• Hit List

    Your April Hit List – Where You Should Be Eating and Drinking in Doha This Month

    This is no April fool’s joke – Mad March is done and dusted and we are running headlong into April and soon the second half of the year. There is a lot to be excited about this month – new concepts and menus as many try to squeeze the last drops out of us before Ramadan. So here it is – where you should be spending your dining and drinking riyals in Doha this month: Oishi Sushi As they say, out of sight and out of mind. I had forgotten about this gem of a restaurant tucked away in a corner of Royal Plaza until they took the recent food…

  • Hit List

    Your December Hit List – Where to Eat and Drink in Doha this Month

    To use a well worn sports analogy – we’re on the home stretch people! December is upon us and 2018 is almost a reality. It’s that time of year – for overindulging and panic buying. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find some time to dine well in and around Doha. Here’s my December Hit List of where I will be eating and drinking this month (be warned – there is a distinct lack of festive fare here. For a full rundown of where, when and how for Christmas and New Year, head over to my friends at Marhaba.  Now…to my list: Megu Many, many moons ago, when I was…

  • Hidden Gems,  Qatar

    Doha’s Hidden Restaurant Gems – D’Chopstix at Holiday Villa

    If you are like me, you have your “go-to” restaurants where, (mostly) for want of a better idea, you always end up at. There is a lot to be said for the Cheers approach to eating out – you like to go where everyone knows your name…and how you like your Diet Coke. But sometimes I like to veer wildly off my usual programming. This led me to thinking, why not shine a light on some of these places, that perhaps aren’t as widely known as they should be. Maybe they are located where you least expect them. Or perhaps they are literally off the beaten track. Doha and Qatar…

  • Lobster salad at Nobu Doha
    Doha,  Japanese,  Qatar

    On a Roll – a Look at Nobu Doha’s Second Anniversary Menu

    Thursday nights. My Waterloo. Me. The couch. There are very few things that will get me out of my stretchy pants. Even fewer things that will prize the TV remote and Netflix privileges out of my cold, dead hands. Except…an invite from Four Seasons Doha to try the second anniversary Omakase menu at Nobu Doha. That…that will do it. I mean, I even put on makeup! It was a bit of a bittersweet event though – one of the last times I would get to dine with my blogging and culinary partners in crime Sara and Gerald who are leaving me to fend for myself and each leaving Doha for exotic Asian climes. I’m bereft. But also…

  • Nozomi's new Friday brunch
    Brunch,  Doha,  giveaways

    Competition – Be the First to Try Nozomi’s New Friday Brunch

    The Friday brunch market in Doha is VERY crowded. Any new entrant really needs to set itself apart and offer something innovative to get and keep people interested. Which is why I am excited by the looming launch of Nozomi Doha’s new Friday brunch on 28 April. The restaurant has already set the pace with a an excellent value Saturday dumpling brunch so this new concept promises to be something special. I’m pleased to give you an exclusive sneak peek at some of the dishes the innovative culinary team at Nozomi have developed including this miso black cod which looks like it needs to get into my belly asap. The new brunch will be…

  • 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…

  • Asia,  Cheese,  Dutch cheese,  Food,  Travel

    It’s Not Easy Being Green Cheese – Wasabi Cheese

    Let’s be honest, cheese and Japanese food aren’t the most obvious bedfellows. But horseradish and cheese are a actually match made in heaven, so why not wasabi and cheese? I spied this cheese in the dairy section of my local Lulu Hypermarket already sliced (it was the last of the lot apparently). Not the prettiest cheese to photograph, being green and sliced and all. Not actually from Japan, this wasabi cheese hails from Holland. Made by Basiron it claims to be extra strong, but is actually kinda mild. I like my wasabi to blow my head off and cure the sinus allergy caused by our regular dust storms. This gouda was actually quite mild.…