Gymkhana Doha Review 

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.  View Post

Yum cha brunch at Hwang, Doha Review

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!  View Post

5 reasons why Parisa should be your go-to Souq Waqif Restaurant!

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.

The beautiful ceiling

The beautiful ceiling

the beautiful Parisa Souq Waif restaurant

the beautiful Parisa Souq Waif restaurant

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.

Kebab

Atmosphere at Parisa, souq Waqif

In the evening there are usually a couple of musicians playing traditional music which really adds to the ambiance.

Desserts 

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

Yummy pudding – photo credit my lovely friend Jen

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.

Di Capri, la cigale Doha Review 

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.

amuse bouche

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Brunching with Baby, Middle Eastern Style

Brunching with Baby, Middle Eastern Style

Friday brunch is a staple activity of expats in the Middle East. Whenever we have visitors we always take them so when my parents visited to meet Baby E we decided to take them to one of our favourites, Vine at the St. Regis. We love the range of foods, the live cooking stations and variety of drinks both Non and Alcoholic. The sushi and seafood area for us is the best at any Doha brunch and I love getting a taste of home with their roast dinners. But is brunch a good activity to do with a baby?

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