• Food,  Food Trends,  Restaurant Reviews

    For All Seasons – How the Four Seasons Doha Reinvented Itself into a Foodie Destination

    One of the first hotels I visited when I moved here in 2007 was Four Seasons Doha. Then it was home one of the few high end Italian restaurants in town and its bar, The Library, was an expat meeting spot every Thursday. Its all-day dining restaurant (can’t even remember the name now!) was, just that, a a bit of an unmemorable buffet. It has had several incarnations over the years, most recently as a pan-Asian Nusantao which had a long and complicated menu and just didn’t gel. The Four Seasons has always been that kinda old school place, with marble floors and well trained staff. Reliable and frankly not that…

  • Cheese,  Doha,  Italian,  Italian Cheese,  Restaurant Reviews

    I’m in Truffle – Trying the Four Seasons’ Doha Special Black Truffle Menu

    It takes a mammoth effort to drag me of the couch on a Tuesday night with a head of cold and a full evening of TV viewing on the Crime Channel ahead. But when Four Seasons Doha calls and offers you an exclusive opportunity to try their Black Truffle Month menu, I managed to summons up courage, clarity and commitment to attend. It’s Black Truffle Month and this means that hotels across town snap up as many of the morsels as they can freight. Tuber melanosporum, called the black truffle, Périgord truffle or French black truffle, is a species of truffle  native to Southern Europe. It is one of the most expensive edible mushrooms…

  • blogging,  Cheese,  Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Reviews

    Miso Happy – Nobu Doha’s First Anniversary

    When the team at Four Seasons Doha incited me back to Nobu Doha to try their first anniversary menu in the company of three of my fellow favorite bloggers my reaction was in four phases: Phase one: Nobu you say? Let me clear my diary for the next month Phase two: Wait…it’s been one year already? Phase three: Who’s coming? Flying Pinay, Boulangerry and The Snapped Fork you say? Phase four: I’m free ALL MONTH Bad sushi puns and jokes aside, there isn’t much I don’t like about this restaurant. Exceptional food and service, the sexiest building in Doha and listen people, it’s NOBU. It took a long time for Doha’s outpost of the Nobu empire to…

  • Cheese,  Food,  French,  wine

    Cheese, Truffles and Dumplings – A Round-Up of Foodie Events in Doha

    Today I felt the faintest hint of a chill in the air in Doha. Which means it was 27 degrees instead of 35. Still, winter is coming and this is the most active time in Doha for foodie events and happenings. So for my Qatar-based readers, here are three foodie events you should try and make happen in the coming days and weeks. My love of dumplings is well documented and I have even traveled to China and Hong Kong on dumpling expeditions. W Doha’s Spice Market is running a Dim Sum promotion with renowned Chinese chef Allan Huang. For QR250 you get a soup, two starters and six baskets of dumplings…

  • Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Reviews

    Turning Japanese – A Review of Nobu in Doha

    Many years ago, in what seems like another lifetime in a galaxy far, far away, I was a newspaper editor. This was pre-Instagram and pre-Snapchat (yes Virginia, there wasn’t always a Whatsapp). Actually it was 2008 and I remember putting on the front page a story that the famous Nobu restaurant would open in Doha within the next 12 months. Well, as is the way with anything you really want, we were made to wait. And wait. And wait… Finally, in a blaze of glory, Nobu has opened its doors in Doha and I have to say, it was worth the very long wait. Almost as long as it took…

  • Italian,  Qatar,  Restaurants

    Gnocci on Heaven’s Door- New Menu at Il Teatro

    Yes, I know, I should be sent to Blogger jail. I’ve been a little remiss in the posting department. As you know, I get distracted easily. My distractions have been both difficult (work, life) and sometimes delightful (no comment). Recently, in the depth of my dual happy/sad funk, The Four Seasons invited me to try the new menu at an old Doha standard. Il Teatro was one of the first restaurants I visited when I moved to Doha and I have had a fondness for it ever since. The issue is, it’s a little stuffy. The interior screams “High End Hotel Restaurant”. The food is always excellent, but the atmosphere a little…

  • Doha,  events,  Italian

    Looking for Truffle

    I’ve put on the record previously my love of simple food, but there is one luxurious ingredient that always gets me going – the truffle. The earthiness really appeals to my savory palate. I love to do the food version of “high/low” in fashion (mixing high end with high street) and especially love them on fries and pasta. The white truffle comes from the Piedmont region in and can fetch more than $USD4500 a kilo at market. that’s no small change If you are in The Four Season Doha is hosting a white truffle dinner this week (23 October), with a selection of truffle -friendly dishes paired with wine (or without). They…