Al Maskar

Romantic waterside restaurant is a good spot for seafood in the Sheraton Doha Discuss this article

2015_almaskar_1
© ITP Images
View slideshow
  • Picture 1 of 2

When the Sheraton Hotel reopened a few months back, it kept many of the old favourite restaurants and gave them a makeover (and, we must say, it has been noticeable that all of these have gone up a level). Only one completely new concept has emerged – the seafood restaurant by the water, Al Maskar.

There is outdoor seating available and inside it is lit in much of the restaurant by candles only. Many would call this romantic. The sceptics would call it just plain dark. Rather peculiarly, there is a TV screen in one corner, showing a repeated video of crustaceans in the sea. We thought this odd, as we delve into our shrimps.

Background music is soft and not imposing. One of us gets excited when “You Raise Me Up” comes on. The other looks on in disappointment at the companion.

So we ask for a torch to see the menu and notice a wonderful mix of seafood specialities, as well as a small selection of meat dishes for those more inclined to enjoy food from the land. An amuse bouche comes – a battered prawn tempura with a sweet chilli sauce – the perfect start to proceedings.

For starters, one of us orders the salmon tartar with avocado, ginger and chives. The taste is acquired. It detracts from the excellent salmon, but doesn’t taste exciting enough for us to think the accompaniments work particularly well with the flavour of the fish.

The other orders spicy, with a Thai clam and mussel soup, the pick of the dishes. Spiced to perfection, the soup hits the spot, with excellent clams in particular. The only problem, because it was so dark, a bay leaf or two was munched on.

Onto mains, we opt for one dish from the fish market and one main course “from the sea.” The fish can be grilled, fried or steamed, with a selection of marinades to choose from. We go for the steamed sea bream with a Mediterranean marinade. We note that there are no prices on the menu for the fish market concept and no indication of the price in weight, so we steer well clear of selections such as the Dover sole and lobster. The fish was perfect, better without the accompanying marinade. The other plumped for the grilled shrimp and scallop risotto. A similar story here, with the shrimps and scallops perfect, the risotto a little tasteless.

Finally, dessert. The chocolate cake with peanuts and warm butter caramel is a treat. The crunch of the nuts and the sweet taste of the caramel butter chimes well with the cake. The lemon tart is very pleasant also, though the crust base is a little too thick – we want more lemon!

And some say it is the finer details that matter. So the card machine not connecting at the end and the receipt paper running out, even though we were the first guests to pay that evening, does hint at a lack of preparation.

But what Al Maskar does boast is a superb setting. We think it will get stronger and when the finishing touches are in place, it will be ready to compete with the more established seafood spots in the city. Watch this space.

The bill (for two)
1x salmon tartar QR95
1x Thai clam and mussel soup QR80
1x sea bream QR153.60
1x shrimp & scallop risotto QR140
1x dark chocolate mousse QR55
1x lemon butter tart QR55
1x Amerciano QR30
1x still water QR35
Total QR643.60

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: Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4485 3000
  • Travel: Al Funduq Street

Is this your establishment? Want to update any details? Please send your updates here.

Al Maskar On The Map

Add your review/feedback

Subscribe to weekender newsletter

Submit

Search

Explore by

Most viewed restaurants

All reviews

Most viewed articles

All features

Our favourite features