The complimentary 3-day luxury stay at the Sharq Village and Spa in Doha includes a full board package – breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was still Ramadan when we stayed there so the only specialty restaurant open apart from their main restaurant was Parisa which serves Persian cuisine. On our first night, I called up Jenny, the very dependable telephone operator who made our stay in Sharq Village and Spa as delightful as it can be thru her very good customer service, and told her that I’d like to make a reservation for Parisa for dinner. She asked me if there was any special occasion that we’re celebrating or if we have any allergies that the chef must be aware of. After getting all the required details, she confirmed our booking for 8pm which gives us ample time to explore the resort and still go for my massage appointment at the Six Senses Spa before dinner.
Prior to our dinner, I saw from the hotel’s in-room brochure that Parisa requires a semi-formal dress code, the husband let out a huge grunt when I told him to change into something more semi-formal than his shorts and slippers before heading out. We were 15 minutes ahead of our reservation but the receptionist immediately lead us to a rose-petal-adorned table at the corner end of the restaurant giving us a much-needed privacy. The restaurant overlooks the bay of Doha but since it was still the peak of summer season at the time, their outdoor seating was still closed. I can only imagine how romantic and lovely this restaurant would’ve been if we were to dine outside. The luxurious interior design of the restaurant reminded me of a high-end steakhouse that I have dined in Dubai once.
An array of appetizers was sprawled on our table as soon as we sat down, the waiter dutifully explained what each bowl contained and he took our orders of our choice of soup before our main course. I found nothing fancy from the appetizers and the soup that we ordered was too sweet for our taste. I cannot find fault though on the main course that they served – assorted grilled meat served on a tabletop charcoal grill accompanied by bowls of rice and meat stews. Every single bit on our table was to cooked to perfection, I am salivating now as I write this blog post. I am suddenly reminded of how succulent and tender the meat was that night, it was so good!
We ended our dinner with some Persian desserts, I focused on the ice cream and falooda in rosewater. It was my first time to taste rosewater, I found it a little surprising at the same time confusing. It’s always my sense of smell and sight which a rose ignites – never my sense of taste. I finished it though, no matter how confusing and surprising it was for me. 🙂
I can see the husband and I frequenting Parisa once we are settled in Doha, both of us being meat-lovers, we would definitely want to have a taste of their perfected meat concoction one way or another.
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