The opulence and grandeur of The Ritz-Carlton Doha never fails to impress me, no matter how many times I’ve been there it has always brought out the same reaction from me as I walk into their lobby, WOW! This of course could be a good or a bad thing, with such facade – one can only expect the best service and experience from them. Seeing how majestic this hotel is, you do tend to put your expectations from them higher than normal.
Such is the case for their Friday brunch at the Lagoon restaurant – priced at QAR475 per person for a full brunch including alcoholic drinks, you’d wonder what’s so special about their brunch to be priced as such. Are you really paying for the food or is it just because it’s The Ritz-Carlton?
I got the answer to it immediately as soon as I walked in The Lagoon, a huge boat-shaped serving table was filled with king crab legs which, based on our previous experience in a different seafood restaurant in Doha, is worth QAR300++ per piece. Being a seafood lover, I have definitely consumed more than QAR475-worth of the crab legs alone. I’d say it’s definitely worth it for me.
Walking into the restaurant itself gives you the exact same palatial decor as what they had in their lobby. The high ceiling and open windows gives a very airy feel to it. I have noticed however that the tables were a bit close to each other, which may have been a problem if it was fully booked.
We requested to be seated outside, thankfully there was still one table available. One of the staff explained which alcoholic drinks are included in the package – red, white and sparkling wine plus spirits and their cocktail of the day. Bottled beers are to be paid separately. I thought it wasn’t a very good deal for the drinks, for the price that they have – I was expecting beer to be included as well. I don’t drink that much anyway so I settled on their cocktail of the day.
Without wasting any more time, we immediately started with the brunch – of course I made a beeline towards the seafood section and their sushi section. They do offer a good variety of sushi as well. Second plate for me was the same – seafood and sushi. As mentioned earlier, I did make the most out of the seafood buffet. :p
By the time I finished my second plate, I was done – a normal occurrence for someone like me who can’t seem to pace myself during buffets. Although I was already full, I can’t possibly miss out on the foie gras and tempura shrimps. I also had a bit of their Indian cuisine on offer which are served in tiny brass pots.
The Greek Mister on the other hand thought that there were very few options for the main course. From the dishes that was served, he only had a slice of steak for his main. I can’t really complain though as I was already full with my seafood appetizers. Hah!
They definitely didn’t skimp on desserts, as you can see on the photos below.
It was overall, a great Friday brunch experience. I would go back for the crab legs alone should I start craving for it again. I do hope though to see more main course options next time so The Greek Mister would be encouraged to try it again too.
I was a guest at the Lagoon Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Doha during this Friday brunch however as always, photos are my own and opinion stated are genuine and in no way influenced. Alcoholic drinks consumed were paid for by ourselves.