Premier Inn is the UK’s largest hotel brand, successfully operating hotels in a variety of locations, from city centres to airports. And they have now brought their British charm to Qatar, with the first property open at Education City.

Omnia is the all-day dining restaurant – just turn right as you enter the hotel! As soon as you walk in, and are greeted by beaming faces, you feel quite at home. The restaurant is spacious with lots of comfortable seating and attentive staff. The restaurant is family-friendly and there were a number of families during our visit – the kids were having a great time!

There is a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary dishes on offer, all day, every day. The restaurant literally caters for every taste, with a well-appointed buffet-style choice of dishes on offer, taking the best international options and mixing in some locally inspired flavours. A quick peruse of the food available showed plenty of fresh salad items, hot dishes in abundance, and a good choice of desserts – all of which you can wash down with fresh tea, coffee and a mouthwatering selection of mocktails.

But don’t fret, should you be in the mood for something else, there is an extensive à la carte menu to whet the appetite. There is an excellent selection of starters, soups, main courses and desserts, all very well priced. If that isn’t enough to get the gastric juices flowing, Omnia also has two great value meal deals – a two-course meal with drink for just QAR79, three courses for QAR99. Outstanding value!

Omnia Lentil SoupOmnia Pan seared SalmonThe dilemna of what to choose was thankfully taken out of our hands by affable Head Chef Irosh, who had put together a few of Omnia’s most popular – and signature – dishes. We started off with the healthy detox quinoa salad, which included tri-colour quinoa, avocado, chickpeas, salad leaves and pomegranate. If only all healthy food was this delicious! We could easily see why it is so popular.

Another favourite (of the restaurant, and now us) is the shorbat adas, or traditional Arabic lentil soup – thick, velvety, moreish – served with pita bread croutons and lemon wedges. We dived in and were not disappointed.    

Our next courses to sample included the Norwegian pan-seared salmon, which sat atop a lovely warm bed of potatoes and roasted beets, and drizzled with a piquant salsa verde. Chef Irosh also brought out one of the week’s specials – mushroom risotto, but no ordinary risotto! There was no using the magnifying glass to find the mushrooms here, as it was adorned with wonderful woodland mushrooms and cream cheese.

While the plates were being cleared, we took a chance to see what everyone else was eating (we all know that’s what everyone does!). We felt quite jealous at the little chap sitting with his family on the table next to us who was happily devouring his pizza, so we were chuffed to bits when Chef Irosh brought out the Omnia special – chicken with chillies, fresh vegetables, and his unique (and very much secret!) sauce generously drizzled across the top. Absolutely delicious, in part due to another secret weapon at Omnia – the full-size pizza oven. Really good thin ‘n’ crispy base, succulent vegetables and delicately spiced chicken strips, all married well with that remarkable sauce.

Our final main course was the chicken biryani, served in its own copper bowl, and which revealed large, succulent pieces of chicken nestled amid fluffy rice – and which, had we had more room, we could easily have polished off.

Omnia Pizza

Omnia Biryani

Having relaxed for some time, Chef Irosh made sure we ate more with a trio of delectable desserts. The honey cake with strawberry sauce was light but not overly sweet, while the Benoit chocolate cake was decadent, with a good thick layer of chocolate ganache and sauce. Star of the show, however, is the Um Ali, the traditional Middle Eastern dessert with oodles of sweetened cream, dried fruit and nuts. Chef Irosh explained they have a number of regular diners who come just for the Um Ali, and we could see why. It’s one of the best in town!

We had met, we had eaten, we had relaxed. With such excellent food and good value for money, you can’t go wrong by doing exactly the same.

Every week there are different specials on the menu – these could be anything from Mediterranean lamb shank with tomato couscous to chicken cordon bleu and buffalo mozzarella sandwich! One thing is guaranteed: they are all fantastic value for money, with dishes competitively priced and ample servings. See the Premier Inn Qatar Facebook page for the weekly updates.

Author: Sarah Palmer

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