We were thinking of only one thing when the announcement for the lifting of restrictions was announced in Qatar earlier in May – which restaurant to visit first?
Mosaic sits on the 8th floor of Mandarin Oriental, Doha. Bright, friendly and boasts nine live food stations with everything you could possibly want – grills and dim sum, sushi and biryani, they even make their own paratha in ovens conveniently visible to diners.
Tables surround the stations, with views of the Barahat Square on one side and the blue waters of Doha bay on the other. We settled on a corner table. Our friendly server (we’ll call him C) immediately offered a refreshing watermelon mocktail.
The menu is straightforward. Salads, soups, a selection of starters, with the main courses classified accordingly plus of course a list of desserts on the last page.
We started with a basket of bread followed by a hot and sour soup matched with a plateful of Quinoa salad. The pairing was reminiscent of a sunny weekend brunch – fresh, green, hinting of sweet, with the soup spiced just enough to remind us of more good food to come. Bring it on.
For starters, we sampled several tasty servings of the ‘usual’ favourites – the Japanese sushi and tempura, some Chinese dumplings, a Turkish cheese pide and some very juicy Wagyu skewers (definitely a must-try). The servings are big enough for two people, but if you’d rather not share (for safety reasons *wink *wink) each plate, definitely, is too good for leftovers.
The first main event is a grilled black Angus beef ribeye that came with two sauces – creamy wild mushroom sauce and chimichurri. Chimichurri, as you know is a regular grill sauce, popular among fans of churrasco. You can choose from several sides, or follow the recommendations of the friendly staff. The second one is the Kaeng Kung, a Thai curry dish with tiger prawns, best eaten with steamed rice. Yum.
Mosaic’s choices of desserts are as many and as varied. They have cakes and ice creams and sorbets. They have Umm Ali and Tiramisu and lemon tarts. They have all the tempting sweets you can only want from a proper restaurant.
After all the food, we were thinking of just skipping dessert. But C was very insistent on us having at least a taste of their best sellers. We chose the chocolate brownie and their new Bourbon vanilla cheesecake. Was it a good choice? It definitely had us lounging back and contemplating on all the fun summers we had before the pandemic. Good times.
Mosaic at Mandarin Oriental, Doha is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6:30 am until 11 pm. Please note that only fully vaccinated guests will be allowed to dine inside the restaurant. Outdoor seating available. For reservations, call 4008 8888 or send an email to [email protected].
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Author: Lalaine Sumaray Turqueza
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