Dish of the month: La Mer Bistro

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What was previously sleek, upscale seafood restaurant La Mer is now something almost entirely opposite. La Mer Bistro has shed its high-end image in favour of something casual and cosy.

Dark wood panelling and red chequered napkins reign, where crisp white tablecloths once ruled, and stepping inside transports you straight from Doha to a candle-lit restaurant down a quaint Paris side-street (though in this case it comes with spectacular 23rd-floor views).

Food, too, is completely devoid of pretension. Yes, France may be one of the epicentres of fine dining, but what the French truly do best is comfort food.

French bakeries prove, better than anywhere else, that all you really need for a good meal is a fresh baguette and some Camembert, and herein lies La Mer Bistro’s greatest charm. Its food is simple, honest, traditional and certainly not of this region. The menu evokes the summery fields of Normandy and chilly nights in Strasbourg with steaming bowls of moules, salty slices of Pissaladière (bread dough topped with anchovies, olives and caramelised onions, native to Nice) and sugary crêpe Suzette.

The Assiette de Charcuterie cold cut platter of duck rillettes, veal and beef salamis (pictured) is traditionally served across France, particularly in the countryside. “My grandparents and uncles were all farmers and I grew up around these traditions,” says Executive Chef Gael Cruchet. “The dish is tender and flavourful with meats and condiments that compliment each other.” Bon appétit!
QR65. Open Sat-Wed 5pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 5pm-1am. The Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

By Sofia Vyas
Time Out Doha,

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