There is a new contender in town for a delightful Friday brunch experience that is guaranteed to leave you craving for more. Formerly known as Restuarant Marsa Katara, La Marsa at The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort blends the Mediterranean and chic vibes into an exquisite dining experience.

From the moment you set foot in La Marsa, you will be whisked away to a world where exceptional culinary craft mingles with breathtaking aesthetics. The overwater dining area, offering panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, provides an unparalleled setting for a memorable brunch feast. Enhanced by thoughtful interiors, natural lighting and immersive music with a live kitchen, La Marsa distinguishes itself as a distinctive dining destination.

We kick-started our journey with a variety of cold appetisers – hummus, guacamole and labneh, boasting a creamy texture and rich flavours that paired perfectly with freshly baked bread. Complementing these flavours was their Sunpassion Mojito – a refreshing blend of passion fruit puree, orange juice, lemon, cranberry, and soda water.

Next were the Maki rolls and the Octopus Carpaccio with frisee lettuce, seasoned with smoked paprika and olive oil. The delicate balance of textures and the burst of Mediterranean flavours made the dish an absolute delight for the senses.

Thereafter, we indulged in Buffalo Mozzarella served with pesto, tomatoes and baby beetroot, followed by crispy chicken salad sprinkled with sesame. The presentation was in itself a feast for the eyes, almost too beautiful to eat.

Our culinary adventure progressed and this time, we were introduced to hot appetisers – kibbeh, cheese rolls, meat sambousek, lamb kebab, and pan-seared scallops served with parsnip purée, tomato coulis and basil oil. Each dish was expertly prepared and showcased the perfect balance of flavours and textures.

For the main course, we were served a delectable platter of seafood with lobster tail, king prawns and seabass, and a succulent meat platter with baby chicken breast, lamb chops and beef tenderloin accompanied by potato gratin and sautéed vegetables. These were served with saffron risotto with buffalo mozzarella, green peas puree, and affilla cress. The flavours of the Mediterranean were prominent in each bite, with the seafood cooked to perfection and the meats incredibly tender and flavourful.

To end our exquisite brunch experience on a sweet note, we were presented with a delightful selection of desserts. These included Bougatsa with ice cream and cotton candy, a Chocolate Sphere, which is the chef’s special, and a fruit platter.

From the moment we walked into the restaurant until the last bite of dessert, our experience at the Friday brunch at La Marsa was nothing short of spectacular. The service at La Marsa was noteworthy, elevating the dining experience even further. In particular, our server, Mohsin, left a lasting impression. His attentiveness to our needs and his enthusiasm greatly contributed to our positive experience.

Medi and Chic Brunch at La Marsa, The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort is available every Friday from noon to 4 pm and is priced at QAR285 per person. For reservations, please call 4408 0202.

Author: Ayen Molina

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