Located in the hotel’s East Wing, The Frying Scotsman is the newest addition of dining options and it specialises in traditional Scottish cuisine. As we walked in for an early dinner, we were warmly welcomed by the staff and made to feel at home – thank you, Rhona. Seated at a table for two, next to a ship’s porthole with an ocean view taking us to sea, and above us is a model railroad were two moving miniature trains circle the restaurant, we were entertained throughout our dinner. The restaurant’s ambience pays homage to a Scottish tavern or pub which is emulated through the interior – the wooden furniture, the framed pictures and the tartan (kilt) patterned seats.
Traditional savoury pies, the well-renowned fish and chips, seafood mains and authentic comfort food excited us all and we couldn’t wait to indulge. We opted for a battered, crispy and golden fillet of cod, which was fried to perfection and lovingly enrobed in a large piece of newsprint making the experience all the more humbling and simultaneously transports the diner to a seaside fish shop in the United Kingdom. The fish was fresh, flaky, fluffy and sublimely seasoned. The fish is cooked in beer batter with The Frying Scotsman’s own secret recipe served with a choice of homemade chips or normal french fries as well as mushy green peas and tartare sauce. We opted for their homemade chips, which were chunky and crispy on the outside, yet nice and soft on the inside. Vinegar was placed on the table to make the experience all the more authentic and individuals can cater to their own liking.
In addition to their specialisation – fish and chips – we wanted to try one of their homemade traditional recipe pies served with a choice of homemade chips or normal french fries as well as mushy green peas and curry sauce. With their overwhelming selection of fish and potato, cheese and onion, meat and potato, and Scotch pies, we opted for the scrumptious Chicken and Mushroom Pie. Surrounded by a thin yet hard and crusty pie casing, the filling is rich and full-flavoured with mushroom, chicken and cream. A perfect dish to keep you warm in the soon arriving winter.
For dessert, you can opt for ice cream or pastries from Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha’s pastry shop, The Chocolate Box.
The menu items are reasonably priced and their portions are big and filling. Open daily from 5 pm to 11 pm, The Frying Scotsman is well-suited for friends, families or even business meetings.
The Frying Scotsmen is Qatar’s star of authentic British cuisine.
Authors: Dareen Nabil and Ola Diab
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