My husband is a great fan of sushi so he was not adverse to trying out the new menus and promotions currently offered at Megu Japanese restaurant in The Pearl-Qatar considering our last trip there was sometime ago.
The restaurant is accessible via a private elevator, a bonus for diners in wheelchairs or mobility issues, that takes you to the first floor above the retail shops. It opens to a reception and beautiful but sadly empty bar – probably now used as a waiting area when the place is busy. Megu gives you a secluded and luxurious experience with choices of not only balcony dining, but two completely private dining rooms great for birthdays and special occasions. One room for two to four people and the other, with its own small terrace, can accommodate up to fifteen. I had not seen these before and made a mental note for future birthday plans! These are charged at an extra 20% of your total bill.
The food was, I remember and still is, very high quality at Megu, the advantage over other similar restaurants is the greater range of main courses, other than the usual sushi and sashimi options. I ordered a set menu at QAR 225, currently on a promotion run. The restaurant offers these from time to time with varied menus for special occasions, like Qatar National Day, which I found to be very good value. Starting with a traditional soup and sushi selection, I had sizzling beef tenderloin as my main (the other choice was grilled salmon). Green tea pannacotta was such a novelty, reminding me of my love of Italian food. It was so delicious and surprisingly light. Not being the sushi expert, I left that part to my other half to order a selection to try/share.
He was not disappointed with his orders of edamame spiced teriyaki, crab and wakame salad, Megu kanzuri shrimps and a grilled seafood trio buttery aki. This was followed with a selection of sushi from Philadelphia rolls, rock ‘n’ roll and crazy blazing rolls, which was served in half portions by request, finishing with quite an unusual but delicious desert of coconut daifuki. This is a rice cake filled with azuki beans coated in coconut.
His bill came in at around QAR 466 without drinks with the appetisers and sushi enough to be shared. Although this may sound a little on the expensive side, it is, in my opinion, well-priced for the quality of food served. If you are a sushi fan, this is the place to come and with their options of Monday night sushi buffet and bento boxes at QAR 85 for lunch options, you can satisfy your cravings regularly on various budgets. Delivery is also an option, an added bonus for such a quality restaurant with Entertainer vouchers also accepted.
Megu is a popular restaurant, open for six years and one that has maintained its standards and reputation as being one of the best for service and quality of food. Personally, I would have like to have seen some cooking demonstrations and or classes on offer. There is a classy and understated decorative style throughout the restaurant with the dragon murals in the private rooms the only strong nod to a Japanese culture.
You will find a choice of dining options, ranging from intimate dining for two, that are not crammed together canteen style like some 5-star hotels here like to do, to the larger tables located both inside or outside. I am glad that I reminded myself how excellent Megu is and will not leave it so long to treat myself and return again.
Author: Sarah Morris
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