Our favourite modern French brassierie, Sel & Miel, has a fabulous new lunch menu! It’s true that we are regular attendees at this wonderful French restaurant but with a constant stream of remarkable new menus – how can we resist?
Nestled on the ground floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Sel & Miel serves authentic French cuisine with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation: it’s like a small slice of France secreted away to Qatar. While the inside of the restaurant is chic and effortlessly stylish, you can also sit in the indoor terrace, bask in the sunlight through the floor to ceiling windows and enjoy the best food France has to offer!
How else can you begin a sampling of French cuisine than with… hors d’oeuvres. We decided to try the soupe a l’oignon, or French Onion Soup, and the calamars frits – which sounded so good we ordered two! The deep fried squid was soft on the inside and crusted in well-seasoned crunchy batter that was utterly mouth-watering.
For les plats, we decided to order the blanquette de veau, the Bouillabaisse and the risotto aux champignons des bois. The blanquette, or veal in cream sauce, was true to its name and was fantastically creamy. The bed of soft, white rice was topped with dollops of creamy sauce and veal which in turn was capped with soft mushrooms and carrots. Shortly after we began sampling the veal, the risotto arrived – steaming hot – from the kitchen. The mushroom risotto was flavourful and smooth, and worked fantastically with the thick shavings of parmesan cheese that lay on the top. We tucked in to the Bouillabaisse next, which comprises a huge plate of a selection of seafood with potatoes, tomatoes, fennel and onions tossed in a rich rouille sauce. Collectively, this was our favourite dish, with mussels, scallops, prawns and fish to choose from – all cooked perfectly in the hearty tomato sauce – how could it not be?
And to complete an already fantastic sampling of French cuisine, dessert arrived! We received a huge portion of Crepes Suzette and a sampling of Tarte Tatin. The Crepes Suzette were traditional crepes served with lashings of Grand Marnier, sugar and butter and topped with slivers of tangy orange peel. The crepes were the perfect base to enjoy the tangy, sweet flavour of the dressing.
The Tarte Tatin, however, was not quite as sweet but was rather rustic. The baked apple is the perfect for the fall season. The chunks of freshly, baked apple are perched on a soft bed of puff pastry and coated in sugar and vanilla bean shavings. We highly recommend you pair a mouthful of tarte with a soft scoop of smooth vanilla ice cream, it tastes absolutely heavenly.
It’s true that This lunch menu is sure to leave you thinking… faisons le encore!
The special lunch menu at Sel & Miel is on every day from noon until 4 pm.
Author: Charlotte Wright
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