Deli @ The Village

Light, airy café has decent meals and great outdoor setting Reviews

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Buried away just off to the side of Salwa Road is The Village – a complex of three eateries – with Medi, the Mediterranean spot; Grill, which serves a mix of Persian and North West Indian cuisines; and Deli, a quaint café that does a mean breakfast.

Deli opens early so we’d firstly recommend it as a good breakfast spot. The venue has got a nice vibe décor-wise, with a beautiful terrace to sit on that’s dotted with plants (although the view is of the car park) and a bookshelf filled with travel guides and coffee table books on topics like art and design, architecture, and the history of Qatar.

On the menu there’s an all-day breakfast, or ‘The Village breakfast’ which includes a choice of omelettes with grilled tomatoes and hash browns (but that’s only served until 11am), alongside salads, appetisers, sandwiches, burgers and a range of desserts. Surrounding the seating area, too, are fridges of tempting pastries and baked cakes.

We decide to try an eclectic mix of everything and spring for the buttermilk pancakes served with mixed berries compote and maple syrup, fried calamari with tartar sauce, the Corfu Mediterranean salad and the ‘house special’ Monte Cristo sandwich.

After we order, we sit back and take in the atmosphere, which is fairly quiet for a Saturday morning, but it becomes hard to do so as a rather heated argument breaks out between who seems to be the manager and a staff member. This carries on pretty much throughout our entire stay – on and off – and certainly slows our service down.

Once we do get our food, however, we find that the buttermilk pancakes are to die for. They’re light, fluffy, buttery and with a nice tang from the compote – everything you want in such a decadent breakfast.

The Monte Cristo, which is a turkey and cheese sandwich that has been dipped in egg and pan-fried, is also tasty, oozing with flavour and gruyere. We can certainly see why it’s the house special!

On the other hand, the fried calamari is rubbery with soggy, grainy batter – not very enjoyable at all. The Corfu Mediterranean salad, which is just a jazzed up Greek salad, is also a bit of a disappointment as both the feta cheese and the dressing of ‘watermelon essence’ are tasteless. And unfortunately our drinks are left forgotten until we’re half way through our meals.

Even despite these disappointments, it is a reasonably priced meal and I would go back to try out some more decadent dishes as they do them very well.

If anything, I will be indulging in those pancakes again of a morning while sitting on that lovely terrace.

The bill (for two)
1 x buttermilk pancakes QR40
1 x fried calamari QR48
1 x Corfu Mediterranean salad QR30
1 x Monte Cristo sandwich QR55
1 x 7UP QR6
1 x water QR5
Total QR184

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

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Details

  • Location: Nasr, Doha
  • Tel: 4444 4700
  • Travel: Midmac R/A Salwa Road
  • Cuisine: Cafés
  • Times: Open daily 7am-midnight

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User reviews:

Posted by: Marsha Huff on 18 Mar ' 13 at 06:21

This is one of the best kept secrets in Doha. The eggs benedict is wonderful, the desserts are amazing and the service is exellent. I highly recommend this restaurant and the Grill upstairs as well.

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