Parlez-Vous Brunch? at The Square

A family-friendly brunch featuring French flavours from all around the world

Parlez-Vous Brunch? at The Square
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Robert Frost predicted this a long time ago. “And miles to go before I sleep” is the most accurate description of the Parlez-Vous Brunch. There’s so much ground to cover from what we can see as soon as we enter and after all this food, we’re surely going to need a bed to rest and digest.

The restaurant space is light and airy with gentle music floating softly over the restaurant space, which for us is a welcome change from the current Doha trend of a full DJ rig blasting loud music.

The spread is massive and features French cuisine from all over the world. There are dishes from the French diaspora and former colonies – think Creole, West African and Vietnamese to name just a few.

We sit close to the dessert station (strategically planned as we knew we’d become slower by the time we were ready for dessert). We start at the salad station characterised by heaps of fresh produce and vibrant colours. There’s a dedicated Creole station with some exquisite dishes, some of which we’ve never tried before. A lady in traditional gear prepares some ceviche for us. There’s a selection of pâtés including a delicious lobster and tarragon, ready to be devoured along with some of the freshest and most delicious bread we’ve tried in the city. Small details such as the garlic and herb and sundried tomato butters really emphasise this brunch as a triumph of flavour over frills. We try the Vietnamese pho, freshly made to order by the expert chef.

The noodle soup is delicious and warms us up. The Caribbean-inspired Accra fish is also extremely moreish and an excellent nibble.

We can’t skip the escargot, especially as this is a French brunch, and it doesn’t disappoint at all. We highly recommend the mussels mariniere and the beef bourguignon which has incredibly tender and delicious beef cubes in a rich gravy sauce. There’s so much food to try and it’s one of the few brunches in town where literally every dish tastes fantastic.  There’s a brilliant Moroccan pastilla with chicken in orange blossom and almonds inside a perfectly crunchy pastry. It’s a savoury dish with a touch of sweetness (there’s castor sugar dusted on top) and The Square does it wonderfully well. Salmon coulibiac, veal blanquette, the cod fish cakes and the soft Pondicherry bread pudding are a few of the must-try items.

Frying pans are flipping, flames are alight and the staff are a joy to watch, handling the food at a busy brunch with a frenetic pace but with a smile on their face. The wait staff are friendly, genuinely cheerful and very efficient.

Children are served well in the Aladdin’s cave, with digital entertainment and plenty of space to run around in while you’re musing over the week with friends.

Our earlier seating choice has served us well. We are stuffed to the brim with French delicacies and are barely able to reach out for desserts. Handcrafted French pastries are delicately created and flanked on either side by traditional Arabic sweets and cakes. The coconut maracon is a real winner as is the Paris Brest. Don’t miss the special choux à la créme prepared by the chef.

We are big fans of this brunch. It’s not a big, loud party, but it’s not really a wild western desert with tumbleweed rolling by either. The brunch is packed, but the the acoustics and the low ambient noise make it feel quieter than it really is. It’s ideal for a relaxed get together where you don’t have to dress to the nines and all the focus is just on the food.

You can come with family and friends and trust the children will be well taken care of. This is an excellent brunch featuring tasty, exquisite and well-prepared food. We’re already planning our next visit.
QR275 (soft drinks), QR415 (selected beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. InterContinental Doha The City (7021 8803).

A family-friendly brunch featuring French flavours from all around the world

For the exquisite treats such as the mussels mariniere, escargot and beef bourguignon

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