Newly revamped Italian restaurant serves authentic food at the Grand Hyatt
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Time Out Says

Rocca is well known for its poolside location, lovely terrace and pumping parties, plus up until recently its mix of tasty Mediterranean food. Now, the venue has extended with a fabulous glass terrace that overlooks the sea and the menu is strictly Italian complete with a wood-fired oven.

Décor wise, the restaurant hasn’t changed much – it is still like a blank canvas with a holiday vibe. You feel like you could be anywhere. Tables are bustling and all you can hear are happy voices to a backdrop of unobtrusive music. The service is incredibly friendly; wait staff easily strike up casual conversations but refrain from intruding throughout your meal, unless your glass is empty. And the menu is filled with classic and delicious sounding Italian dishes.

We decide we can’t go Italian without ordering a pizza, so to start with my dining companion and I share the classic Margherita. Its arrival is appropriately timed and we’re impressed with the dish as a whole. The base is perfectly crunchy and soft in equal parts, it has a great balance of mozzarella to tomato sauce and the sauce is rich and full of flavour. We agree it may be the best pizza we’ve had in a while.

We have our fill and then request the mains. My friend takes our server’s suggestion and goes for the veal Milanese while I order the sea bass.

The cut of veal is hefty but the meat is cooked to perfection and the breaded outer crust is nice and crunchy. It’s a great meal option (as long as you liked deep fried meat of course!). This comes with creamy mashed potatoes and the server offers a pot of aioli to complement the meat – and that it does. Meanwhile, the sea bass is beautifully cooked. It’s flaky, with a crispy skin and laid atop potatoes, mushrooms and a flavourful, delicious gravy sauce. It doesn’t take me long to devour it all.

Near to bursting, we decide the review isn’t complete without a classic panna cotta. We share a plate but unfortunately it’s the first time we feel disappointed. Where a panna cotta should be utterly smooth, this has a thick consistency that resembles a cheesecake. And apart from the strong vanilla notes, it’s rather bland.

This hiccup aside, however, we leave the restaurant feeling impressed. With more and more Italian venues in Doha, the competition is high, and Rocca is certainly proving itself worthy.

The bill (for two)

1 x pizza Margherita QR70
1 x sea bass QR140
1 x veal cutlet QR240
1 x panna cotta QR30
1 x large water QR40
Total QR520

By Time Out Doha staff  | 26 Feb 2014

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