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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St Regis, West Bay

I was so excited for my first Iftar that when the St Regis said they didn’t have a booking for me I nearly cried. Luckily they found us a table and as it was right next to the roast beef and Yorkshire puddings I soon cheered up ( I later checked – it was their mistake!)
The room being used during Ramadan is huge but wonderfully decorated with various food stations, fairy lights and beautiful glass tables. They’ve replicated an Arabic Souk with afishmongers, butchers, vegetable shop etc, and even though it seats a lot of people it didn’t feel too cramped
The doors open at 6pm and until the call to prayer you can order drinks, browse the food on offer and fill your plate – just remember not to give in to temptation or you will be given a gentle reminder not to consume anything!
The selection of food on offer was amazing and as it was the St Regis the quality matched the quantity. There were traditional dishes such as Ouzi in addition to sushi, traditional roasts, sliders, quesadillas, curries, paella plus numerous salads, breads, cheeses and desserts.
You could also order unlimited soft drinks, tea and coffee at your table.
The Iftar is served from sunset until 8pm and costs 230QR each and at the moment there is a 2 for 1 voucher in the entertainer. We will definitely be back before the end of Ramadan

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