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Mykonos, the new Mediterranean restaurant at the InterContinental, has one of the most appealing locations in Doha. Its tables overlook the hotel’s pool with the beach beyond, and just a short distance across the sea is a fabulous panorama of West Bay.
We turned up midweek without a reservation and chose to sit outside amongst half a dozen other couples and a small group. The outdoor terrace is charming, with tables grouped around a small fountain, and the semi-enclosure creates a relaxed and romantic atmosphere in an uncrowded space.
Our waiter promptly whetted our appetites with a complementary chilled fruit drink, and then brought us an ample and varied breadbasket (in fact, we had two, at no extra charge), along with some delicious Greek olives, herby olive oil and sun-dried tomato tapenade.
Our order was taken promptly, in my case for the self-service salad bar, and my companion ordered the lobster spaghetti. The evening was looking promising. Here, however, things went a little awry. My plate for the salad bar arrived, and other dishes at other tables came and went, but as the minutes ticked by it seemed that my companion’s lobster must be putting up some resistance. A gentle reminder to our waiter after about half an hour earned us the assurance that all would be ready in ‘two minutes’. Finally noticing the steam emanating from my companion’s ears about 45 minutes after ordering, the restaurant’s manager seized the initiative and brought a plate of complimentary salad to fill the time (and a grumbling stomach) whilst we continued to wait.
At least when the lobster spaghetti finally arrived, it was delicious. Having expected a large quantity of spaghetti mixed with small amounts of lobster, my companion was delighted to find his expectations reversed. The generous amount of lobster on his plate was tender and tasty, and I was glad to see him relax after the marathon wait for his meal. For my part, the self-service salad bar was a delight. I felt spoilt for choice and piled my plate high. It all looked fresh and well prepared, and I particularly enjoyed the varied cheeses, the creamy Tsatziki and a very flavoursome mozzarella and tomato salad. On the day we visited, the restaurant was also running a special promotion for unlimited salad bar and barbecued meat, which seemed like a good deal that I certainly might try if I were a more dedicated carnivore.
After the earlier debacle, the service that followed couldn’t have been more attentive. Keen to make amends, the manager decided to present us with a complimentary dessert. We had been looking forward to choosing our own, but we appreciated the gesture. In fact the dessert, Galaktoboureko, a traditional Greek dish made with filo pastry, milk and orange, was rather lovely. And, given that neither of us had been intending to choose it, we enjoyed a new experience and decided that on balance, the restaurant had probably made up for its earlier misdemeanour.
There was an appealing selection of other desserts on offer too, all around the QR45 mark. We particularly liked the look of the bitter chocolate cake and the crème brulee. If the other options are of the same calibre as the one we tried, we would have no problem recommending them.
Elsewhere on the menu, Mykonos seemed to have a good range of starters, focussing on traditional Greek mezze. The wine selection is also varied and sold by the glass or bottle, but the prices may remind you you’re eating in a five-star hotel.
Our total meal came to QR251, which in the scheme of things is very good value, although largely of course due to our complementary dessert and the salad ‘stop gap’ for my companion. If we’d opted for starters and both ordered wine and desserts, our bill would have been considerably more inflated.
Still, the restaurant’s location is unbeatable and the food was delicious, or at least when it arrived. Quite how the lobster spaghetti managed to take more than 45 minutes to prepare is lost in the mists of time, but luckily my companion was eventually mollified by the extra attention and indeed extra food, and we left Mykonos with a good feeling. I suspect the manager has his work cut out; the restaurant seemed to us to rely on his constant presence and attention to detail.
The bill (for two)
Mezzedes salad bar QR75
Lobster spaghetti QR115
Large bottle of Aqua Panna QR25
2x soft drinks QR36
Total (incl charges) QR251
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