The summer heat in Qatar can be quite intense, making it the perfect excuse to unwind and treat ourselves to some fantastic food. So, we decided to escape the midday sun and head to The Cellar, located on the ground floor of the Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha, to try their new menu.

The Cellar is a charming haven that promises an authentic slice of Spain right in the heart of the city. This isn’t just any restaurant; it’s a vibrant celebration of Spanish culture and cuisine.

The décor, reminiscent of a traditional Spanish tapas bar, combined with a dark, cellar-like ambience, added to its unique charm. The gentle hum of Spanish music in the background set the perfect mood, transporting us to the lively streets of Seville and the bustling nightlife of Barcelona.

The dim lighting and sophisticated setting make The Cellar an ideal spot for a romantic date or simply enjoying quality time with friends. The Cellar has a designated smoking area, so everyone can enjoy their time comfortably.

To begin, we got complimentary toasted bread with roasted garlic and a spread, plus olive oil on the side. It was a tasty start to our meal.

Then we tried their Croquetas de chorizo Manchego; these little bites were a revelation. Initially, I thought they were just a common deep-fried appetiser, but to our surprise, they exceeded our expectations. They were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, and we devoured them quickly, relishing every bite.

Moving on to the classics, Gambas Al Ajilo were next. Juicy prawns swimming in garlic-infused olive oil – this dish was simplicity at its finest. The prawns were cooked to perfection, tender and bursting with flavour. The garlic provided a lovely aromatic quality without overpowering the delicate taste of the prawns. We sure loved it with every bite, and it became one of our favourites!

For the drinks, we enjoyed a refreshing Sangria mocktail, full of fruity notes and just the right amount of sweetness and sourness. It was the perfect companion to the rich dishes, a palate cleanser with every sip. The Mango Agua Fresca was equally delightful, with its tropical freshness and vibrant flavour, making it a fantastic non-alcoholic option.

For the main course, I chose the Grilled Beef Tenderloin. A generous 200 grams of succulent beef, grilled to my liking – medium-well – accompanied by crisp French fries and perfectly cooked vegetables on the side. The rosemary jus was great, adding a fragrant, savoury touch that tied everything together beautifully. The tenderloin itself was melt-in-your-mouth delicious – a real treat for any meat lover.

Then, we had the Paella de Marisco from the Selection of Paellas. This dish was filled with fresh seafood like prawns, mussels, and squid. The rice was perfectly cooked, infused with saffron. In case you’re wondering what Paella means, ‘Paella‘ is a Spanish word that refers to a traditional rice dish from Valencia, Spain. It’s typically cooked with a variety of ingredients, such as seafood, chicken, rabbit, vegetables, and saffron, which gives the dish its distinctive yellow colour.

Going back, well, this paella isn’t just a dish; it’s an experience loved in both Spain and the Philippines. Every bite brings back memories of my first try of paella in the Philippines. So whether in Doha or Manila, one thing is clear – this paella is more than a meal, and the paella at The Cellar is one of the best I’ve ever tried.

It’s dessert time! In Spanish culture, having dessert after a meal is often considered a delightful way to end the dining experience on a sweet note.

We tried some Churros. These golden sticks of joy were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, served with a luscious chocolate dipping sauce. They were a perfect end to the meal, satisfying our sweet tooth without being overly heavy, A must-try!

Lastly, we tried their Tarta de Santiago which has a lovely, moist texture and a delicious almond flavour. It’s quite rich and slightly sweet, with a taste that’s really satisfying. The dusting of powdered sugar on top adds a nice touch of sweetness. This dessert is the perfect partner for a sour-sweet raspberry sorbet on the side, creating a delightful contrast of flavours that complement each other perfectly.

Dining at The Cellar was a delightful taste of Spain, right in the heart of Doha. From the cosy ambience to the mouthwatering dishes, every moment was a true culinary experience. For a quick trip to the streets of Seville and Barcelona, The Cellar is the perfect spot. Don’t miss out—treat yourself to a slice of Spain today! Vamos a comer!

The Cellar Menu

For reservations or enquiries, please call 4141 1250,  4141 1234, WhatsApp 6608 5806 or visit Explore The Cellar at Hyatt Regency Oryx in Doha‘s monthly offers HERE

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Author: Patrisha Manzon-Barnole

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