Café Murano

Clean, crisp, bright, airy and ornate café at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski Discuss this article

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There’s a school of thought among breakfast enthusiasts that every decent morning should start with a croissant – fluffy and golden, towering with layer after layer of flaky pastry. Café Murano, in our minds, is a raging advocate of this belief, for it offers not one but no less than five different croissants.

From plain to zaatar, almond to cheese and the inimitable pain au chocolat, the butter-anointed croissants require no other accompaniment – they taste divine. But they could be better still. We mourn the loss of opportunity when the croissants arrive room temperature, directly from the vitrine displaying so many beautiful edibles. What a shame they aren’t reheated before being served, for they would have been hit right out of the ballpark.

The food is cold and the atmosphere slightly so; the service, however, is anything but. The servers strike that balance of warmth and professionalism. They invite us to customise our pastry baskets based on what’s on offer, being quite flexible with the combination of breads, muffins and pastries. They know their products well and make helpful recommendations when asked.

Café Murano is slightly different from its contemporaries in that it serves predominantly sweets. No sandwiches, no salads. Even during breakfast, it’s mostly pastries and breads, with some added options of muesli, granola and fruit. There is also afternoon tea service, but the rest of the time, you’re looking at macarons and cupcakes to more delicate creations such as pistachio blackberry Sicilian tart, chocolate raspberry torte and tiramisu.

Still, the place is let down by the inconsistencies of the kitchen – not in terms of quality but of availability. Only four of the nine fresh juices listed are on tap during our visit for weekend breakfast service. And not one of the smoothies boasting enticing names such as Sunrise Powershot or Berry Glee with basil and yogurt are available either.

Thankfully, Café Murano makes up for this deficiency with its mint hot chocolate. The brew – served in an exceptionally generous glass mug – is thick and syrup-like, a result of being made with melted chocolate. It’s the sort of drink one nurses over a good book or long Skype conversation. And the very kind that makes the café an ideal retreat to unwind, either solo or in company. Large couches dot the carpeted room, framed by Italian glass mosaic tiles with floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the pool area and sea beyond.

The location of the café in Marsa Malaz Kempinski means it will probably be more of a destination than an afterthought. If we’re going to make the trip to the private island on The Pearl Qatar, we’re expecting a certain level of resort indulgence.

And in that sense, Café Murano delivers.

The bill (for two)
1x Continental breakfast QR130
1x mint hot chocolate QR30
1x Sicilian tart QR40
1x double espresso QR30
1 Aqua Panna water QR35
Total QR265

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.

Details

  • Location: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, Doha
  • Tel: 4035 5011
  • Travel: The Pearl
  • Cuisine: Cafés
  • Times: Open Sun-Wed 7am-10pm, Thu-Sat 7am-11pm

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