Salsa

Fun-filled Tex-Mex atmosphere at this vibrant fiesta Reviews

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Radiant colours catch the eye. And a lively atmosphere spills from the Tex-Mex themed restaurant out onto the corridors of the Doha Marriott hotel. Salsa has undergone a revamp, and, on first impression, we feel like we’re in a scene from the Three Amigos.

The soundtrack to this scene is a new Spanish band. They’re playing an array of instruments and setting the perfect mood for dinner. The music is jovial but not overpowering, so a conversation can easily be shared between diners.

The newly designed menu resembles an Old Western newspaper. It’s whimsical and works as a great conversation piece but is perhaps impractical. We are slightly confused by the layout, and some of the food items are buried by boxes of unrelated text. Good thing though, the food selection has stayed true to the restaurant’s Tex-Mex theme.

While waiting for our food, we are served warmed crispy corn chips with three dips – classic salsa, pureed bean and a green chilli. They even work well combined – but, be warned, if you are not one to handle spicy food, the green chilli dip could set your tongue on fire.

To start, we go for the Plato Fiesta, a sharing platter of hot appetisers. The tacos, quesadillas, chilaqulles and papa relienas come in an almost indiscernible heap. Piled high and without boundary, the items blend into each other. There is one highlight. The soft taco with stripes of smokey grilled beef, finished off with the perfect amount of onions, cilantro, avocado mousse and sour cream – each bite is luscious.

But the chilli con carne atop the papa rellena is too dry. We also notice on the menu that the baked potato should be served with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo, all missing in action. When asked, the waiter and manager say the condiments are on the other appetisers. We are not convinced, and it takes a bit of jostling to finally get them to bring us the items on the side.

Our main course is quite possibly the signature dish of Salsa. Espada de mar y tierra, a long skewer of US Angus beef fillet and lobster tail served with Mexican rice, baked potato and homemade Mexican spicy red sauce. The lobster in particular is grilled perfectly while maintaining its natural moisture. The beef is well done but remains flavourful and very tender. For dessert, the panchangeros cannot be missed. A crêpe is topped with flawlessly caramelised bananas… the butter, sugar and cinnamon turning a simple fruit dessert with ice cream into an unforgettable treat.

The bill (for two)
1x Plato Fiesta (for 2 people) QR100
1x Espada de mar y tierra QR195
1x Fajitas de pollo QR115
1x Helado QR45
1x Pachangeros QR45
2x Large water QR64
Total QR564

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: Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud, Doha
  • Tel: 4429 8464
  • Travel: Al Mutawakil Street
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User reviews:

Posted by: Mrs. B. on 07 Jan ' 15 at 10:40

Edited by TimeOutDoha.com

I prefer the old set-up, old menu and the old band! I was disappointed when my husband and I dined there after their renovation. The menu was confusing, limited and it became a bit pricey. The new performers were not that lively either. We won't be going back there for a while.

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