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

Wrap It

Where: Villagio Food Court

When: 8 am to 11 am

What’s on the menu: Boiled eggs, mashed potatoes, falafel etc. Photos below for full view of what’s available.

What we ate:

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Hani and Kavi: Since we both ate pretty much everything, we’re doing a joint review this time. There’s no beating the price, at QR 19 you’ll never see this much variety anywhere else. But but but… they dish out limited quantities, no seconds. Worst part? Every item you see in the photos including the falafels, the beef bacon, sausages and mashed potatoes are stone cold. Yep. If you don’t mind wolfing down such a vast expanse of food at a low price, head to Wrap It. The warm service of the staff may do what the food can’t.

Verdict:

Hani: Sometimes when something seems too good to be true, it actually is.

Kavi: Bunkumhouse

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

The One Cafe

Where: The One, Landmark Mall
Many people would still be surprised once they find out that, yes, there actually is a cozy eatery right inside a furniture shop!

When: Saturday-Thursday :from 9am to 12 pm
Friday:1:30 PM onwards

What’s on the menu:

Breakfast Menu is divided into two segments, all Day and Opening Scenes ( 9am to 12 pm) Eggs Benedict, Omelettes, Toasts, Muesli and more. Prices from QR 32 to 44.

What we ate:

Hani:

Feeling experimental, I ordered myself an Eggs En Cocotte (QR 35) because I didn’t see it in any other menu in Doha. It comes with Gruyere cheese with Mushrooms, spinach,thyme and onion. The bread which you see in the picture is seed and beetroot bread. This is an oven baked dish so were the eggs in zaatar w zeit but these were less fluffier .


First Flash*:
First flash today talks about their fresh fruit juices - the reason for it to be included here is PEAR juice

Also, you have the option to choose omega 3 eggs for an extra, although my ordered dish is pre-prepared so you are stuck with whatever eggs they’ve pre-prepared the dish with. It occurred to me that options for a healthier egg could be available in the menus of the places that we’ve already reviewed but they weren’t mentioned so prominently on the menu.

Kavi:

In my eternal pursuit for great pancakes and waffles, I ordered a Syrniki Pancakes (griddled cottage cheese and raisin pancakes, served with berries, maple syrup, sour cream and home made compotes).  As you can see from my plate, there are three little mini dishes that DO NOT contain maple syrup or sour cream. Just the compotes. So I asked for the maple syrup. And boy was it delicious. The pancakes were sweet but a little stiff. Drenching them in maple syrup or the compotes softens it considerably.


Verdict:
Hani:
One of the best breakfasts I’ve had, this has become a permanent inclusion in my breakfast list.

Kavi: Delumptious.

I am always impressed when the servers know the menu like they do their own refrigerators. But our server was super confused when we asked for the omega 3 eggs. It took us a while to communicate what we wanted and that’s a bit off putting.


*First Flash is like a news flash but for things that are seen on the menu for the first time.

Le Pain Quotidien

What happened at Villagio mall last week was a tragedy and we sincerely mourn the loss of lives. But today we dedicate this post to one of our favourite places at Villagio - Le Pain Quotidien (PQ). Though it shut down much before the fire, we know it was a popular place for families and there are good memories associated with the place for many. While there are no other branches in Qatar yet, we have been to branches in Dubai and Istanbul and can testify for the same good quality and service. Have you been to any other PQ? Any good stories about the one in Qatar? Let us know. Next week we return to our regular programing.

Where is it: Villagio Mall

When is it : 9AM onwards -All Day Breakfast

What was on the menu
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Baker’s goods, Breakfast Specials, Hot Breakfast and Breakfast Platters which means from biscotti to full featured combos. Qar 5 to Qar 60.

What we ate:

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Hani:

I had a PQ breakfast platter which includes a baker’s basket, choice of pastry and
omelette with coffee. Although, I ordered a plain omelette, it was quite delightfully fluffy.
I really like how they served my mocha, in a bowl instead of the usual mug.

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doesn’t the froth look like Africa?

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Kavi: In the interest of giving our readers a fair and comprehensive review, I decided to forego the safety of eggs for breakfast and ordered waffles instead. And o boy! It was the best choice. The waffles were just right: not too hard and not too chewy. These are undoubtedly the best waff les I have ever had. The portion was perfect too! The kind that fills you up but leaves you hungry for lunch.

A special note on the breads. Unlike Paul, we found the bread in the baker’s basket, soft and easy on the teeth.

Verdict:
Hani
 : Good ambience, lots of variety
Kavi: Delumptious but noisy