Let’s be honest – a good sandwich is hard to find in Doha. So many places get it wrong – bad bread, average fillings, no love.
We’ve all had those dodgy white bread sandwiches with unidentified meat fillings. and of course – the cheese and mayonnaise abomination.
When the team Meesh Cafe at Crown Plaza Doha (one of my favorite cafes and a regular haunt of mine), offered me the chance to create an awesome sandwich involving cheese – I couldn’t say no.
The brief was simple – I had free reign to design this sandwich (provided the ingredients were available) and they would help me make it a reality.
The design process was rigorous – rigorously delicious that is. I met with Executive Chef Dominique three times to perfect it. that cheese would be at the heart of it was a given – I also knew I wanted to include some high quality meat and also mustard. and the bread – that was key. It had to be spot on.
Chef came back with five types of high quality steak – all cooked differently with an array of spice rubs. We settled on an Australian short rib that had been slow cooked for nine hours then smoked. with a bit of fat to give it more flavor in the cooking process. The result was a sensation – silky and tender with a hint of smoke.
The cheese was another matter – after sampling four cheeses (yes, four) we settled on cheddar being the best accompaniment as the bite would play well with the beefy flavor. I chose an Isle of Man Cheddar with peppercorns – sharp and a bit spicy (like me!).
A seeded mustard, some greens and a home-made BBQ sauce added a little more smoke and sass to the sandwich. Finally, I chose to encase it in house-made ciabatta bread. I had been worried about this, having been victimized by bad bread regularly in this city. But this is light and a little airy and able to soak up the sauce and mustard while still holding its’ shape.
And here it is!
Meat. Cheese. Mustard. All the good things!
So this is a limited time event – it’s available until the start of Ramadan at Meesh Cafe. And the amazing thing? It’s only QR39.
A portion of proceeds from the sales of the RachelxMeesh sandwich will go to the Qatar Red Crescent who I chose because of the amazing work they do during Ramadan both here in Qatar feeding many in their iftar tents.
So, do yourself a flavor favor – head to Meesh on Airport Road and buy one of the best sandwiches you will ever try.
Don’t forget to post your pics using the RachexMeesh hashtag.