I was greeted by name by most of the staff at The Cellar as soon as we walked in. The specialty sous chef who has the same name as The Greek Mister waved to me from the open kitchen with a warm smile. That’s what I usually get everytime I visit The Cellar – warm greetings, warm smiles and warm welcome. It does feel like home to me. The only difference is, I get fed really nice food here compared to our own home. 🙂
I was invited to try the Spanish week dishes prepared by Chef Angel Zapata Martin who flew all the way from Spain to deliver the finest flavors of the Mediterranean. It has been a busy week for me and I have reached my self-appointed quota of only 3 events per week but I just can’t resist an invitation coming from one of my favorite restaurants in Doha – so of course, I accepted the invitation.
To my surprise, it was incredibly packed for a Tuesday night. I was later informed that it’s a Spanish Tapas Galore every Tuesdays which gives you unlimited tapas for only QR190 or QR320 which includes unlimited house wines. I made a mental note to try it out one of these days and with herculian efforts, we we were able to stop ourselves from ordering tapas and focused on the Spanish week dishes.
Not that it was hard to restrain ourselves from the tapas selection as the Spanish week menu offers an array of delectable dishes too. For starters, I had tuna escabetxe salad while the Greek Mister had the Russian salad.
My tuna escabetxe salad came with fresh tuna, green leaves mixed with sherry vinegar giving it a sour taste which I do love with my seafood dishes. However, when I had a taste of The Greek Mister’s Russian salad – I suddenly wanted to switch plates with him. The taste of mayonnaise in it made me forget that I was on a diet.
When our main courses arrived, I was once again jealous of The Greek Mister’s choice of slow cooked lamb shank. It smelled and looked oh so delicious that even without tasting it, I knew that it was going to be marvelous and of course, I was not mistaken. The Greek Mister couldn’t have chosen a better dish that night and he enjoyed it with much gusto.
I was feeling sorry for myself when I saw how little my portion of roasted chicken al ajillo was compared to the lamb shank. However, I learned that night to never judge a chicken by its size as it may be small but it comes with a big taste! Rich flavors exploded in my mouth from just one bite of it, the roasted garlic taste was unmistakable which I loved. After that one bite, I was happy with my decision and finished it all off in no time.
I ended an already satisfying meal with a vanilla flan while The Greek Mister had the rice pudding. This time around, I chose the better dish. The Greek Mister wasn’t a big fan of the rice pudding so he ate most of my flan.
While we were finishing what was left from our pitcher of sangria, Chef Angel came by to our table to ask how everything was. Compliments were necessary for such an amazing dinner experience so he did receive it from us.
As always, The Cellar gave us a gustatory pleasure which made us want to scream ole! after each bite. They ran the Spanish week dinner menu as a part of their daily xpress dinner offer which was priced at QR150 per person for a 3-course meal.
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I was a guest at The Cellar to try out their Spanish Week dishes however as always, photos are my own and opinion stated are genuine and in no way influenced.