A Friday brunch is one of the luxuries of Doha living, but so often it can be a tad on the expensive side. That is until we found the Social Brunch at Dalchini in Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences. For less than QAR150 you can get a tabletop brunch with plenty of starters, mains and desserts to share AND special house beverages!
This Progressive Indian restaurant stunned us with the wide selection of delicious dishes that they had on the menu, and the best part was that you don’t have to choose just one starter, or one main – you get all of these delicious dishes brought directly to your table to feast on.
Looking at the fantastic menu, we had to know which Chef could pull it off! We were quickly introduced to Chef Binit, who’s in charge of the kitchen at Dalchini.
Marhaba: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your history of cooking?
I am from India, and I graduated from Hotel Management College in 2008. I started my culinary journey with Taj hotels and resorts as a management trainee in various locations in India before moving to join Movenpick Hotel and Spa in Bangalore, India to do my first pre-opening. After that I joined the Hilton Hotel in Pune, India and then joined Doubletree by Hilton, here in Qatar.
In between, I was part of a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant called “Le noir” in Saarbrucken, Germany to represent Indian food. Finally, I arrived at Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences, pursuing my passion for food.
With all that experience, what do you like best about cooking and being a Chef?
Cooking is all about people, food is one of the very few universal things that really have the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat. Cooking is all about imbibing different cultures and putting them on the plate.
Being a chef, I pursue my passion and creativity every day and making people happy every single day. There is not a single boring day at work.
Chef Binit’s passion for cooking and food was easy to see as we sampled our starters. We received a huge tray of delicacies including: patta chaat, chicken 65, lamb sheek kebab, prawn kempu, and tandoori broccoli with pomelo kachumber.
The starter course definitely got our brunch off on the right foot. Each dish was perfectly seasoned, and there was a great selection of both spicy and non-spicy dishes. Although some dishes had a little more zing to them than others, they were never too spicy. The flavours and were always strong and tasteful but never over-powering.
My favourite starter had to be the chicken 65. These bites of chicken are bursting with flavour and spices!
What is your favourite dish on the wonderful Social Brunch menu and why?
Kale and Spinach chaat, I think the dish is a classic example of Dalchini food philosophy, i.e. a fine balance of authenticity and creativity.
For our main course we were treated to: Kashmiri rogan josh, chicken tikka makhani, saag, slow-cooked black lentils, chicken biriyani and of course, a never-ending assortment of naans and pappadums.
Whenever I come to Dalchini, I always have to try to the black lentils, and they are always perfect. They are warm and creamy and oozing with flavour. And how could any Indian dining experience be complete without biriyani? With every mouthful of this dish you find more and more ingredients and tastes.
What’s it like working with Michelin-starred Chef Alfred Prasad, who designed and curated this menu?
It’s great to work with him, he was the youngest Indian chef to receive a Michelin star – which speaks a lot about his calibre as a chef. He is best when it comes to delicately balancing creativity and authenticity.
And finally, we had a fantastic time at the Social Brunch but what do you think makes the Social Brunch at Dalchini so special?
Dalchini Social brunch is all about friends, family, good vibes, good food and good music.
We couldn’t agree more! This meal certainly ticked all our boxes for a perfect Friday brunch. The food was absolutely fantastic – it was a perfect blend of traditional Indian cuisine and contemporary tastes.
The Social Brunch at Dalchini is on every Friday from 12:30 pm – 3 pm, or 3:30 pm – 6 pm.
For the Premium Beverage Package the cost will be QAR249 per person.
For the Regular Beverage Package the cost will be QAR149 per person.
The regular package includes house wines, beers and house spirits while the premium package includes cocktails and additional brands of beer, wines and spirits.
For more information about the Social Brunch at Dalchini, you can visit their website or call 4009 5520 or Whatsapp 3001 5360.