Le Paradis DeLord

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Nestled in a quiet corner of Mall of Qatar, Le Paradis DeLord is a tranquil escape from the crowds. Mini cherry blossom trees line an eclectic but calming space. The menu, presented on iPads, is similarly varied. Dishes have travelled via land and sea and the cuisine ranges from Indian to Italian, with a stop in France.

We are served a delightful plate of brioche bread with a selection of homemade butters flavoured with sesame and chilli. The starter is a beautiful, Indian street food – papri chaat. Mixed chickpeas, fried lentils, onions, flaked rice and corn are all drizzled in lemon yoghurt and topped with spiral peppers. It’s sweet, tangy and wonderful but the dry base holding it together feels out of sync with the rest of the dish.

We try the DeLord biryani for mains. Served in an enormous pan, the portion is more than enough to feed two of us (very hungry diners). The chicken is tender and juicy, the raita is fresh and the shrimp has a delicious creamy texture, however, overall the dish disappoints. We squint to find cashews and raisins in the ocean of rice.

Thankfully, the Mediterranean black Angus is the polar opposite. It’s a comparatively smaller portion but really packs a punch in the flavour department. It’s cooked exactly the way we like (medium rare). The peppercorn sauce is subtle, but not overpowering and the tomato confit drizzled on the top is lightly spiced ensuring the dish doesn’t become too dry.

Dessert comes next. The profiteroles are served in an ice cream sundae glass with a shard of caramel. The choux pastries are sprinkled with just a hint of chocolate. The slight bitterness of the coffee jelly helps to balance the creaminess of the dish and works very well. This dessert definitely hits the spot.

Service was friendly, quick and attentive through the starters and mains, if a little laid-back for the desserts. Le Paradis DeLord may be a victim of its own versatility. True, there are plenty of better spots to grab a snack
at Mall of Qatar but you may not get the same peace in most other restaurants.
Overall, the place shows promise, and since we’re keeping an eye on it, we can tell it’s surely going to find its feet soon.

WHAT IS IT...
A quiet new restaurant with hit-and-miss food

WHY GO...
Because some of the items are spot on and it’s a happy escape from mall crowds


Time Out Doha,

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  • Location: Mall of Qatar, Doha, Doha
  • Tel: 4468 9342
  • Travel: Mall of Qatar
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Times: Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight

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