Sous le ciel de Paris…

Yes, you won’t be disappointed as you step into La Parisienne on the ground floor of The InterContinental Doha The City in the heart of Doha West Bay/Al Dafna. But you could be in the middle of Paris, in a typical café in a typical street near Montmartre, or Place de l’Opera. La Parisienne is so French that local schools even bring their pupils here to absorb the atmosphere and to practice the language!

You are greeted with a genuine French Salon de Thé atmosphere, and you’ll quickly be attracted by the sight of the offerings of the Boulangerie and Patisserie.

David Girard is the award-winning Executive Pastry Masterchef and he has brought the traditional art of baking bread with him from France; there are no better croissants anywhere and that also goes for his baguettes – even the dark rye bread is the best we have ever tasted. But bread is only the beginning: there are sandwiches, quiches, croques, paté en croute, terrines, galettes, gateaux, macarons and – careful now – those eclairs and other glorious sweet French creations…

Perhaps the best time of the day to visit La Parisienne is in the evening, between 6 and 8 pm or, as they say, 18h00 – 20h00, l’heure de L’Apéro à la française where you may enjoy a cocktail, an aperitif, a pastis, a glass or two of red or white while you enjoy a beautiful board laid with exquisite cold cuts, or of real French cheeses plus fruit and nuts, or (my favourite!) a selection of paté and rillettes, or a platter of vegetarian treats. The assorted bread basket is, of course, the best, and the freshest. All this for only QAR190 and if you want an extra board it’s only QAR50 and, don’t worry, the drinks are on the house. It’s the perfect place to relax – start with a Kir cocktail aperitif – and unwind after work with friends and family while having a few quality drinks and savouring the best light food selections in town.

Chef David (and the French GM of the InterContinental Doha The City) have achieved their ambition – to create a concept and an ambience of an authentique French café. The whole team’s passion is clear to see, to feel, to smell and to taste.

So, slow down. Don’t rush home. Take a small detour for a couple of hours. Back to nature and natural food which, you’ll find at La Parisienne is the tastiest and most enjoyable. If you liked their bread, don’t forget to take home, like we did, some croissants and rye bread and one or two of those exquisite petits gateaux.

Bon appétit!

 

Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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