Yum Yum

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Yum Yum restaurant is based in K108 Boutique Hotel, which as a whole is inspired by a rather unique concept. All of its profits go to charity. So, it’s a definite plus point when dining here to know that your indulgence may actually be doing some good for the world.

This is certainly not the only reason you would go though. With a clean yet chic interior and romantic, cosy atmosphere, enhanced by the subtle French music playing in the background and a beautiful view of the sprawling city beneath you through the floor-to-ceiling windows, there are more than a few excuses to keep heading back to Yum Yum.

Most important of all would be the food, which is surprisingly reasonably priced. Chef Hugo Coudurier moved to Doha from a world-renowned three Michelin star restaurant, bringing all his French technique and international flair with him. On the night we go, the menu, which changes regularly, is small but interesting with options for meat lovers, seafood fanatics and vegetarians.

I choose the tomato, herb and feta salad to start with, while my companion goes for the salmon carpaccio, herbs and avocado ‘sandwich’. For mains we go for two fish dishes – the sea bream with leeks, potato and white truffle sauce, and the hammour with pumpkin puree, mushrooms and a light mustard juice. I told you it’s interesting…

We aren’t quite sure what to expect with the ‘sandwich’ starter at this point, as it sounds far too pedestrian for a menu like this, so we start grilling the waiter.

His explanations aren’t very satisfactory so we decide to bite the bullet and see what happens.

We don’t have to wait long before our starters come out and, as expected, the carpaccio dish resembles nothing of a sandwich. It’s beautiful though. With small pieces of spiral smoked salmon, tomatoes and avocado dotted asymmetrically across the plate, and two tiny pieces of bread on a corner with herbs atop, it’s more like a salad dish than anything else. My friend isn’t disappointed though, as it’s light and delicious with the flavours complementing each other well.

My own salad is just as surprising, as it incorporates tomatoes prepared three ways. On top of a flat, circular tomato gelatin lays tomato chunks covered in herbs and vinaigrette dressing and plenty of rocket, with small mounds of a tomato puree and feta cheese dotted around the edges. Each aspect contributes its own subtle flavour and it all goes together so well. I manage to get through all of it within minutes (even though the portion is decent!).

Once we’re both finished we set our plates aside but unfortunately we have to wait quite a while until they’re cleared, even though the restaurant is nowhere near full. But once he has, we barely have to wait again until our mains are brought out.

These are presented beautifully – simple yet tempting – and, as my friend asked for his dish without potatoes, we’re also given a substitute dish of grilled vegetables.

My hammour dish is delectable. The fish is cooked to perfection and coated in crushed nuts, which is a great touch. Prettily placed around the edges are alternating dots of sweet pumpkin puree and mushrooms coated in a light but flavourful mushroom sauce. I eat every bite.

Across the table, my friend is equally enamoured by his dish, with its two beautifully cooked sea bream fillets atop buttery leeks. The subtle taste of truffle really enhances the dish and the side of vegetables – which includes tomatoes, courgettes and onions – makes for a tasty addition.

Considering we’ve eaten pretty much every last mouthful, we still manage to share a dessert of exotic fruits and berries sable with a mango sorbet. This is light but goes down a treat, although I can’t say it is as revelationary as the mains as it’s more like an average fruit tart.

Unable to move for lack of room in our bellies, we opt for an after dinner coffee and chamomile tea, which helps. It’s nice to sit back and chat, with the whole of old Doha in sight, and relax in the comfortable yet stylish atmosphere.

Plus, knowing you literally just ate for charity gives the evening that extra oomph. We’ll definitely be going back to taste the next new menu.

The bill (for two)
1x large sparkling water QR16
1x salad QR35
1x salmon carpaccio QR45
1x sea bream QR85
1x hammour QR75
1x fruit sable QR25
1x chamomile tea QR12
1x espresso QR14
Total QR307

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: K108 Hotel, Old Al Ghanim, Doha
  • Tel: 4433 3033
  • Travel: Ibn Abdul Muttalib Street
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