A maze of food stations cover the indoor and outdoor seating areas offering delectable dishes from around the world. The extravagant pool on our right and the pristine beach in front of us, the salty air adds up to the perfect almost-summer ambiance of the whole place. A live band plays soft, melodious music to set a relaxing mood while the restaurant staff spoils you to no end with their spectacular service. Welcome to Sawa’s Friday brunch, the only 5 star brunch at The Pearl.
Now I’m not sure if it was really a good brunch or if it’s because the memory of the very stressful brunch I’ve had the previous Friday was still fresh? Can’t really say but what I’m absolutely sure is Sawa’s Friday brunch isn’t at all congested and packed like the other brunch we went to the previous Friday. Although there were also quite a lot of people at Sawa, it didn’t feel like the place was so cramped in space. There was no line on any of their food stations so the whole experience was smooth and easy, just how we prefer to spend our Fridays.
One thing they have that I haven’t seen in any of the Friday brunches here in Doha is a massive station solely for cheese! The Greek Mister and the Dutch friends went crazy over it, they all came back with a plate full of assorted cheese and bread while I, on the other hand, skipped it and went straight to the sushi and seafood station for appetizers.
Two huge paella pans were being manned by two chefs with the Spanish flag hovering over them. I of course can’t skip it and had it as one of the many main courses I’ve had for that brunch. I asked the chef if he could scrape the crusty bottom of the paella for me which he gladly did. Unfortunately though, I found the paella too salty for my liking but The Greek Mister who loves salty food finished it all off.
I also dropped by the dimsums and noodle station for my Asian fix and on my way back to our table, I passed by some grilled burgers and hotdogs which I just had to take a piece of too. I had to turn my eyes away the delectable ouzi in its oversized serving dish. It’s my favorite Arabic dish but since I already had one rice-based dish (paella), I had to skip ouzi. I’m trying very hard to keep to my promise of not overeating in brunches.
Although I could feel my tummy’s about to explode, I was drawn towards the Indian dishes which were all beautifully presented in one corner of their buffet spread. It’s been a long time since I’ve had an Indian dish and the butter chicken served was outstanding! It was very creamy with just a hint of spice, perfect for my taste.
We ended the brunch with deserts of course, I had a mint chocolate icecream and a latte. We left an hour after the Friday brunch ended, the ambiance of the outdoor seating in Sawa is just incredible that it was so hard for us to leave. It was definitely a great and very relaxing Friday brunch and to quote what The Greek Mister have said over and over again during this brunch “this is the best seat in Doha!”, indeed it is!
We were a group of 4 during this brunch with two brunches sponsored by Sawa. As always, photos are my own and opinions stated are genuine and in no way influenced.
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Friday Brunch at Sawa
Marsa Malaz Kempinski
Fridays 12.30pm to 4pm.
QAR 330 per person including soft beverages
QAR 425 per person including bubbles, grain, cocktails, white and red vino
Tel No. +974 4035 5011