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Top Five Friday Brunch Venues

Brunch takes on a whole new meaning in the Middle East. It’s a ritual, a Friday institution and favourite amongst the residents of Doha. A time when the city’s kitchens go into overdrive to produce a fantastic feast of all countries, from fresh mediterranean seafood and mouth-watering Japanese sushi to traditional Arabic delicacies and of course free-flowing champagne! We’ve tried and tested brunches all over the city to come up with a collection of our Top Five Friday Brunch Venues.

1. NOBU – FOUR SEASONS

Exceeding all limits, boundaries, so on and so on – Nobu Doha is king of Friday brunch. It’s pretty much as close to heaven as you’ll ever get. A tantalising taste sensation with live cooking stations preparing the freshest seafood in the city; there’s oysters, ceviche, foie gras and of course sushi and sashimi galore. Don’t forget to try the signature Nobu cocktails and mocktails too. The Japanese Mojito with it’s summery, citrus flavour is a firm favourite – or the Yuzu & Pear Lemonade is equally delicious.

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2. THE GRILL – GRAND HYATT

The Grill Friday brunch is one so popular you’ll almost always need to book. It’s a weekly party that loyal patrons return to every week for the ever-changing themes that include ‘James Bond’, rock ‘n’ roll and the Hawaiian tropics. There’s an enviable garden terrace for al fresco dining when the weather permits, ideal for those seeking afternoon sunshine whilst they eat. The standard of food never wavers and the buffer is packed with fresh ingredients, although some of the high-ticket items such as lobster and oysters do tend to run out early so it’s definitely worth getting there early!

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3. TORO TORO – MARSA MALAZ KEMPINSKI

Brunch is a relatively new concept for Toro Toro; celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s latest foray in the Middle East. Two ginormous, brass bull statues stand proudly at the doors of the authentic Latin eatery, paving the way into the contemporary lounge. The atmosphere is vibrant and there are floor-to-ceiling windows looking out, across the ocean and into the beach-front homes of the Qanat Quartier. Get a table on the terrace so you can admire the panoramic views from the sea-front restaurant whilst enjoying a traditional, Latin meat feast. The Brazilian rodizio is a highlight with a selection of quality meats and sweet cinnamon grilled pineapple to finish the meal.

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4. GRAND BRUNCH – VINE, ST REGIS

Well-dressed guests arrive at the Grand Brunch to the sound of a live band softly playing in the background and the afternoon gets underway. A tower of tempting sweet treats are strategically-placed by the entrance, so guests can plan ahead and leave ample space for chocolate truffles and exotic fruit tarts. There are 16, lavish, live food stations with chefs from each of the hotel’s restaurants preparing freshly made dishes. There’s a separate kids buffet and activities area for the little ones to enjoy too.

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5. HAKKA BRUNCH – HAKKASAN, ST REGIS

The ever-sleek and sophisticated Hakkasan wins our hearts one more time. Serving up a sensational, if not slightly small selection of dumplings and dim sum – the Hakka brunch is one for the it-list. The vibe is cool and fresh with sparkling wine and cocktails on-tap and the choice of four steamed AND fried dim sum, as well as a main and dessert. Finish with unlimited Beijing duck pancakes and ladles full of beef noodle soup! Book a table in the famous garden terrace and enjoy a serene afternoon of over-indulgment.

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