I’ve been hearing about the Friday brunch at The Grill in Grand Hyatt Doha as THE Friday brunch to be in since I’ve arrived in Doha 9 months ago. It has always been in our Friday brunch radar but there were so many things which hindered us from going. The very first time that we tried to go there we were told that it was already running full and that they can only accommodate a table for 2. We were 6 people at the time so that’s just not possible.
The second time we tried to go was they were having a themed brunch which we were not really in the mood for. We haven’t tried again since then and somehow, we unconsciously forgot all about the brunch at The Grill until last week when I was invited to try it. Weeeehooo!!! Sadly, our Friday brunch friends couldn’t join us – one couple went on a holiday and the other’s sick. So it was only The Greek Mister and myself who joined the Hawaiian-Themed Brunch last Friday.
To tell you honestly though, one of the reasons why we somehow got it off our Friday brunch radar was because of its steep price. At QAR295 you only get a soft beverage package and if you indulge a bit more at QAR420, you get a special beverage package which only includes 2 kinds of beer, red, white and sparking wine – not even cocktails. It’s quite a steep price to splurge for half a day of merry-making and you don’t even get to have a cocktail which is what I mostly drink. With the other cheaper options around the city, it’s quite easy to forget about the brunch at The Grill HOWEVER, after this experience that I had – I think we’ll put it back on the table with our friends and drag them there on one of our Friday brunch sprees. I’ll just have to opt for sparkling wine or a shandy for my drink.
The brunch starts at 12:30pm, we arrived at 12:46 and yet the whole place was already lively. There’s no time to waste in a brunch like this I suppose so I immediately took my camera out of the bag and started snapping photos which of course I wasn’t able to do very well since there were already a lot of people at the buffet tables. One thing I noticed though, the buffet spread looked incredible! Seafood, meat, hot dishes and Japanese rolls – they have everything!
Once all the photos were taken, we immediately started on our food adventure to keep up with the rest of the diners. I started with a plate-full of seafood – shrimps, Omani lobsters, mussels and some oysters drizzled with vinegar and onion sauce. I’m a seafood-addicted individual and I can eat all kinds of it all day, everyday for the rest of my life. The shrimps were fresh, there’s a hint of sweetness in its meat which made me go back for a second round of it.
Then I went over to the Japanese rolls section which features all kinds of makis and rolls. The chef was just putting out some fresh rolls when I came so I took all those freshly done rolls immediately with the soy sauce, lots of wasabi which I’m also addicted to and a lot more horseradish. Yum!
By the time I finished the Japanese rolls, I was already full – this is a buffet rookie mistake that I do all the time. I can’t seem to pace myself and tend to eat everything I lay my eyes on during the first two servings. With an almost-full stomach, I went over to the hot dishes section and filled another plate of food. I won’t be able to forgive myself if I don’t at least try some of their hot dishes.
I was definitely done after the third plate! Such a shame when there’s so many dishes around me which looked appetizing! The buffet spread at The Grill is definitely one of the best ones we’ve ever had for a Friday brunch. The Greek Mister and myself both agree on that and we thought that this might be the reason why the price is quite steep – you do get a good quality of food. It’s not all that though because the Friday brunch here is definitely the most fun we’ve ever been to as well!
At around 2:30pm, two hours after the brunch started – diners are merrier probably because of the food consumed or the alcohol or maybe both. They were all dancing and singing and partying which I haven’t seen in any of the Friday brunches we’ve been to here in Doha. The DJ knows when to play the right songs to make all the diners get up, dance and just have fun. Now this is the kind of brunch we always used to have in Dubai which I thought was non-existent in Doha until now. It’s sad that the brunch only last for 3 hours, if it was me – I’d let it keep going for AT LEAST 6 hours. 🙂
We definitely had a great time at The Grill’s Friday brunch, we’re planning to go back there when the weather’s perfect for an al fresco seating as their outdoor space looks so inviting!
Here’s a link to the video I created from this brunch, I’m not very proud of it so it’s ok if you won’t watch it. :p
I was a guest at The Grill however as always, opinions stated and photos are my own.
Friday Brunch at The Grill
Grand Hyatt Doha
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
QAR 295 for the soft beverage package
QAR 420 for the special beverage package
QAR 725 for the Moët package (one bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne per person)
Tel No. 4448 1240