West bay, Doha is just one of those parts of the country that keeps getting a new hotspot practically every month of the year. Last week it was the exclusive Shanghai Club @ The Shangri-La Doha and well yesterday was the official media opening for Teatro @ City Centre Rotana.
Now hold on, no ones complaining about the dining choices the city finally has to offer because obviously more… the merrier. I was lucky to be invited to the opening of Teatro and boy did I have a great time.
Teatro Doha is your one stop dining space. For anyone that can’t make up their mind about what to eat or where to eat yet they do know they want great food served in style this is just the dining destination that you’re looking for. The restaurant occupies half of the 2nd floor of the hotel hosting 5 different types of kitchens and a wine cellar called Wino.
The concept is all fancy and theatrical with song and musical names given to each private booth and dining space. The names range from Mama Mia to Annie to The Black Swan just to name a few. Art and deco have been given the same amount of TLC with custom made masks and painting flown down all the way from the floating city of Venice.
Also what’s unique is the amazingly talented pianist from the city of Las Vegas that has taken residence at the hotel playing some magical tunes all through the night.
Now lets dig into the real star of the night – The FOOD!
Teatro boasts of merging eastern and western cuisine under one roof serving Japanese, Thai, Indian, Chinese & Italian. Some of the signature dishes were served out in order to give us guests a little taste of what this amazing concept has on offer.
Sadly my preggy body had to say no to this beauty. However I was told by the ones that tried it that the platter served was fresh and delicious.
One of my favorites of the night. The salad was crisp and well balanced with sweet, spicy & salty flavours.
Prawn and Chicken Salad with Pomelo
Quite the dish – the crunchiness of the nuts and different textures of ingredients is what makes this salad extremely yummy.
Roasted Duck rolls with Hoisin Sauce
The rolls were crispy however to my opinion the ratio of vegetable to duck was a bit off. Obviously then more veggies than duck 😦 dint quite do it for me.
Terriyaki glazed Chicken Wings
Tender and well seasoned teriyaki wings. I could’ve easily eaten all 5 pieces dished on the plate.
Lamb Loin with Mediterranean vegetables
Can’t complain about the Tender lamb chops however the gravy was a bit too salty for my liking. Overall though, any meat lover would devour this dish.
The fish was cooked to perfection. With a hint of miso that was perfect in quantity not overpowering the flavors of the fresh fish itself. Also nice crispy Bok Choy served with it was a perfect compliment.
Butter Chicken with Herb Naan
A big disappointment for me. Too sweet and nothing like an typical Butter Chicken. I do think though my standard for Indian food is quite high and most expats may like it. Naan bread was delicious and I could tell from the taste that it was made in a proper tandoor oven.
Thai Chicken Green Curry with Steamed Rice.
Loved the little wooden and metal crockery that the food was dished in. Could use a more spice though 🙂
Unfortunately I did not stay for dessert but from what I saw later on social media it did look like a trip to heaven. I loved every bit of the evening and of course the ambience was great with a good turn out of the media at the event. I have to point out that despite a busy demanding crowd of about 50 people the servers and staff did an excellent job on serving all course on hot and on time.
Click here – for full menu
I am definitely looking forward to head back to the restaurant to experience it from a non invitees point of view. I’ve got some dishes on my mind i’d like to try and of course see first hand what a normal day at the restaurants like.
Teatro also has what they call the Golden Hour from 5-7 pm ( happy hour on drinks and bites) I had a cocktail last night that was extremely yummy can only imagine what the delicious cocktails stirred up at that bar
Teatro ( Upscale fine dining)
Where : City Centre Rotana
Cuisine : Multi cuisine ( Japanese sushi, Thai, Indian, Chinese & Italian)
Serves : Wine ( Wine cellar called Wino & bar)
Dining : $$ ( for 2)
Open : Monday to Saturday only for dinner from 5 pm onwards