All posts filed under: European

Business Lunch: Fanajeen Café – The Gate Mall

Khansa, of Creativity with Kay,  and I had our much awaited meet up today, yay! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other so I was so excited to have our little tête-à-tête. After much deliberation on where to eat, we decided to dine at Fanajeen at The Gate Mall.  Ambiance It was a cutesy and artsy café-type. Seats were boldly colored and plush, floors were of the black-and-white tile pattern and their table decorations of piled up saucers, cups and teapots; a real Alice in Wonderland-ish feel. I was expecting the Mad Hatter to appear anytime soon for tea! Kay assured me that their desserts were amazing but their other food items were still an unchartered territory.     Anyhow, we dared to head on to the unknown and sat ourselves. It was just our luck that their three-course business lunch was already available at that time. I must say, they do have a very good selection of food for each course. Although, what I noticed is that the foods that they …

Lo Spaghetto – Al Sadd, Doha

Coming from a rather long and tiring wait from the doctor’s clinic for my husband’s check up, I suggested for us to have our very late iftar at Lo Spaghetto, which is just right around the corner of Toys R’ Us at Al Sadd St. As hubby was about to pass out from the extended fasting, this was the nearest place we could immediately go to.  The new location of the restaurant is quite deceiving as it doesn’t show much from the outside. But, lo (Spaghetto. Pun intended, sorry) and behold! Once you get it in, it’s an entirely different universe. Rustic yet chic interiors, inside seating is quite spacious and beautiful but what the place can really brag about is the garden seating. It’s like someone’s backyard; trellis and panels with hanging bougainvilleas, and lots of plants. I haven’t seen such a restaurant right in the heart of Doha (except for Chef’s Garden but it is in the outskirts Of the city). It kinda made me miss my home back in Manila. Food ordered: …

FoodbloggersQTR x Zomato Meet: A night of food, fun and new friends! 

Well, this is a very late post ( like it was since November 24) about the bloggers meet that was hosted by none other than the amazing, lovely, and lively Ms. Doaa Jabir, a.k.a Hungry Birds Doha and the energetic Ms. Hala of Zomato, together with Careem who provided a free drop off to the bloggers at the hotel for the event. Getting all the people to attend on weeknight (especially in Qatar and its traffic) is no mean feat so kudos to you, ladies! The event was held at the upbeat Spanish restaurant Aceite at Meliá Hotel.  For starters, we had this yummy spread of hor d’oeuvres        After introducing ourselves and mingling around, we proceeded to the dining table especially prepared for us by the lovely staff of the resto.  Check out tapas menu:    And the food…                 More than the food, I got the chance to meet familiar and new bloggers who are all beautiful: Allyson, the other half of Life with Karlly Lou of Live, Love, and Lou  Shamim …

Lazy Eats: Pasta Almost-Bolognese 

Here we go again. It’s nearing the end of the month, which means salary is not up for another week and using up all the food in the fridge, freezer and pantry is a must. And right now, I only have the following that will sustain our hunger: minced meat, canned tomatoes, and pasta. The makings of a Bolognese sauce. Trouble was, these were the only ingredients we have available. Oh well, what the heck, I can still make a good pasta without the other trimmings. Off we go… Ingredients: 500g minced meat 4 250g canned tomatoes Chopped onions, as much as you want 500g pasta, cooked Dried herbs of your preference Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1) Heat a wok or pot with 3 tbs. oil. Once hot, cook the meat first until lightly brown.     2) Add the onions, cook until translucent. 3) Add a little bit of salt and pepper and the dried herbs of your choice. I find that when meats are seasoned separately from the sauce, it enriches the …

Shakespeare & Co. – Pier G, The Pearl Qatar

   Overall Review Stepping inside the restaurant, you’ll be greeted by the ornate decor, colorful, puffy seats and pillows, fringed lamp shades and table covers; it’s like being inside Marie Antoinette’s boudoir (not that I’ve been in there myself).  Right off the bat, we were met by the staff with genuine smiles and greetings. We asked to be seated in their private dining area which was empty that time (what a treat!).  Oredered Food: Crispy calamari – QR37   It’s okay, tastes like any fried calamari I’ve had from other restaurants. Spaghetti Frutti di Mare – QR49  This dish was very nice. The pesto tasted fresh and light. The sauce was very tasy and generously sprinkled with parmesan.    Pizza Margherita – QR41    Thin crust, fresh tomato sauce and full of cheese. What more can you ask for?  Customer Service Review The staff are very courteous and helpful, attending to your every needs and wants from the moment you step in to the moment you step out. Price  QR 70 per person (approx., exc. drinks) …

The French Olive – Barwa Al Sadd

Overall Review Located in one of the busiest streets of Doha, this restaurant still curiously makes you feel as if it’s hidden away outside of the city. And once you step inside, it just gets better. From the gorgeous tree trunk table as a centre piece of the interior decór to the floor tile patterns, everything whispers elegance without overwhelming guests.   Now for the food. What can I say? When you go to a beautiful restaurant, you automatically expect to be served visually and gustatory stimulating food. And boy, they didn’t disappoint! Every food item was a star on their own right. Perfectly cooked, delicately  seasoned, plated beautifully. Although the prices are a bit steep, I felt that it was definitely worth it for a special occassion or just random foodie splurge. Food Ordered: Arancini (Deep Fried Rice Balls) It was heavy enough to be enjoyed as a main course. Crunchy on the outside, soft rice,cheese, and mushroom inside.      Calamari Fritti Just your usual fried squid. I mean you can’t go wrong with it …

Baba Sausage – 01 Mall

  Review The other day, I had to make a quick run for a take away lunch and the nearest place with restaurants from the office is the 01 Mall in Abu Hamour (behind Aramex). Saw this place was opened already so I decided to try it. I ordered the classic sausage sandwich and a “dippy dog”. Their sausages are good as it’s handmade and not the processed ones. The bread they use is a baguette which is nice but it made the sanwich quite heavy. The dippy dog was amazing though! It reminds me of those waffle dogs, the only difference is that their instead of waffle they use some sort of bread coating. (They used a processed hotdog for this) The place has a contemporary feel with a stained glass style window and wood paneled design all over. The restaurant itself is small but it was cleverly designed with high walls to give it that feel of space.  They also have this Bell Buster Challenge wherein you have to finish a set meal in …

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 …

Lina’s Paris – Ezdan Mall

Food Review: After a tiring stroll in the mall, my friend and I decided to have our coffee and dessert before we go.  We decided to end our day at Lina’s.  We didn’t get to try any of their food except for their coffee and profiteroles. Let me tell you, it’s the best coffee that I’ve had in Qatar so far. Boy, they do know how to brew. Cappuccino and macchiato – amazing! You can taste a hint of caramel and earthiness in the coffee. Profiteroles with vanilla ice cream filling and chocolate sauce – the serving is good for two people (or one if you’re feeling selfish).  It was served to us and we immediately fell in love with it.  The chocolate used seems a lot but most probably they used semi-sweet chocolate since it didn’t add that much sweetness to the puff and ice cream.  Which was great because every item on the plate complimented each other. Customer Service Review: Their staff are well-dressed and very accommodating, to think that we came at …

Blue at the Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa

Food Ordered Tempura Shrimp Cocktai l Chef’s Sushi Platter Dragon Roll Tiramisu Profiteroles with ice cream Food Review Hands down, the best sushi I’ve had in Qatar so far. It’s like really, really good. Especially the Dragon Roll. The place was nice and they have an outside sitting area, we just weren’t able to go there as it was summer during that time. Service was average. Customer Service: Average Price QR200 per person (approx.) Returning? Yes! Location: Aspire Zone, Sports City Street | Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa, Doha PO Box 92996, Qatar