If you find yourself in need of delicious asian fusion themed restaurant in Doha, Noodle House would be my best bet for you. I personally like, okay love, their wasabi prawns, chicken curry laksa, steamed sea bass and well,fresh dumplings. But this would set you back by at least QAR 100 per person if you go all out and order the best menu items. The dishes are good for sharing though so you can go in groups to spread the cost or get a voucher and get one menu item off the invoice.
This place is so beautiful that I sometimes forget how stressful work is. It’s like God’s painting colors in the background and people fail to acknowledge the beauty that has been carefully laid in front of them.
Before watching ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and after going to church last Friday, the Al Sadd gang (a lame attempt at giving me and my housemates a cool name – I know) decided to use a couple of entertainer vouchers and finally give in to the boss’s cravings. This time, she wanted steaks. So off to eating steaks then.
We found ourselves ordering two rib eyes, one tenderloin and a sirloin steak. We had all of them cooked medium well. After two generous servings of appetizers (a basket of bread and some olives), we were served the steaks.
I thoroughly enjoyed the rib eye steak. The other two, though, were mediocre. I’ve therefore declared that the best steak / part of a cow is the ribeye! If a restaurant can’t do it justice, then that’s like a big resto fail for me from now on.
Which one was better? Outback or macaroni’s? I’m going to say, it’s a tie. Macaroni rib eye steak would set you back by QR 105, but it is good for sharing. The steak was as huge as my head. Considering I said that, believe me — it was huge!
My housemate was in one of her ‘must-eat’ days. Even if she’s not pregnant, the entire house would normally attend to her whim because she’s our boss. Haha. So this time, she wanted to eat oysters. These oysters are priced at QR 16 per shell! Ridiculously expensive. We downed eight of them and promised to be back for some more.
Taste do change. When I was working in the Philippines, I remember there were eat-all-you-can oysters restaurants in Cebu, they would just charge 150-200php (QR10-20) for an eat-all-you-can meal. And I remember avoiding the oysters table like the plague. Now I wish I hadn’t. I didn’t know then how expensive these babies are this side of the world.
So anyway, these oysters were eaten raw and they were sweet – pungent but sweet. 🙂
There was a time when I couldn’t get enough of macarons. Even before it became an ‘in’ thing to eat or even before I learned of its significance to the underbelly of pastry whisperers.
In cebu, at Php 40-45 a pop, it’s quite expensive as it already was. Then here in Doha, there was Le Notre (not that interesting), then there was the huge Paul macarons (easy to forget).. then came Laduree. I think I dragged E down to the luxury brand section of villagio back when the shop first opened. I just had to have Laduree. Since, I heard it was incredible, it came from Paris and it’s the macarons of all macarons. Haha. Yes, I am gullible. But then it was, or perhaps my perception of it was. I swallowed 10 macarons at QR 10 a piece the very first time I chanced upon it. E was like — “it’s not that special..” and I had to force feed him every half of my macaron just to make him change his mind. But alas he didn’t. I have to agree it is expensive.. But I guess, some experiences are priceless. wink.
The shop has a wide assortment of macarons and macaron boxes (which you have to pay for as well, depending on sizes, the price varies). It also serves food apart from the pastry displays. They have a sitting area in the middle of the mall. How do they term this —mall al fresco?
Last week would have been the third time I’ve bought those damn macarons just to help me remember what’s special about it. It is in fact the macarons of macarons, confirmed. Next time though, I want to try other items on the menu. I heard it’s good. How to convince E?
Before we discovered Outback Steakhouse, our go-to-meat restaurant has been the butcher shop. Not for the steak but for the short stack ribs. This is probably our tenth / fifteenth visit or somewhere in between. You get the appetizers, a sizable stack of ribs and pretty excellent service (on a lucky day).
Last week, as E is still on his avoid-poultry-seafood diet, we opt to eat out and splurge (owing to work stress perhaps). Since an unplanned fast was made the previous night, we were both starving by noon time. I ordered the short stack ribs, then the server who was a kabayan (filipino) informed us that there was a promo for their rib eye steak. You can get a 400g rib eye steak for QR 95, instead of a 280g for QR 99. Knowing E, he did not pass up the chance and ordered the 400g rib eye.
When the food was served, I was happy with my short stack ribs. And E was obviously disappointed with the rubbery consistency of the bland rib eye steak he ordered. Nonetheless, I halved my order and E somehow was comforted. We had to keep in mind never again to order the rib eye steak at the Butcher Shop. But the stack ribs though – still perfect. 😉
I may have to edit the best salad in Doha write up I did yesterday. 🙂 The blue cheese and pear salad at Shakespeare and Co. is pure love. It’s filled with all these wonderful flavors that would leave you wanting for more. For me, it isn’t about the blue cheese or the pear, it’s all about the walnuts and raisins and mixed-in almost bitter almost sweet leaves and the amazing dressing it all comes with.
We also tried their rib eye. E is trying to avoid all poultry / seafood to rid himself of all the allergy toxins which cause his skin to flare up. Outback Steakhouse still have the best steak in Doha for me, but the sauce at Shakespeare left E amazed. 🙂 Tangy, sweet and spicy. That sauce plus outback’s rib eye would cause a welcome explosion in a steaklover’s senses.
The place’s victorian interiors is very interesting. It is a refreshing change from the minimalistic theme most restaurants have these days. But E thinks it’s old-ish.. haha. I had to remind him about Louis VI’s replica room at the MET in new york, it’s chic. haha… I got rolled eyes in response. Oh well. But he told me he enjoyed the food and the sofa and the always-teatime-like ambiance there.
Last weekend, my housemates wanted to go on a short road trip to Al Khor, I haven’t been there for quite some time so it was a welcome break from work and the monotonous laundry and house chores which would normally occupy my days. We went to Al Khor and drove around. We ate at Pearl of Beirut (which is now owned by an Indonesian and a Filipino). I loved Pearl of Beirut but E and I stopped going there since the change of ownership –as you can no longer buy fresh from the market and have it cooked inside the resto. If I may say so, the food quality has gone down a notch lower than before. But Al Khor is always a good place to go to get out of the city. It is quite near (30-45 minutes drive) and hanging out by the shore seems like a good choice on a not so hot friday morning.
Then on Saturday, E & I drove around bank street in Doha before going to the office to work over time.
I’ve taken good phone photos so I am sharing with all of you the weekend that was in and around Doha:
In my search for the best salads in town, I have come to share with you all the top 4 places where you can get really good salads and get your green in while eating out.
1. Shakespeare & Co. (Dar Al Salam Mall)
This is probably the best salad I’ve tasted in Doha – Blue Cheese and Pear Salad. All of the ingredients blend wonderfully in this concoction. Walnuts, raisins, cranberries, lettuce, blue cheese, pear, etc. The dressing combined everything and will give you a smooth taste in the mouth. 🙂
2. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Al Mana Tower, Al Sadd)
The smoked salmon and avocado salad is a must try and so far had been the best on my list. The tastes all come together and for those who have no fish allergies, this salad could be heaven (at least for me, it was). You can also try their nicoise salad with tuna and egg, I loved the taste of that as well.
3. Spicy Pickle (The Gate Mall, West Bay)
Their spinach salad (with walnuts and cheeses and lots of spinach) is a refreshing choice. It fills the stomach and you’ll feel good afterwards. E and I loved eating this during our overtime shifts. Our office is quite near the area.
4. MB Co (The Gate Mall, West Bay)
Presentation wise, the caprese salad E ordered would have been pretty on point. What it lacks in leaves (which E was quite disappointed about), it more than makes up for the presentation. Lol. The cheese is soft and chewy and the tomatoes are quite good.