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Friday Brunch at The Lagoon, The Ritz-Carlton Doha

November 23, 2015
Friday Brunch at Lagoon REstaurant, The Ritz Carlton Doha

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?

Friday Brunch at Lagoon REstaurant, The Ritz Carlton Doha

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.

Friday Brunch at Lagoon REstaurant, The Ritz Carlton Doha

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.

Friday Brunch at Lagoon REstaurant, The Ritz Carlton Doha

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.

Friday Brunch at Lagoon REstaurant, The Ritz Carlton Doha

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

Friday Brunch at Lagoon REstaurant, The Ritz Carlton Doha

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.

Friday Brunch at Lagoon REstaurant, The Ritz Carlton Doha

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!

Friday Brunch at Lagoon REstaurant, The Ritz Carlton Doha

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.

Friday Brunch at The Ritz Carlton Doha
QR 325/person including soft beverages
QR 475/person including alcoholic beverages
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m
Tel No. 4484 8000
The Lagoon - The Ritz Carlton Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.

Wander Mum

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8 Comments

  • Reply Wander Mum November 29, 2015 at 23:59

    Looks amazing! I love all the gorgeous seafood – those crab legs look fantastic! When we have done Sunday brunch before in the Middle East, champagne is included which always makes the price worth it. I’m big on appetisers too do never that hungry when it comes to mains! Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    • Reply Pinay Flying High December 1, 2015 at 13:51

      There are champagne brunches here, that is true and most of the time they just give us a bottle of champagne on the table as soon as we walk in. Haha!

  • Reply Christine November 26, 2015 at 00:52

    I’m very impressed by all that fish (even though l’m vegetarian). I haven’t eaten at a buffet like this in years, I can certainly understand the appeal! #citytripping
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  • Reply Cathy (MummyTravels) November 25, 2015 at 01:45

    That seafood looks amazing – I’ve read about similar brunches in Dubai and it does sound quite an experience. I think I’d have eaten just the same as you! Thanks for joining up with #citytripping
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 25, 2015 at 12:04

      Friday brunch is kinda like an institution in this region. Everyone would be going to one during the weekend. It’s quite expensive though here in Doha compared to the ones in Dubai. 🙁

  • Reply Phoebe @ Lou Messugo November 24, 2015 at 19:14

    Oh my that looks good! The piles of seafood are incredible, what a wonderful brunch you must have had! #citytripping
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 25, 2015 at 12:05

      The seafood station definitely was the highlight of the brunch for me. :p

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