Aceite @ Melia Doha

We heard of the opening of a new hotel in town sometime earlier this year but never managed to make a visit. Until of course last week when we were reminiscing a summer trip to Spain and then desperately started craving Spanish.

It took us all of 2 minutes to decide on dining at Acetie, the newest of all Spanish restaurants in the city. A quick drive to West bay against the evening work traffic and we had arrived in time for our reservation with growling tummy’s and serious hunger pangs.

On first glance the restaurant had a very tapas bar ambience until we were lead by our chirpy hostess to be seated in the second half of the restaurant, which is ideally the dining section. Don’t get me wrong I love the tapas bar and could see myself becoming a regular for an post work drink and quick bite.

As we settled down we were told that we were in luck as a new 2 person band was about get those latin beats going to entertain the guests at Aceite for the first time since its opening. Now that said all in a mood to unwind on a Thursday evening a swift glance at the drink menu and I was ready to roll out the weekend with a classic glass of Tempranillo.

Dinner was easy as after all our cravings we already did know what our tummies cried out for. That said we were happy when Chef Adriana walked out to say hello and assist us in choosing the right dish matching those cravings.

Dish 1(Starter) : Huevos rotos con patatas, Jamon de pato y pimientos de pardon. Simply translated as potato chips with duck jamon and chilly pimentos.

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Dish 2 (Starter) : Octupus Salad – Loved the hint of spice and the freshness of the delicious octopus

Dish 3 (Main) : Marinated and Grilled Hamour garnished with fried onions and served with a potato pure – The fish was cooked to absolute  perfection and was delicious as hell.

Dish 4 (Main) : Seafood Paella. Absolutely delectable and quite possibly the most authentic and the best paella served in town. This was the portion for one person but could be easily shared between 2 or maybe 3 if you want to try another main.

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Dish 5 (Dessert) : Churros – Coz no Spanish meal should end without churros 😛 ( Don’t have a picture coz we kind of gobbled it up as soon as it got to our table.

Overall Experience – 4 out of 5. The live music was good. The menu has a huge variety of meat and fish dishes suiting all palates. The food served had a few stand out dishes namely dish 2, dish 4 and dish 5.

Service: 4 out of 5 – Very good as we had a Spanish waitress however I did see a few other guests struggling to order with some of the other staff.

Total Cost – 600 QR including water.


Type of cuisine: traditional Spanish food that magnificently blend traditional recipes with surprising contemporary touches. Wine cellar: extensive wine menu. Wide variety of Spanish designations origin. Young award winning wines, outstanding foreign wines especially from France, Italy and Argentina.

OPENING TIMES: lunch (from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm) and dinner (from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm)

Meliá Doha is located in the West Bay, the most vibrant area of Doha. The hotel is set over 62,000 sq m. and has a total of 317 contemporary design rooms, including a Royal Suite, the most exclusive service at The Level and a sublime gastronomic experience.

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