Here’s a lesson on how to turn soup into an occasion. Exhibit A is the gazpacho at Gordon Ramsay. The infusion of tomatoes, garlic and raspberry comes in a dainty jug to be poured over an even daintier, beautiful bouquet of ingredients.
Cherry tomatoes, sliced radish and edible pansies form a wreath of colour and offer bursts of flavour with each mouthful. The soup itself has an acidic zing but is rounded off by the creaminess of fresh goat’s cheese and the sweetness of aged balsamic reduction. In taste and aesthetics, this dish comes together like an easy weekend lunch with the exactitude of a state dinner. And this gazpacho is very much a poster child for the restaurant’s new image.
After years of operating as a fine dining, classical cuisine establishment, Gordon Ramsay at The St. Regis Doha has reopened, taking a more casual approach.
No longer hiding behind closed doors, the dining room is brighter, both in lighting and atmosphere.
Yet it’s the menu that boasts the most dramatic changes.
The focus now is very decidedly Mediterranean, with items ranging from octopus stew to homemade pasta. Of course, the touches of gourmet are never far away – expect to encounter select artisanal ingredients from Amalfi lemon to Riviera olives (both, incidentally, are part of the sea bass dish that’s steamed in a bag).
You could end the meal with one of the many light desserts: panna cotta, semifreddo, or tiramisu, to name a few. Better yet, re-live a childhood memory or two with a whimsical milkshake, the most outstanding of which must be the caramel popcorn with banana.
Finally, this restaurant is bringing fine dining back down to earth and we’re, quite literally, gulping it down.
QR110. Gordon Ramsay, The St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0116).