The year is almost over and we haven’t even scratched the surface of all the Friday brunch offers here in Doha. We have only tried 8 Friday brunches since I’ve arrived here almost a year ago which I think is such a disgrace for someone who used to be a serial bruncher in Dubai. That, or maybe we don’t find overindulging on food and alcoholic drinks a fun thing to do on a weekend anymore. Or maybe, Friday brunches here in Doha are just way too expensive compared to the ones in Dubai. I think I’m more inclined to admit the latter. :p
Melia Doha has joined the revelry of the city every Friday and launched a brunch with a different concept, a fusion brunch. After trying it out last Friday, I think it has easily become a new favorite of ours. It might be yours too if you give it a try. Make no mistakes though, the brunch starts at 12:30pm and not 12nn as what’s been advertised everywhere. We had to wait for 30 minutes at the lobby, as we were too early for it. :p
Here are the top 4 reasons why you should try the Fusion Brunch at Melia Doha right now.
1. The Price.
Finally! A reasonably priced Friday brunch in Doha, at QAR250 it’s possibly the cheapest here. Price includes unlimited food of course in buffet style and alcoholic drinks – wine and beer. Unfortunately, cocktail drinks aren’t included but still, even if that’s the case – I still think it’s very reasonably priced which is quite impossible to find here in Doha.
2. The Fusion.
Melia Doha houses two of the hottest restaurants in the city right now and you get to try both of them in this Fusion brunch. Located at the 5th floor of the hotel, the fusion of the Spanish restaurant Aceite and the Indian restaurant Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor will definitely satisfy your palate no matter what you’re in the mood for.
3. The Taste.
The food was remarkable! I kept my pace on this brunch and was able to try out as much dishes that I can and I have to say, every single dish were delicious. My favorite dishes from Aceite were the seafood caldereta and of course the paella while the signature murg makhni and paneer lababdar from Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor were both exquisite.
4. The Fun.
A live band duo is entertaining us from Aceite all throughout the brunch while a violinist plays in Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor. I would highly recommend for you to reserve a seat in Aceite as it’s a livelier place to be in for this fusion brunch. At some point, everyone’s on their feet to dance to the tune of the lively Spanish songs being played by the duo. It was great fun!
As much as I enjoyed the whole brunch, one of my friends did point out though that the price was just right for the amount of dishes that they serve. She wasn’t very satisfied with the limited choices that they have which for me, was more than enough. I do see her point though, compared to all the other brunches in the city – they do have a very small buffet spread.
They also have to improve the service in Aceite for this brunch. I can see that they’re all trying to do their best but I guess, they were understaffed. The service was a bit slow when it comes to serving the drinks – I ordered lemon and mint juice twice, both times it came after 20 minutes. Add to it the fact that they have this weird way for serving the water in this odd-looking bottle which resulted to a lot more confusion to the staff as we always had to call their attention to refill our glasses. I think they can somehow ease the burden of their staff if they’d just leave a bottle of water in each tables, that’s one less work for them.
Also during the brunch, there were so many men in suits standing around the two restaurants and the corridor. I’m guessing they’re managers from the hotel because they weren’t eating – they were just standing there, talking to each other in groups. It’s nice to see managers concerned as to how their outlets are doing but if you ask me, they can probably do something else other than stand around and block the diner’s way to the buffet spread. :p That’s just me though.
Lastly, I was invited to join their brunch for a review which was supposed to include a complimentary Fusion brunch for two. I have informed them though that my friends are going to join me who, of course are going to pay for their own brunch. However, with all the confusion that was going on that day – I think they’ve forgotten the invitation they sent me and charged us the whole bill for 4 diners. I didn’t want to confuse them even more so we just paid the full bill. We didn’t mind really, as we were really bound to the Fusion brunch with or without the invitation that same day. I do have to mention that though because if they were able to forget the invitation they sent to someone to review their outlet then there is definitely something wrong, that’s a big NO-NO if you ask me. But it all worked out for me because I was able to experience the brunch as a normal diner and not as a blogger.
They do have lots of things to improve but there is a huge potential to this brunch to become one of the hottest in the city if they will be able to keep all the reasons I’ve stated as to why I enjoyed it. I’d definitely go back and hopefully next time, it will be even more better.
Friday Fusion Brunch at Melia Doha
Every Friday, 12:30 – 4pm
QR250 per person with special beverages
QR190 per person with softdrinks and juices
Tel No 40199999
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