Froze Brunch at B-lounge

A brilliant Asian brunch by the marina

Froze Brunch at B-lounge
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We arrive at possibly the most beautiful brunch location in the city and our table is right by the seaside, overlooking the marina with Doha’s turquoise waters glimmering. It’s a great day to be outside and although our very first order of a cup of coffee at this à la carte brunch takes nearly 20 minutes, we’re very excited for all the Asian and Provence flavours we see on the menu.
The hamachi tiradito arrives first, doused in a coriander sauce. It’s light and a nice start to the meal. The vegetarian daikon rolls (white radish, cucumber and carrots) are forgettable. The highlight is easily the chicken salad. Five-spiced grilled chicken is mixed with cabbage and crispy flat noodles and tossed in a refreshingly sweet dressing.

The sushi platter that comes to the table next is worth getting your cameras out for. The maki rolls are as tasty as they are colourful and our favourite is the kuro dragon maki. There’s a mushroom teriyaki gunken for the vegetarians, and even though we’re far from veggie, the rolls are delicious.

The service gets better by this point with the staff coming and checking on us every now and then. We take a moment to admire how nice the décor is. There’s a wooden deck with stools behind us, getting plenty of sunlight, and right above us are beautiful, long stretches of what looks like fabric made to resemble sails hanging from the ceiling.

The vibe is wonderfully nautical with so many little elements that tie in together in a subtle way.

The experience gets better with the hot starters. The duck tacos with pomegranate, guacamole and a hoisin sauce are absolutely brilliant, followed by mildly spicy but perfectly crunchy calamari that comes with a tasty tamarind dip. We take a break before we dig into the kushiyaki selection. A mix of meats and seafood arrive on a mini charcoal grill and the crab robata wins us over.

The wagyu beef cubes are a close second.

Just when we think the food can’t get any better, the mains really surprise us. The Thai green chicken curry is perfect – it’s not too thick and the spice is on point, with soft pieces of chicken and aubergine. We are absolutely stuffed at this point but the 48-hour braised short ribs are not to be missed. We slice a piece of the black cod toban miso. B-lounge nails the prime ingredient in this main – the black cod itself. It’s so tender that it melts in your mouth and we can only think of one other place in Doha that does it this well. The curry sauce doesn’t match up to the excellence of the cod, the spices are slightly strong leaving a bitter aftertaste. But we can’t stop eating it because of how well the fish is cooked. There’s an Indonesian nasi goreng on the table, too, and it doesn’t disappoint.

What really disappoints is the dessert platter. It’s a beautifully decorated bowl deisgned to please everyone. All the items are meant for those with specific tastes. There’s chocolate-covered bacon (which just doesn’t work for us), the popular Filipino dessert halo halo (which we’re unable to stomach even a spoon) of and pancakes that are almost drowning in a savoury cheesecake-flavoured sauce. Thankfully, there’s some sorbet and fresh fruits to save the day.

The good news is the menu (dessert included) changes every week, so hopefully we’ll never see this again.

Aside from the final leg of the meal, the overall experience is incredibly enjoyable from the music to the location. It’s still new compared to its counterparts and we’re sure it’ll find its feet soon. It’s a pricey affair (QR350 for food and soft drinks) but it’s worth coming back to, thanks to all the unique components that make this a top Doha brunch option.
QR350 (soft drinks), QR495 (selected beverages). Fri 1pm-4pm. The Ritz-Carlton Doha (5080 4421).

A brilliant Asian brunch by the marina

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