All posts tagged: restaurant review

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 …

Breakfast: Moon Marina – Dar Al Salam Mall

“Where do we eat?” My hubby automatically gives me the task of deciding where to eat. Ugh, I dread this question everytime my family and I are out. So many restaurants come into my mind that I can’t decide on one. We just came from the Industrial Area to get our car fixed.  Dar Al Salam came into mind as it was on our way back. But which restaurant? Then I distinctly remembered seeing Moon Marina, a restaurant offering a mix of Qatari and international dishes, which opened last year and I’ve yet to visit. So there, we went. With all the breakthrough of different cuisines here in Qatar, it’s nice to see that there are establishments who are promoting the Qatari way of cooking. What was once an obscure cuisine in its own country and can mostly be found at homes, Qatari cuisine is now slowly making itself known to expats and tourists alike. Ambiance The inside of the place is simple with clean designs and pastel colored chairs to contrast the stark white …

Breakfast at Eggspectation – Medina Centrale, The Pearl Qatar

Friday food ritual for many people in Qatar can be categorized into two: breakfast or brunch. As my family prefer early morning breakfast, we usually head out from home at around 9:00am. Too early on a weekend? Nah, and the restaurants here are a testament to that. Three weeks ago, we decided to try out Eggspectation. We were expecting it to be fairly busy so we took our sweet time going there. Arrived at around 9:30 and man, what greeted us there was like lunch time on a weekday. It was full to the hilt with a 15-minute waiting time. The place was bustling and the staff were zooming in and out like busy bees. Exactly 15 minutes later, we were seated and our orders were taken. So, given the crowd that they had, we were expecting that the food will take time.  But we were so happily wrong, it arrived in less than our waiting time.  Hmm, things were looking good. Ambience The place has a very nice buzzing vibe. The interiors are spacious …

Patisserie Breakfast at Luxe Lounge- Westin Hotel

Luxe Lounge is one of my go-to places for a long coffee break here in Qatar.  Hush ambiance, comfy seats, good food.  What’s not to like. Ambiance Both indoor and outdoor seats are composed of soft, cushy chairs so you can cross out comfort in your list. The outdoor seating is perfect for the weather these days. Surrounded by lush greenery, I sat for three hours in that area and enjoying my coffee and donuts. Like a police on a stake out. Food As it is a patisserie breakfast, don’t expect too much. They have different kinds of croissants, donuts, cookies and bread. That’s about it. Oh, and it includes refillable coffee and/or tea. Price QR 59 for the buffet with refillable coffee/tea. Returning? Definitely. Is it worth it? It depends on what you’re looking for, really. If you’re looking for a breakfast with the whole shebang then I would suggest a different restaurant for this. But if you eat light in the mornings and/or planning to busily type away on your laptop or read …

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 …

Review: Lunch Buffet at Maison de Sushi – 01 Mall, Abu Hamour

Tucked at the 2nd level corner of 01 Mall, lies Maison de Sushi. With the striking Japanese design and tubular aquarium with cheesy but cutesy fake fishes and plants at the entrance, you will definitely not miss seeing this restaurant.  Once you step in, you will be immediately greeted by the staff in their Japanese kimono. The design of the place left me mildly shocked (in a good way) as I wouldn’t have thought that this is inside a mall and beside a food court. Hanging wisteria-like paper flowers, lamps ( a lot of them) covered the whole ceiling. Then there’s this massive painting spanning the whole length of the wall. I think it was made for this restaurant as the paper mats have the same drawings. Their attention to details is shown with how they decorated the tables with cast iton teapots, carved chairs, tablewares, etc.  I had the chance to speak with the owner of the restaurant as he was making rounds on the tables and he said that he wanted to merge …

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: …