Within the luxury island where the palatial five-star Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha stands are a rich selection of fine dining restaurants and lounges, serving diverse global authentic cuisines to suit all tastes, from the Levant, Japan, the Iberian Peninsula, the Pan-Latin region and most recently, the Mediterranean.

Situated adjacent to Toro Toro and Nozomi is the newly reopened Mediterranean restaurant and lounge, Pearl Social, which delivers a variety of choices of rare and authentic Mediterranean dishes in a relaxed and atmospheric environment, perfect for intimate and social get-togethers.

The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant offers a menu full of traditional yet contemporary dishes from countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea including Greece, Italy, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco and more.

Our Pearl Social dining experience began with a selection of freshly baked, appetising Italian breads comprising Kalmata olives and parmesan cheese, and accompanied with olive and tomato pastes, followed by a warm and rich tasting Onion Soup*. Their selections of salads and hot appetisers are exceptional, as we enjoyed a taste of Gait Cheese Fig Cranberry Salad* (warm goat cheese, mixed green salad served with fig chutney), Quinoa Kale Tabbouleh Shrimps Salad* (boiled quinoa with parsley, kale, and tomato salad served with grilled prawn), Mediterranean Salad with Greek Feta Cheese (tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, capers, green pepper, Greek feta cheese and Kalamata olives), Bizri Sardines Salad with Tahini Dressing (fried sardines with mixed garden salad served with tahini dressing), and Tunisian Mechwiyah Salad (green pepper, tomatoes, onions, and garlic served with boiled eggs, black olives, tuna and olive oil).

Then came our second favourite part of the four-course dinner – four tantalising hot appetisers including Black Ink Calamari* (cooked black ink calamari topped with aioli sauce), Mini Chicken Souvlaki* (marinated grilled chicken skewers served with mustard lemon sauce), Seafood Provencal* (mixed seafood with lemon coriander sauce) and Lamb Navarin* (Mediterranean slow-cooked lamb stew).

Greek Orzo Pasta with Grilled Tiger Prawns
Greek Orzo Pasta with Grilled Tiger Prawns
Sea Bream Olive Tapenade with Cumin Risotto
Sea Bream Olive Tapenade with Cumin Risotto

Almost full and trying to leave room for the main course, and of course dessert, we decided to go for something light, so we had Sea Bream Olive Tapenade with Cumin Risotto* (pan-fried sea bream fillet with olive tapenade served with cumin risotto and tahini sauce) and Greek Orzo Pasta with Grilled Tiger Prawns* (boiled orzo cooked with tomato sauce served with grilled tiger prawns).

And then came dessert – our favourite part of the Pearl Social dining experience. Although we were full, we couldn’t put our spoons down when we were served with the Mixed Berry Pannacotta* and Mille Feuille With Red Berries Compote and Vanilla Chocolate Sauce*. It was the cherry on top of a truly delectable culinary escapade through the Mediterranean.

The unique dining experience is complemented by modern, Art Deco surroundings with framed pictures of life along the Mediterranean Sea, and floor to ceiling windows, offering stunning views of the blue waters surrounding Marsa Malaz Kempinski that can also be enjoyed from the beautiful terrace for al fresco dining.

As dining during COVID-19 is the new norm, Pearl Social is licensed by Qatar Clean, ensuring remarkable levels of cleanliness, hygiene and safety for guests as well as restaurants and hotel staff. Pearl Social warmly welcomes you as you present your Green Ehteraz, then a friendly masked attendant will take you to a fully sanitised table. A sanitiser is also available on every table. All of the restaurant’s staff wear masks and gloves, and santise tables before and after guests are seated.

Pearl Social is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 7 pm to midnight.

For more information or reservations, call 4035 5011 or email [email protected]

Note: Dishes marked with a * are highly recommended by Marhaba.

Author: Ola Diab

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