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Aroma may be a small contemporary European venue but its business lunch menu certainly packs a sophisticated punch. While some of the options are downright indulgent, Kempinski has picked up on something – many lunch-goers want a light choice. So, there’s a healthy starter, main and dessert listed as well, along with its calorie content. I went for this (bar the dessert) but my dining companion couldn’t take his eyes off the mention of a camel burger. It had to be done…

My starter was a small portion of a light and flavoursome summer minestrone soup with vermicelli noodles, fresh veg (still crunchy, just the way I like it) and some delicious buttery garlic bread.

The gratinated scampi my friend had chosen came with a mixed fennel, asparagus, grapefruit, apple and chicory salad. It was beautifully presented and overall quite tasty, but the fennel was a little bland and watery. He pushed that to one side and waited impatiently for the star of this show – the camel burger.

It’s huge, it’s juicy and far more than you should be eating for lunch but that’s not a bad thing.

It comes with a saffron and walnut bun, topped with halloumi and emmental cheese, and a mango and rocket salad on the side. There are also huge chickpea fries on the plate with a variety of dipping sauces. Everything was yummy, apart from the chickpea fries which were a little too mushy for our liking, but dipped in the moreish chervil aioli it didn’t matter as much any more.

My main was far more delicate. A small portion of oven-baked hammour came wrapped in paper with tomato, black olives and lemon zest, alongside a bowl of Mediterranean potato salad. Even now the thought of that flavour combination makes my mouth water.

To finish up, I had the roasted honey pineapple with pina colada sorbet, which was refreshing and light although a bit of an anti climax after all that flavour. My friend scoffed down his blueberry cake with apple and butterscotch ice cream, which again came so beautifully presented, in around two minutes while muttering guttural yummy noises in between mouthfuls.

Put it this way – we’re definitely going back for more.

The bill (for two)

2 x business lunch QR180
1 x water QR35
2 x berries mojito mocktails QR60
Total QR275

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.

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  • Location: Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4405 3325
  • Travel: Diplomatic street
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