Coral Brunch at InterContinental Doha

A family-friendly Friday brunch with a different theme every week

Coral Brunch at InterContinental Doha
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Far from the maddening crowd and in a secret batcave on the lower ground floor, Coral is still surprisingly bright and airy. The restaurant is packed with plenty of people and is expectedly lively, given that this is one of Doha’s most child-friendly brunches. So, expect a few screaming kids running around you every now and then. A DJ is spinning cool tracks, but thankfully the music is at a tolerable level.

The restaurant has launched a series of themed brunches, which is an exciting addition to the city’s brunching scene. We’ve missed the truffle and chocolate week but have made it for the salmon edition. It’s perfect for us, as we’re big fans of the fish.

True to its name, it almost feels like a fish market (in a good, exciting way, not in an overwhelming-smell-of-seafood-way). We start hunting around the buffet and find a huge variety of salmon dishes. The oily fish is in sushi, Wellington, smoked, teriyaki, in parcels Thai-style... We could go on. If you’re after a boost of Omega-3, this is clearly the place to be.

Don’t worry, though, the theme doesn’t stretch as far as dessert. There’s no salmon cheesecake or ice cream here.

The choices at this family-friendly buffet brunch are abundant, and there’s something for everyone (not just salmon lovers).

The kids’ corner looks especially good. There’s clearly been a lot of care and attention put into it and we have to admit to lifting a few chicken tenders from the buffet in between plates (we don’t think anyone noticed...).

Back in the grown-up world, the salads are fresh and colourful. We’re big fans of the lemon chicken option especially.

The sushi selection is simple yet elegant and has all the staple favourites such as fresh and tasty sashimi.

However, the winner of the salmon week specials has to be the salmon parcel wrapped in pandan leaves. The flavours are sensational and offer a rare spicy treat from the overall tame selection. A close contender is the salmon Wellington, which is a golden, buttery, creamy delight.

Away from the seafood options, we have to mention the braised lamb shank with polenta. If you only try one meaty thing at this brunch make it this tender, juicy beast.

The cooked-to-order duck breasts and lobsters almost add a highbrow touch to the experience, but although they look super they lack a punch of flavour.

We love the freshly made vanilla ice cream and the chocolate fountain in the desserts section. In fact, we love everything about the dessert section and we’re sure you will, too. Traditional Arabic sweets sit alongside delicately handmade lemon choux pastries, Paris-Brest (French-style doughnuts to you and us) and a moreish Oreo Cheesecake. The pastry chef has had a lot of fun had when creating these treats.

The atmosphere at Coral is laidback and relaxed. It’s low key and a great inclusion on the brunching scene. Service is great and the staff will change your plates in a blink of an eye, sometimes when you’ve barely even put down your fork.

Keen an eye our for more themed brunches throughout October and the coming months (Oysters and Mussels is on October 4, Surf and Turf on October 11, an Oktoberfest afternoon is on October 18, and it’s Ribs and Brews on October 25) where the special dishes will join the venue’s favourites.

This brunch is a a great all-rounder that makes up for a perceived lack of wow factor with great food. And let’s face it, if the restaurany promises all bells and whistles then fails to deliver the basics, there’s really not going to be many return customers.

Coral has focused on all the right things, however – taste, presentation, atmosphere, service and value. With different dishes making an appearance each week we can’t see how you’d get bored, either.
QR295 (soft drinks), QR395 (enhanced package). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. InterContinental Doha (4484 4919).

WHAT IS IT...
A family-friendly Friday brunch with a different theme every week

WHY GO...
The chilled atmosphere and super cooking and presentation

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