The infamous Al Messila Resort & Spa is a renowned spot in Doha to indulge in delicious cuisine and spend the day lounging by the pool. But their Deli Kitchen restaurant has recently revealed another appealing brunch option: Yum Cha!

The new Yum Cha brunch at Deli Kitchen is a fabulous new edition to the weekend’s offering – and the best news is that you don’t have to sacrifice your regular Friday brunch spot! The Yum Cha brunch is available every Saturday, so you can double up your brunches… if you dare.

For the wholesome price of QAR150, we could not believe the amount of food that’s on offer. Although buffet services have been temporarily suspended – this brunch is certainly ‘all you can eat’. The wonderful staff are armed with huge trolleys filled to the brim with delicious, piping hot plates of food.

The first trolley to arrive was adorned with iced tea, soft beverages, chilled juices and fresh, cool water. A must try is the signature iced matcha tea which has a quite earthy flavour with subtle bitter undertones but was so refreshing and perfect to start your meal.

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As we sipped our matcha tea, we couldn’t help but soak in the incredible atmosphere that thrives at Deli Kitchen. With windows that stretch from the floor to the ceiling, the sunlight is inescapable and the view across the garden and pools is utterly stunning. Add that to the divine aroma that escapes from the kitchen and you are left with a voracious appetite.

As we were basking, our first sampling of food was delivered. The first dish to catch our eye was the dim sum tower which housed a selection of chicken, vegetable and prawn dim sums served with a dish of chili soya dip for those who like their food spicy. We also received a generous helping of som tam which is green mango salad and infamous papaya salad. The papaya salad was tart and crunchy, and the dim sum were cooked to perfection. Next, we decided to tuck in to the homemade spring rolls with a creamy siracha mayonnaise. These spring rolls were loaded with flavour – and not at all greasy as some can be. Just when we thought we had sampled everything, the chicken satay arrived with lashings of peanut sauce. And, of course, what Asian feast would be complete without some crunchy prawn crackers on the side?

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I must say that we savoured our first course; with such a relaxing atmosphere and sumptuous food, we were ready to sit there all day. We managed to lick our plates clean just in time for the second course of dishes to arrive. The first dish to arrive was a favourite of mine – Thai green curry with heaps of soft jasmine rice. There was also huge plate of steamed Sultan Ibrahim with Shezuwan pepper, ginger, and superior soya, a bowl of Singapore fried noodles and a scrumptious dish of Mapo tofu.

Our favourite dish of the night had to be the Char Siu – barbeque beef ribs with smooth herb dressing. The beef fell right off the bone and the barbeque marinade was so rich and tasty. I think we had had quite a few portions of this dish by the end of the meal!

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By the time the dessert cart rolled by, we were getting rather full. But when dessert arrived it looked far too good to miss! There was a smooth, sweet mango sago pudding paired with some chocolate mushroom which, never fear, to my knowledge don’t contain actual mushrooms. And finally some deep-fried, sugar-crusted banana spring rolls. What a way to end the meal!

All in all, I would have to say that this is one of the best brunches that I have been to in a while! The volume and quality of the food is unbeatable for a Saturday brunch, and all for the modest price of QAR150 per person? Sign me up to go back next week!


The Yum Cha Brunch at the Deli Kitchen is on every Saturday at 12:30 pm and continues until 4 pm. It costs QAR150 per person and for special beverages you pay an additional QAR120.

For reservations and more information about the Yum Cha Brunch at Deli Kitchen, call 4445 0000. You can also read about more offers from Al Messila, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa this month here.

And don’t forget to check out Qatar’s Hospitality e-Guide for all the information you need about Qatar’s ever-changing dining scene!


Author:  Charlotte Wright

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