Don’t be alarmed but the end of the year is scarily close. And by close I mean it’s next month.
In Doha, November means a few things – Thanksgiving, outdoor dining and some new concepts.
Here is my monthly look at where you should be eating and drinking this month in Doha. Heads up – it’s a big list!
Friday brunch is a rare event for me nowadays. I’m usually tucked up at home or hiding in plain sight on a Friday. But I recently put on pants and ventured out to try this brunch. And wow, am I glad I did. If you love a buffet, this isn’t you thing. Instead this is a proper New York style brunch with eggs, steak, seafood and other items offered a la carte (and unlimited), 25 (count them!) martinis served off a roving carte, REAL champagne (are you listening other brunches?), a mobile carvery and some seriously good desserts.
Throw in a fun vibe from the retro music and in house singer and excellent service, and this is a winner all round. It’s at the ouchy end of expensive – QR500 including alcohol, QR350 without – but worth every penny and putting pants on for. Star dishes include the eye popping seafood platter, the braised beef cheeks and any of the desserts.
The US Embassy in Doha has brought back the Discover America Festival for the third consecutive year. There are some delicious offerings at hotels around the city (that’s MY kind of diplomacy), including this very tempting burger menu at the new The Pier at Four Seasons Doha. Sign me up for the Bliss Burger. Last month The Pier had barely opened when I wrote this previous post – I can say now it’s everything we had hoped for. Great location, some cool music and a fun vibe.
You literally have a couple of days left to try this (pleeeeease extend it St Regis!), but take my advice and run to the St Regis to try this innovative take on Mexican cuisine. Visiting chef Ana Martorell is serving up a set menu including fresh seafood and a lamb shank. You can also try some of the dishes she has devised at their Friday Brunch.
Ask any Indian food lover, dosa is a deeply personal thing. Everyone has their favorite locations and ways for it to be served. I recently indulged in far too much of a good thing at Aryaas, a chain with five locations in and around Qatar. Their pimped up rava dosa was studded with fragrant onion and was crispy and crunchy perfection. at QR13, seriously, you can’t beat it.
A shiny new concept and one I haven’t tried yet (as it starts Friday 3 November), but the Sheraton doha’s foodie credentials are solid. This sees their brunch move outside to their stunning gardens. This will be popular with families and foodies alike.
I wrote about The Mondrian last month and I’m planning a return visit, just to have the excellent hot chicken sandwich at the casual dining Hudson Tavern. Drenched in hot sauce the chicken breasts were perfectly cooked. The menu is burgers, fries, nachos and other comfort food. I’m going to be honest, I’ve been thinking about that hot chicken sandwich waaay too much.
The unveiling of the Autumn menu by Chef Marco at Il Teatro at the Four Seasons is something i look forward to each year. He is one of the most adventurous and skilful chefs in the city and this year’s offering does not disappoint.
A fork tender braised octopus dish, a silky mushroom and truffle risotto and a roasted lamb loin with a chickpea fritter are highlights. This is fine dining without the pretension or price.
So that’s where I am eating and drinking in Doha this month – what about you?
*Read my disclaimer here (it’s really good).