Di Capri

A new chef and décor have made this a go-to spot in Doha Discuss this article

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Head chef Luca Del Col gets paraded around like a celebrity at Di Capri. His name rings around everywhere, and he’s even on hand to serve some of the food and chat to us about the dishes on our visit. It’s all part of the service. His arrival to the restaurant little over a year ago, as well as a much-needed makeover, has put Di Capri on the map as a spot for great Italian grub, though it is costly.

We enter before opening time, a rookie error but are seated by the waiter and told that he will have a word with the chefs to start early – a noticeable touch. We gaze at a rather perplexing décor, with murals, pastoral Italian paintings and a patterned design coming from the ceiling and a trendy bar – different, and altogether pleasing.

The dish of the day comes first – a tuna tartare with a red fruits vinaigrette. The sauce complements the tuna to perfection – the subtle flavour of the raw tuna working wonders with the sweet fruits.

The other starter, the spinach and rocket salad with bresaola and tempura mushrooms, does not have the same wow factor for us. It is bitter, with the mozzarella and bresaola working as a foil for this, but not enough of one, and the mushrooms don’t seem to work with the salad. That said, we don’t find it unpleasant, more a case of being too busy.

The clam spaghetti gets us right back into the meal. Served on a silver tray, we delight in the al dente spaghetti and copious amount of clams. A real winner, and ably abetted by the primo amore pizza we order, comprising of mozzarella, rocket, cherry tomatoes and tomato sauce. The simplicity of the dish is what appeals to us most. The tomato flavour is pungent, softened by the exquisite taste of the mozzarella – we’re hooked! We agree the base could be crispier, but all-in-all we are more than satisfied.

Finishing off, we share the el Napolitaine dessert, a vanilla and chocolate sponge cake with hazelnut praline. The dish is a feast for the eyes. We don’t want to attack it and ruin the presentation, but our caveman desires take over. Ultimately we attack left, right and centre, and it’s magnificent. Subtle flavours, and a hazelnut base crunch, make it both flavourful and texturally divine. All in all, we’re very satisfied with our meal.

Italian food has never been this strong in the city before. Di Capri offers yet another dining option for you to try as it blends these essential ingredients – good food and atmosphere.

The bill (for two)
1x Rocca salad QR80
1x tuna tartar QR95
1x spaghetti vongole QR105
1x primo amore QR90
1x el Napolitaine QR60
2x large water QR56
Total QR486

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: La Cigale Hotel, Bin Mahmoud, Doha
  • Tel: 4428 8840
  • Travel: Suhaim Bin Hamad Street
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