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Australia on a Plate – Crowne Plaza’s Culinary Journey Down Under

I have a particularly over articulated life. I write and communicate for living. So it always comes as a shock when I am lost for words.

It has happened twice recently. Once when I tried to verbalize just how awful Fifty Shades of Grey the movie was.

The second time was last week, when someone asked me what “Contemporary Australian Cuisine” was.

Australia has one of those truly unique culinary scenes which draws on a myriad of influences – European, our Asian neighbors, influences from the Middle East and beyond thanks to immigration and of course our traditional Aboriginal owners. To borrow a phrase, it’s “eclectic”.

For the next few weeks, Doha foodies will have a chance to sample a menu designed to showcase modern Australian cuisine by one of its’ best exponents. In the latest instalment in its Culinary Journey series, Crowne Plaza Doha is showcasing a menu designed by Ross Lusted, the brain and palate behind the award winning The Bridge Room in Sydney.

Comte custard, cured beef ham, pomegranate

Comte custard, cured beef ham, pomegranate

The menu we are being treated to showcases some of the best flavors Australia has to offer – slow-cooked lamb, our love of seafood is exemplified by a paprika spiked octopus and my persona favorite. a comte custard with pomegranite.

I had a chance to try a few of the dishes at a special tasting last week, standout for me being the custard (they had me at cheese) which was silky and married well with the pomegranate.

Paprika spiced octopus

Paprika spiced octopus


Slow roasted lamb shoulder with seasonal vegetables

Slow roasted lamb shoulder with seasonal vegetables

The menu is being offered a la carte or QR120 for a starter and main or three courses including dessert for QR155. Exceptional value for a menu designed by one of Australia’s best chefs. They are being offered with some excellent Australian wines from Wolf Blass.

The verdict? A taste of Australia without the 14 hour plane journey.

The Details:

Crowne Plaza Culinary Journey

Aramede restaurant

Tel: +4408 7788 for reservations

*Life on the Wedge was a guest of Crowne Plaza Doha but views are my own.

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