If you’re like me, the return to work this week was…well the struggle is very real. I’ve been plotting my weekend plans since Tuesday. I mean, brunches are back, bars are open and there is a lot of foodie fun to be had. So, if you are looking for something new this weekend here is your Doha weekend food and drink guide for 12 to 14 May, 2022.
Get a little bit country at Broadway Brasserie
Real talk – I’m a little bit country (and I don’t just mean my Dolly Parton Spotify list) and this place lets me indulge in that. This Nashville-inspired eatery at the Double Tree Al Sadd has it all. Southern comfort food, a live band and immersive light projections recreating the look and feel of the country music capital.
Friday brunch is a buffet with some of their best sellers. Watch out for the burgers and the mac and cheese – heaven! Running from 1pm to 5pm, brunch is QR349 with alcohol (QR100 extra if you want to extend the drinks package until 6pm) or QR249 with soft drinks.
Family style fun Dim Sum Friday Brunch at Holiday Villa
A new chef has reinvigorated this great family-friendly brunch option at the Malaysian managed Holiday Villa. I visited D’Chopstix the Friday before Ramadan (self-funded for those playing along at home) and found the food quality was back to pre-COVID standards. At QR99 per person, the offering is unlimited fried and steamed dumplings, maki rolls and teppanyaki.
The brunch runs a leisurely four hours from 12pm to 4pm (heads up it is unlicensed). Service is excellent and the food just keeps coming – for the steamed items you check off what you want on a small form and they just bring it to you. Fried dishes come on a trolley and the teppanyaki is made to order.
There is even dessert and jasmine tea to wash it all down. Do try the stir-fried radish cake – it takes me back to the first time I tried this dish in KL many moons ago..
Have a dumpling feast at Hakkasan Saturday Lunch
Another dumpling fest/feast but this one uptown. Few places come close to the intricacy of the dumplings that come out of Hakkasan’s kitchen. I consider myself a semi-regular diner at Hakkasan and on this visit just before Ramadan, these were easily the best I have had there (paid for myself btw). They are sublime and a more cost effective way to try them is their Saturday brunch. Baskets are three for QR90 (three pieces each) or five baskets for QR148. It does add up, but very splurge worthy.
I wish they would offer a drinks package, but on this occasion, we just ordered Chinese tea which was perfect and very old school. the prawn and scallop chueng fun continues to be my true love on this menu but also step out and try the delicate langoustine har gau with truffle. Few spots in Doha can match Hakkasan for quality and consistency.
While you are here…
Well foodies, that’s your Doha weekend food and drink guide for 12 to 14 May, 2022. I’m off to try a new Friday brunch and a new bar… But if you want some more ideas, check out these posts, events and new openings:
- For my May 2022 Dining and Drinking hit list, head to here
- Follow my temporary instagram @lifeonthewedgewithrachel
- The excellent Lobito De Mar officially opens this month. Read my first look at the menu here.
- Great news for fish and chip fans, as I revealed a while back, the Frying Scotsman at the Radisson Blu reopens on 17 May.
- Best spots for afternoon tea in Qatar? Marhaba has a great round-up.
- Something fun coming to Lusail later this year and Zuma will be there as well! See the story in ILQ.