Momosan Brunch at Morimoto

A Japanese brunch that wows us with its food and ambience

Momosan Brunch at Morimoto
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On the mezzanine level of the Mondrian, Morimoto wows us as we glide past its hall of bubbling, rose-gold mirrors into the main restaurant. We stare in awe at the centrepiece of ornate lanterns resembling something from ancient Japan or a temple in Nara, glimmering from the glow of the bronze and green walls.

Morimoto’s Momosan brunch is an interesting mix of subtlety and style. Its waiters are lively and alert but never obtrusive. The décor is soft and light and the music from the in-house DJ is a smooth blend of chilled electronica.

The brunch buffet selection is smaller than you might expect, but that’s because entrées are ordered from a menu and served directly to the table. To whet our appetites, we tuck into a light and fragrant smoked duck salad and some delicious, ever-so-slightly creamy yakisoba noodles. All your usual sushi and sashimi favourites are present. We absolutely adore the sweet and sour chicken. Morimoto’s take on this classic takeaway staple is refreshingly tangy and isn’t drowned in sauce. What’s also wonderful is the set-up. Everything is so colourful, bright and beautiful, adorned with flowers and other decorative elements.

Post-buffet/pre-entrée teriyaki skewers arrive at our table. A wonderful medley of chicken, lamb and tofu skewers drizzled in a teriyaki sauce is full of rich, hearty and smoky flavours, served steaming on a miniature grill. There’s corn on the cob, and rather unexpectedly, it’s quite tasty.

We are already quite stuffed at this point but the items on the mains menu are far too irresistible. Our first dish is the delightfully named angry chicken. The plating, with the baby red, yellow and green peppers, resembles a paint palette. The chicken has a slight kick from its garam masala spice blend, and although it’s an interesting flavour combination, it’s not as fiery as the name suggests, which might be a good thing for those who can’t stand too much heat.

The aroma from the second main takes us way back to summer barbecues outdoors. This wagyu burger steak is the pinnacle of carnivorous dining. Served on pillows of napa cabbage, it is sensational. The meat is cooked to absolute perfection and while it might be a complete cliché to say this – it really did melt in the mouth. Rarely in Doha have we sampled a dish that brings so much unbridled joy. The fact that dish will eventually finish is slightly painful.

And just when we think nothing can top this, the dessert arrives. The show-stopping selection is an extravagantly presented assortment straight out of the Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea party. Bunny-eared leaves encircle a selection of sweet treats and our waitress pours hot water into a bowl of dry ice. The ensuing smoke enhances the already magical, mystical feel of our final course. Surprisingly, the light, green tea mochi is placed alongside a white chocolate and raspberry mousse with a selection of home-made sorbets and fresh fruit. We almost forget the intricately hand crafted petit fours to end our meal.

Morimoto’s Saturday feast is a welcome new addition to Doha’s brunch scene and a real joy for those looking to end the weekend on a high note. It does lack activities for children, but there are kid-friendly options on the menu.

It’s high-quality food in a luxurious setting and what’s probably going to give more bang for your buck is the bragging rights you’ll earn from this brilliant Japanese Saturday brunch.
QR350 (soft drinks), QR495 (house beverages). Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm. Mondrian Doha (4045 5999).

A Japanese brunch that wows us with its food and ambience

Mainly for the wagyu burger steak and the dessert tray

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