When we settled on Anglesey for a holiday with grandparents, the first thing my mum said was we’d have to have lunch at Ellis Barrie’s place. Well living abroad I must admit I’d not heard of Ellis Barrie of Great British menu fame. A quick google soon convinced me that any foodie visiting Anglesey would be remiss not visiting the Marram Grass. So quickly I got on the phone to make a reservation! Continue reading Marram Grass Review – a Must Eat on Anglesey
I have been a big fan of Westin Doha since I first went to Hunters Grill and am always eager to try their offerings. I am not a huge desserts fan, as regular readers will know, so when I read about the afternoon tea buffet I was very excited. An opportunity to have afternoon tea where I could have more sandwiches and scones and less cake. My ideal afternoon tea; that’s why what we had was even more disappointing.
Have you ever had a meal that you got so swept up in that you forgot that perhaps pictures for your blog might have been a good idea? Well that is exactly what happened to be when we went to Masseria Il Frantoio. We had travelled to Ostuni, Puglia with my in-laws for their Ruby wedding anniversary. As with all holidays I take, the first thing I do once we have booked is look for amazing foodie options nearby. As this was such a special anniversary this made this finding somewhere nice even more important and that is how I came to stumble on the website of the Masseria Il Frantoio.
My parents were in town and afternoon tea has always been on my mum’s bucket list so we decided that this was the perfect opportunity. With so many great 5* hotels in Doha we had plenty of places to choose from. We settled on the Four Seasons as it was one of the few that could cater for diabetics!
We were shown to our table quickly, given a sofa in front of the large window, with plenty of room to manoeuvre the pram.
We opted for a mixture of Earl Grey and English Breakfast tea but there were plenty of more exotic teas on offer for the more adventurous. Our boring Britishness with tea did shine through!
The afternoon tea was plentiful with a combination of sandwiches including some of a more local flavour including Cucumber and Mint Labneh and Lamb pittas as well as more traditional sandwiches. This was accompanied by a tier of cakes, and my personal favourite – a tier of scones! The scones were accompanied by cream and jam but perhaps the best thing was the jam for the diabetic. This came out warm as the chef had freshly prepared it and it was truly delicious. Often when you go to places with a diabetic, their plates can look a little miserly by comparison. This was not the case with the Four Seasons who were committed to providing an outstanding experience for all.
Overall this was a great experience for everyone and something I would not hesitate in returning to do again.
Last night we had a rare baby-free evening so decided to check out Hunters Room and Grill at the Westin Doha. Steak, rare steak is one of my all time favourite foods so having nine months of being forced to eat my steak well done, I was desperate for a ‘properly’ cooked steak. So did it live up to our expectations? Read our Hunters Room and Grill Review!
We started at the bar for some pre dinner cocktails. The theme of many of their signature cocktails seems to be the element of grilled fruit. I ordered the Grilled Citrus Margarita while Wandermust Daddy ordered the Grilled Peach Whisky Sour which he said was one of the best whisky sours he has ever had. The atmosphere was great, especially with the live saxophonist.
The setting of the Hunters Room is split into two – the non smoking and smoking area. The smoking area is set in a bright indoor garden and the non-smoking in a more traditional dark NY steakhouse fashion. Both lovely, depending on the kind of atmosphere you are after. As a rare romantic night out and being non-smokers we chose to sit in the more traditional area.
We started with sourdough bread with three flavoured butters including strawberry and sumac. Both of which were delicious but our favourite was the sumac. We then opted for the tomahawk steak. This came with three sides. We chose asparagus, button mushrooms and confit potatoes as our sides. All of which were outstanding. The worry with a steakhouse is always whether they will be able to cook the steak correctly. Hunters did not disappoint with a perfectly cooked rare steak throughout! The portions were large so we regretted having starters. We had ordered the crab cakes and Mediterranean Lobster and both were delicious however because of this we could only manage a pudding – creme brûlée to share! In conclusion, we found each course to be outstanding, and we can’t wait to return to try more.
On top of the outstanding food, the service has to be mentioned. The restaurant manager is affable and visible at all times running a tight ship. The waiters have obviously been trained to fine dining standards. A particular shout out goes to our waitress Anna who was attentive and very knowledgable about the menu.
We can’t wait to return to try more restaurants at the Westin if this is a standard and have a feeling this may become our go-to steakhouse in Doha!
Have you been to Hunters Room and Grill – what did you think?
As we approached gymkhana in Souq waqif last night, it dawned on me that we had never set foot inside one of the many boutique hotels in Souq waqif! I wasn’t sure what to expect but if there instagram page was anything to go by we were in for a treat.
When we entered we were greeted warmly and taken to a table with two large wicker chairs and a baby chair quickly followed. The decor makes it feel like you are in an old colonial hotel. Beautiful and impeccable.
The menus were brought and we decided to start with the gymkhana chaat. An unusual mix of paneer, chickpeas and pomegranate on a spiced biscuit base. It was very unusual but we loved the unique flavour. It was the closest thing we have had to our experience at Michelin starred Indian restaurant in London, Tamarind!
For mains we thought we’d try something traditional and something more unusual so we opted for the home style chicken curry and the ghee roasted pepper mutton. The curry tasted similar to a dhansak minus the lentils, with sweet and sour notes. Absolutely delicious! While the lamb was pulled with a spicy kick! Neither was greasy and both packed with flavour.
We finished with a chai creme brûlée which was spiced and rich and perfect for sharing.
This is definitely my new favourite curry spot in Doha and I can’t wait to try more. But perhaps my favourite thing about gymkhana was exceptional service! It was flawless from start to finish. I feel like I’ve been missing g out not trying the boutique hotels before and definitely want to explore them more.
The dinner with lassi and water cost around 300qar!
Have you been to gymkhana? What did you think
All week I had been looking forward to a weekend staycation at the four seasons. Then one look at this weeks weather made me change my mind … rain and thunderstorms. Not exactly perfect weather for a beach break. So postponing our break until the following week we were at a loss at what to do with our rainy Doha weekend. I looked in our entertainer app for inspiration when I saw for this month only there was a 2 for 1 brunch offer at hwang – problem solved! Continue reading Yum cha brunch at Hwang, Doha Review
There are loads of great restaurants in Souq Waqif to eat at but one of my favourites is Parisa, an Iranian restaurant.
So why do I love it?
The decor at Parisa, Souq Waqif
I think this has to be the most opulent restaurant in the souq. From the moment you enter through the mirrored corridor you are transported somewhere else. The mirrored ceiling, the mural walls and the beautiful foundation in the center make this a really stunning setting.
Service at Parisa
The staff are always attentive and willing to bring out more bread even after I Have consumed my own body weight in the stuff! They are also really friendly and great with small talk and recommendations.
The food at Parisa
You can’t go wrong with a kebab but Parisa excels at them. We love getting the sharing platter so we can try them all as I can never decide which one to order!
I also love their sweet walnut and pomegranate chicken stew which is like nothing else I have ever eaten.
But the star of the show is their rice. They do different kinds, saffron and dill being my favourites. It is truly the fluffiest rice I have ever tasted.
Atmosphere at Parisa, souq Waqif
In the evening there are usually a couple of musicians playing traditional music which really adds to the ambiance.
I usually haven’t left nearly enough room for pudding but I always managed to force myself to have one. I particularly love the pistachio ice cream with saffron biscuits
When to go
Parisa is great all year round but can’t be beaten when it’s hot and you need interior seating. But in truth go anytime you won’t be disappointed!
There is a second branch of Souq Waqif at the Sharq hotel but Parisa Souq Waqif has to be my favourite.
Have you ever nipped out for a quick lunch and ended up staying for a three course meal? That’s what happened for us when we went to di Capri today.
Our original intention had been to pop in for a quick pizza but we were convinced by our lovely waiter Todor that pasta was a better option. So once we decided that we thought we might as well go the whole hog (we don’t take much convincing!).
Firstly we were presented we an amuse Bouche of bruschetta and mushroom puff which were both delicious.