‘The Ritz’ has entered English idiom as the peak of perfection, the height of hospitality, and the most sumptuous of luxury.
Sel & Miel is a cosy restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha but for tonight’s Seafood Night we were escorted outside to the colourful garden terrace and there greeted by our personable and informative waiter, Samuel.
We were soon feeling quite at home and tucking into the wide variety of light leaves, and fresh and healthy crudités that Samuel quickly brought us. Light and healthy they may be, but scrumptious indeed with different dressings of cream cheese, yoghurt dips and herb butter, terrific tapenade, roast onion aioli and, of course, sea salt and honey, brought together with our favourite – and unlimited – white or red grapes by the somewhat intuitive Samuel.
In the current COVID climate, we had complete confidence in Sel & Miel, and in The Ritz-Carlton, Doha in general, seeing the clear and visible dedication to cleanliness and social safeguards; in addition, the fresh and balmy breeze of the outside terrace led to even more content and carefree ambiance.
Onto the live cooking station to view the array of sparkling seafood and succulent, stuffed chicken, with your choice of peppers, courgettes, carrots, eggplant and new potatoes. I chose the best of France and the best of Qatar with the ever-delicious, ever-satisfying hamour complementing more exotic coquilles St Jacques, that unique creation of pan-fried scallops; and – taking your tastebuds to the next level – Sel & Miel have created sauces with flavoursome names, such as bouillabaisse, provençale and émulsion hollandaise (despite its name, one of the five ‘mother sauces’ of French cuisine).
Panfried scallops with their hollandaise sauce, citrus-marinated shrimps, half shell mussels and spicy squid all showed us the best of seafood and were all enjoyed for their individual taste, and indeed their texture and sauce; back onshore, the humble chicken breast was transformed by its mouth-watering succulent stuffing of mozzarella and basil.
Our personal waiter was alert and attentive to all our needs, whenever needed, right down to the contented conclusion of our delightful experience of authentic French cuisine in Qatar, when we luxuriated in Sel & Miel’s home-made sautéed caramel ice cream and chocolate eclair – the sweetest delight to end the night.
Seafood Night at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha is offered every Thursday, 6 pm to 11 pm, QAR285 per person, inclusive of red and white grape beverages. For more information and to make a reservation, call 4484 8522 or email [email protected].
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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