Cheese

I Second That Emulsion

When I started this blog I just wanted to talk about my love of cheese and travel. I have since found one of the fabulous side benefits is that as a “food blogger” I also have the opportunity to sample some of the best food in town.

Last night I was invited to a private tasting of the new summer menu Gordon Ramsay Five Star Restaurant at St Regis Doha. I am a regular at the sister restaurant Opal, but haven’t had an opportunity to try the fine dining option. When the call came, I didn’t hesitate.

Best dressed man in the house...the St Regis Bear just arrived from NYC was the guest of honor

Best dressed man in the house…the St Regis Bear just arrived from NYC was the guest of honor

Prepared by Chef Gilles Bosquet – who has a Michelin Star – the menu showcased some fresh and unqiue summer flavors.

In my place

In my place

Canapes with style

Canapes with style

Bloody Mary at St Regis Doha...a tradition

Bloody Mary at St Regis Doha…a tradition

Before we even got to the main event, the amuse bouche – a take on a caprese salad with an emulsion of white cheese, basil sorbet and tomato sucked me in. There is no “after” photo of this because I basically devoured it in one bite. It literally was summer in a bite – fresh, clean and a little surprising.

Summer in one bite

Summer in one bite

During June Gordon Ramsay Five Star will be offering this menu of “plates” rather than it’s full menu. July in Doha is Ramadan, the Holy Month, when the restaurants close during the day and the focus is on evenings and more traditional Arabic fare. This menu will take the restaurant into the holiday period and give diners a taste of one of a handful of fine dining venues in Doha.

Wagyu Beef carpaccio from a Taste of Summer menu at Gordon Ramsay by Chef Gilles Bosquet

Wagyu Beef carpaccio from a Taste of Summer menu at Gordon Ramsay by Chef Gilles Bosquet

Pan roasted cod with green ea sauce at Gordon Ramsay at St Regis Doha

Pan roasted cod with green pea sauce at Gordon Ramsay at St Regis Doha

We had the benefit of having each course matched with a wine from the St Regis cellar, curated by head sommelier Ashwini.

Ashwini in action

Ashwini in action

The menu also drew on local ingredients like these gulf prawns…

Roasted guld prawns with aubergine, confit tomato and shellfish vinaigrette

Roasted guld prawns with aubergine, confit tomato and shellfish vinaigrette

Pan roasted cod with green ea sauce at Gordon Ramsay at St Regis Doha

Pan roasted cod with green ea sauce at Gordon Ramsay at St Regis Doha

We ended the evening with a soft meringue…fat, happy and downright spoiled.

Five star pavlova?

Five star pavlova?

For more information about the Taste of Summer Menu contact St Regis Doha or call (974) 44460000.

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