It was high time for a Friday brunch once again since the last we’ve had was a couple of months back at Trader Vic’s. This time around, we’ve had new recruits to join our Friday brunch team – a Greek couple nonetheless who I have grown very fond of since the first time we’ve met.
Our venue was The Square at the Intercontinental Doha The City, “the one near City Center Mall” as how our UBER driver described the property so as to not be confused with the other Intercontinental. I have been here before, I have used my The Entertainer voucher here with my friend D a couple of months back for a Saturday lunch buffet and I remember that the food was good but the ambiance was poor. Having had that previous experience in mind, I was not expecting a lot from it which turned out to be a good tactic since it definitely redeemed itself this time around from my previous experience.
There was still no festive atmosphere, a very low music plays in the background but the restaurant was busy, full of diners which somehow made the ambiance livelier. It’s one of the most popular Friday brunches in Doha I was told and I have to agree with whoever decided that it is.
Food was good! Their Friday brunch was so extensive with a lot of variety of cuisine on offer, very different from the Saturday Lunch buffet we’ve had. Asian, Italian, Arabic, Meat – just to name a few. They have a meat carving station, sushi station, pasta and pizza station and a stir-fried noodle station – the latter I have not seen in any buffets here in Doha. The only concern we all had though was most of the food served were a bit cold including the supposedly hot dishes.
The restaurant is huge, it requires a brisk walk to go from one food section to another. AM suggested there should be a music that we can trot to so we’ll have a more enjoyable time walking the expanse of the whole restaurant – not that going towards great food isn’t already enjoyable.
Our glasses were always full, not half-full nor half-empty, FULL. Our waitress was quick and attentive, champagne refills, beer, whisky and not to mention clearing of plates as soon as we’ve finished a course. I decided to take advantage of their cocktail drinks on offer – first round was a strawberry daiquiri which came in a mason jar, a serving which probably is fit for 2 people. I was about to order the same for my next round when our waitress asked if I wanted to try something else. “Like what?” I asked to which she replied “What are you in the mood for? I can create something for you.” A very unexpected reply as normally, they wouldn’t have much idea about cocktails or the whatnots so I told her to surprise me. She came back with another mason jar which looks like a mojito but wasn’t. I didn’t bother asking her what it was since it tasted good! After that drink, I left it to her to make the decisions for me as to what I was going to have next and she never failed to surprise me with a good cocktail.
A lamb dish at the meat carving station was cooked medium-rare which I’m not very fond of nor the Greeks. The Dutch however tried it, they love their meat with blood oozing out of it. This dish however wasn’t to their liking, it smelled like blue cheese, AM said and it also tasted a bit funny. So they called the waiter not to complain about it, but just to give them a heads up that the meat at the carving station tasted a bit weird. The chef came immediately, apologized and explained how the meat was prepared. It’s probably a different preparation as to what our friends were accustomed to which is the reason why it tasted and smelled funny to them. The chef offered a steak in replacement of the lamb meat which our friends accepted. When the steak came, it smelled soooo good that I myself wanted to have one. If only I haven’t had enough food already. I like how they dealt with the situation, very hands on and very customer centric. Even though our friends were really not complaining about the food nor were they expecting a different dish to give them, the restaurant took the matter seriously and didn’t allow them to feel left out and offered an alternative dish which they would like. Bravo!
It was a good Friday brunch – food-wise and service-wise. The lack of music in the venue was left unnoticed for the whole duration of our brunch – only the miserable ones would even put such focus on that I think. We left full and satisfied. Let’s just say that all the exercise and self-control exerted to not indulge on food I’ve done for the past week was of no use after this incredible Friday brunch at The Square, Intercontinental Doha The City – and it was all worth it.
Friday brunch at The Square
Intercontinental Doha The City
QR230 including soft beverages
QR330 including selected house beverages excluding beer
QR360 including selected house beverages and beer
Time: 12nn to 4pm
Tel No: 4015 8888
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