to the Waves Pool Cafe.

Sabai Thai There are only a few places in Doha for authentic Thai cuisine. Sabai Thai at Westin Doha makes it to the top of the list without any doubt. From the crispy prawn crackers to the Thai mango sticky rice, everything has the perfect Thai touch. Must-try dishes: Gui Chai (Steamed Chinese chive dumplings with garlic oil, chilli black vinegar sauce, vegetarian) • Ped Nam Makarm (Crispy duck with tamarind sauce and fried onions) • Laksa (Malaysian spicy coconut curry noodle soup, prawns, tofu, crispy onions) • I Tim Kati (coconut ice cream).

Hunter’s Room & Grill The highlight of a Westin Doha staycation is that you have three awesome outlets to choose from. If you are a steak lover, make sure to visit Hunter’s Room & Grill at Westin Doha. Great ambience, kid-friendly staff (yes!), a live kitchen and friendly Chef Esteban Guevara who makes sure to check your preferences

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Must-try dishes: Kale salad (granny smith apple with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, mint honey mustard and smoked salmon) • Beef carpaccio (beef tenderloin with wholegrain fig mustard, enoki mushrooms, chipotle aioli, truffle oil and parmesan cheese) • Chef’s signature dishes combining Black Angus Tomahawk, a succulent 1.4 kg cut carved at the table and served with three side dishes and two sauces, alongside Chef Esteban’s 12 hour slowcooked Argentinian Malbec short ribs with palm sugar and polenta, and delicious T-Bone or Tenderloin steaks. Kid Friendly Staff For the first time in a while we actually spent three hours at a restaurant for lunch! We usually end up fleeing the place in 20 minutes with a takeaway (or not-taking-anythingaway) to save ourselves and fellow diners from toddler tantrums. The staff at all of the Westin Doha outlets – Sabai Thai, Hunter’s Room & Grill, and Seasonal Tastes – are so friendly with children that it seems they have taken special training in this. They kept our junior reviewer entertained with food, crayons, colouring books and even took him for a stroll. For room and restaurant reservations, contact The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa on 4492 1555, visit marriott.com m

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