Emporio Armani Caffe Ristorante

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When you taste rigatoni like the new chef, Alfonso, makes it, you’ll be coming back to this place. That’s a Time Out promise. Once a bit of an anomaly – a luxury caffé at the Pearl that you may go to impress a friend or colleague and have a coffee and feel bohemian while explaining to your mate that they don’t just sell clothes – Emporio Armani Caffé has now turned into a fully-fledged Italian restaurant, with an interesting and creative menu.

Back to the rigatoni. The buzzword “al dente” is used far too often in the realm of food reviews, but perfectly apt here. The precise element of crunch to satisfy our buzzword desires. And the pea cream adds a smooth, soft and light textural dimension, packed with flavour, complemented by the beef bacon and Scamorza cheese to make a dish that any Italian restaurant in the city would be proud of.

But that isn’t the only item on the menu of note, as much as we could talk about the rigatoni all day. The other main course that comes to us is a chicken dish simply named as “Pollo.” Sage roasted potatoes and grilled chicken are married together with a salty, gravy-like ju. Not explosively incredible like the rigatoni, but noticeably subtle and tasty, nonetheless.

But before all of this, the two of us notice that we can order a fried pizza. One of us is baffled and has never heard of such a concoction, the other has memories of 3am ventures to the local kebab house back home. A speciality of Napoli, we order a trio of small bites to start the meal. The delicate flavours of bresaola and mozzarella actually chime well with the crunch of the pizzas, with chef Alfonso so pleased with the order that he comes out to explain the cooking method and the popularity of the dish in his home town.

This contrasts with the subtle and fine flavours of the tuna tartare we also have to start, with the freshness of the tuna and the lightness of the sauce working wonders.

For dessert, we were promised the best tiramisu in the city. It’s a well known fact that the honour of that belongs to Lo Spaghetto, but it now has a serious rival. A strong coffee flavour and fluffy mascarpone cheese made for an exceptional dessert. And the icing on the metaphorical cake, the chef gave us it on the house. Everything tastes awesome when it is free. The food was definitely better than the music – an eclectic mix of 80s hits is a divisive playlist. It’s our only grumble (though some of the hits we ashamedly enjoyed).

Emporio Armani Caffé has joined the big boys as one of the best Italian places to try. Don’t believe us… try it for yourself.

The bill (for two)
1x tuna tartare QR75
1x fried pizza selection QR60
1x rigatoni pasta QR74
1x pollo QR78
1x water QR24
1x apple & celery juice QR35
2x green tea QR40
1x tiramisu Complimentary
Total QR386

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: The Pearl-Qatar, Doha
  • Tel: 4413 5306
  • Travel: Parcel 4, 7 La Croisette, The Pearl-Qatar
  • Cuisine: Cafés
  • Times: Open Sun-Thu 10am-11pm, noon-11.30pm, Fri 12.45pm-11.30pm
  • Price: QR350-500
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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