An absolute gem, that you may not know exists, is the IKA restaurant (pronounced eka) in Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton. We want to take this opportunity to bring it to your attention because this is one of those food experiences that has completely surprised me.

I’m having the Friday Brunch at the IKA. I’ll tell you more about the taste in a moment. I’m going to start by explaining the concept. It’s not a buffet as you’d expect. It’s a kind of private buffet. There are five items on the appetiser menu, and they will serve all five to your table. Adjusting the portion size of each dish depending on how many people there are at the table. And then everyone around your table can help themselves to all five dishes. So, like I say it’s a kind of private buffet. And you can order more of anything that you like. Reorders are unlimited. Then for the main there are a further five dishes. And a further two for dessert. And each course is served in the same way as the appetiser. All items come to your table to share with friends and family, and then you can order as much as you like of anything that really grabs you.

So let me tell you about the appetisers. Guacamole, Beef Tataki, Dragon Roll’s, Cachapas and Taco Camaron. The Guacamole was made with avocado, pomegranate and lime and served in a smoking glass dome and it had a nice smoky tint to it. Enjoyed with tortilla chips. Beef Tataki is finely sliced striploin served with yuzu gel and ponzu dressing. Cachapas is a corn pancake with sour cream and mozzarella cheese. And finally Taco tortilla, tempura prawns served on a taco along with coleslaw and smoked paprika. All of these were amazing, but be careful, don’t order too much extra of these. They are so delicious that you will be tempted to. But you will need room for the next course. I have to single out the Beef Tataki. It was exceptional! I could just sit here all day eating that over and over again. The flavours are just divine.

It’s time for the mains and to the table comes a succulent Argentine rib eye steak, Seafood Trigotto (risotto to you and me), Pollo – char-grilled chicken with shiro miso and sesame, Umami Fries with truffle and rosemary seasoning, and last but not least Green Salad with tomato dressing. All fabulous and super tasty, but I’m going to give the seafood risotto an extra point for being an absolutely perfect risotto for me.

I haven’t ordered anything extra yet, the portion sizes are very generous. But remember if there is anything you like, you can request more of it. I’m a big guy, and I only just have enough room for the desserts that are about to arrive.

And here they are, Chef’s Platter – A trio of hazelnut mousse, chocolate mousse and peanut butter mousse. Along with a Princessa – A chocolate mousse with berries, choco peta and lucuma. The Princessa really rang my bell, absolutely delicious. And it had a secret ingredient that gave it an extra touch. But I’m not going to tell you what it was, you have to try it to find out for yourself what lay hidden.

IKA caught me completely by surprise. I’d never tried South American food before and had no idea what to expect. I would however strongly recommend that you discover for yourself what a hidden gem of a place this is. The Friday brunch is a bargain at QAR249 for soft drinks, and an extra QAR100 if you would like the drinks that are not soft. I will definitely be returning, and will be telling everyone I know how good it is here.

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Author: Brian Candy

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