The Anvil Rooms, Tornado Tower

A few months ago the Anvil Rooms ran their New York Restaurant Week promotion, it was so good we went twice within a few days so I was very happy to hear it was running again from July 21st – August 15th. We reserved a table for 1pm and when we arrived it was very quiet, we had a table next to the window with a fantastic view of the corniche. I really like the design of the restaurant, the industrial steel theme, heavy red leather chairs and dark wood its all feels very New York and the service is always very good.

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For starters I opted for beetroot with goats cheese which was packed with flavour, the various beetroot had retained their bite and combined beautifully with the very creamy goats cheese, sometimes the portion sizes seem small but this was perfect. Greg had the chicken terrine with sour dough bread – the terrine was very coarse and the chicken was so soft and flavoursome with a slight aniseed aftertaste. The vegetables on top were crunchy and it was very well presented it was really nice but he said he wished there was another slice of sour dough but to be fair we did still have the bread basket which is one of the best in the city

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For my main I chose barbeque kingfish as I am trying to eat more fish and I had never tried it before – I am so glad I did. I was told the chef recommended it be cooked medium so I took this advice, the fish had been cooked perfectly and had a crispy skin but was so meaty and flavoursome I didn’t want to stop eating it which is the sign of a good meal. The cubes of orange and thick citrus dressing complimented the fish really well though I couldn’t taste any coriander. Greg had slow cooked beef cheek which he loves and had been looking forward to and was not disappointed. The meat was so tender it just fell apart, it was perfect even the small amount of fat was delicious! We were given three small pots of sides to share – salad, fries and spinach which was ample.

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For dessert I had cheesecake which is my favourite dessert so there were high expectations, to be honest I was a bit disappointed as I found the base was quite heavy and soggy, it didn’t really have any taste and the cheese filling was just ok. The strawberries and jelly with it were sharp and added much needed taste to the dish. Greg has s’mores sundae which again he found a bit disappointing. The marshmallow had been wrapped around the ice cream and there were a sprinkling of crackers scattered around it with the chocolate sauce poured on top. He found it all a bit too rich and to be fair what he got looks very different to the images of the dish on the restaurants website so maybe they have changed it slightly. When we go back we would probably choose different desserts as the desserts we had last time ( notably the millionaire sundae) were fantastic.

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I really recommend going to the Anvil Rooms especially during Restaurant Week. The food is excellent quality and added to fantastic service and lovely surroundings it makes for a special meal. For 3 courses at lunch is it 91QR and for dinner 138QR which is great value. We paid 285 QR( incl tip) for 3 courses each, a bottle of water and a cucumber lemonade.Although the full menu was available we chose from the Restaurant Week menu.

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Gourmet House, Kempinski Residences, West Bay

It’s quite difficult to find places that open for breakfast during Ramadan but Gourmet House at the Kempinski opens from 7am so that’s where we chose to go this morning.
It’s quite a small cafe but decorated really nicely with goods to take away such as camel milk chocolates and loose leaf teas on display. One wall is taken up by the counter with numerous breads, cakes and desserts to drool over – they do all look beautiful.
An all day menu is offered featuring salads, burgers ( a camel burger is their signature dish) , sandwiches, pizzas and soups – the breakfast menu is very limited so we opted for the breakfast ‘ eggsperience’. Priced at 50QR each it’s great value for money featuring coddled eggs with salmon, bresaola or spinach, a bread roll and, a bit randomly, a scone with jam and fresh cream, you also get tea/coffee.
Our food arrived quickly and was lovely and hot. The eggs were still slightly runny and were a perfect match for the salty salmon, my multi grain bread roll was crusty and really fresh. The scone was one of the best I’ve tasted but would have benefited from a little bit more cream and jam.
The meal was very filling and we had no room for anything else though we thought it’d be rude not to pick up a donut for later! We will definitely go back here for breakfast and lunches as the food was good and tasty. It’s also good to know between 7-9pm all bakery items are half price too.

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