Month: March 2015

Qatar Eats Cooks: Pasta Marinara and Pan Seared Scallops

A simple yet yummy way to end your weekend.  Making marinara sauce is a good way to save those very ripe tomatoes in your fridge. Just freeze ’em up in batches and thaw as needed. Servings: 2 Ingredients: 6 scallops 2 tbs unsalted butter 4 medium sized tomatoes (I froze the extra tomato sauce) 6 gloves garlic 1 small onion (optional) 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil 200g pasta Dried herbs (I used oregano and basil) salt and pepper 1) Boil 6 cups of water , add salt and add the pasta. Cook until al dente. Strain and set aside. 2) Fill a pot or pan with water and add tomatoes.  Let it boil until the tomato’s skin splits. Strain and remove the skin, careful as the tomatoes will be very hot. You can cool it down first before skinning. 3) If you want a chunky sauce, chop the tomatoes. If you want it smoother, blitz it in a blender or food processor along with the garlic, onion (optional), and the herbs and olive oil. …

Take Away: Al Nashama Restaurant & Sweets – Muntazah

Review The best kunafa in Doha. If you are craving or would like to try Arabic sweets, you can’t go wrong with Al Nashama. Typical of sweets shops here in Qatar, they have a wide range of sweets like kunafa and baklava in all shapes and sizes. I especially like the white one (I don’t know what it’s called, I just point at it) which is creamy and dreamy. It’s an explosion of coconut, milk, and rose water. Price QR20 per person (approx) Returning? Yes!

The Anvil Rooms – Tornado Tower

Overview: The restaurant is located at the 28th flr. of the Tornado Tower in West Bay.  It has a great food and great view of the Corniche to boot.  Fab Friend and I specifically went out for this restaurant to take advantage of the NY Restaurant Week  celebration. It’s a three course meal (exc. drinks) for QR91 (lunch) and QR138 (dinner), which is really a good deal especially that normal pricing is a bit pricey.  The restaurant interior is cozy, laid-back and romantic  The staff was very welcoming and knowledgeable about their menu. Now, let’s talk about the food.  It was a-freakin’-mazing! From the bread basket up to the last tiny piece of the dessert, the food was flawless. Food Review: Appetizers: Truffled tagliatte, onion puree, roasted wild mushroom and morel foam – Nothing mattered that time except for this food. It commands your full attention, whispers seductively in your ear saying all the words that you’ve been waiting to hear: “I’m all yours”. Mesquite smoked cod and salt baked beetroot, tarragon mayonnaise and horseradish …