Enjoy the lively, buzzing atmosphere with a vivacious DJ and delectable dishes from around and across the Mediterranean

The ‘Gulf’ in the Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha’s name is the Arabian Gulf, the waters that surround (most of) Qatar and that have added unique touches to Qatar’s history and traditions.

As you dine at Akte, you can watch the cruise liners as they come and go, look over Old Doha Port and check out the various dhows, yachts and motor boats that are moored nearby.

Be ready to satisfy your senses as the smart chefs at Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha prepare a journey of flavour and elegance from around and across the Mediterranean (plus some always popular Japanese dishes).

We start with the ‘Mediterranean Mezze’ with some Greek-inspired flavours, a range of dips, fresh pita bread, tasty tzatziki, tarama and spicy feta. Don’t eat too much bread because the list of offerings just goes on and on… There’s a nice dish of feta cheese and capsicum and a truly tasty starter of peach and beetroot salad with cheese and endive and for those who like this, a couple of seasoned oysters to swallow…

Add the Grilled King Crab to the ‘super tasty’ list; it’s scrumptious, and the dressings match the flavour. There’s a really nice feta dish in there, it’s not solid like the feta you buy in the supermarket but light and airy (note to self: ask the chef how he does that). The chef or chefs here are smart: a lot of the ingredients are well known but the vibrant fresh accompaniments brought to each of the dishes in the ‘Mediterranean Mezze’ are really inspiring.

For those who choose the enhanced package, there’s a full choice of cocktails and the usual colourful drinks created and crafted in the countries from around the Mediterranean and the servings are generous.

For those who are not big meat eaters and for whom sushi always seems to be the same, you’ll be comfortable at Akte where the Brisket Slider melts in your mouth, texture and taste just perfect, and the Sushi Selection shows this chef’s skills in tempting the appetite extend beyond even the marvellous Mediterranean.

That was great – so many tastes, textures, colours, dips and dressings. Now to choose, and it’s difficult, as you have grilled fish, octopus and the traditional Fish and Chips from the sea, chicken with baby potatoes and salsa verde, and that favourite beef Wagyu.

Indeed, we chose the Wagyu Short Rib; we knew by now we couldn’t go wrong the chef didn’t disappoint; when the waiter brought the tray the presentation and then the texture and taste were first class. Equally the grilled fish was firm, fresh and flavourful and the accompaniments again just right.

I’m sure so many guests will love the Pineapple Carpaccio and the Choco Dip, but we actually chose the Mix Berries Mille Feuille and the Oreo Bake Cheesecake and how amazingly tempting they looked. It was indeed a shame to break into them so pretty a picture they were.

Resistance was futile, helped along by the jolly, jiving DJ, the carefree atmosphere and the sparkling drinks of course, but I think it was dish by deelish dish and the course by course competence that convinced us that Acte is an amazing act to follow.

Akte Pier 51 Brunch
Fridays, 1 pm – 4 pm
QAR249 per person for soft package; QAR349 per person for enhanced package

For reservations, please call +974 3363 5682

Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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