We’ve had two Chinese meals since we have been here – at Hakkasan at the St Regis, which in my opinion, is one of the best restaurants in Doha, and at Shanghai Garden in City Center Mall. Ruby Wu’s had been recommended to us so we went on Saturday evening.
On first impression it’s a bit odd as its a cavernous area with a glass ceiling just below the hotel reception. The restaurant shares its space with Bombay Balti the Indian restaurant but they have both been decorated very differently. Ruby Wu’s has very dark wooden furniture, Chinese symbols on fabric and two streams with bridges going over, you can also see into the kitchen which is slightly screened off, I thought it created a nice atmosphere. We were served quickly and throughout our meal the service was discreet but very friendly and attentive.
For starters we ordered steamed prawn dim sum and crispy Szechuan beef with chilli. The four dim sum were delicious, packed with filling and served with dipping sauces, the beef was served warm as requested and consisted of small fried strips of beef with a fiery chilli sauce – be warned its pretty hot!
For mains we ordered sweet and sour chicken, beef in oyster sauce, fried rice with duck and prawns and pak choi with mushrooms. The chicken was really fruity and tasty, big chunks of chicken, fruit and veg in a sauce that wasn’t too gloopy or sugary. The beef with broccoli was quite salty due to the oyster sauce with big pieces of beef and tender broccoli which had kept its crunch. The rice was very good as was the pak choi and mushrooms.
The portion sizes were big, we ended up taking food home for lunch the next day. For 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 sides, 2 soft drinks and a bottle of water it came to 370 ( incl tip) which is significantly cheaper than Hakkasan. We will definitely go back