Santa Monica Breakfast Club review

Don’t get too excited, but these might be the best egg dishes we’ve tried in Doha

Santa Monica Breakfast Club review

We were excited enough when an all-day breakfast spot opened. But now we just have to try its acclaimed brunch, which promises good food and a great atmosphere. Our visit doesn’t get off to a very good start – several minutes are spent waiting for service at the welcome desk. Eventually we're seated at a table which already has (cold) bread on it. But we try to get into the Santa Monica vibe and as soon as the live band picks up, so does our mood.

The place screams West Coast chill with its funky walls, and laid-back ambience. There’s an egg menu on the table, which doesn’t look very exciting at first glance. But look closer you will see the word “spiced”. The eggs benedict with spiced hollandaise sauce might be the greatest egg creation we’ve ever tried. A perfectly poached egg, on a muffin topped with the most delicious and spicy hollandaise sauce, completely makes up for the tepid welcome desk experience we just had.

An Irish theme is doing the rounds today, so we obviously head to try some of the specialities. The smoked haddock and leek pie is much too salty, but the other pies are fine. We try some Irish stew as well, which is something we should have skipped. The lemon chicken is abundantly greasy. We head over to another station hoping for some better luck. The crab cocktail and salmon ceviche are definitely worth a taste, but the tartare isn’t. We walk over to the other side to find fresh, seafood-stuffed savoury pancakes with a quail egg on top. These are light and brilliant – definitely one of the star items of this brunch.

There’s a carving station, too, and the roast beef tastes fantastic – almost as good as the one grandma used to make.

We’re stuffed now, but the egg menu catches our eye again. The twisted scrambled egg with poached shrimps and teriyaki sauce, and the ocean blue poached egg on salmon rillettes and tomato hollandaise, are staring sharply at us, begging to be picked. We succumb, because we’re weak like that. It’s official – these are the best egg dishes we’ve tasted in Doha. Full marks for creativity and the excellent combinations of ingredients and taste.

For dessert there are cute meringue tarts (which cannot be missed), beautifully decorated chocolate cakes and a bunch of other sugary treats, chocolate fountain included. In fact, as we sip on some peppermint tea (we really did eat too much), we see people dancing, and if it wasn’t for that last, excessive, ocean blue egg, we'd be up there, too.
QR260 (soft drinks), QR360 (selected beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Grand Hyatt Doha (4448 1234).

The bottom line
A fun brunch with hit-and-miss food.

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