If there is one cuisine that, I would say, intrigues and interests me at the same time, it would be Indian. I’ve tried several Indian restaurants here in Qatar and I’ve been to international buffets serving a few Indian dishes, but I just realised – I’ve actually never been to an Indian buffet!

Sirocco Restaurant at Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park holds an Indian Night every Wednesday and we, the lucky Marhaba team, have been invited to try it. Keep reading to find out how it went!

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted with traditional Rangoli, an art of decoration drawn on the floor or the entrances of homes/properties. It is thought to bring good luck, prosperity on the house and in the family, and to welcome guests.

The place was set up as if you’re in the streets of India because there were live food stations from left to right – the food selection was fantastic! There were even fresh coconuts just waiting to be picked up!

For starters, there were Aloo Chaat, Chana Chaat, Kachumber, Vegetable & Bondi Raita, and a station with fresh vegetables if you prefer to make your own salad. Hot appetisers like Indian Pakora and Vegetable Samosa were there as well. On to the live food stations – Pav Bhaji, Tava Sabji, Dosa, Indian Maggi, Papdi Chaat and my favourite one to visit, the Pani Puri station. There was also an Indian Mixed Grill station with kebabs like Mutton Seekh, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Malai, and Fish Pahadi Tikka.

The best thing about visiting these stations is that the chefs were kind enough to give us an insight of the food before preparing/serving it to us. It’s like going on a mini field trip!

The selection gets better with the main courses – Chicken & Vegetable Biryani, Butter Chicken, Chili Chicken, Raara Gosht Masala, Indian Chopsuey, Mushroom Matar, Palak Paneer, Dal Makhani, Aloo Jeera, and Naan Roti or Basmati rice to pair the dishes with.

When I go to an Indian restaurant, Butter Chicken is my go-to order. I’ve had my fair share of Butter Chicken from different places, and the one at Sirocco did not disappoint. I also loved their Raara Gosht Masala although it made me tear up… it was super spicy!

After the party of flavours, it was time for sweets! There was a variety of cakes and Indian desserts like Kulfi, Rasmaili, and my all-time favourite, Gulab Jamun. There was a chocolate fountain and a Falooda station, too!

For drinks, you can choose from Mango Lassi, Chaas, Buttermilk, and Saffron Lassi. We all loved the Mango Lassi that we kept coming back for it! It’s made of mango, yogurt, milk, and cardamom – so refreshing!

Selection of food, check. Quality of food, check. Value for money, check. If you’re up for a food adventure, Indian Night at Sirocco is one to book.

Indian Night at Sirocco
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 11 pm
QAR195 per person
For reservations, call 4031 3333 / 4031 3631 / 5041 5309

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Author: Maria Anicas

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