A modern sports bar with retro feel, music and menu.

In the UK, stand-alone establishments that primarily serve drinks (food secondary) are called Public Houses, or ‘pubs’ for short.

Ever heard of the phrase ‘going down the pub’? Well, last Friday, I went down the pub, and the pub I went to is actually called the Public House — the one that can be found in Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha.

There is a separate entrance and dedicated car park for the Public House, which from here on I’m going to call the ‘Pub’. As you drive on to the hotel’s island, turn left and head for the giant horse. The entrance is right by the side and it’s very well signed.

The Pub has a large spacious indoor area with plenty of comfortable seating/dining tables and a lot of large screens sprinkled around the room for everyone to see. There are games available to play at your table such as Jenga and, of course, a first-class music system. It also has a terrace for when the weather permits, and a chef from New York — all the ingredients to a fun, relaxed and most enjoyable visit.

Talking of ingredients, let’s get on to the food. The menu is classic American Diner, plus a bit extra. All my favourites are there: burgers, salads, corn dogs (yum), sandwiches, etc. It’s a huge comprehensive menu of feel-good food prepared by a true New Yorker, the portions are generous and the prices are very reasonable. Also, the whole menu including breakfast is available all day long, seven days a week.

I started with a Mixed Market Salad. I’m not much of a salad person, but the Mixed Market was exactly how I like a salad to be: with slices of apple, walnuts, Manchago cheese and a delicious dressing. It was super tasty and refreshing.

Public House

Next I tried the Lobster & Crab Rolls. They are exactly what their name suggests; bite size rolls (well bite size for me anyway) filled with lobster and crab meat mixed into a mayo dressing with ‘Old Bay Spice’. They went very nicely with the salad.

One of my favourite American diner foods was next on the table: a plate of two large and perfectly prepared corn dogs dressed with honey Dijon mustard, Japanese mayo, and good old Heinz ketchup. I would come back to the Pub just for more of those.

Last out was the delicious Not Just a Baked Potato, a hearty, very generous portion of baked potato filled with shredded smoked brisket, avocado, chive and sour cream. That, along with a pint of my favourite beverage after work, would be a lovely way to end a hard day.

For dessert I decided to try a slice of carrot cake, which is big enough to share (if, of course you are into sharing). It was a lovely, moist carrot cake served with frosting, walnuts, cinnamon and ice cream.

I’m going to be popping down the Public House at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha again very soon, and I recommend you do the same. I may see you there.

For more information, follow @publichousedoha on Facebook and Instagram. For reservations, call 4035 5011 or send a message via Whatsapp at 7449 6058, or email to [email protected]

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Author: Brian Candy

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