Breaking news: The Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel has a fabulous new Saturday brunch for all you gourmets!

It is exciting to hear that not only are buffet brunches back on the menu at the stalwart hotel, but that the new Hayakum brunch at iconic Al Hubara restaurant will feature a number of Qatari speciality dishes. We went to the inauguration to find out more!

Al Hubara restaurant is always a treat to visit, with its spacious seating areas and opulent décor, a real aesthetic pleasure. And on our visit this time, as well as the affable staff there was also a large blue cockerel to greet us!

Brunch on a Saturday can be a more leisurely affair compared to its Friday counterpart, but still a declaration of ‘we’re not quite ready for the weekend to be over yet, thank you very much’. Al Hubara is not resting on its laurels either – the chefs are busy whipping up all manner of food! The brunch offers delicious authentic Qatari and international cuisine, something for everyone to enjoy.

The extensive buffet spread entices diners with uber-fresh salads, seafood and sushi, and soups to ensure a healthy start to proceedings. We indulged ourselves with luxurious poached lobster, chilli prawns, and a chickpea quinoa salad, alongside traditional favourites hummous, moutabel, vine leaves and fattoush. The additional selection of sushi was perfect, some of the best we have eaten.

And so, with halos polished, we were ready for the main event.

We made a beeline for the roasts and barbecues – and boy, we were not disappointed. My dining partner immediately procured a succulent turkey leg – I had to remind him we were in polite company and to not throw it over his shoulder, medieval banquet style, once it was finished. Its companions were melt-in-the-mouth slow-cooked ribeye, daoud pasha, a Qatari dish of meatballs in tomato sauce, and grill beef steak in a delicious rosemary jus. A real meat feast.

We also decided to plunge into the bounty of the ocean again, this time with Arabic-spiced hammour. The fish was delicately but beautifully seasoned and perfectly complemented by the accompanying roasted Romanesco.

One thing you absolutely must do at this brunch is sample the two feature dishes: whole grilled hammour with biryani rice, and lamb ouzi. You’ll find these in the two domes sitting either side of the food stations. If you are not familiar with Qatari cuisine, they are excellent introductions to a taste of the region. In fact, they are confirmation that those deceptively simple looking dishes provide the best flavoursome experiences.

And hurrah, for those with a sweet tooth, the hotel’s justly famous Um Ali is available! This perennial bestseller sits in solid company, with the celebrated Sheraton Signature Cakes also making an appearance. There is a wonderful selection of regional and international cheeses as well. This can all be washed down with a cup or two of freshly brewed Turkish or Arabic coffee. A delightful way to end the banquet!

Al Hayakum Brunch
Saturdays, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
QAR215 per person
Call 4485 3000, WhatsApp +974 5594 9701 or email f&[email protected]

Hahn is a 14-foot tall sculptural portrait of a domestic cockerel by German artist Katharina Fritsch, made from glass fibre reinforced resin on a stainless steel support. Modelled on a taxidermy rooster, Fritsch scanned and replicated it on a much larger scale, saturating it in an ultramarine-blue hue. This work was famously displayed in Trafalgar Square as part of the Fourth Plinth commission. The sculpture is now in the hotel lobby in collaboration with Qatar Museums.

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Author: Sarah Palmer

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