Last friday, my ex housemates decided to go to Al Khor and satisfy a number of cravings (seafood and chocolate). It was M’s first time to visit Pearl of Beirut and Al Sultan Hotel. Al Sultan Hotel, where the infinity pool almost always looks perfect, was magnificent last Friday with the cool weather and all.
Pearl of Beirut is like a mini-dampa (read: small shanty) which offers variety of seafood and asian dishes. I may have cited an Indonesian menu together with Filipino items in the list. The prices are reasonable and the place has become more popular these days. I remember when E and I used to block out our fridays for almost a year back in 2011-2012-ish, the crowd was thinner then and we could drop by the Al Khor fishmarket and have our freshly bought crabs and fish cooked at the restaurant with cooking charge made per kilo. Nowadays, it just seems better to order and go. The line is expected to be longer around 12noon.
Got to try fatburger in Doha. To be honest, the only burger joint that I was very excited to try from the start is “shake shack”. And even now, I still think no burger has beaten shake shack in my list.
Fatburger is a cool place, and their burger offerings are ‘huge’ as well. They have 1/3 to 2 pounder patties. The pricer ange would set you back around QR 25 – 50 depending on the burger size.
My new phone is great. It can capture very vivid photos and colors. Even during night time and with little light, it is able to pull through. Here’s a photo of the aspire tower / torch hotel, I took this when E and I visited villagio mall right beside the tower a week ago. And yes, the lights in the torch transforms / moves every now and then. There were times when it mimicked fire colors.
Aside from the really thick hot chocolate in farggi, their waffles and ice cream selection is something close to ‘wonderful’. Then again, a homemade one with a simple b&r vanilla ice cream would do the trick if you were to ask me.
Still, it is a great thing to indulge every once in a while, at a wonderfully lit table while you lament how good life is, even after all the pain of the past few days.
At QR 9 a piece, it is still a steep price to pay but it’s better than L’Wazaar’s QR 16 pricing. The oysters, as they should be, tasted ick-ily yummy.
All other offerings at the resto though remained wanting, of what, that’s something you have to figure out for yourself as well. I went there one time with officemates and C ordered the calzone.The calzone was made fresh, I unfortunately do not have a photo of it since I lost some photos when I transferred phone files. The second time E and I visited eatopia to ‘eat’ oysters, E ordered the beef fajitas and they were forgettable. I wanted to order something from the salad bar, but after the choles-laden oyster, my taste buds demand something unhealthy from the menu.
That said, I have to tell you about the view outside of eatopia, this:
Even with construction sites popping here and there, west bay is spectacular mid-afternoon, right about the time you tried to prod the imaginary office clock to run faster so you can go home and rest your tummy filled with oysters. 🙂
Before I came to Doha, I’ve had this pre-conceived idea about what the place would look like. I thought, that apart, from the famous skyline on google images, I’d get to see camels and falcons and cactus if I venture out of the ‘city’. It turns out, I won’t easily see any of these even after 2 – 3 hours driving out in the ‘country’. I’d sparsely see a camel, much less a herd, roaming around the desert. No falcons abound as well, a lot of doves though, seeking refuge and shelter from the sweltering heat of the sun. Sometimes, the birds will even faint and smash itself on your car window. Cactus, though, the normal dusty kind, you’ll catch a glimpse of, on your way to Al Khor or Messaieed or Dukhan, even. But look at these cacti from Sidra (Woqod Station), they’re sold in tiny pots and they’re quite lovely to look at:
Who knew cacti could be this pretty and colorful? I sure didn’t.
The best sushi in Doha can be found in Casper and Gambini. I swear. And I’ve dragged a couple of people and converted them to C&G. If you haven’t tried them and you are fond of sushi, then maybe you should go there. Their sushi mixes are pricey though, they are priced around QR 69 – 160 and comes in 3, 6, 12, 18 rolls per serving.
While trying to squeeze in coffee after lunch, we decided to take a nap at the gate mall parking area. Yes, that’s how we ‘normally’ roll – a thirty minute nap at what appears to be a secluded area in west bay. I wondered why there were a lot of cars in the parking area when normally, getting a spot would only take a few seconds. It turns out, the eatopia at the 3rd level was now open. I discovered this when I can no longer control my bladder and I just had to take a pee inside the mall. Lol.
Eatopia’s a cornucopia of food station, it was such a sight to behold and reminded me of “Eataly” in New York. While Eataly NY offered one delicious gelato, ice cold beer and tapa selection, I have yet to experience Eatopia. Unfortunately, I just came from a heavy lunch that time and E needed to get back to the office real soon. But I did not leave without taking photos of the new place.