Five Things You Should Add to Your Summer Bucket List

Hang Glide in Rio.
Float in the Dead Sea.
Learn a New Language.
Skydive on my 31st.
Set foot on every continent.

My childhood has been filled with things I wanted to try and goals (both long and short term) that I aspire to accomplish. I didn’t even know (yet) that it was called “Bucket List” but I already have it (full to the rim).

One by one, I work hard to tick them off. It keeps me motivated and excited every day. Bucket list doesn’t need to be grand or expensive. Big or small, they are equally valuable as it gives a sense of accomplishment. And just like a literal bucket, I keep filling them once I am running low.

The City Center Rotana Summer Bucket List

In my previous post, I’ve shared my staycation experience with City Center Rotana and I gave five valuable reasons why it is a great summer destination for you too. And in true bucket fashion, here are the must-try things when you go for your next staycation. Let’s call it the City Center Rotana Summer Bucket List.

City Center Rotana: Your Home Away from Home

1. Challenge Accepted

I’ve been a regular patron of this sports pub for a while now and why not? It has all the good reasons for you to try and go back over and over. Great food, reasonable price, relaxed and lively ambiance. It’s a great hangout place for after work catch-up or even for casual dinner.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Bostons Bar

Sportsbar, Gastropub and Lounge.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Bostons Bar Stool

Black and White Photos adorn the walls.

Dare the Dynamite

Ever heard of the popular Chef’s Challenge? It is a Bostons staple where every month, Chef is throwing a challenge to all foodies (and none- yet) to dare themselves and go big. If you’ve missed last month’s Burger Tower Challenge, don’t fret. This month, the Chef is calling you to try The Spicy Prawns Challenge.

 

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Bostons Bar Spicy Prawns Chefs Challenge

30 Spicy Prawns. 10 minutes. No water. Are you up for it?

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Spicy Prawns Bostons

Don’t let the photo fool you. The serving is huge.¬†Perfectly cooked prawns worth paying the price even if you lose.

For the record, I tried it and failed big time. Generally, I can’t eat without a glass of water on stand by because I like taking a sip in between to clear my palette. The prawns are well seasoned and mind you, even if you fail and end up paying the meal, it is still worth the price. Despite the novelty of being a challenge, the prawns are decent and well presented.

By the MEAT-er

If prawns are too much for you, give the meter sausage a try. Choose between chicken or veal sausage which comes with a selection of condiments including caramelized onions and mustard among others.

Ready for another dare?

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Meter Sausage Bostons Bar

Choose between half a meter or the one-meter sausage.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Bostons Bar Sausage Meter

Go by the MEAT-er.

Burgers for your Beer

Also, Bostons also currently offers Burgers Around the World selection which includes:

  • Taste of South Asia
  • Moroccan Lamb Burger
  • Mexican Juicy Lucy Burger
  • Gnocco Fritto
  • French Favorites
Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Bostons Bar Burger Menu

Reasonably priced burgers worth trying.

Among the choices, I opted to try the Morrocan Lamb. Having been in the Gulf for a long while now, it tasted quite familiar as it is close to having a kofta burger perfectly seasoned and compliments the crispy lettuce and fresh tomatoes.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Bostons Bar Moroccan Burger

Thick and juicy lamb patties similar to Lamb Kofta. Even the fries are well seasoned too (and not just plain salt)

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Bostons Bar Moscow Mule

Forget about the recent Mashable report. This Moscow Mule is a safe must-try!

Boston's - City Centre Rotana Doha Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

2. Top up your Tan

This summer, top up that tan and stay in shape with City Center Rotana’s Pool Pass promotion. For only QAR 599, you can have unlimited pool access for a month. Beat the summer heat and cool off in the temperature-controlled pools. Promotion is valid until 31st of August so you better hurry!

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Pool Pass

Choose between 4 temperature-controlled pools.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Pool Pass

Brave the Doha heat and top that golden tan by the pool side.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Pool Pass Cabana

Plush Cabanas are also available if you need some shade.

3. Teatro Friday Brunch

One of the things I learned to love and embraced being in Qatar is the brunch culture. I became a fan of this kind of social gatherings where I can have great food, a relaxed environment with the company of my friends. While some might say it is an excuse to drink and get drunk during the day, well, I am an adult anyway. It’s a grown up thing.

If you are looking for something different from your typical brunch set up, Teatro has recently started their Friday Brunch which promises a theatrical experience like no other. Unlike most brunches around town, Teatro’s is more sophisticated yet relaxed. There is no lavish buffet or extensive spread but instead, there is a set menu where you will have taste sampler of everything that is on offer and five live stations which you can check in between your food.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Menu

Bringing the Best of East and West in one unique brunch experience.

Keeping the Quality

Executive Chef Matias Ayala shares that they aim to bring the best of what Teatro has to offer and known for. Popular to its fusion of Eastern and Western cuisines and an upscale setting, their Friday Brunch reflects Teatro’s keen eye to details and perfection. Instead of an open spread buffet, they want diners to enjoy and be more relaxed as food will be served to their table instead of walking to and fro across the room for a piece of lobster or any dish they want to try. He also added that they want to maintain the high quality of food and service Teatro is known for even on a brunch setting so you will still feel like having an a la carte dish.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Chef Matias Ayala Teatro Brunch

Executive Chef Matias Ayala aims to provide top notch service even on a laid back Friday Brunch.

Hats off to all the chef who collaborated on the menu as it showcases the best from the East and West which will take you to a delightful gastronomic journey.

Mini Cold Dishes

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Appetizers

The Mini Cold Dishes

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Burrata

Creamy Burrata with truffle and asparagus bits cleanses the palette in between the other items on the menu.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Beef Carpaccio Appetizer

Cipriani Style Beef Carpaccio brings the delicate beef flavor and mild flavor from the cheese. This is my top pick from the Cold Items Menu.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Teatro Friday Brunch Doha Pomelo Salad Appetizer

Refreshing Pomelo Salad brings the unique Asian flavor on the table. Unfortunately, my serving was a little under-dressed but I’m sure you can ask them to add a little more.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Tuna Ceviche Salad Appetizer

Tuna and Passion Ceviche brings an interesting combination of the tangy vinegar flavor with a hint of sweetness from the passion fruit extract is a perfect compliment.

Mini Hot Dishes

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Main Dishes

The Mini Hot Dishes

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Thai Prawn Croquet

Perfectly seasoned Thai prawn croquet with Asian dip has the right crisp and savory flavor to wet your appetite.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Nasi Goreng Main Dish

I would call this a gourmet version of the good old Nasi Goreng. If only the chicken satay was a little bit tender, it could have given justice to the rich peanut sauce.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Veal Meatballs Main Dish

Veal Balls. What is not to love with meatballs? This one is a gold.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Bao Peaking Duck Main Dish

Soft steamed Bao (bun) with crispy pak choy and luscious Peking duck in a rich blend of hoisin sauce and other Asian spices. Divine!

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Flat Bread Main Dish

Flat bread with caramelized onion, gorgonzola cheese, and rocket: I enjoyed the aroma of rich Olive Oil when served fresh and hot.

Live Station

Apart from the set menu, there are five live stations available:

  • Thai Curries
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Oyster and Sushi
  • Meat Carving
  • Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Green Thai Curry Main Dish

Choose between chicken or seafood to go with either Green or Red Thai Curry. I opted to go for Green Seafood.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Mushroom Risotto Live Station

The Mushroom Risotto was heavy and on the oily side. Pro tip: Adjust the olive oil and cheese when you order yours.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Oyster Seafood Station

Oysters for days.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Sashimi Sushi Station

Sashimi and Octopus slices

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Sashimi Sushi Nigiri Live Station

Maki and Nigiri for that Japanese food craving.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Meat Station

Prime cut meat is aged for 21 days with a mix of spices.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Potatoes and Side Dish

Choose from grilled vegetables and other sides. My recommendation: The Duck Fat Potatoes.

Cooked to perfection. My preference is always rare and this one even had a great crust for added texture.

A nice gimmick: Get your freshly made ice cream made from cream and liquid nitrogen.

Desserts

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch Desserts

An assortment of Desserts: Lemon Meringue Pie, Creme Brulee, Tiramisu, Mango and Sticky Rice and Sweetened Tapioca Ball in Coconut Milk.

A must-try cocktail: the refreshingly sweet Akira

It was quite an interesting dining experience combining the eclectic ambiance and the lively house music from the DJ who was spinning the entire afternoon. Whoever says that Teatro is just for dates and romantic dinners, you can add “cool brunches” too.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Teatro Friday Brunch DJ Music

Enjoy house music all afternoon-long.

Details

Available every second Friday of the month.

Time: 12: 30 PM to 4:00 PM

Price: QAR 250 (including soft beverages)/ QAR 350 (including wines and spirits)

4. Go Brunchin’ Mediterranean Style at Olive Oil

If you missed the Teatro Brunch, Olive Oil offers an equally scrumptious feast every Friday. The theme: Mediterranean. If you are heavy on seafood and greens, this Brunch would best suit you.

During my stay, I decided to give it a go and took a closer look at what is being offered.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Olive Oil Brunch

Mediterranean Brunch every Friday at Olive Oil.

The spread is decent and offers international cuisine aside from the banner Mediterranean. Arabic, Indian, Spanish, Sushi, Pasta and Dessert stations are available across the entire restaurant. I would suggest to take your time and check the entirety of the place first before you start digging in.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Olive Oil Brunch Salad

Fresh Salad.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Olive Oil Brunch Greek Salad

Flavors of the Mediterranean: Olives, Feta, Tomatoes, and Greens

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Olive Oil Brunch Antipasti Greek

An assortment of Mediterranean Antipasti.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Olive Oil Brunch Cauliflower Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Salad.

Fresh Oysters available at the Seafood Station: Don’t forget that all important squeeze of lemon and a dash of Tabasco sauce.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Olive Oil Brunch Lobster Seafood

A popular choice among diners: Grilled Lobsters cooked upon request.

Your choice of meat of Mixed Grill from the Arabic Station.

Several selections of Biryani and Curries are available at the Indian Station.

And don’t forget the desserts! These luscious chocolate mousses are so rich, I had two!

Sangria and cocktail station is also available.

It is highly advised to call for a reservation as it gets busy and finding a seat for your and your friends might be challenging if you decide to come without a reservation.

Details

Available every Friday.

Time: 12: 30 PM to 4:00 PM

Price: QAR 199 (including soft beverages)

5. Breakfast in Bed

And of course, one of my personal bucket list will always be having breakfast served in bed after a good night sleep. I decided to order for in-room service during my stay to check if it is worth recommending.

In-room breakfast is available from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM

I guess the photos speak for itself.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Breakfast in Bed Room Service

Breakfast for the King

The menu is decent and modestly priced. My order came in after 15 minutes which is relatively quick. Serving size is great and my eggs were on point when I particularly mentioned that I want my yolks to be runny.

Summer Bucket List City Center Rotana Doha Breakfast in Bed

Start the day right with perfectly runny yolks of your sunny side up.

Avail of the current summer room rates starting from *QAR550 and experience a relaxing weekend staycation.

Fill Up Yours

Summer is the season of fun and relaxation. It is the high time for you to start ticking off those items on your list or filling up with new ones. Make it a summer to remember.

What are your plans this summer? Have you made up your list yet?

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