QL’s unforgettable Taste Tour Dinner at Doha Festival City

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

The QL team was recently invited by Doha Festival City to sample some of their restaurants. The Taste Tour Dinner consisted of four stops, with each one focusing on a different course. This was a unique concept as each restaurant had a chance to impress us with their best offerings, but still leaving us wanting more... Very clever!

The great thing about events such as this, is that we get to try restaurants we would maybe not go into. One such place was Lina's Cafe.

Lina's Paris Cafe is French cuisine at its finest. Now, of course, French food is well known for its intricate detail, and Lina's did not disappoint with their display of starts and hors d'oeuvres. From the mango shrimp to the chicken celery delicacies, Lina's dressed to impress. One of the standouts, however, was the Quinoa salad which, while simple in execution, delivered far beyond our expectations. For less daring palates, the cheese crackers and quiche samplings were just as an effective starter as you'd need.

The importance of these taste tours is pacing your intake of yummies. And thankfully we started off the right way, because our next stop for mains was at Bateel. 

Bateel is one of those restaurants that are easy to overlook as their reputation has been earned for their otherworldly dates selection. Not to worry, that's still there, and after a welcome date, our hosts got down to business with an amazing array of main meal options that were complemented by both the fantastic service and their specialty own-baked bread selection.

Bateel ensured we got to taste a bit of everything, which included their selection of health conscious salads; grilled Salmon and Quinoa topped with sage; tenderloin and homemade mash potatoes, and what we will definitely be going back for (often)—the lamb confit with farro risotto. 

With our stomachs rapidly filling up, it was time to head to location number three.

It was on to dessert at Paul Bakery & Restaurant, which is a good go-to in Doha, particularly at a mall, and especially for lunch. We usually order their delicious French Onion soup as a rule (partly because it comes in a bread bowl), but the team loved their desserts as well.

It was nice to have a chance to sample them all, and though dessert tends to taste the same if you have too many kinds in one go, each was unique enough that we got to appreciate them properly.

The cheesecake, though not elaborate in appearance, was one of our favourites. The crust was just right, crisp and with a proper baked flavor. We really enjoyed the chocolate éclair as well, even though it's usually not the first thing one would pick. The chocolate cream filling and icing were both flavorful and scrumptious, while the pastry itself was fresh and just the right texture.

The black forest cake, aside from being beautifully presented, avoided the blandness that some tend to associate with this cake, with a nice balanced texture of foam and cream, and chocolate that had a taste.

After stuffing ourselves at Paul, being able to bounce back for coffee and chocolate seemed like something of an impossibility. Godiva Café proved us wrong. We tried some delicious caramel macchiatos, complete with a melting chocolate square floating on top; and of course some excellent chocolate.

 

Do look up the brand name’s origin story (it’s a long one, but try Wikipediaing Lady Godiva).

Aside from their world-class dark chocolate selection, Godiva has many, many more flavours to choose from. If you do stop by this chocolate shop and café, be sure to ask for their chocolate-coated strawberries—simple, but surprisingly delicious.

This was a great way to conclude an amazing night, and we're happy to say that the staff at the chocolaterie were very well-informed and welcoming.

An excellent ending to an unforgettable Tour of Taste. Doha Festival City proved itself to be not just an excellent center to shop, but a gastronomical success as well!

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