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 :)

Caffe Vergnano 1882

Where: Qatar Sports Club (They are also located in the Villagio Mall, The Pearl and )

When: 24 hours (Only at QSC)

What’s on the menu: Other than the individual croissants and muffins(QAR 10 to 14), three items are available as breakfast options. Mediterranean Breakfast, Italian omelette and Delizioso egg panino (QAR 35 to 46)

What we ate:

Hani:

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I picked the Italian omelet which tasted like ‘skimmed’ eggs. It felt too light and I was feeling empty soon afterwards. It also tasted quite bland which I remedied with a generous helping of black pepper. However their style of presentation, their cutlery and staff all were very impressive.

Kavi:
I ate the Delizioso panino and boy did it live up to its name. Aside from the omelette, the sandwich contains fresh parsley, fresh basil and oregano all of which make it a delightfully herby sandwich. However the sandwich can be improved by making the omelette a little less dry. But that’s just me nitpicking. I also wish there were more breakfast options to choose from. From Hani’s review, it appears my choice was the only item worth having. However be warned at QR35, this egg sandwich does not come cheap.

Their hot chocolate is very Italian in consistency. This means you should expect a thick, saucy, soup-like melted chocolate. Is this your kind of hot chocolate? Then Caffe Vergnano is the place to be.

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Verdict:

Hani:
I should probably stick with their coffees.

Kavi: Delumptious 

Town Restaurant

Where: Doha DownTown Hotel Apartments


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When: Daily from 8:30 am

What’s on the menu: Muffins, Danish Pastry, Cinnamon rolls, pancakes, eggs, breakfast assortments (Arabic, continental and American)prices from QAR 7 to 60

What we ate:

Hani:
American breakfast is what I ordered. Orange juice, coffee or tea, bread basket, jam, honey, sausage or bacon. For a price of QAR 54 was the second highest priced item on the menu. These eggs must be one of the non-chef styled item. There was nothing on my plate that suggested it had been made by a chef’s hand. Maybe the bread was, only if it was prepared in-house. But we doubt this highly.
In terms of taste, it did taste like the food of some top chefs - tasteless bland. The coffee which came with this breakfast of mine was American coffee which I wisely skipped. So I settled for tea, which tasted alright.


Kavi:
I ordered ‘an italian omelette with French touch’. I am not sure in what form this touch transpired. But it didn’t seem to have made it to the plate. It was a regular omelette that didn’t justify the QR 35 price tag attached to it. Food styling isn’t really my area of expertise. But having run this blog for nearly a year, I am somewhat confident I could do a better job of presenting the food.

Verdict:
Hani: I am never, ever, ever, going back there. (sorry about the taylor swift moment, was watching EMA’s while writing the review)

Kavi: BUNKUMHOUSE+SLUSHBUNGLE (all caps and bold for emphasis)

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Where: City Centre Doha (also has branches in Souk Waqif and Al Mana towers)

When: Daily from 8:00 am onwards

What’s on the menu: Fixed combos with prices from QAR 14 to 22 
(scones, muffins, egg mixes and muesli)

What we ate:

Hani:

Brek O day is what I ordered which comprised of eggs, sausages, bread and jams. When you order a combo, coffee and tea is served for free till 11 am. The coffee that came as a default is american coffee. I have not found a way to like American coffee yet, so it tasted rather bitter despite sugar addition. The eggs would have been bland too had I not added the salt and pepper. Jam with bread was satisfactory and the sausages came out cold.

This is a first post with a consolidated meal photo. Although I don’t fancy it much, let us know if it missed a spot.


Kavi:

I had the “Food for Thought” Combo which included toast, poached eggs and jam. They also offer tea and coffee for free with every breakfast. The breakfast was not too bad for the price that I was paying. I usually don’t like my eggs so runny. But it was healthy and I am glad I chose it.

Now the Earl Grey Tea deserves its own note. They serve the house brand of tea and boy was it tasty. By habit I always add a dash of milk to my Earl Grey Tea. But the tea at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf tasted heavenly without any milk. I would certainly put it par with Forte Tea which a premium brand of the beverage and not available in Qatar.

Verdict:

Hani: Locations are aplenty. Food is re-edible. Re-trip not certain but not ruled out.
Kavi: Delumptious

Jones the grocer

Where: The Gate Shopping Centre, adjacent to Salam Plaza and opposite City Center Doha

When: Breakfast served 8 AM to 11.45 AM on weekdays and 8 AM to 3 PM on weekends

What’s on the menu:

Toasts, Eggs, Porridge, fritters and muesli. Qar 16 to 49

What we ate:

Hani:

I ordered myself sweet corn fritters, that are served with cherry tomato relish (a first!), poached egg and rocket salad all of which cost QR 38. The food was well prepared. And despite including fried items, I still felt light after finishing it (can also be attributed to small quantity). There was a bit of an extra salty aftertaste because of the fritters. My palate although was neatly cleared by the good coffee I had with my breakfast. The environment is lively to the scale of Ric’s at mid morning but with an upmarket ambiance. Jones also has a unique selection of staff from different parts of the world who will come and give you personal attention.


Kavi:
I went the safe route and ordered omelettes and sour dough bread toast. I was already getting excited when the waitress asked me if I wanted it medium or well done (no one’s ever asked me that before!). The hot chocolate I ordered was dark and creamy. It didn’t taste Nesquicky or thick and syrupy like Italian chocolate. It was so good, I ordered two. When the eggs came I was just ever so slightly disappointed that there was so much empty space on my plate.I usually like for it to be brimming with food. But all of my disappointment vanished when I bit into the eggs. It was perfectly well done and delicious. The best part was the toast. It was soft without being soggy and yet had the crispiness of a toasted bread. My cutlery didn’t need to wrestle with it to cut it down (as usually is the case most of the time). Overall, the food was wonderful.

Verdict:

Hani:
Small portions, must eat 2 portions of each, attentive staff with good tasting food.
As the name suggests this is also a grocer(y) so you can buy interestingly sourced food items and kitchen appliances for domestic godliness after your meals.

Kavi: Scrumdiddleyumptious. It was so good, we went there again the next day. But be warned, it is priced slightly higher than average and the ambiance on weekends is super noisy. Unless you get there early (around 8 or 9 am), expect to wait for 10-15 minutes before being seated.