Priding themselves as to having the biggest iftar in town, Doha Marriott Hotel did trigger my curiosity to see if they will live up to this statement. So yesterday, my friend D and I went over to their hotel to join them for iftar. We arrived at around 6:15pm which I thought was still early since iftars normally start at 6:30pm. I wanted to go there earlier than the rest of the diners so I could take photos of the venue without much people. I couldn’t be more mistaken though as it was already buzzing when we arrived. I guess the word got out and they all wanted to see what the fuss was all about. I can’t blame them as I’ve been following their instagram account and they’ve piqued my interest more and more on each post. What is up with that #camelselfie?
My friend’s reaction when we finally entered the Restaurant Gallery was “Oh wow! It’s huge!”. The whole corridor leading up to the dining area was lined up with all the dishes they are serving for iftar focusing more on Indian and Arabic cuisine. At the dining area itself, another huge counter filled with a myriad of dishes are available for the diners as well. The whole venue may not be as grand as the Ramadan tents that I’ve seen from the other hotels in the city but yes, I must say that they do have the widest buffet spread for iftar that I’ve ever attended as of yet.
We didn’t waste any more time and immediately started our meal. It was a bit overwhelming for me as I didn’t know where to start. My plate was too chaotic with the starters, salads and entrees in one dish. A chef would probably cringe at the horrifying state of my plate with everything altogether.
They also have a Majlis style tent offering Henna art, falconry and Arabic tea and coffee station. Of course Bashoosh and Sahara, their resident camels for the month of Ramadan are also there to take a selfie with you. (hence, the #camelselfie tag on their instagram page) We were not able to enjoy any of these extras they offer because…. you know, FOOD. :p In fact, I wasn’t able to take a lot of photos at all for the same exact reason.
To make the long story short, we arrived anticipating the food that we are to devour and left with great satisfaction in our tummy. However, I must say that more than the food itself – it was the hospitality and service of staff which made a mark on me about this particular iftar.
Doha Marriott Hotel – Restaurant Gallery
QAR215 per person
Iftar 6:30pm to 8:00pm
How have you been breaking your fast lately?
I was a guest of Doha Marriott as part of the hotel’s Media Event for their Iftar however as always, views expressed are my own.