The restaurant serves a diverse menu of Asian cuisine from Thailand, Korea, Japan, China, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Hwang’s signature menu item is shabu-shabu blending fresh ingredients with a variety of Asian and Middle Eastern flavours. General Manager of InterContinental Doha The City, Chris Jung, said:
We are thrilled to bring a truly eclectic dining experience to Asian food lovers…we are proud to be the first five-star hotel restaurant in Doha not only to serve the best of eight Asian country cuisines, but also to offer the unique shabu-shabu concept. It is perfect for sharing among table guests whether they be family, friends or business colleagues.’
In ancient Chinese culture, Hwang means yellow – the colour of nourishment. It is said that yellow generates Yin and Yang, meaning that yellow is the centre of everything, much in the same way that family is the centre of society.
In following that philosophy, Hwang’s shabu-shabu is served family-style. Shabu-shabu, which is often referred to as the Asian version of fondue, is presented at Hwang with a variety of broths and dipping sauces, as well as meats, seafood, vegetables, rice and noodles. Diners are guided through the experience with the expert advice of the chef as they prepare their meals at their table.
Hwang starters include items such as an assorted satay platter, Thai style shrimp salad and traditional spicy Korean jjamppong soup. The Hwang a la carte menu features sushi and sashimi platters, as well as chili crab Singaporean style, gaeng phed yang (red curry with roast duck), nasigoreng and Osaka style kake udon.
The Executive Chef of Hwang is Chef Randy Joung, who took the helm of InterContinental Doha The City’s food and beverage offering in late 2013 and joins the team after several senior culinary positions at five-star hotels across the globe. From Turkey, the Philippines, the UAE and China, Chef Randy was most recently responsible for all food and beverage operations on board a major cruise liner, prior to moving to Doha. Chef Randy’s goal is to drive and motivate his team to continue to offer premium dining experiences across all of the hotel’s restaurants. As a half-Japanese and half-Korean Asian, one of Chef Randy’s specialties is Asian cuisine. He has been the driving force behind the creation of Hwang’s Pan Asian menu while adding his own special touches to the dishes. To provide diners with an authentic experience, Chef Randy has assembled an all-Asian kitchen team and staff at Hwang who share his passion for the culture and the cuisine.
Hwang is the latest addition to the F&B offering of the InterContinental Doha The City and the first of its kind (true Pan Asian Restaurant) in a five star hotel in Doha. Created to perfectly pair with the food menu, Hwang features an array of signature cocktails and mocktails, as well as traditional Asian drinks. Diners will also enjoy uniquely blended teas to complement the cuisine from Hwang’s exclusive and Doha’s first tea sommelier.
The Marhaba was invited to the opening night of Hwang on Wednesday 28 May 2014, where we tried the best of Asia, tasting eight different Asian cuisines in one night.
The restaurant is designed in bright yet warm colours, ideally reflecting the Pan Asian theme. The main colours used are yellow and red, in addition to earthy tones of brown. Hwang, which means yellow – the colour of nourishment, neutrality and good luck, has a sophisticated, yet casual Asian atmosphere, welcoming to families, friends or businessmen in any attire. Semi-private dining rooms allow discrete and relaxed dinners and business meetings over an extraordinary meal.
Besides the brilliant food and atmosphere at Hwang, there’s a selection of Asian paintings around the restaurant, which are available for purchase. The artwork is created by a Qatar-based French artist, Jacinthe Lamontagne-Lecomte, who’s a member of International Artists of Doha (IAD) and the Fine Arts Society of Doha. As a guest at Hwang, as soon as you are seated, you will received a catalog to find out more about the artwork.
Hwang has an overwhelming variety of choices on the menu. At the opening of Hwang, we tried a little bit of everything including sushi, Thai style shrimp salad, deep fried spring roll, prawn tempural, wasabi prawn, traditional spicy Korean Jjamppong soup, Gaeng Phed Yang (Red curry with roast duck), beef tenderloin steak teriyaki, shabu-shabu and much more. We highly recommend you try the Thai style shrimp salad, beef tenderloin steak teriyaki and of course, the shabu-shabu. There are lots of seafood options but if you don’t like seafood, you have a variety of beef, chicken and vegetarian dishes to choose from at Hwang.
Located on the first floor of the hotel, Hwang is open for dinner from 6 pm to 11 pm Sunday through Friday.
For more information or reservations, call 4015 8888 or email [email protected].