If your idea of a great Indian meal is composed of kormas, bhunas, samosas, naan breads, poppadoms and mango chutney then you’ll be very disappointed with the Indian food at The Square on a Monday night. If however you love authentic Indian cooking with chefs who use the influence of their home town, and use family recipes then you’re in for an absolute treat.
When I was invited to try Indian night I expected the regular offering of tikka masala, murgh makhani, chunky naan with pickles and chutney. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s the type of food I would have expected as that’s what my experience of Indian food has usually been. However, as the evening progressed I was pleasantly surprised at how much free rein the chefs have been given to create dishes that they know, understand and are passionate about.
Unlike a normal review I’m not going to give a detailed account of everything we ate. Firstly because you’d see just how much we ate and we’d be exposed as the gluttons that we are, but secondly because I’d struggle to name and describe everything and do all of the dishes justice. I think in this instance I’ll let the photographs speak for themselves.
The theme nights at The Square have been revamped of late, further details of each evening theme can be found at the bottom of this post. It is apparent from talking to the staff there is a clear focus on trusting the chefs to deliver dishes that they themselves love. This was evident when they spoke to us about the processes involved in sourcing the ingredients (not always as easy as you’d think in Qatar!) and the creation of the dishes.
If you want to experience authentic Indian cooking I recommend that you pay The Square a visit on a Monday evening. We’ve recently returned from India and it brought back great memories of our holiday seeing dishes we’d eaten in Alleppey and the street food we’d bought from stalls in Fort Kochi
My one piece of feedback I would give is that it would be a good idea to have a ‘visual guide’ – – such as a cartoon, sketches or photographs – as to what spices and ingredients work well for the street food. We were lucky to have the lovely Satyendra to show us how to make our pani puri but I think for those less familiar with Indian street food it may give them some tips. This would also be a discussion point, creating a fun, informal atmosphere!
Theme evenings listed below are priced at 180QR for food only and 290QR which includes selected house beverages.
Monday – Indian
Tuesday – Italian
Wednesday – Seafood ( starting at 255QR)
Thursday – Cosmoplitan
Friday, Saturday, Sunday – International
- On this occasion I was a guest of the Intercontinental the City. As always my review is completely honest and the photographs are my own.