Indian Theme Night, Intercontinental Doha The City 

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.

 

Lamb biriyani

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.

 

 

Brains, kidney and liver

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.

 

 

Pani puri with fillings

 

Meat from the tandoor oven
Tandoori chicken
Just part of the vegetarian section
Indian drinks station
Pickles, chutneys and relishes

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

 

Street food
Indian snacks
Fresh fruit, saffron infused bread pudding, barfi, motichoor ladoo and jalebi
Jalebi with masala tea

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.

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Bombay Balti, Radisson Blu

Last weekend Greg went to Bombay Balti and suggested that we should go together. We have previously been to Ruby Wu’s and enjoyed it so we booked a table for Friday evening. As I have mentioned in my previous post Ruby Wu’s and Bombay Balti are on the lower  ground floor in quite a big space which is cleverly broken up into the two separate restaurants using furniture, flags and other decorations.

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We were were seated quickly and Malika our server brought menus. I am well aware that many Indian restaurants do cater for Western tastes and the menu here was no different consisting of samosas, kebabs, pakoras, meat and fish dishes, a vegetable section and rices. We ordered Chicken Tikka, Lamb Rogan Josh, Hammour Saagwallah, Saag Aloo and steamed rice. While we waited for our dishes to be brought we were given very moorish popadoms with a variety of sauces. Our mains arrived quite quickly and were well presented in copper tubs and lovely warm plates. The meat in all the dishes was very tender and plentiful, there was defintely a blend of different spices defining each dish rather than having everything taste the same which does sometimes happen with Indian dishes. My favourite was the Chicken Tikka along with the Saag Aloo as I found the mustard in the Hammour Saagwallah a little too strong for my taste.

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The meal was very filling and what we ordered was more than enough for two people, we ended up boxing leftovers to take home. The service throughout the meal was very good and at the end I was given an elephant which is now at home with the rest of my elephant collection – how did they know?!

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We will definitely return here –  it is suitable for couples, families and groups. Our meal cost about 450QR for 3 mains, 1 rice, 1 vegetable dish, 3 beers, a large water and tip.
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