Gerald Tan's round-up of the best desserts in Doha. Yum!
November 27, 2014 1:46 PM
I subscribe to the motto that you start with a bang and end with a bang. I apply it not just to everyday life but also to my meals. Nothing makes me happier at the table than a showstopping dessert – I’m talking unforgettable flavours, a stroke of artistry on the plate, or a flourish in the presentation. As 2014 winds down and I contemplate ways to close the year in spectacular fashion, I’m also thinking about these meal-enders in Doha that dazzle with wow factor.
Chocolate Five Textures Al Dana – QR45 Clever and contemporary. Like brushstrokes on canvas, each element in this landscape of chocolate builds on another to form a beautiful dish. You have rocks and soil, jelly and mousse, all made from varying degrees of milk and dark chocolate. They tingle on the tongue, melt luxuriously, and transport you to cocoa heaven. Sharq Village & Spa – Mon-Sat 6:30pm-11pm, closed Sunday (4425 6666)
Smores Market – QR45 The classic campfire treat is deconstructed and amped up several notches into a handsome dessert with added theatre. A chocolate ingot is topped with whipped marshmallow then torched tableside for the necessary burnt flavour. Where are the graham crackers, you ask? It’s all in the accompanying ice cream, of course. W Hotel – daily 6am-11am, noon-11:30pm; Friday closed 4pm-6pm (4453 5373)
Crêpes Flambé Prime – QR60 What is it about a live fire that creates drama? The crêpes are brought over on a portable stove and gently stewed in orange juice ala Suzette. Towards the end, flammable liquid is added and ignited, creating a few seconds of hypnotic flames. Somewhere between sweet and tart is this simple yet timelessly elegant dessert. InterContinental Doha The City – daily 6pm-11pm (4015 8888)
Mock Mojito The Anvil Rooms – QR45 Island life in the Caribbean is captured with every sip of this drinkable, refreshing dessert. Layers of muscovado jelly, lime yoghurt and granita arrive in a glass and are then drenched in a syrup that the server shakes up when you’re done taking pictures, because it’s so neat you’ll want to capture the process on camera. Tornado Tower – daily noon-3pm; dinner 5:30pm-10pm, Fri/Sat 7pm-11pm (4499 0685)
Chocolate Fountain Chac’Late – QR65 A mini cauldron of thick, melted chocolate. Do I have to continue? The first time I ordered this, I accidentally knocked over the precious liquid. But it created such a glorious effect that I now eat the fondue this way every time…rolling the sticks of waffle pastry, marshmallow and fruit around the chocolate pool to evenly coat each carrier piece. Building 15, Katara – Sun-Wed 8am-10pm, Thu-Sat 8am-midnight (4408 0733)
Thai Tea Meringue Spice Market – QR45 Meringue shells made of brown sugar. Macerated fresh berries with mint and vanilla. Thai tea flavoured ice cream. The textures interweave, the sweetness blend into each other, and these three seemingly uncomplicated components converge into a stunning piece of edible wonder…ingeniously conceived and executed and perfect for the palate. W Doha Hotel & Residences – daily noon-4pm; 5:30pm-11:30pm (4453 5135)
Chocolate Orange Hakkasan – QR55 A cracking dessert served in a tantalising terrarium. Chocolate cardamom sauce is poured through the holes of a chocolate disc into this glass jar with Oreo crumble, mandarin marshmallow, chocolate crunch balls, blood orange sorbet and popping candy. Each mouthful turns into a bit of an adventure that is glorious in every way. The St. Regis Doha – Dinner: daily 7pm-midnight; bar 6pm-1am; Lunch: Fri noon-3pm (4446 0710)
Cigar Cohiba Cheesecake Astor Grill – QR50 Talk about trompe l’oeil. The art technique to fool the eye is playfully employed in this crowd pleaser. The cheesecake is coated in chocolate in the shape of a cigar while tinted powdered sugar provides the illusion of ash. Don’t forget to light up with the dainty matchsticks, made of buttery shortbread. In a word: masterpiece. Show over. St. Regis Doha – Sun-Fri 7pm-midnight, closed Saturday (4446 0211)