Bubbalicious Doha brunch

A better-than-average buffet spread and excellent desserts Discuss this article

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Back when the essential Middle Eastern experience of brunch began – way before any fancy à la carte set-ups – this is the way it was done. A huge international buffet spread, lively music, and plenty of entertainment, frequented by large, lively groups of families and friends.

The Westin’s new Friday brunch is just that. It’s only been running a few months, but it’s already one of the busiest in the city.

When it comes to the food, you aren’t totally overwhelmed with choice, but there’s still enough that you couldn’t try everything (though, on our visit, we give it a pretty good go).

Salads and mezze are all lovely and fresh – nothing tastes like it's been sitting under hot buffet lights – and the quality of ingredients really shines through. The Middle Eastern dips are a particular highlight. Garlicky baba ghanoush, creamy hummus and peppery Muhammara – load up on these and keep them in the middle of table to dip into over the afternoon.

Outside you’ll find the live grills serving food from Hunter’s Room & Grill and Sabai Thai. There’s a tandoori oven serving up fantastic, tender and juicy chicken tikka, and equally good (and spicy) pad Thai, plus a Mexican station where you can build your own plate of nachos from the selection of hot chilli, guacamole, sour cream, chopped salsa and sharp, grated parmesan.

We’re a little disappointed by the fresh seafood (the selection doesn’t seem quite as fresh as the rest of the display), though the excellent sushi and live grill outside more than makes up for it.

The whole set-up is deceptively small. At first we don’t even notice that there’s an entire cheese room set up with a table a few metres long. There’s also a section dedicated exclusively to chocolate desserts. Initially, we think these are the only desserts. Naturally, however, we feel the need to double check and approach the nearest staff member who chuckles at our query and excitedly leads us to the “Alice in Wonderland” room where we find row after multicoloured row of cupcakes, crème brûlées, strawberry cake, cherry cake, ice cream, freshly-made éclairs, mini panna cottas and far more. You’ll need a couple of trips to make the most of it.

Things get progressively livelier as the day goes on, and by the end of the afternoon the staff have got everyone up and dancing to chart hits – even the chefs. With great food, and an equally good atmosphere, this is a quintessential brunch experience.

The bottom line
Excellent quality food and an atmosphere best suited to big groups.
QR320 (soft drinks), QR395 (house beverages), QR595 (premium package). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Salwa Road, Freej Bin Mahmoud (4492 1555).

By Time Out Doha staff
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