Who in their right mind declines an invitation from Four Seasons Hotel Doha? Must be crazy right? As hard for me to admit it, I was that crazy person to decline an invite to try iftar at their Ramadan tent as I already had plans on the same day. My heart was broken into pieces as I wrote a reply back to Four Seasons to tell them that I couldn’t make it. Imagine my delight when I received another email telling me that I can try it on another day. 24 hours later, I walked into the lavish lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Doha with a huge appetite.
I’ve heard only good things from people who’ve already tried it so my expectations were quite high before I even sat on our table in a very modern Ramadan tent setting. Ironically, the grandiosity of the tent itself was due to its simplicity – it doesn’t feel cramped even if it’s probably one of the smaller tents I’ve been to so far. Projectors showing the Euro cup games are on both sides of the tent which I think is the norm for all the Ramadan tents this year.
Before we started the feast, zamzam water was offered as soon as it was ready for iftar. Zam zam water holds a very significant religious value for the Muslims all over the world. It’s water taken from the Zamzam well located in Mecca. Millions of pilgrims visit the well each year while performing the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimages in order to drink its water. In all my years of living here in the Middle East, it was my first time to actually see zamzam water being served which I think is such a huge selling point for this iftar.
The buffet spread was amazing! International dishes on one side of the spread featuring an Asian station (Indian, Chinese and Japanese) and a live pasta station as well. While the other side of the spread was focused on the traditional Arabic dishes. They also offer International and Arabic salads and desserts giving you limitless options, whatever your taste desires. I was advised that the dishes are changing each day to give diners a different experience every time they visit the Ramadan Tent at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha.
I loved how very hands-on the staff were at the buffet spread, at some point – a sous chef saw a piece of lamb chops on my plate and insisted that I eat it with the stuffed zucchini which was served alongside it. The preparation of this dish was explained to me and how I’ll enjoy it more with the zucchini. He wasn’t wrong.
I focused more on the Asian side of the buffet spread of course and I think this is what I love the most about this iftar. It was the very first iftar that I’ve been to which had a proper Asian station – fried and steamed dumplings, Indian dishes, noodle station and of course sushi were offered. I tried all of it and couldn’t find faults. The only thing which kind of disappointed me a bit was the fact that the sushi station wasn’t refilled on time. I passed it twice and the sushi trays were almost empty both times.
I tried a few of the Arabic dishes and I have to say that they serve the best shawarma that I have ever had. The wrap was crispy and it was filled with generous amount of meat – chicken orbeef. Between the two, I loved the beef shawarma the best. As much as I loved the Asian dishes that they have, the beef shawarma was definitely the highlight of this iftar for me. It might be the simplest and the most regular dish to be the highlight of an iftar but Four Seasons Doha finds a way to make anything special.
On the other side of the spread, there is another kind of shawarma which has been getting a lot of attention these days. It was raved upon by all the previous iftar guests of Four Seasons Hotel Doha – the chocolate shawarma. Yes, you read that right. Chocolate instead of meat served as a shawarma. I’m not into desserts but I sure was intrigued by it. If a huge block of chocolate mounted on a pit like a proper shawarma won’t intrigue you then I don’t know what will. The Greek Mister had it with vanilla ice cream and he finished it in no time. I guess that’s how good it was.
Truly, the Ramadan Tent of the Four Seasons Hotel Doha beats all the the other tents that I’ve been to so far. I should’ve tried it the last because they have clearly set the standards so high for me that I don’t think any other Ramadan tents after this will stand a chance. Perfection in service, food and ambiance – Four Seasons Hotel Doha definitely knows how to make a mark.
Ramadan Tent at Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Iftar buffet is QAR235 QAR per person
Suhour buffet is QAR270 QAR per person
Three-course menu option: QAR135 per person
I was a guest of Four Seasons Hotel Doha during this iftar experience however as always, photo are my own and opinions stated are genuine and in no way influenced.
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