Chin Chin brunch at Spice Market Doha

A street-style brunch

Chin Chin brunch at Spice Market Doha
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Wide-ranging, worldly and wondrous, Spice Market’s brunch is back with a bang.

It’s newest Chin Chin brunch boasts an explosion of flavours, colours and aromas that transport you to a street market in South East Asia with the added bonus of air conditioning and a comfy seat.

We are seated at our tables and see fortune cookies teasing us to be opened. Our fortunes read: “Someone’s Googled you recently” and “Reading this fortune out loud will bring good luck.” It’s an interesting, fun and sociable touch, perfect to start the brunch on a high note. Time will confirm the accuracy of the fortunes, though.

But we’re feeling really positive about the stalker one.

The roundtable setup is ideal for socialising with groups of friends and giving you ample room to stretch when the brunch bloat sets in.

Spice Market’s signature poppadums with the delicious chilli tomato chutney (our favourite) are on the table and we down a good number of them before the harsh reality of having to save some space for mains and desserts sets in.

While wiping away the crumbs off our faces, a friendly waiter brings a black pepper shrimp plate with a side of pineapple. We haven’t even gotten up and have already sampled sweet and savoury flavours.

Station upon station stack the walls. As well as the popular South East Asian options, the aromas of the dosa draw us closer. While the dosa technique isn’t perfect and the taste isn’t authentic at all, it’s still a nice, refreshing snack for anyone who can’t deal with the heat from some Indian foods.

The slow-cooked blackened salmon is smoky, flaky and rich in barbecue flavours.

The salad selection is refreshingly original and full of options. Brighter than a kids colouring book, our highlights include slow roasted pumpkin set on a bed of rocket and the exceptional crunchy Thai slaw with chicken. The vegetables are so fresh that we are almost sure they’ve been plucked that morning from some kind of secret Zen garden at the back of the restaurant.

There are plenty of live stations from noodles and dumplings to oysters and ice cream (yes, this is a live station where the chefs create wonderful ice cream rolls).

We sneak through the Peking duck station and load up on super filling dim sum before we go all out on the sugar.
The highlight is of course the sushi bar. There’s an unlimited supply of our favourite shredded crab rolls and a delicious salmon sashimi salad which we very highly recommend. A selection of other sushi and sashimi are available, too.

The desserts smartly take a slight departure from Asia and treat us to favourites such as black forest and red velvet, all beautifully presented. The Iittle ice cream station is great fun with a cold plate of rolls made fresh in front of you with your choice of fruit infusion. We went for the blueberry and it was fabulous tucking into the cigarillo-shaped sugar bombs. This and some fresh tea make for a perfect end to the brunch.

It’s not particularly the cheapest brunch out there, but you get more than what you pay for. There are usually live bands or a DJ, so the vibe is always buzzing. Whether you want to make an afternoon of it with friends or just entertain your guests, the Chin Chin brunch is a top choice to experience some of Doha’s (and Spice Market’s) best dishes in a stylish atmosphere.
QR350 (soft drinks), QR450 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

WHAT IS IT...
A street-style brunch

WHY GO...
For all the South-East Asian street-style delicacies

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