Expat Life in Qatar

The Great American Bagel, A Bagel For Every Taste.

January 4, 2016
The Great American Bagel Bakery

My first bagel experience was in an unassuming, very small bagel shop in New York. It was so small that I don’t even remember its name. All I remember was we grabbed a plain bagel from the shop and ate it on our way to Central Park. It was love at first bite, I couldn’t believe how tasty a round bread can be (not a big fan of bread, I’m Asian – I prefer rice). Since then, I’m always on the lookout for a bagel as good as that one which turned out to be an impossible task.

My blogger friend Quest and Mark invited me to be her plus one in a bagel tasting event at The Great American Bagel Bakery in Al Hilal a few days ago. I was more than excited to say yes because 1. it’s my first time to be a plus one in an event which comes with the perk of not having to write about it (although I’m writing about it now) and 2. I wanted to see if their bagel will be as good as the one I had in New York.

The shop that we went to was in Woqod Petrol Station in Al Hilal, a rather odd place to host a tasting event I thought but I came for the bagels so I didn’t really mind where the location was. The Great American Bagel offers different bagel flavors and bagel sandwiches. We had 4 kinds of each – plain bagels and bagel sandwiches. As the staff laid it all to our table, I can already feel my trousers tightening on my waist area. So much for all the squats I’ve done that morning.

The Great American Bagel Bakery

That’s a whole lotta bread I know, in our defense – we didn’t finish all of it but we did try everything. The plain bagels unfortunately didn’t meet my bagelpectations – it didn’t have that malty sweetness which is what sets bagels apart from other kinds of bread. It wasn’t very chewy as well which is how a good bagel is supposed to be like. I did love the sesame bagel though, but that’s probably because I’m a huge fan of sesame seeds.

Now the bagel sandwiches are a totally different story. What they have lacked on the true bagel experience (according to myself), they made up for it with the fresh ingredients in their sandwiches. Generous spread of cream cheese brought us to carbohydrate coma which I didn’t really mind, it was worth all the inches I gained on my waistline. My favorite sandwich was chicken caesar on asiago and surprisingly, I found their veggie supreme really tasty too. I’m not a veggie person and I almost always avoid having anything which says “veggie/vegetarian” in it, but I wouldn’t mind having The Great American Bagel’s veggie supreme over and over again.

The Great American Bagel Bakery

I have yet to find a bagel experience here in Doha as good as the one I had in New York but The Great American Bagel’s sandwiches would be a good fit for me now specially since is it now included in The Entertainer App 2016. Buy 1 take 1 bagels from now. YAY! Right, time to burn all the bagel calories consumed.

The Great American Bagel Bakery
Woqod – Al Hilal
Tel No 4411 1969
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5 Comments

  • Reply Boots January 5, 2016 at 00:45

    I already made my flight arrangement to go to Kathmandu via Doha. I just found out Qatar airlines has a complimentary city tour, which I will be doing on the way back to the States. I can’t wait (well, I may have to since it’s not happening till November lol)!
    Doha seems like an exciting place. Lots of interesting restaurants. Thank you for posting all the fun places there!!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 8, 2016 at 14:13

      Oh that’s so cool! I’m glad I was able to make you excited. Do let me know when you’re planning to visit,I might be able to meet you and show you around. 🙂

      • Reply Boots January 8, 2016 at 22:48

        I was thinking of staying for a couple nights but I think by then (after 14 days in Nepal) I will be home sick already

        Thanks! I will let you know. It’ll be cool to meet you!

  • Reply Nada January 4, 2016 at 16:31

    You are so funny! this sentence made me laugh out loud: “it’s my first time to be a plus one in an event which comes with the perk of not having to write about it (although I’m writing about it now)” and this one: “As the staff laid it all to our table, I can already feel my trousers tightening on my waist area. So much for all the squats I’ve done that morning.”
    I really liked this post; good photos, informative, light and very funny!
    I agree with your statement that bagels are tastier than regular bread. Have you ever tried the Bagel shop in Dubai Marina? It’s called Bagels and More.
    I really like the angle from which you took the first photo – keep it up!
    Looking forward to reading more of your interesting and hilarious posts! XXX

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 8, 2016 at 14:17

      I have tried one bagel place in Dubai but I forgot the name, it was good though. They deliver too! Maybe it is Bagels and More. :p

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