Last Wednesday, I was lucky enough to be given a sneak preview of the new hotel in D-town, the City Centre Rotana Doha. Being a
glutton food fanatic that I am, the fact that it will be featuring 7 Food and Beverage outlets excites me the most specially as it includes one of my favorite restaurants in Dubai – Teatro at Towers Rotana. Yes, they’re going to have a Teatro Restaurant at City Centre Rotana Doha. Teatro will feature an open kitchen serving Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Indian cuisine, I’ve seen the restaurant and it looks gorgeous. I can’t wait to try it out for dinner as soon as it opens.
Only 2 out of 7 food and beverage outlets are operating for now – Caramel (pictured above) which is the lobby bar and their all-day dining restaurant called Olive Oil. I was able to try out the buffet lunch at Olive Oil after the show-around tour which I wasn’t expecting, thankfully I didn’t have breakfast that day but of course it ruined my diet once again. Very hard to lose weight in this city, I tell you.
The restaurant is of good size and some areas of it offer a Corniche view. I love the round corner tables which gives the restaurant a chic appeal instead of having just the normal tables all throughout the dining area.
The buffet spread is not huge compared to buffet spreads in other hotels which is why I loved it! I don’t function very well in huge buffets as I tend to be overwhelmed by the amount of food presented. For me, a buffet cannot be judged by the quantity of the food served because it all comes down to how good the dishes are. I don’t need multiple dishes if none of it are cooked well, it’s always better to focus on a few dishes and do it well. That’s just me though.
The buffet spread at Olive Oil may not have a lot of dishes to offer but they have covered everything – salads, appetizers, hot dishes and desserts. Cuisines include Indian, Arabic, Italian and even grills. I made a beeline towards the sushi and sashimi station as we started our lunch followed by the hot dishes. Since it was a small spread, I was able to try a lot of the dishes and I think my favorite hot dish would be the roasted beef au jus. The meat was very tender and tasty, I’m getting hungry now as I’m reminded of it.
It’s definitely not the last time I’ll be visiting Olive Oil, I’m hoping though that they would start with their Friday brunch offers as I’m sure that The Greek Mister will also love it. Like me, he’s not a huge fan of big buffet spreads.
I was a guest of Olive Oil during this lunch however as always, photos used are my own and opinion stated are genuine and in no way influenced.