Zelman Meats, Soho, London 

When we were planning our Christmas trip to London we wanted to book a couple of nice restaurants and by chance I read a review of Zelman Meats by Jay Rayner. I loved the story and decided to reserve a table. Fast forward a few weeks and we were wandering around a very cold, wet, miserable Soho with rumbling stomachs. We were a couple of hours early so stopped at a bar for a pint or two and in the end turned up at Zelman Meats to see if we could bring our reservation forward! ‘Not a problem’ they said, grab a seat and we’ll get your table ready. Perfect. We had a few drinks and tried to stop ourselves salivating over the menu.

The design of the restaurant is pretty cool. It’s quite industrial with tiled floors and walls, an open kitchen, wooden benches, blackboards, exposed air ducts, low lights and steel pillars yet feels very comfortable. We were seated at a booth and quickly ordered. The concise menu, as you’d expect, is meat heavy with food ordered by weight. We chose 300g of chateaubriand, 200g of pichana and short rib with a side of chargrilled broccoli and chunky chips.


I had to stop greg from ordering everything on the menu…..


Our food arrived quickly and it was awesome. You know when food is so good you giggle a bit and nod as you eat it? That good. The meat was chargrilled and crisp on the outside but so tender and well seasoned, it was full of flavour. The triple cooked chips and broccoli with anchovies, garlic and chili were the perfect accompaniment. The Holy F**k mayo was well named, a little too spicy for me!


We were both so sad when we finished but genuinely didn’t have room to squeeze anything else in, not even dessert. We left very full and very happy. If you’re in the area I’d recommend a visit, booking advisable. We paid about £100 for our meal including drinks and service. Oh, the service by the way was excellent throughout. 

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Most Memorable Dishes of 2016

As my bathroom scales will confirm 2016 has overwhelmingly been a year of eating well. So without further ado, as this year draws to a close, here in no particular order are my (our) most memorable eats of the year…..

Lobster cocktail, Bentley’s Grill, Radisson Blu

Chunks of fresh lobster with sweet mango and creamy avocado bound together in a light citrus mayonnaise. This recent addition to the menu is an absolute winner.

Pan fried foie gras, Prime, Intercontinental Doha the City.

Love it or loathe it this was melt in your mouth perfection. Rich, buttery and salty with toasted brioche and the sharpness of berries. Love, love, love.

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Bouillabaisse with rouille and croutons, Prime, Intercontinental Doha the City

Another winning dish from Prime. This rich, deep seafood soup with beautifully delicate rock fish was just one course from the Monday Prime Club menu.

Salmon miso, Zengo at Kempinski West Bay

A late addition to the list as I only had this a couple of days ago at Friday brunch (full post to follow). This salmon was a perfect balance of sweet, salty deep flavours from the miso and yuzu – it was my favourite dish from everything we tried at this outstanding brunch.

Mango salad, MRA Bakery, Markhiya

A side dish of fresh firm, sweet mango with the heat of red onion and lots of chili. It was so zingy and refreshing though I did have to pick out quite a lot of the chili as I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to spicy food!

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Chocolate crepe, Mokarabia, Ezdan Tower.

Had a craving for something sweet and this fit the bill. Chocolate shavings, sauce and fresh cream on a crepe. Just don’t count the calories! Loved the interior and service too.

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Cheesecake, Iftar, St Regis 

I’m always on the hunt for a great cheesecake, this is the best one I’ve had in Doha. A crunchy biscuit base, thick, creamy cheese with a hint of fruit to cut through the richness.

And, because this list started as a conversation with Greg, here’s his list!

Rib of beef, Big Fat Late Brunch, Irish Harp, Sheraton

Served medium rare this beef was cooked and seasoned to perfection. Loved the Saturday brunch here.

Chicken platter, MRA Bakery, Markhiya

A variety of marinades made this chicken platter stand out. All the meat was tender and packed with flavour.

Nozomi, Marsa Malaz

A brunch consisting of dumplings and buns was always going to be a winner but my favourite were these melt in the mouth wagyu beef buns. I’d happily go back and eat these all day!


Triple burger, Fat Burger, Gulf Mall 

Juicy, tasty patty with salad, cheese and pickles. Just wish I’d ordered the quad!

Okonomiyaki, Street Food, Doha Marriott

I couldn’t get enough of these tasty Japanese pancakes. Crepe filled with veg, meat and sauce with herbs on top. Delicious.

Ba – mee menu, Isaan, Grand Hyatt

Served as part of the Ba-mee menu where you select 4 dishes for 100QR this soup was deep with sweet and sour flavours and had won-tons and pak choi to create a fantastic range of textures with just a hint of chili.

Zengo, Kempinski West Bay

Like Kathryn said we have only recently visited Zengo but the food was incredible. I loved these crunchy shrimp tempura rolls especially with the spicy mayo on the side.

So, this is our year in food – overall 2016 has been fantastic. Thank you to everyone who has read my reviews, liked, shared and commented it means a lot. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017………

Kathryn x

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Zengo, Kempinski Residences

This is probably the shortest review I have every written. It’s not because I am being lazy but because my review of Zengo is very simple – just go. Cancel all other plans and go. Its superb! From the sexy, stylish interiors,the amazing far-reaching views, the friendly and knowledgeable staff and delicious food; it’s an all round great experience. I think I will let my photos speak on my behalf……






Why did I love Zengo?

  • As soon as you step out of the lift on the 61st floor I defy you not to go ‘wow’ when you see the view and go straight to the window
  • Attention to detail in the interior design with lots of natural light and good use of space with a clear Asian influence
  • Staff who obviously understand the food that they are serving and are willing to make suggestions depending on your tastes and preferences
  • An open kitchen (I love being nosy!)
  • The food, the food, the food! This diverse Pan Asian menu designed by Chef Richard Sandoval is fabulous. A few dishes made it onto our ‘most memorable meals of 2016 list’
  • Its versatility. Zengo is great for a business lunch with colleagues, perfect for date night, fun with a group of friends and a great place to take visitors

Why I didn’t love Zengo?

  • It was faultless. Zengo has recently opened and I was invited to try the Friday Brunch and give some constructive feedback. I hated that I couldn’t find anything wrong! It was, in fact a little embarrassing when Chef Marko and Operations Manager Nenad both came over to ask how they could improve the food and service and we couldn’t suggest anything. Greg mentioned the fat on the lamb ribs could be rendered a little more but we were truly clutching at straws!

Tips

  • Ask for a table by the window to take advantage of the views
  • Go to the kitchen and watch the chefs in action
  • Try the Friday brunch as you get to try a good variety of dishes
  • I really recommend the shrimp roll, seared tuna, shrimp tempura, salmon miso and beef Szechuan
  • If you go on an evening you can go next door to Z Lounge for post dinner drinks

*on this occasion I was a guest of Zengo as usual all photographs and opinions are my own.*

EDIT 6th Jan 

We enjoyed our brunch so much we went back! I’m happy to report the food and service was just as good second time. We paid 500QR for 2 non alcoholic brunches which is good value. I’ll continue to recommend Zengo as I think it’s just fab! 

Zengo - Kempinski Residences & Suites Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato