It has been 5 days since we arrived back from Greece – I’ve been missing the cold weather, the in-laws, The Greek Mister’s friends and the food. Oh yes, the food. I gained 5kgs during that holiday (which always happens anyway whenever I visit Greece) which I think makes it safe for me to say that I have truly enjoyed the meals I had while there.
It’s not only about the food though it’s the festive atmosphere we usually have while dining. Normally, we would order different kinds of dishes to share which will be placed in the middle of the table. All of us will have smaller plates while we serve ourselves small portions of these dishes. Beverages will be passed around the table (which may or may not include alcohol) so it’s always a chaotic scene while we’re dining. Well yesterday, we somehow had the same dining concept in Sapore Italiano at Four Seasons Hotel Doha. It may not be as chaotic as the Greek version that we had but it was just as enjoyable.
I was invited to try out this new brunch concept at Il Teatro and I couldn’t be any happier since it’s been one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the city after my second visit. The concept of Sapore Italiano is to give you a taste or flavor of each dishes that they serve for this meal in a traditional Italian way of eating – served in the middle of the table while all the diners take small portions from each dishes. All of which are unlimited so if you feel like you haven’t had enough of one particular plate, you can still order some more.
A 4-course meal with so many choices for each courses, you’ll be leaving Il Teatro a few pounds heavier if you’re like me who has not yet mastered pacing my food intake when it comes to buffets or in this case, unlimited servings. Six dishes were delivered immediately to our table as our appetizer, I developed a special liking towards their calamari scottati con zucchini and pizza margherita. It was so good that we ordered a second serving for the two however, the second serving of calamari wasn’t as good as the first one. It didn’t have the brownness and crunchiness of the first serving. The Greek Mister also pointed out that both times, the pizza margherita was not served hot but even if it’s that the case – it was still tasty both times.
Pasta and risotto were served as our second course. I liked their penne alla norma, pomodoro, melanzane mozzarella while The Greek Mister loved risotto allo zafferano. I wasn’t a big fan of the risotto though, it was a bit too dry for me.
When our third course came, both The Greek Mister and myself were delighted to see the chicken breast with mushroom served since we had this before during our Piatto Unico lunch that we had in Il Teatro and we both loved it. That food is magic! is how The Greek Mister described it the first time – very crispy on the outside while the meat is extremely juicy and tasty. We lost our excitement though as soon as we tasted it during Sapore Italiano, it wasn’t as good as when we had it during Piatto Unico in fact, I think that the chicken dishes that we had for Piatto Unico and Sapore Italiano are two totally different dishes. I liked the side serving of the mushroom though along with the chicken while The Greek Mister feasted on the roasted salmon which he loved.
By the time desserts were served, we were all very full. I’m not a big fan of sweets but the sour cherry gianduja chocolate tart made a mark on my taste buds. I’d probably order a full portion of it next time.
Service was as always quick and attentive, I have always received great service everytime I visit Il Teatro anyway so I guess that’s already a given. I have to mention though that the whole restaurant did not become full at all the whole time we were there. Only 6 tables were occupied which I thought was odd since Sapore Italiano was priced in the same range or maybe even cheaper than some of the Friday deals around the city. I have to admit though that apart from the faint song playing in the background, there was not a festive atmosphere in the restaurant. It was the company that I had though which made it enjoyable for me.
While the dishes served were not completely hit for me*, I still enjoyed my Sapore Italiano experience. I loved the concept of having the dishes delivered to your table and sharing it with your friends. A meal is more enjoyable when you’re all together the whole time and not getting up once in awhile to get some food from the buffet tables. That’s just me though.
*To each his own, while some food works well for my taste buds it might not be the same for others’ and vice versa. As I was finishing this blog post entry, I came across the reviews of some other bloggers who tried Sapore Italiano and some of them loved the dishes that I didn’t enjoy very much and some didn’t enjoy the dishes that I loved. So yes, I guess it’s up for your taste buds to decide which dishes are the best. 🙂
Sapore Italiano at Il Teatro
Four Seasons Hotel Doha
QR250 per person including regular beverages
QR350 per person including special beverages
Served every Fridays, 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Tel No. 44948600
I was a guest at Il Teatro to try Sapore Italiano however as always, opinion stated and photos are my own.