La Varenne

Where: 28th Floor, Tornado Tower

When: Sunday to Thursday, 7 am to 10:30 am
             Friday and Saturday 8 am to 12 pm

What’s on the menu: 

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Set menu entrees segmented as To start, healthy, baked and hot. Menu also has packaged items that allow you to mix and match from different categories.

Prices for the breakfast menu from QAR: 39 to 79


What we ate:

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Hani:

I chose a combination of items from “To start with” and “the hot menu”..
To clarify, “To start” is a bread basket (yummy one, pictured above) and a drink of your choice: tea, coffee and juices.
The hot item I selected was the house breakfast. Along with the usual suspects- sausages, mushrooms, beans, bacon, eggs - was an unusual item called home fries. The poached egg was very well prepared, the moment I cut the egg, the yolk flowed fluidly. Also jams and butter were served, pictures of which were not taken. The mint lemonade I had sadly didn’t have the zing I seek in juices. I did point it to them because they seem like one of those places that would take suggestions seriously.

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Kavi:
It’s a good thing I don’t have vertigo or that would ruined my appetite. If you can tear your eyes away from the windows, you will be delighted by the excellent service at La Verenne. I ordered a portion of waffles with apple sauce. The waffles were a bit too crispy for my liking, but they offered extra maple syrup which softened it considerably. This is an AWESOME place to have breakfast. My only criticisms are that they don’t open on weekends which makes it hard for office goers like us to visit it during the week (since we wrote the review, the place is now open on the weekends too) AND parking at Tornado tower is really hard. So you have to reserve a day in advance by email [reservations@lavarenne.qa] so they can provide your name to the security at the gate. But the trouble is worth the experience at the highest place in Doha to eat breakfast.

Verdict:

Hani:

Excellent service and great views of skyscrapers or the corniche. Food is above average.

Kavi: Delumptious

Tim Hortons

Where: Ezdan Mall
When: 8 am to 12:00 pm

What’s on the menu: 

Two segmented options 
Breakfast Sandwich ( Choice of Biscuit or Bagel or English muffin)
Breakfast Panini ( Choice of white or multi-grain) and we thought Paninis were also sandwiches.
Prices range from 11 to QAR 19 for the standalone item and  with combos QAR 19 to 27.

What we ate:

Hani: I ordered a breakfast Panini with beef strips ( bacon in other words) and waited for the order (which meant that the Panini contents were most likely freshly prepared).

When our arrived food arrived it was half the size of what I had imagined it would be. Taste was just average and as I was eating I recalled another breakfast we’ve already reviewed earlier. As I took my first bite, I got the taste of bread and egg and not of the beef strips. I lifted up one slice slightly to find no beef strip.

That’s when Kavi discovered my beef strip residing in her sandwich. Well, at least they put it in another sandwich.
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Kavi: I had a Biscuit sandwich with egg and cheese. Or at least I thought that’s what I would be getting. They were kind enough to throw in a beef strip which I donated to Hani’s Panini (Hani’s Panini sounds like a great name a Panini chain we should totally open; Hani whaddya reckon?). The taste was kinda meh and certainly doesn’t justify the price. The supposedly premium hot chocolate was a bust too. For the kind of “cuisine” that Tim Hortons offers, I am afraid McDonalds is the unrivalled champion.

Verdict:
Hani: I’d rather go to MC D’s, at least they’ve convenient locations and timings.

Kavi: Biffsquiggle

 

Brazilia Cafe


Where: Salwa Road, Next to Crepaway

When: 9 am to 11:30 am

What’s on the menu: 

Omelette, Omelette Croissants and Manakeesh. QAR: 8 to 35. Pretty diverse, ain’t it?

What we ate:

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Hani:
Okay, before I start talking about the food, I will talk about their service.
Snail pace food preparation and serving time. The waiting staff also have a penchant for getting orders wrong. I ordered a Pizza Manakeesh but what I got was assorted manakeesh instead. No way did I have any hope for the food. When I had my first bite, it was a total game changer. Soft bread with a little less amount of toppings quantity but warm just to the right degree.

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Kavi: As soon as you walk into Brazilia, the stench of a horrible mistake hits you. It is a mixture of cigarette smoke, terrible music and shady patrons. No this is not a seedy night club. Just a terribly managed cafe. I ordered an item named intriguingly “Brazilia’s Omelette Croissant”. What I had imagined I would get was this or this or even this. After having waited for what felt like a week, our food finally arrived. As you can see, the croissant was nowhere to be found. We decided to wait a few minutes, given Doha’s traffic; it is understandable if the croissant was stuck in a jam (see what I did there?). But it never showed up. We reminded the waiter about the other promised half of my ordered food and he shook his head and pointed in the general direction of cold stale croissants in a plastic box sitting next to last week’s cakes and pastries in the display.

The weight of crushing disappointment ruined the taste of what appeared to be a rather delicious omelette. I am hard pressed to justify another visit to this dark hole (no, it was literally dark in there).


Verdict:
Hani:
Go when you have a lot of time on your hands and laze around till your food arrives.


Kavi: Delumptious food but Swatchwallop service

Lime Cafe

Where: Movenpick Tower, West Bay

When: 7 am to 11 am.

What’s on the menu: 

Five pre-decided breakfast set menus. Arabic, Energy, Lime Café and Westbay breakfast and not to forget the bread basket. Prices form QAR 30 to 92.

What we ate:
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Hani:
As usual I ordered myself the largest combo available, that being the
West Bay breakfast. It comprised eggs, bacon, hash brown, breakfast pastries, sausages, juice and a choice of coffee or tea! Phew, I thought I wouldn’t be able to complete this in one breath.

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Taste aspects, the eggs were lightly crisp! Quantity on my plate was not as much as my description would have made you to believe. Places that are not half as fancy usually have at least 2 hash browns, 2 sausages or 2 strips of Bacon. So quite naturally I polished off my plate (except the nuisance halved tomato). They just had one person manning the cash and the floor. He was able to do everything on his own.

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Kavi: Against my better judgment, I ordered an “Energy Breakfast” that consisted of Grapefruit juice, brown bread, honey, butter, low fat yoghurt, tea and a fruit platter. Now I would imagine for some who’s a health buff, all of this must be very appetizing. But somehow the idea of consuming sweet stuff for breakfast doesn’t energize me in the least. There isn’t much to be said in the form of review. You can’t really go very wrong with fresh fruits or butter. However, the service was outstanding. With no help whatsoever, one person was able to greet customers, take orders and serve at all the tables.

Verdict:

Hani: Quantity is less compared to the price charged- food is not exceptional.  

Kavi: Biffsquiggle food but FIVE STAR service.

Insterestingness: They serve a small Toblerone with their hot drinks :)

Beirut Restaurant

Where: Bin Mehmood Commercial Street

When: Sat to Thu 5am (you read this right!) to 11:30 am, Friday 5am (even here you read it right!) to 11:00am

What’s on the menu: 
 Basic Arabic breakfast items, foul, hummous, Mousbaha and Fata, prices QAR 8 to 22

What we ate:

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Hani:
I ordered a Mosbaha which were chickpeas floating in some oil and some white stuff. Sorry to sound like an ignorant prick, but if the staff were able to communicate in a language other than Arabic, I would’ve written it here.
Beirut Restaurant, is probably one of the oldest food places in Doha and any sort of review will have no influence on the throngs of people that patronise the restaurant. After all, this place has a cult following and has become part of Qatar’s history. Free khubz along with the price makes it an ultra affordable breakfast.  Service was quick and attentive. Taste wise, it was alright and the portion is just right.

Kavi: I ordered the same thing as Hani, except it came in yoghurt with pine nuts. I couldn’t quite finish it and it doesn’t feel like breakfast. The day we ate this was a slightly chilly morning and somehow eating cold khubz with cold yoghurt felt very underwhelming. We don’t understand its popularity because this cuisine is still somewhat foreign to us.

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Verdict:

Hani: Good value for money, but choose more than one dish, as a single taste will leave something to be desired.


Kavi: Biffsquiggle

Canteen

Where: Ar Rumaila Hotels, Souq Waqif

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When: All Day Breakfast

What’s on the menu: 

Eggs to your liking, London Adria, Continental breakfast and Arabic specialties priced from QAR: 19 to 95 or go for the buffet continental breakfast served from 7:00 am to 11:30 am.

What we ate:

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Hani:

The London adria breakfast, my order, includes muesli, 2 poached eggs,
hash browns, chicken sausages, baked beans, bacon, bread and butter pudding and orange juice. All of this was even too much, even for someone with an appetite like mine. Found the sausages to be juicy, hash browns crispy, the bacon chewy, the baked beans soft not mushy, in short, the way they should be.

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Kavi:

I ordered fried eggs which supposedly comes with condiments and sauces. The only problem is you have to expressly ‘opt-in’ and say, “please bring everything the menu promises” or they only get you the fried eggs. Fortunately, I mentioned my choice of sauce and they were kind enough to include a small blob. The condiments? None. In theory, condiments include ham, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, hash browns, baked beans, spinach and cheddar cheese. For QR 29, I’d rather go to Bread and Bagels and get a sumptuous sandwich.

Verdict:


Hani: Nice, quiet and sunny breakfast. Nice super filling breakfast. (Not the case with Kavi)

Kavi: Biffsquiggle

Ma Maison

Where : Al- Emadi Complex

When: 8AM to 11AM

What’s on the menu: Fixed menus for breakfast- such as continental – oriental, healthy etc. as well as stand-alone omelettes. QAR 12 to 44

What we ate:

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Hani : I ordered the Ma Maison set breakfast. This comes with Choice of eggs, bacon, Sauteed Mushrooms, diced potatoes and a choice of tea or coffee. The omelette I ordered was a plain variety and tasted fine without any seasoning. The bacon was more of left overs added to a plate and not the usual complete strip-pan fired to perfection. The diced potatoes were not fried- but rather blanched and had a steam cooked texture. This usually means that they were rather soft and not of starchy uptight, crisp nature. The coffee – a cappuccino was above Doha average.

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Kavi: I ordered a good ol’ cheese omelette which I had serious misgivings about. But the weather was nice, cold and windy and demanded a hot cheesy egg and so I caved in. If you’ll ignore the half-hearted vegetables on the side, the eggs were actually quite delicious. The cheese was added in just the right amount, which complemented the eggs without overwhelming it. I always hate it when restaurants just dice up a couple of tomatoes and cucumbers and throw it in to make it look like I cooked it up. Besides, I don’t know who enjoys cucumbers and tomatoes with their eggs. But the omelette was delicious and if you’re “hungover” from the Starbucks near by or going shopping for Cadillac, start here!

Verdict

Hani: Average taste but prepared with affection.

Kavi: Delumptious!

#interestingness factor: Ma maison has a weird wallpapered wall with a narrow opening, giving the illusion that the people sitting beyond the opening are actually sitting behind you! Go check it out!

Shakespeare and co

imageWhere: Dar Es Salaam Mall

When: 8 am everyday - all day breakfast.

What’s on the menu: 

Set menu items all priced at QAR 49. Also you have the option of a la carte items like manakish (fatayer), savory crepes etc. priced at QAR 24 to 29. Eggs and specialties menu come in prices QAR 21 to 41, these include eggs (done your way, benedict etc.) foul etc.

What we ate:

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Hani:

Healthy breakfast was quite a large sized breakfast but went well with the name. The eggs were were light and were accompanied by fruit and yogurt. Since it was meant to be healthy, I don’t know if I should complain about it being bland. There was nothing memorable about the breakfast, the service however, was accommodating. The bread basket and the butter were left as is. This place is already a busy place despite being new. So don’t expect it to be empty.

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Kavi: After having just returned from London, where I was used to having an English breakfast every day, I decided to choose the same to for nostalgia’s sake. I have to say the scrambled eggs were a bit of disappointment. They weren’t fluffy or moist lacked flavor. The bacon, potatoes and sausages were very good. But that is kind of setting the bar low, isn’t it? It would be very hard for a decent restaurant to get that wrong. The furniture and ambience in this place feels a bit tacky at first but eventually warms to you.

Verdict:

Hani:
not ready to write this off yet!

Kavi: Biffquiggle

Richoux

Where: City Centre Mall

When: 10 am onwards

What’s on the menu:

Croissants, eggs, French toast and breakfast combos. QAR 10 to 49.

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Hani: We’ve been wanting to try this earlier but the timings (10 AM) for breakfast and perhaps it being a uselessly overcrowded mall prevented us from going here sooner.
What you see in the picture before I devoured it, is an English Breakfast. Eye eggs! My favorite thing on the plate you ask? Sausages. The standard sized slightly cooked tomato slices were very hard me to finish. Almost ended up wasting these. I didn’t enjoy their coffee either. Richoux remains empty most of the time and that kind of takes away from people trying out this place.

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Kavi: Richoux, neatly tucked away on the third floor of the City Centre, has this odd other-worldliness about it which makes you feel like you are not in Doha, when you enter it. I had very low expectations from the food, but I was quite pleasantly surprised. I ordered a portion of scrambled eggs on toast. The eggs were quite fluffy and even had the right amount of cheese and salt in it. Although you can’t see it, the scrambled eggs came on a bed of toasted bread which made it all the more delicious. I recommend this place if you’re looking for a moment of a quiet in a maddeningly busy mall.

Verdict:
Hani: Wasn’t expecting this but it was a good experience dining here.

Kavi: Delumptious

Quiznos Sub

Where: Qatar Sports Club

When: 10 am onwards

What’s on the menu:

Eggs N’ Cheddar, Eggs N’ Bacon and Eggs N’ Turkey. QAR 15 for a 6” and 23 for a 12”.

What we ate:

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Hani:
I ordered me a eggs and bacon sandwich, and it was just that!
No Tomatoes, no lettuce, no cucumbers, no cheese! So dry it felt like I was eating a drought. Bacon was sparse and egg was egg. I don’t know why I am surprised, I got what I asked for after all. Service wise, better than subway, as it is delivered to your table. I wasn’t recommended addition of toppings despite the staff knowing that just eggs+bread+bacon won’t be easy to swallow.

Kavi:
I ordered the better sandwich (for a change) - egg and cheese sandwich. Unlike Hani’s, I loved my sandwich and it was absolutely delicious. And unlike all the other bad experiences with cheddar, this didn’t feel so sharp or bitter. If you don’t like driving around a bit for parking, try the Quiznos near Al-Meera Hypermarket, opposite West Bay health centre.

Verdict:

Hani: Trust me, Home-made is better!

Kavi: Delumptious