Look, there’s no point in trying to pretend otherwise – Time Out loves a good brunch. We’ve been known to fake a birthday just as an excuse to get a big group of buddies along for a beachside buffet before now.
Finding excuses to justify more Friday feasting was getting harder so we’re grateful to the Marsa Malaz Kempinski on the Pearl-Qatar for making all a little easier. With new brunch themes, timings and style its weekend brunch collection just got a little bigger. Like, we imagine, our waist lines are sure to.
The signature brunch at Sawa remains intact. Already nominated for a Time Out Doha brunch award it is one of the finest brunches in the city with stacks of food, great live entertainment and cooking stations and tables looking out across the terraces. It is one of our favourites and unlikely to be knocked from its high-vaulted position.
Families, however, may be interested to note the Saturday brunch dedicated to junior diners. Little League Brunch in Sawa on a Saturday has themed food and interactive areas for children, makingitone of the more family-targeted dining promotions of a weekend. The usual high standards of a Sawa brunch should be expected and we’re keeping a beady eye out to see if anybody else will be going for a double header of Friday AND Saturday visits.
Also new to the weekend collection is the Thursday BBQ brunch at Amwage in the same hotel. We’re willing to shrug off our usual eyebrow-raising at the term “night brunch” for any chance to get the sand-between-your-toes experience that accompanies a mellow al fresco dining experience at this beachside restaurant. Sunset, wind in your hair, fruity mocktail in one hand and a hunk of finely grilled steak in the other is the sort of image our dream profile picture is made of.
Elsewhere in the hotel we’re still rather enamoured by anything to do with El Faro. The giant floor-to-ceiling Picasso-inspired graffiti scrawled across the walls make this fashionable Spanish joint one of the most visually-striking restaurants on The Pearl Doha. Custom-made artwork by Barcelona's Ruben Sanchez looks stunning and this is one of the few restaurants where we completely understand the importance of taking a camera to dinner just to snap away at the walls. The brunch sessions on Friday and Saturday have unlimited paella, authentic tapas and live music.
You really don’t need an excuse to check it out.
Friday Signature Brunch at Sawa from QR330, 12.30-4pm. Little League Brunch at Sawa is QR240 (adults), QR120 (kids aged 6-12), Saturdays, 12.30-4pm. Thursday BBQ Brunch at Amwage is QR240 (including soft drinks), 6.30-10.30pm. Spanish brunch in El Faro from QR240, Friday and Saturday, 12.30-3.30pm. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, www.kempinski.com (4035 5011).