• Doha,  Fusion Food,  Japanese,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review

    Rollin’ In the Deep – A Review of Cactus Senshi

    When I hear the phrase “fusion food” my eyebrows arch (as much as they can). Why can’t good food just be food? Why does it have to have a label? So it was with a certain degree of trepidation that I finally entered the brightly lit premises of the much hyped¬†Cactus Senshi¬†in Bin Mahmoud. This restaurant opened a couple of months ago to much fanfare and almost hysterical behavior by some bloggers and the media. I briefly attended their opening night, complete with giant cake and endless selfie opportunities. But left before the food was actually served. Since then I had heard mixed feedback about the food. So, I wanted…

  • Cheese,  Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review,  South American

    Raising the Stakes – A Review of Toro Toro One Year on

    When I wrote¬†this¬†review of Toro Toro a year ago, the response from readers was incredible. Yet, there was almost complete radio silence from the restaurant itself. Not that I expected it from a blogger point of view – That would be arrogant. But from a customer service point of view, as someone who spent a lot of money and had a genuinely disappointing evening and had told people about it. A call would have been nice. It was genuinely disappointing for me. I have been a fan of its founder Richard Sandoval for many years. I loved the dearly departed Mexican venue Pampano at The Pearl (now replaced by Tex…

  • Cheese,  Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review

    Greece is the Word – A Review of Mykonos at Intercontinental Doha

    About a week ago, the yearly change of seasons started in Qatar. This isn’t as tangible and the leaves changing color. No, in Qatar, the daytime temperature drops below 40 degrees. When that happens we all collectively lose our minds and start doing wacky things like sitting outside at night. It was a balmy but bearable Monday night and when we arrived at¬†Mykonos at the Intercontinental Doha¬†and overtake by this collective weather induced hysteria, we made a beeline for the outside terrace. Along with others diners we wanted to take advantage of the first days of the brief winter. I’m glad we did as it gave me a chance to…

  • Cafes,  Cheese,  holidays,  Hotels,  life,  Love,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review,  Restaurants

    Money Matters – Making the Most of Doha’s New Look Dining Scene

    You can put it down to a long and slow summer break, the timing of Ramadan this year or maybe just fatigue, but people in Doha aren’t spending what they used to on going out. I’ve been hearing stories of near empty dining rooms for brunch at some of the best restaurants in town. And, being actually able to get a seat at happy hour. Despite what they tell you, times are tough. We all know that the lack of enthusiasm for spending money on the niceties of life is more deeply rooted in the Great Reckoning of 2016 – when oil prices plunged and some hard business decisions were…

  • Brunch,  events,  Food,  Food Trends,  holidays,  India,  Middle East,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review,  wine

    Six Places You Should Be Eating at in Doha Right Now (Summer Edition)

    It was a long, hot Ramadan and while it’s a time I really enjoy, I’m happy to be getting back into the swing of Qatar’s dining scene. I wrote¬†this¬†blog post in April and because of its success, I thought an updated version was due. Call it the “Summer Edition” as all the venues around the city start to unveil new menus, concepts and ideas. Luxury and budget, date night and family style, here is where I think you should be eating at right now: Mainland China I will admit, I was dubious – a Chinese restaurant chain hailing from India in an office block in Doha. But one look inside…

  • Cheese,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review

    Future State – A Round-up of New Restaurant Openings in Qatar

    The great thing about being a foodie in Doha is that you can always be assured of a new restaurant opening being just around the corner. I often get asked about rumors relating to restaurant openings and other goings on around this growing scene. So, ¬†this is a little round up of some places opening very soon or in the near future so you can pencil them into your dining schedule. Warning! When I say pencil, you should just pencil. This is Qatar…remember the airport we waited eight years for (then it leaked)? The most imminent opening is actually tomorrow (Sunday 13 December) –¬†Elements at Four Seasons Doha. Located in…

  • Cheese,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review,  Travel

    A Good Manchego is Hard to Find – Review of Chef’s Choice Menu at El Faro

    While I am very much a woman of my own mind, sometimes I get overwhelmed and paralysed by indecision. Especially where a buffet is concerned or a menu where everything sounds amazing. I also hate “Menu Envy”…you know when you finally order something then your man/friend/random nearby diner orders something far more interesting. It’s like FOMO….the foodie edition. This is why the rise of tasting menus are so good for someone like me. The newest tasting menu on the block is being offered by¬†El Faro at the Marsa Malasz Kempinski¬†which I believe is one of the best new restaurants in Doha – innovative and interesting food, great service and a…

  • Cheese,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review

    The Missing Link – Review of BBaba Sausage Sizzle

    In Australia you would be hard pressed not to come face-to-face with a sizzling sausage. At any given time, BBQs and grills are being fired up in car parks, sports grounds and even at high end events and links of sausages being prodded and poked all in the name of fundraising. Yes, we Aussies love a sizzling sausage. Sausage sizzles are a fundraising and community event. Consisting of a gathering where a barbequed¬†sausage is served on a slice of white bread or on a bread roll, and may be accompanied by tomato sauce, mustard, and sometimes barbecued onions. All ingredients are usually purchased as cheaply (or donated) as possible, so…

  • Cheese,  Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review

    Tapa the World – Brunch Without the Big Buffet

    I used to be a prolific bruncher. Fridays would always consist of a jug of margaritas and a lush buffet. Brunch in the Middle East is an art and I was an old master. But something changed, maybe a desire to get healthier or a realization that I would end up spending Friday nights napping. Maybe I just got old. Last week the¬†Oryx Rotana¬†asked me to come our of my Brunch Exile to try their new “Tap Brunch” at their popular Cellar restaurant. I was glad I came our of retirement. This hotel is actually my “local” and to my great detriment I always forget about it and literally drive…

  • American,  competition,  giveaways,  Restaurant Review

    Ready for Red Lobster – Win a QR250 Voucher

    Everyone loves a free meal and you can indulge in some freshly cooked seafood (and cheddar biscuits) courtesy of our friends at Red Lobster. Studious readers will know I was recently able to sample¬†Red Lobster’s new menu¬†including it’s Canadian lobsters which are flown to Doha weekly. Life on the Wedge is giving away two QR250 vouchers for Red Lobster’s Doha branch so you too can sample their seafood delights (and those cheddar biscuits). All you have to do is: 1. Follow @lifeonthewedge on Twitter and 2. Answer the following question in the comments below: When did Red Lobster open its’ first restaurant in Doha? (BIG hint – check my previous…