Hakkasan, St Regis

My life revolves around food but there needs to be a bit of balance so we tend to eat in on a work (school) night then eat out all weekend. That means during the week I research, plan and book where we’ll eat by scouring websites reading blogs and asking for recommendations. I already had a breakfast reservation on Saturday but then an email arrived promoting a new menu at Hakkasan available only on a Saturday afternoon. It was a no brainer as I adore Hakassan, so I invited some friends and booked a table on the terrace in the hope it wouldn’t be too hot.

All 5 of us opted for the ‘Taste of Hakkasan’ menu priced at 168QR. For this you get 4 courses consisting of a choice of soups, a small eat, a main course served with rice and vegetables then a selection of ice creams and sorbets for dessert. This price also includes unlimited water, soft drinks and Chinese teas. For an additional 110QR per person you can also select a half bottle of wine each. For my soup I chose crab and sweet corn and others chose hot and sour with chicken. Both of them were delicious. Mine had lovely thick chunks of crab and wasn’t too salty which I often find with this type of soup. We were also given a complimentary portion of crab cakes which were amazingly crunchy on the outside but melted in your mouth.

For my appetizer I chose salt and pepper squid which I’ve had at Hakkasan several times. Others chose dim sum and crispy duck rolls. I was impressed at how big the portions were, everything came out hot and freshly cooked. My squid was crispy and not all all rubbery, luckily it wasn’t too spicy either as I’m not a huge fan of really spicy food. The dim sum and crispy duck were also described as ‘fantastic’.

We asked for a break at this point, as I said the portion sizes were generous and we needed time for the soup and small eat to digest. Thoughout our meal the service was very friendly, a couple of times we were asked how our food was – I’m sure the clean plates indicated how much we were enjoying ourselves. Our drinks were constantly being topped up, perfect service. For my main I chose Mongolian stir fry rib eye beef, others chose prawns in a spicy Assam sauce. All were served with garlic lettuce and edamame egg fried rice. I have never tasted lettuce so good! Again, everything was swiftly demolished with lots of sounds of satisfaction.

We couldn’t believe we still had dessert to go! However, the selection of ice creams and sorbets were perfect as the ice creams weren’t too rich and the sorbets were zingy and refreshing. We were also given a lovely light chocolate and coconut shell filled with chocolate mousse.

Wow, what a meal. The food and service were faultless, it was beautiful sitting outside enjoying the Spring sunshine and everything added up to make for a perfect afternoon. I really can’t recommend Hakkasan highly enough. If you haven’t been before I’d recommend the Saturday afternoon ‘Taste of Hakkasan’ menu as an introduction to the food and I bet you’ll go back time and time again. Hats off to the Hakkasan team, we all loved it!

Hakkasan - The St. Regis Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

TGI Fridays, Medina Centrale

I love steak, really love it. I am a bit picky though – it has to be fillet, it has to be well seasoned, it has to be medium rare and it has to be served without a sauce. I can list the best three steaks I’ve had in my life 1. Keens in New York 2. Asador Steakhouse in Berlin 3. Jazz Club at the Oryx Rotana in Doha. I know I’ve had a good steak because I have to pause before my final bite and I get a bit tearful. So, Friday lunchtime I was craving broccoli and a steak. I wanted to sit outside and I wanted to use an Entertainer voucher so a quick flick through the book and we opted for TGI Fridays on The Pearl. Perhaps not the first place that comes to mind when you think of a great steak but bare with me…!

I’ve had tenderloin steak a few times at TGI Fridays and Chilis in Doha and they’ve been pretty good. TGI Fridays on The Pearl has a lovely outside seating area and now it’s pedestrianized it’s quiet place to sit and enjoy the warmer weather. 

Our server brought us menus quickly and we opted to share an appetizer and have a main course each. For our appetizer we had a half portion of Cajun chicken and shrimp fettuccini. It was deliciously creamy with succulent chicken and prawn. However, it was so good we’d eaten it before I took a photograph! For our our main course we both ordered steak, medium rare with mushroom, onion and garlic sauce. Mine with sides of cheesy mash and broccoli and Greg chose cheesy mash and onion rings.

 We were asked to cut into the steak to check it had been cooked to our preference; they both had. I wish I’d asked for my sauce on the side as it was already on my steak breaking my ‘ no sauce rule’ but luckily it was not overpowering and so it didn’t spoil my enjoyment. The mash was lovely and rich, the broccoli still had crunch to it and the steak was a good size and tasted fantastic, it was really tender and tasty. Unfortunately at this point we started to get bombarded by dozens of flies – so much so we couldn’t eat our meal so we quickly picked up our food and moved inside. The staff seemed a bit worried we were upset but we weren’t, we just didn’t want our food to get cold!

We really enjoyed our food, I agree there more refined restaurants in Doha serving steak to an excellent standard but for informal dining in a chain restaurant you can’t go wrong here. Our bill came to 150QR for 3 main courses, 2 soft drinks with refills and a tip. We got one meal free as we used an Entertainer voucher. On a side note there is also an Entertainer voucher for the Jazz Club at the Oryx Rotana, you should definitely have the tenderloin ( pictured below) there as its scrumptious!


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