If you’re looking for delicious food in a casual setting with outstanding service, you must visit Amwage Beach at Marsa Malaz hotel. It’s the perfect antidote to the working week.
After a hectic week in the Marhaba office, we were desperate for some R&R. Thankfully those affable chaps at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha came to the rescue!
The hotel has recently introduced the weekend Amwage Beach Chill ‘N’ Grill BBQ, so we were looking forward to sitting back, relaxing and enjoying some good food at one of Doha’s premier beachfronts.
The pristine beach and terrace is a fantastic setting, even more enjoyable now we have the cooler evening temperatures. We already know how glamorous the hotel is, with opulent marble and crystal chandeliers at every turn. The outside areas are just as well appointed, featuring clipped landscaping and infinity pools as one takes a leisurely amble to Amwage.
The restaurant’s al fresco seating allows for excellent views of both the hotel and Qanat Quartier – it really is a stunning sight in the evening, with lights twinkling out at sea and the hotel’s iconic horse statue by Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani illuminated in full majestic splendour. The tranquil waves lapping at the shoreline made us want to stroll barefoot along the beach, it was so inviting.
Naturally we wanted to soak up these beautiful sights, so we took a table on the terrace. And this of course meant we were also conveniently nearer the food! The barbecue has a huge amount of fresh meat and fish just waiting to be cooked. While we tackled the difficult question of what we should have first, we enjoyed a selection of fresh mezze – humous, moutabel, green papaya salad, mozzarella and rocket salad, coronation chicken pasta, feta cheese with watermelon, and quinoa with pomegranate seeds – and lots of freshly baked breads.
Then it was straight to the delights of the barbecue! Ribeye steak, sea bass and salmon were all cooked to perfection – juicy, fresh, and with delicious accompanying sauces. The lure of the barbecue coals enticed us again, resulting in succulent T-bone steaks, burgers and ribs, prawns and lobster. While waiting we chatted to the rather cheerful chef on the live cooking station who followed our instructions exactly, creating delicious, spicy vegetable noodles. Thanks to his recommendation, a large portion of the just-roasted turkey also found its way onto our plates – and yes, we had seconds of that as well!
Every good meal ends with dessert. We enjoyed a fresh fruit platter, which is really quite enough on its own. However, further damage to our waistlines was incurred due to the absolutely sublime cakes and sweet treats we felt it necessary to eat, including some wonderful gluten free options. These were some of the best cakes we have had in Doha – thank you, Amwage!
Fresh mezze, excellent barbecue fare, delectable cakes, and pleasing views of the ocean … there really wasn’t anything else we wanted from a Thursday evening.
The Chill n Grill BBQ night is every Thursday and Friday 6 pm – 10:30 pm. It costs QAR288 per person, inclusive of soft beverages; enhanced beverages are à la carte. Children aged 6 – 12 can enjoy a 50% discount, while those under 6 are free of charge. Reservations are recommended, as is prior notice of any specific dietary requirements. Call 4035 5011 or WhatsApp 7479 0864
Note: Due to inclement weather conditions, Chill n Grill BBQ night at Amwage Beach has been to moved to Sawa Terrace.
Author: Sarah Palmer
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