We haven’t gone to a Friday brunch for 2 weeks and it feels to me like it’s been forever since the last time we’ve been to one. The thing is, we do seek some quiet and laidback weekends from time to time – The Greek Mister feels well rested if we don’t go out on a weekend and I kind of agree with him. We didn’t want to strike 3 Fridays of not going out though as we don’t want to be tagged as the old boring couple (not just yet) so last Friday, we finally broke the spell and headed out to a new Friday brunch experience we’ve never had before – City Centre Rotana Doha’s.
I’ve been to their business lunch before and I loved the small buffet that they have. As mentioned previously, I value quality over quantity and City Centre Rotana Doha’s Friday brunch is a good fit to it. The buffet station was not overwhelming and covers the essentials of a good Friday brunch – sushi and sashimi, salads, hot and cold mezze, seafood, hot station featuring Indian cuisine and international food selection, roast meat, the bread and cheese station and finally desserts station.
Dishes were great and I’m glad they’re able to keep the quality of the food from my first business lunch experience with them. I particularly loved the slow-roasted duck which I think was the highlight of this brunch for me – the meat was juicy with a very crispy skin! I had two servings of those, I wish I’m having it for dinner tonight. :p
Since the buffet wasn’t very big, I was able to try out dishes from each selections. They were all good however, all of the hot dishes displayed were a bit cold. Definitely affects your enjoyment while eating it. They do have a sign on the hot station which mentions that the chef would be more than willing to heat the food for you (they’re aware of this little hiccup I think) but I just can’t imagine how that would work if the restaurant was full.
Speaking of the restaurant not being full, I think City Centre Rotana Doha’s Friday brunch is a bit underrated because they do have good food and not many were enjoying it. I would say only 15% of the total restaurant’s capacity was filled that day and if not for the bachelorette party going on one side of it – it would be close to empty. The ambiance might also need a bit of work as it’s not as fun and vibrant as the other Friday brunches in the city. It felt like a normal breakfast buffet in an all-day dining restaurant to be honest. A bit more music or lively decor perhaps would do the trick.
On the other hand, we actually liked it. Both The Greek Mister and myself found the very relaxing ambiance of this Friday brunch a welcome change. It’s not crazy, it’s not loud and it suits our very lazy personality well. If that’s what they’re vying for then they’ve nailed it. However, the same might not work for the serial Friday brunchers of Doha who are all hungry for food, fun and crazy atmosphere.
Personally, I’d go back to City Centre Rotana Doha’s Friday brunch. I think it’s very reasonably priced with a great selection and quality of food. I don’t really mind if it isn’t as crazy as the other brunches in Doha because the food itself is worth coming back for. I just hope they sort out the issue of the cold hot dishes. 🙂
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Friday Brunch at Olive Oil
City Centre Rotana Doha
Tel No. +974 444 58888
QR 245 inclusive soft beverages
QR 299 inclusive of selected house beverages
QR325 inclusive of spirits
Fridays, 12:30 – 3:30pm
I was a guest of City Centre Rotana Doha during this Friday brunch however as always, photos are my own and opinions stated are genuine and in no way influenced.