French Olive

More Italian than French but this Al Sadd Complex restaurant is worth a trip Discuss this article

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We’ve found a great new place to eat in the Al Sadd area on C-Ring road. We’re very pleased indeed, and we want to share it with you.

We go to French Olive. It’s new – barely two months old, and we are a little surprised to find that the majority of the menu is Italian. There are French items on the menu, but the prevailing feel is Italian. Still, we don’t mind.

It’s a large, bright and welcoming restaurant, also keeping a friendly café vibe to it. There’s nice glassware on show, and the waitress for us is nothing other than fantastic.

We go big. We’re both hungry. And we both have hours to catch up with each other. For starters, we share the gamberi diavola and a Portobello salad. The gamberi diavola, prawns with pulped sun-dried tomatoes on the top, with a hint of lemon and a fair dose of chilli, is exquisite. The tartness and yet spicy taste of the topping and the perfection of the cooked prawns make it a highlight of the meal, but not the highlight.
The salad was also good, with Portobello mushrooms the prominent ingredient, accompanied by white quinoa, a mixture of salad ingredients and a vinaigrette.

Onto mains, and we stick with Italian. We share a pizza and a pasta; stereotypical, we know. The fusilli pollo pasta doesn’t really do it for one of us, while the other scoffs it down. But it was completely overshadowed by the other main course.

As it’s ‘French’ Olive, we better say that the pièce de résistance was the pizza. A great pizza is hard to come by in Doha, but we actually found two (kind of). Fighting over whether to have four cheese or mushroom, we settle for half-and-half. Both are incredible. Mozzarella, fontina, Gorgonzola and Parmesan comprise the cheeses, with the cheese fest an incredible melt-in-the-mouth extravaganza, and the base perfectly crisp. The simplicity of the pizza funghi, with rocket and a tomato paste, is a less heavy alternative that we enjoy nearly as much.

If there was a disappointment to the meal, it was the mixture of bite-size desserts we had. Generally, they looked spectacular, but didn’t taste as good as they looked – a common Doha problem. A couple of the cupcakes were dry, possibly out on the shelves too long.

But they take our comments card at the end seriously and ask about the desserts, and we stress that overall the meal was great and that we are
very impressed.

We’re sure there’s a very good reason why it is called French Olive. We’re not quite sure why that is, but we are definitely sure that we will be going back again, very often.

The bill (for two)
1 x Cardio mixed juice
QR40
1 x citrus fiesta QR35
1 x orange juice QR18
1x gamberi diavola QR90
1 x Portobello salad QR75
1 x fusilli al pollo QR65
1 x quattro formaggi/funghi QR75
1 x chocolate cake QR25
1 x macaron QR10
4x mini cup cakes QR40
Total QR473

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

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Details

  • Location: Others, Doha
  • Tel: 4444 4777
  • Travel: Barwa, Al Sadd Complex, C-Ring Road

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