Al Sultan Brahim

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Living in the Middle East it’s easy to fast become a connoisseur of mezze and Lebanese cuisine. I have to say my standards for hummus are high and for tabbouleh even higher (it’s so easy to get the flavour balance wrong). I was looking forward to visiting Al Sultan Brahim though because this particular brand was born and raised by three brothers on the coast in Beirut and has since become famous for its fish dishes. It’s a refreshing twist for a Lebanese place.

Walking in, the modern chic décor is impressive. It’s spacious, with a small area off the main restaurant to view the fresh fish and where you choose your dinner. There’s an outdoor terrace, too, which in cooler weather would be great.

On the menu, we’re struck by how much there is to choose from. There are around five types of hummus (with meat, with fish, with pickles, plain) alongside the usual mezze dishes and some more unique ones. We choose to start with the hummus akkari (with diced pickles, pine nuts, tomatoes and onions), tabbouleh, fish kibbeh and spicy potato Provencale.

It comes out within minutes with warm Arabic bread and a plate of salad vegetables. The hummus is strong but delicious with plenty of lemon, tahini and garlic and the tabbouleh is perfectly balanced with a hint of sweet pomegranate molasses to offset the tang and bitterness of the lemon.

We love the fish kibbeh, too. They don’t go heavy on the flavours, in fact we wonder if there’s even any salt in there, but the aromas of the mixed fish, plus diced tomatoes and onions, more than make up for it. Finally, the spicy potatoes are crunchy on the outside, soft within, covered in sumac and coriander, cooked in butter and have an actual kick. Yum.

By the time our sea bream and red snapper make it to the table we’ve devoured every mezze plate. Our chosen fish have been filleted and then grilled in lemon, butter, coriander and garlic – simple but again delicious.

After all this, our waiter tells us dessert is free for diners and out comes a plate of fresh fruit, three small Egyptian almond cakes and some biscuits with a carob and molasses dipping sauce. I taste the cakes but they are too dense and sweet for my liking, although my friend eats two. On the other hand, I can’t stop dipping the biscuits into the moreish sauce, but my companion doesn’t enjoy the slightly bitter aftertaste.

All in all, we are happy with our experience, from the attentive service to the appetising food and the beautiful décor. We would definitely go back. After all, there are still four more hummus varieties to try yet!

The bill (for two)
1 x tabbouleh QR30
1 x hummus akkari QR30
1 x fish kibbeh QR60
1 x potato Provencale QR30
1 x red snapper QR107
1 x sea bream QR115.50
1 x bottle of water QR30
TOTAL QR402.50

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

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  • Location: The St. Regis Doha, West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4446 0220
  • Travel: Street Westbay
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