The Square brunch

Lots of hits and a few misses at a good brunch that could be great with tweaks

The Square brunch
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The Square’s brunch is designed around all four corners of the restaurant, literally shaped like a (you guessed it) square. We’ve already burned a good number of calories after checking out all the different counters – that's how massive this buffet is.

We start with a few salads, you know, just to warm up. The potato salad with salmon and chives is our favourite so far – it has a nice mix of seafood and citrusy flavours. The Thai beef salad is limp and needs more spice. The terrine counter is right next to the salads and everything other than the seafood terrine can be skipped (the beef, especially).

We move onto the kids' counter and we sheepishly have to admit that we can’t get enough of the pasta in pink sauce. The kids' section is actually exciting, they even have low tables. The only reason we stop is because we’re not the types who steal candies from a baby. At least not too many.

The next section is the best one – loaded with comfort foods all around. There is no way you can finish even half the varieties at this buffet. The sliders are missing pickles but the beef patty is good. The Greek moussaka is unexpectedly excellent. It’s neither too greasy nor too heavy. The bacon pancakes are interesting, just make sure you add sauces because they're dry. Same story with the waffle sandwich. The pizza is made fresh in front of you and it’s easily one of the highlights.

Anything we eat after this point is just overdoing it. The sirloin steak is unfortunately not up to the mark, although the roasted hammour is really fresh, with a creamy, lemony sauce on top. The lamb rack is cooked well, but lacks flavour. There's a small selection of sushi which is decent, and some fresh seafood at another counter near the salalds.

In fact, most of the counters are great and it's a really good deal considering you pay only QR215 for food alone.

While we’re taking a (much needed) food break, we realise the vibe is rather dull. The music is borderline depressing. The food is honestly worth more than what you pay for, but the ambience is lacking. They could really spruce up the space. Even the service is slightly absent-minded.

We head over to the dessert counter which is oddly located at the very beginning of the buffet. We love it. Every. Single. Dessert. They really outdo themselves here, right from the fruit trifle that's loaded with all of our favourite fruits to the rich, creamy mousse with chocolate shavings. The flowers in their desserts are (sadly) not edible, and we learn this the hard way. Needless to say, a couple of unsuspecting marigold petals later, we leave full and very, very satisfied.
QR215 (food only), QR255 (basic soft beverages), QR365 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Intercontinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

The bottom line
This brunch does great food but misses the awesome Friday feels.

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