All posts filed under: Quick Eats

My favorite falafel sandwich in Qatar

If you’ve read my previous post, I mentioned that that restaurant is having my second favorite falafel sandwich. You wanna know where my ultimate favorite is from? *drumroll* …It’s from Gad in Mathar Qadeem! Oh my Gad! This Egyptian restaurant’s falafel sandwich is to live for. It’s filled to hilt, messy to eat and you just get this feeling of wanting to give up but just can’t because it’s so good. I’m raving about this because I’ve eaten a loooot of them from various restaurants and none ever made my tastebuds feel this way. Yep, that’s fa-love-fel, my friends. The place is nothing fancy; typical family restaurant-type wherein you go in to eat and out once you’re done (think in the lines of Turkey Central Restaurant). Haven’t actually eaten there yet but did order for take-outs. And yes, their other foods like the tarb (Egyptian style kofta), kofta, kebab, lambchops are also muy deliciosó. Now, now let’s go back to the sandwich. The falafel they make is the thin type but full to the bite …

Review – Quick and Cheap Eats: Shades Café and Eatery (Doha Tower, West Bay)

I had a scheduled brunch date with my friend, whom we shall call Miss Independent, and was racking my brain on which restaurant should I bring her to. My criteria were: Somewhere quiet Preferably with a view of nature Somewhere with shaded outdoor seats Reasonably priced It was no mean feat, with the multitudes of restaurants that meet most or all of the above. As I was thinking about it, I checked my schedule for the day and saw that I had to meet with Ms. Hala later in the afternoon. Then, I remembered one Zomato Meet-up (in Qatar, Ms. Hala is synonymous to Zomato and vice versa) invite a few months back (which I wasn’t able to attend) at this little place with a garden view called Shades Café and Eatery located at the Doha Tower (you know, that infamous bullet-shaped tower). So off we went. Parking was a bit of a problem, so we had to leave the car somewhere and walk our way to the café. We arrived and the place, oh the place.  The only thing missing were the sounds …

Recipe: Easy vanilla-spiced cherry balsamic reduction 

Found my fridge with an over abundance of cherries. Now, what to do with them? As dinner was lamb chops, I decided to make a simple sauce out of it. This cherry sauce is so good with grilled meat as it contrasts its saltiness and smokiness. I didn’t really have a recipe, just a splash and dash of things that I have in my pantry so you can add more stuff in this sauce as you like! Ingredients A handful of cherries Water 2 tbs. balsamic vinegar Used up vanilla pod (or vanilla extract if you don’t have this) Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1) In a heavy bottomed pan, add cherries and just enough water to submerge the cherries. Bring to a boil in high heat. 2) Once it boils, lower the heat to medium low and continue boiling until water is reduced to half its original volume. 3) Add the vanilla pod (extract), balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer until the liquid is further …

Cheap Eats Review: Tofu House – Bin Mahmoud (near the Indian Supermarket)

My eldest sister is a big fan of everything Korean; soap opera, food, appliances, skincare, anything you can think of! So, it wasn’t a wonder that she has been urging me to visit Tofu House for quite some time now, and we finally got the chance last week. Located at one of the old towns of Doha, the restaurant looks non-descript and blends perfectly with the shops beside it. Except for the large signage bearing its name, you can easily pass it by.  The place is small with only one table on the ground floor and sits about 30 persons max at the 1st floor. And boy, it was packed! We were the 4th in queue and there were about 5 after us. It’s good though, a packed place mostly means that they have a patronage which also means they serve good food. It’s bad because the waiting time is bound to make you cranky. We finally got our turn to sit and wasted no time ordering. Food was served within 15 mins., which was …

Quick  and Cheap Eats: Thai Smile – 1st. Flr. Lulu Hypermarket Barwa City

Ordered food: Seafood Tom Yum    Yam Nuer (Spicy beef salad) Seafood Pad Seeiew (Rice noodles with Thai soy sauce)    Lychee Iced Tea and Milk Iced Tea   Overall review: The taste of the food is just okay. Nothing special but tasty enough for us not to feel bad that we ate here. Price:  Returning? Meh, most probably as it is one of the nearest restaurants that’s not a fast food chain.

Cheap Eats: Bread and Bagels – Left Wing Basement, City Center 

Located at the basement in one of Qatar’s oldest malls, this cute café offers different types of bagels (duh😏) and sandwiches (duh again😒). I ordered a blueberry bagel and iced coffee. The bagel tasted okay but, that’s that. It didn’t have that chewy factor that you’ve come to expect from a bagel.   Their coffee was a different story though. It was nice and strong. I was expecting the bagel to be really good and the coffee to be meh, but it was the other way around. For QR32, it did the job of satisfying my blood sugar but left my taste buds a bit broken hearted (budded?). I’ll try my luck next time with their sandwiches and pizza. Ciao!

Cheap Eats: BreadTalk – 01 Mall Abu Hamour

Short Overall Review Located just beside the cinema area of the mall, this bakery and café is gives you a nice break from all those noisy and overcrowded coffeshops in the city. It offer both sweet and savory breads and cakes for a cheaper price than the usual. Although this is the 2nd BreadTalk (?) store here in Qatar, its interior is much better than it’s Salwa Rd. counterpart and more inviting for a sit-down eating.     Their breads and cakes variety may be small but what they lack in quantity, thay make up for the taste and quality.    I like that their cakes and not sickeningly sweet that you would usually get from cheap cakes.  Haven’t tasted their savory breads but I’m looking forward to it.     Price QR 15 pax (approx.) Returning? Definitely. Especially for their Tiger Rolls 🙂

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 …