ASK ANYONE IN DOHA FOR A PLACE WHERE GOOD FOOD AND FRIENDLY VIBES ARE GUARANTEED AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, YOU’RE LIKELY TO BE DIRECTED TOWARDS THE LEGENDARY HOTSPOT THAT IS THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL, DOHA. FACT CHECKS INTO THE LONG-STANDING ESTABLISHMENT FOR A FEW DAYS FILLED WITH SOME OF THE BEST CULINARY CHOICES AND EXCELLENT SERVICE…
You can’t miss the Radisson Blu Hotel Doha; its gleaming gold facade immediately attracts attention, and we know that we’re in for a treat. Fitting perfectly into the upscale metropolis if Doha, the hotel exudes resort feels with its classic yet sophisticated interior and contemporary, well-designed rooms. With 583 rooms and suites, the Raddison Blu Hotel, Doha has garnered a loyal clientele over the years – whether business, leisure or casual drop ins for dining – this place triggers great memories and stories for many visitors, both local and international.
When it comes to accommodation, the hotel has everything from your standard room type to the executive level and all the way up to the presidential suite as well as apartment style quarters too. Lounge access if offered with a number of room types, which adds a whole new relaxing dimension to your stay. Decorative themes for the rooms are influenced by Asia, England, Scotland and traditional Arabic culture, providing international flair for elite travellers. The iconic style of Radisson Blu paired with world-class amenities and upmarket bath products delivers unmatched accommodation in Doha. However, it’s the attention to detail and personalisation that we admired the most. Small things like having ample bottles of water in the room, which are topped up every day, alongside plug sockets in all the right, convenient places and even that there is no noise from outside, all add to the comfort of our stay. What we want to rave most about though, is the hotel’s not one, not two, but 11 distinctive dining destinations – something for every day of the week – and then some. When staying at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha, your food choices become limitless, and we can’t help but rave about the the eateries that really stood out for us…
One of the hotel’s award-winning Indian restaurants, this place has become an institution amongst those who favour their food with a flavours and spice. As a venue, Bombay Balti can be identified from far away. The colours of the Indian flag hang at the ceiling so you simply know that this is the place you need to go when you’re craving authenticity. Food is the name of the game and the restaurant really delivers. We’d highly recommend the Mixed Tandoori Platter which comes adorned with the best lamb cutlets we’ve tried. Dive in for the famous butter chicken – here it’s soft and silky, and seasoned just right. If you’ve got room for dessert, the rasmalai is an absolute must. Soft cottage cheese swims in a syrup of milk and sugar, it’s heavenly
As the hotel is split between two adjoining buildings, you’ll find Ruby Wu’s at the bottom of a mini grand staircase, decorated in deep hues with understated, elegant touches. Spanning the vast culinary map of China, Ruby Wu’s serves tender duck, skilfully wrapped dumplings, juicy beef, spicy snapper and more. Expert chefs and knowledgeable servers ensure a satisfying experience. The ambience is perfect for an evening with your family and friends. It’s the impeccable baskets of dim sum that oozed out flavour, which had us in culinary awe.
There isn’t another venue in Doha that carries the same charm and elegance as Bentley’s Grill. Steak lovers have been coming to dine in its sophisticated surroundings for years and the quality of food and service keeps loyal patrons coming back. The Alaskan Crab Cake appetisers are still a dazzling choice to begin with, as smoked paprika, salmon roe and herb aioli round off the simple starter. Delicious! We can also vouch for the Earl Grey tea cured salmon. You really can taste the tea in the salmon – it’s one of those very innovative dining moments. The pan fried duck breasts are gorgeous and neatly served with potato and duck meat croquettes garnished with grilled wedges. Highly recommended. Of course, your choice of steak and sides will not disappoint either. For dessert, the rhubarb crumble was almost a pudding of its own with a basket of vanilla ice cream and sticky toffee sauce. SO good. This is one consistently comfortable venue!
There is something nostalgic and reminiscent of Japanese eateries about Sakura as a venue and a place that serves up some of the best Japanese cuisine in town. Its walkway reminds us of the narrow alleys down which you can find authentic eats in Japan – the dining area itself is also set up beautifully. You can sit around the serving bar and witness the live teppanyaki cooking up close. As the service areas are greased with hot oil, get ready for the fire to erupt at any time. Beef and chicken teppanyaki with grilled vegetables and fried rice is cooked up theatrically by their master chef. You can also indulge in sushi and other Japanese delights at Sakura, with plenty of options in a lively ambience which was frequented by families, business people, solo diners, couples and generally anyone looking for good food.
THE FRYING SCOTSMAN
The new kid on the block at the hotel, if you’re ever craving that very comforting taste of authentic British Fish & Chips in the heart of Doha, this is the place to get it. Classic choices reminiscent of British seaside towns, made for supper any day of the week.
Ever wanted to feel like you’re walking into a good friend’s home where they’ve got their favourite paintings and artwork on the walls, big comfy chairs and tables, and an area dedicated to pouring you a glass of your favourite liquid concoction? This is exactly what it feels like when you enter Inginuity. It’s a casual dining venue that keeps things homely and simple. Tuck into the venue’s famous Steak Diane which is given a real flambé treatment table-side with a portion of the most tasty fries – topped with rosemary salt, smoked paprika and truffle oil. Start with the kani salad to refresh your palate and end with the Pistachio and Almond Panna Cotta and Raspberry Sauce. Chances are that the bartenders and servers will become good friends and you’ll be welcomed back with the warmest greetings, every time.
THE ITALIAN JOB
Hidden in an out-house on the far side of the large outdoor family pool area is The Italian Job named after the Michael Caine movie and its menus are full of the iconic quotes and motifs from the classic British film like “you’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”Although the movie has very little to do with Italy, it’s hard to pick fault with this place, where the staff ensure that you’re looked after in a home away from home setting. The venue is cosily decorated, reminiscent of an Italian farmhouse with lots of wood brick and earthy colours. Tables are nestled in alcoves or brick booths and even as we’re sat close to other diners, the set-up doesn’t feel crowded; you still have your own space and privacy. Here, indulging comes first. Go for the Burrata Cheese with Beef Bresaola Roses – simply delectable. For mains, our hearts (and tummies) were filled with the guitar spaghetti with lobster and herbs – an excellent coming together of ingredients. Desserts at The Italian Job are dangerously TASTY! The rich almond chocolate cake with sabayon and marsala wine ice cream is very popular and for good reason.
Aside from the above, Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha is also home to another great Indian eatery: Chingari, alongside Shehrazad, a pub-style outlet, all-day dining spot Hyde Park Coffee Shop, Palm Garden Cafe, the lounge-cum-club named Qube, Orion, The Library, Manhattan Lounge, and dessert parlour – The Chocolate Box. There really is no need to leave this place during your stay.
As far as wellness goes, the hotel offers an abundance of recreational activities and world-class amenities, including two large, fully equipped gyms; two sparkling pools; squash and tennis courts; an outdoor Jacuzzi; massage facilities; volleyball, basketball and badminton courts and more. There’s a complimentary hourly airport shuttle for quick and easy access to Hamad International Airport, and the friendly concierge staff will help with any other queries or questions you may have. Staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha will always feel like being at home. So, what are you waiting for? Experience it all for yourself today! ✤
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