Psst want to know a secret? There is an amazing weekend brunch that we just have to tell you about!
We were invited to the DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Al Sadd for one of their popular Friday brunch offerings. The latest Doubletree hotel to open in Qatar is located in bustling Al Sadd, and is full of contemporary design and aesthetics, making it fit in perfectly with this newly regenerated area. As soon as you walk in, you‘ll notice the calming colour palette of creams and greys with fun splashes of oranges and greens.
Indo-Chin restaurant is one of Doha’s newest Asian dining destinations, with the modern decor continuing throughout. Beautiful artwork and wall decorations mix well with the stylish bamboo and latticework treatments dotted around. It is a delightfully relaxing place to sit and watch the chefs hard at work preparing food in the kitchen – some of which we were hoping would find its way to us soon!
In fact, it is all very informal, from the constant stream of dishes we see being delivered to happy diners, to the attentive yet unobtrusive service and the upbeat ambient music. Also, everyone is wearing a smile! A good start.
A quick peruse at the menu revealed a number of favourites, and is a superb mix of authentic Southeast Asian cuisines, offering something for everyone. Simply scan the menu, agree that ‘one of everything’ is indeed the way to go, and that’s it!
The starters were quick to appear, on what was to be the famous bamboo tray. Tried-and-tested Asian dishes such as edamame, vegetable spring rolls, hot and sour soup, and beef and chicken satay were served in individual bowls (so you don’t need to share if you don’t want to!). The papaya salad was hands down the best we’ve tried in town and the satay was juicy and succulent, while the hot and sour soup had the necessary spicy kick.
We devoured it all so fast that our affable servers Nahed and Saranya popped over to see if we wanted any more. Truth was, we did, but thought it best to conserve space for the next course. And I’m glad we did! The bamboo tray made a welcome return with another round of dishes, some of which the chef had made especially for me due to my gluten allergy.
We felt like kids in a sweet shop as Saranya placed more and more of the bowls in front of us – we couldn’t believe how much was on offer! It was really quite exciting to see what each bowl contained, accompanied with many ooh’s and aah’s as they were placed in front of us.
And so without further delay and chopsticks at the ready we tucked in to chicken red curry, Kung Pao tofu, sweet and sour fish and Szechuan stir fried beef, along with Singapore noodles, stir fried vegetables and egg fried rice.
Not only all this, but there were also additional orders of gluten-free tofu bao buns, por pia sod (Thai rice paper spring rolls), steamed broccoli and brown rice for me. My eternal thanks go to Chef Shaffee who provided a superb spread for me. This was the first time I’ve ever had bao buns – now I know what all the fuss is about! They were absolutely delicious.
And lo, it was sadly the final journey for the bamboo tray, this time bearing desserts. There are three – a rather excellent trio of crème brûlée, raspberry panna cotta, and sago pudding. It wasn’t until we were more than halfway through that we realised we had forgotten to take any pictures. You will just have to go yourself, then you’ll know why we had been so distracted!
In short, for excellent value for money and genuinely delicious and authentic food, you really cannot beat the brunch at Indo-Chin. Tell Nahed, Saranya and Chef Shaffee that we said hi, and that we will be back very soon.
The Friday and Saturday brunch is just one of the many promotions available at Indo-Chin at the moment, and is served in two sittings: 12:30 pm – 2.30 pm and 3 pm – 5 pm.
Prices are QAR149 for unlimited food and soft drinks; QAR245 with unlimited special beverages; QAR85 for children aged 6 – 12; children under 6 eat for free.
To book, call or WhatsApp 5002 6386
Author: Sarah Palmer
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