After a long week at work, what better way to start the weekend than with what is fast becoming a popular dining experience in Doha – seafood night!
Off we sailed, full of expectation, to the Mövenpick Doha Hotel. Located in a superb position near the Museum of Islamic Art, the hotel has a warm charm about it, with a wonderful greeting from the staff as soon as we set foot in the door.
It was just a short walk to the restaurant in question, the delightful Seasons, where we were met by an array of cheerful waiting staff. Set out in multiple configurations and levels, we were ushered to a table just a short feeding distance away from the necessities. Perfectly suitable for the two of us, we took no time in ordering beverages and immediately set forth to consider our options.
In traditional fashion, we naturally gravitated towards the salad bar and cold starters. Dishes were fresh and had been carefully thought out and presented, with plenty of choices – razor clams, prawns, oysters, and crabstick salad among the options. My fishy friend tucked in with great gusto, the result being a monumental tower of shells left artistically on his plate after devouring razor clams and mussels, with a small fishing pot’s worth of shrimp thrown in for good measure.
After leaving enough time as was deemed socially acceptable between courses, it was a race to the hot food station. Fishy loaded up with the seafood Thermidor – pronounced as one of the best ever – while I had the grilled fish of the day accompanied by tomato rice and grilled vegetables. Only a few bites in, I looked up to see Fishy grabbing several more ladles of the Thermidor. We proceeded to eat in harmonious silence, with grunts of appreciation interrupting the background jazz music.
Fishy still had room for more and decided that it was only right to have a bowl of Bouillabaisse to clear the palate ready for dessert. We couldn’t think of another seafood night to even have Bouillabaisse on the menu, and this was so good it evoked fond memories of a long-ago visit to Marseille.
With eyes bigger than stomachs, a quick foray to the dessert section yielded Îles flottantes – another first in Doha! – and some of the best Umm Ali ever tasted. Sadly, we could do no further justice and vowed to leave more room next time for the other delights.
And so it was a short walk back to the reception area. We really needed a much longer post-dinner perambulation, however, we decided to stop carping on about our fat stomachs and set sail for home. It had been a suitably fitting end to the week.
Price: QAR150 per person with soft drinks
Every Thursday | 6.30 pm–11 pm
As well as seafood night, Seasons has other theme nights, a Friday brunch, and à la carte menu for all-day dining.
Breakfast: 6 am–10:30 am; Lunch: noon–3:30 pm; Dinner: 6:30 pm–11 pm
Friday brunch: noon – 3:30 pm
A la carte menu: noon – 11 pm
For more information visit Mövenpick Doha Hotel’s website or call 4429 1111.
Author: Sarah Palmer
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