Dish of the Month: Santorini

Shereen D’Souza falls in love with Santorini’s kataifi prawns Discuss this article

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What used to be a delightful seafood fine dining spot in Yabby is now a slightly eclectic, accesible, casual venue that has gone for more of a cantina feel. It’s still as authentic as it once was, especially since bosses have retained the look and feel of Yabby, which was one of our favourite seafood spots in the city.

The menu is fairly simple and casual. No complicated dishes, just a few good Greek classics served as small plates that are great for sharing, and a couple of signature items. Prices range between QR30 and QR180. The cold mezze dishes include the regulars like tzatziki, cured lamb prosciutto and some harder-to-find options such as pantzari (beetroot) dip. There is also the traditional Greek soup kakavia, a hearty fisherman’s broth served with crusty bread. There’s a good range of classic hot dishes, too, such as souvlaki and moussaka.

One of the highlights of the menu is the kataifi prawns. The prawns are marinated in lemon and garlic, wrapped in kataifi pastry and deep fried until crispy and golden. The dish is served on a bed of Santorini fava beans (that are actually brought from the idyllic island). A dollop of roasted garlic mayo adds a delightful kick to the dish.

For dessert, the Opa! will add a little fun to the experience. In traditional Greek style you will smash a plate (while shouting “Opa!” if you wish). Here, the plate is made of sugar and hidden beneath it lies sorbet.
Just like the dish, Santorini is smashing.
QR30. Open Sun-Fri noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Santorini, Shangri-La Hotel Doha, West Bay (4429 5295).

By Shereen D’Souza
Time Out Doha,

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