How in the world have I not heard of Pier 12 before? For a self-confessed seafood addict, I think I’m not doing a good job of discovering seafood restaurants in Doha. I do have to admit though, there is not enough reliable resources in this city to know all the hidden gems that you can find – or maybe I’m just not looking at the right place? It doesn’t really matter now as I’ve found a new seafood restaurant which I’m sure we’ll be frequenting from now on.
It’s such a shame though that after 11 months of living in Doha, it was only now that we discovered Pier 12 when in fact – we live literally 15 minutes away from it. We’re always drawn to go towards the West Bay area or The Pearl when right next door, Radisson Blu Hotel offers 12 dining outlets which we all have yet to try.
To be frank, I’ve only been to two restaurants in this hotel – The Italian Job and Shehrazad, both are a go-to place for us when we’re craving for an Italian food or an ambiance of a no-fuss sports bar. Pier 12 is going to be added to this go-to list I suppose.
The blue-lighting at Pier 12 somehow gives an underwater feel to it – the restaurant was small with simple but elegant design. The only thing which I found a bit off about it was the tables were very near to each other which may be a problem if it is full. We were the only diners though when we arrived so we didn’t face any issues.
Since we practically have the whole place to ourselves, I was afraid that the whole experience would be ruined by overbearing staff who will all be onto us the whole night as is the case in a LOT of restaurants here in Doha. Thankfully, they do know how to value their diner’s privacy and let us have an enjoyable meal without being intrusive.
You can order from their regular menu or you can also choose an item from their fresh market trolley which their chef can cook for you to your liking. I left it to Lalit, our very proficient server, to recommend what we could have for starters and our mains. I have to say that he knows how to impress his customers as every single thing which came to our table was fantastic.
For starters, Lalit recommended Alaskan King Crab legs which was exactly what I was thinking after seeing it from their fresh market trolley while The Greek Mister had some lobster tails.
The Alaskan King Crab legs came with white wine sauce but the crab meat tasted so sweet, fresh and just oh so amazing that I didn’t want to ruin it by adding sauce into it. The Greek Mister also enjoyed the lobster tails which was just as fresh as the crab legs. We both ate our starters slowly, lingering into each bite that we take, making sure that we don’t miss any of its fresh flavors.
After finishing our starters, grilled sea bass came to our table with mushrooms and fries on the side. Like our starters, our main course was just as fresh. Although I always love to add some sauce on my fish for more flavor and their lemon/garlic sauce was a good fit to it.
We had chocolate cake for dessert which came with scoops of ice cream but I think it should also come with a direction on how to eat it. It looked too pretty that The Greek Mister and I both just stared at it for awhile to figure out how to eat it without ruining it.
It was a great meal! What’s greater is that they probably have the cheapest alcoholic drink prices in Doha that we’ve ever been to. Having said that, we are definitely going back. 🙂
Radisson Blu Hotel Doha
Tel No. 44281428
I was a guest at Pier 12 during this visit however as always, photos are taken by myself and opinion state is genuine and in no way influenced. Drinks were paid for by ourselves.