Teetering on the top of Doha, on the 43rd floor of JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, lies The Shanghai Club. With views of downtown West Bay to rival all others, and incredible Pan-Asian cuisine, this restaurant makes an amazing brunch hot-spot. With crowds of work friends and ladies get-togethers the atmosphere at The Shanghai Brunch is humming.
An excellent, attentive and friendly team of staff led by Daniele were keen to get us seated and serve us an awesome welcome mocktail. With green tea and ginger beer, this drink was ultra-refreshing and a perfect way to start our brunch adventure. We decided to opt for the alcohol package, where you can choose red or white sips, sparkling vino, beer, but the mocktail menu was rather enticing if you would prefer to be alcohol free.
To enhance our brunch experience we decided to let the Chef choose our appetizers and main course – and he did a marvellous job. If you have no dietary or allergy restrictions, I would highly recommend this option to get the very best culinary treats available at Shanghai Club.
To begin our brunch, we were served a sushi platter to rival Nobu itself! With tuna and salmon sashimi, spicy tuna maki, shrimp tempura rolls, California rolls, lobster maki, and ebi nigiri. While California rolls are a favourite of mine and these were some of the best that I had tried, the sashimi was the highlight of the platter. Each strip of tuna and salmon was so fresh and the meat was absolutely perfect – soft and flavorful. As someone who is always wary of overly fishy dishes, I will be forever grateful to Shanghai Club for turning me on to excellent sashimi. I’ve been missing out!
The next dish to arrive at the table was an assortment of dim sum. With a separate basket for every person at the table there is plenty to go around. Dim sum is an excellent dish for capturing multiple different flavours like chicken, duck and prawns. We had a classic har gow, a chicken and prawn sui mai and even roasted duck with foie gras!
There were also some lighter bites on the table like the Papaya salad which added a remarkable freshness and flavour. The papaya salad was fantastic and not at all spicy which is great if you are sharing with friends who aren’t a huge fan of spicy food. To double up on the health veggies, there was also a generous helping of Asian vegetables on the table.
An Asian classic is chicken satay skewers served with a glorious, chunky peanut sauce and what Asian brunch would be complete with out them. The grilled chicken skewers were flavour filled on their own, but when paired with the peanut sauce – perfection!
Another classic, I’m certain you’ve tried before, is shrimp tempura with spicy chili sauce. But trust me – you’ve never tried shrimp tempura this good before. With a crunchy, battered shell encasing a soft, perfectly cooked shrimp and a sweet chili sauce that is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy.
After all that food, we needed a break! But it was the perfect time to chat, sip sparkling vino, and admire the view of West Bay.
The showcase of the main course was the Peking Duck. While Peking duck has an amazing flavour by itself, the best way to enhance it is to create your own duck pancake roll. Light rice pancakes are piled in a basket – similar to a dim sum basket – and served with a tray of thinly sliced leek and onion, slivers of roast Peking duck and dollops of sweet barbeque sauce. Each bite is absolutely heavenly.
After our Peking duck we were served a robust Malaysian barbeque Marmak Chicken with aromatic barbeque baby chicken, charred green beans, pickled red onion, bean sprouts, and coriander leaves. The dish reminded me of a Thai green curry – especially the sauce – but this had some hidden extra flavours that made it unique.
The last of our main courses was the grilled, boneless sea bass cooked in a banana leaf. The banana leaf trapped all the moisture and flavour, essentially steaming the fish to cook it. The result was a delicate fish, that practically fell apart in your mouth, oozing with lemon and herb flavour.
For you sweet tooth’s out there – you do not want to miss dessert at The Shanghai Brunch. Every dessert we tried was better than the one before it. We dived in to the Sans Rival which is a cashew nut cake, with fresh raspberries and a sweet, tangy lemon buttercream. The Giggly cheesecake was an easy favourite of mine: a fluffy light cotton cheesecake with a sweet, creamy passion fruit drizzle. However, the most unique and intricate dessert of the day was the matcha espuma with ceremonial-grade matcha cream, an exquisite sesame crumble, green tea ice cream, and topped with a crunchy matcha meringue.
While this might seem like a disproportionately vast amount of food – and we certainly left feeling full – we didn’t feel weighed down or tired. We largely attributed that to the Chef for thinking though his menu and pairing more dense and filling dishes with lighter bites, and to the staff for making us comfortable and not rushing us through each course. To us that was the height of luxury, to not only enjoy five star dishes and five star service, but to luxuriate and spend the entire afternoon in bliss – and that is certainly what we found at The Shanghai Brunch.
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Reserve your spot at brunch and enjoy unique Pan-Asian cuisine every Friday from 12 pm to 3 pm at Shanghai Club in the JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha. Call 4429 5295 now!
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Author: Charlotte Wright
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