Dairy Queen

Where: Ramada Junction / Abu Hamour Petrol Station?/Landmark?

When: till 11 AM

What’s on the menu:
Pancake Platter (18 QAR), Ultimate Hashbrown (23 QAR) and Big breakfast (20 QAR)

What we ate:

Hani:

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I enjoy DQ breakfast and rate it somewhat highly taste-wise. Another benefit of having breakfast here is after you’re done, you can have their cool treats. Dessert right after breakfast. I am quite a regular with DQ because it falls en route to work (that explains my high cholesterol too).

The chicken strips have a black peppery taste and crisp in texture. With the syrup the pancakes become really soaked and soft but still don’t become soggy.

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Kavi: I have eaten the Dairy Queen breakfast three times now and I can almost never remember what it tasted like when I am done. That should give you an idea of how completely unmemorable it is. Don’t get me wrong, the scrambled eggs aren’t the worst I have ever had. But it’s just very… meh. The service isn’t bad, they do the best they can. The whole place has a very icky feel about it. 

Verdict:

Hani: Pancakes better than Rics, early morning and right sized portions with good prices. Restaurant feels a bit unhygienic though ( don’t know why)

Kavi: Biffsquiggle

Mr.Gyros

Where: Al Jazeera Petrol Station, off Salwa Road
When: All week, 8:00 am to 11:00 am.
What’s on the menu: Eggs (Benedict [not cumberbatch], Scrambled, Sunny side up etc.), Grilled Halloumi sandwich, Banoffee Toast, Nutella Banana. Also many crepe and pancake varieties…
What we ate:

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Kavi: I ordered Eggs Benedictine with potatoes and sausages. The eggs looked so lovely almost wrapped in white tissue paper. It tastes a bit bland with the potatoes and sausages unless you douse it with pepper or some other spice. It’s not really a combination that works, but each of the ingredients by themselves taste quite good.

Hani: I had the grilled Halloumi gyro and it comes with a little portion of a greek salad. Pricing for the breakfast menu is in the low to medium range. Taste of the grilled halloumi gyro is really excelled due to the bread they make it with. Bread is thick yet isn’t dry and isn’t hard to swallow at all. The wrap does wonderful in accumulating flavors but would’ve like it more if halloumi cheese was a bit stronger in taste.

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Verdict:


Kavi:Delumptious (but terrible location)

Shater Abbas

Where: Ramada junction, between QNB and Maghrabi opticals

When: 3 am to 10.30 am (3 am! It’s hard for us to believe, if any of our readers experiences breakfast at this hour, let us know)

What’s on the menu: Traditional persian food comprising eggs, meat etc. Expect to find items like Shak Shuka, Nashef Chicken, Kawara Pacha

What we ate:

Hani:
I had a shak shouka, (can I say egg curry in other words?) served with fresh persian bread.They start serving breakfast really early, so it’s great for people looking for some breakfast when the sun’s bright but not intense. Taste wise, I found it much better than Manaret Beirut. Drinks had to be forgone because of the reasons Kavi will tell you in a bit and a cola early morning would be a call to diabetes from a hotline.

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Kavi: The last time I remember having delicious Qima was when I was in school ages ago and would eat Qima sandwiches after queuing up at the portacabin canteen in the hot sun. In an effort to rekindle old memories, I ended up ordering Qima at Shater Abbas.

What did we have for drinks, you ask? Well, we asked for Vimto because it was on the menu and they didn’t have it. We then asked for juices (they had about 13 listed on the menu; an ominous sign maybe?) and they had none of that either. So then, we though a bottle of water might be reasonable and they didn’t have that too.

The Qima tasted good but it was heavy (and nothing like what it tasted in school). It had a strong home-made flavor to it but was very more peas than meat.

The portion size is quite generous so one order is good for two.

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Verdict:

HanI: OK (dear readers, do accept this as a valid verdict)

Kavi: Delumptious

Laduree

Where: Villagio

When: 9am to 12pm

What’s on the menu:
This was quite a great discovery with quite a large choice of breakfast options that caters to wealthier patrons.
7 types of omelette, fried, scrambled eggs and one set course item.
Prices range from QAR 22 to 90

What we ate:

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Hani:
My order was an Omelette with crispy chestnuts and caramelized pickled onions. Didn’t find the chestnuts as crispy as the name promised, but they were bursting with flavor. The caramelized onions were nestled in the center of the wrapped omelette. Just look at that smooth texture of the omelette. I’ve never had eggs this well prepared and with perfect consistency. The sauce, onions and the perfectly made eggs were all balanced to give the perfect flavor, no over powering of senses happening here.
However, the menu has misleading names. For example, my drink “a white coffee with citrus fruit infusion” had no coffee at all and was in fact a kind of tea.

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Kavi:
Contrary to what my photo would lead you to believe, those are in fact scrambled eggs and not mashed potatoes. The delicious eggs came with beef bacon. Although I am somewhat averse to beef, I tremendously enjoyed this combo. The eggs were absolutely perfect, the best I have had so far. The teas are meant to be the star attraction in Laduree as it fashions itself as a tea house. But the tea I drank was quite literally and practically unmemorable. 

Verdict:

Hani: This is the type of breakfast that shames starred hotel breakfast.
The real 5 star breakfast.


Kavi: Scrumdiddleyumptious

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

 

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 :)

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

Casper & Gambini

Where: Landmark Mall in between Haagen Dazs and The One

When: Daily from 9am onwards

What’s on the menu: Eggs, Labneh, pancakes Coffee with Croissant
Prices between QAR 18 to 31.

What we ate:

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Hani: I had The Gambini Omelet which was with butter bread, bacon
The baby potatoes were mushy and sweet, which does not fit my liking. The cheese instead of making the egg crispy was rather cooked to the degree that it formed a film on almost all the eggs (see egg border in the picture).

I had an after eight mint coffee, I am not sure whether it should’ve tasted the way it tasted, also was very sweet as if I was drinking sugar syrup. These guys have good service but it did seem to me as if it was one of those days …..
Even for the non-breakfast meals that I’ve had from here, nothing has been extraordinary.

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Kavi: I ordered the Perfect Pancakes which comes up with maple syrup and fruits. The Pancakes were a bit heavy and not light and fluffy as I had hoped. It had a cake/bread like texture as though it had been baked. Not my favourite kind of pancakes. However, their servers are very attentive and will visit your table to enquire if you’re pleased with food or not. We’ve been to some places which serve good food and have terrible service. This feels like awkward change. We want to say great things about this place but the food is only so-so.

Verdict:

Hani:The food and coffee gave me zero appeal although the attentive service is praise-worthy. Almost like a place where you go not for the food but to enjoy the great service.
But then again, good food with bad service still gets a lot more business.

Kavi: Biffsquiggle

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