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We head out to try some Spanish tapas but do we fiesta or siesta after?

As a regular visitor of Spain I was happy to hear about the opening of a new tapas restaurant at The Pearl-Qatar. I thought, Spanish tapas by the ocean in such a swish setting? Sounds promising!

So off we go…

On first inspection, the venue is a little more casual than I had expected, but it is very clean, brightly decorated and has flamenco music blasting through the speakers.

Plus, the service is attentive. So we sit near a window and take a look through the menu.

I have to say I am a little disappointed because, alongside some authentic dishes, there are options for pizza and pasta taking up quite a bit of space. I would much rather see more exotic Spanish offerings (by all means cater to the fussy customers off-menu!).

So, avoiding the Italian section, we go for the menu degustation tapas – a selection of dishes chosen for you by the kitchen and brought to your table as and when they’re ready. To follow, we get the seafood paella to share.

The tapas are served quickly. We get cheese croquettes, toasted flat bread with herbs and olive oil, seafood salad, Spanish tortilla, garlic mushrooms, tomato and feta salad, grilled prawns, spicy potato, potato in aioli and a carrot salad. While some of these dishes are a little, shall we say random, most of them are tasty. The Spanish tortilla drizzled with aioli for example is delicious, as are the other potato dishes and also the garlic mushrooms. The salads, on the other hand, are underwhelming. This also goes for our dessert choices, which I doubt we’ll end up writing home about.

The paella, however, is traditionally served in the pan and looks beautiful. It’s a good size (particularly after so many tapas!) so we’re able to finish it all, although we probably would anyway because it is full of flavour.
So would we go back? Sure, but in the cooler weather to sit outside and eat the tortilla and paella, overlooking the sea with Spanish music in the background, while steering adamantly clear of any Italian selections.

The bill (for two)
1x Menu degustation tapas QR120
1x Paella Mariscos QR138
1x Pastel del Chocolate QR42
1x Crema Catalana (Spanish crème brulee) QR42
1x Lemon with mint juice QR25
1x Sangria mocktail QR29
1x Moroccan tea (small) QR14
Total QR410

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: The Pearl-Qatar, Doha
  • Tel: 4002 7944
  • Travel: Porto Arabia, Parcel 12, 22/23 La Croisette

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