La Sahtaine

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According to my French dinner guest, ‘La Sahtaine’ is a Lebanese-French word that means bon appetit. So with a possible hint of Lebanese in the name, a fusion of French and Mediterranean in the cuisine, and a brightly lit and vibrantly coloured décor of purple, hot pink and green, you could say this restaurant seems confused.

Yet still, it is elegant. There’s a beautiful pianist playing in a corner and a fabulous outdoor terrace area. The waitresses are very attentive. So we have high hopes for the food.

We decide to share a French onion soup, rocket and frisée salad with goats’ cheese and a warm appetiser of saffron penne with tiger prawn tail. For mains, I go for the salmon medallion with a side of olive mashed potatoes and my friend tries the fresh mussels with a side of French fries.

The onion soup is beautiful with just enough cheese and wonderfully chunky croutons that do a good job of soaking up all the flavour. The salad is fresh with a lovely light dressing and creamy goats’ cheese. The saffron penne is also tasty. The sauce is rich and creamy with plenty of saffron to add that extra je ne sais quoi, the pasta is nicely cooked and the tiger prawn is juicy.

And so on to mains. The presentation of the mussels is lovely, but unfortunately we’re not too keen on the creamy sauce which is a little too rich in flavour, a bit too watery in consistency and far too garlicky. The salmon, on the other hand, is perfectly cooked and the green pea and cress soup it comes with is fresh and tastes great. The mashed potatoes as well, are creamy and well seasoned. The chips, however, while tasty, are crispy thin and remind me of fast food.

By this point, we’re very full so we decide to share one dessert and it had to be crème brulée. It comes too quickly but we’re happy with it. There’s a crunch to the caramel and the vanilla custard is velvety smooth.
We really enjoyed our dinner here and would go back. It’s just a shame that with a lack of people there isn’t as much atmosphere as you’d like.

The bill (for two)
1 x onion soup QR45
1 x rocket and frisée salad QR70
1 x fresh mussels QR120
1 x French fries QR25
1 x saffron penne with tiger prawn QR90
1 x salmon medallion QR155
1 x large water QR30
1 x olive mashed potatoes QR25
1 x crème brulée QR40
Total QR600

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: Hilton Doha, West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4423 3333
  • Travel: Diplomatic Street
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