Sunday and I have this love-hate relationship since I was a kid. From waking up early in the morning to go to church, to doing your homework because school resumes the next day, Sunday is quite a stressful day. On the other hand, Sunday is our family day. It is the day when mom would cook something for lunch or one of my favorite dishes. Most of the time, I would ask for a heaping bowl of meatball spaghetti and corndogs. They’re my childhood favorites and my comfort food. If hashtags were existing back then, expect #SpaghettiSundays on my social media posts. Such fond memories came rushing when I was recently invited by Intercontinental Doha-The City to try their newly launched Comfort Sundays at The Square.
A first and I believe the only restaurant with such theme, The Square welcomes everyone both young and young at heart to enjoy the wide array of comfort food in their extensive spread. I liked the novelty and originality of the theme. But is it worth a try?
Featuring popular comfort foods from the Americas (United States, Canada, Mexico), the spread brings some nostalgic feels and takes a trip a few decades back to your childhood. We all have our comfort food reminiscent of our younger years and I’m sure, one way or the other, you will find it somewhere in several stations they have set up.
Reminiscent of school fairs and late night movie? This DIY Popcorn Bar lets you customize your own popcorn with an assortment of flavors from the traditional salt, cheese, and caramel to a more adventurous one like Oreo, Choco Blossom, or even Cajun Spice.
They say, sugar is the most common source of comfort and while you’re at it, start with a sinful sip of sugar loaded soda from the Soda Bar. Topped with vanilla ice cream, the 11-year-old kid inside me indulged with Root Beer float that night.
If the sugar rush hasn’t struck you yet, this station offers all the confectioner’s delights from cakes, pastries, candies, and even pancakes smothered in your favorite syrup and toppings.
Bagel and Salad Bar
While some people find comfort with sugar, others find comfort with carbs and bread. Fulfill that desire for a bagel or pretzel and your choice of cheese and other filling with the Bagel and Salad Bar. An assortment of maki rolls is also available for those (myself included) who find comfort with sushi.
Hot Food Bar
My personal favorite among all the bars, this is where I found my comfort food. Be it the cheeseburger soup on a cold and rainy day, or the mac and cheese or pizza for that gooey cheese craving in the middle of the night, the warmth and savory goodness (and perhaps the grease?) tick off the right boxes for me. And oh, the meatball spaghetti and corn dogs are here!
Worth a Try?
Overall, the food selection and the bar choices offer one solid reason why this novelty of a theme is worth giving a shot. It is not the specific dishes that would really entice you but the overall theme and the excitement of memories rushing to you when you find your own comfort food. That certain familiarity and memories will bring such comfort (hence comfort food Sundays) and makes the whole dining experience more pleasant. Priced at QAR130 per person (including the soda bar beverages), it is reasonable and would highly appeal to friends and families who are on the lookout of a relaxed dinner on a Sunday evening.
Do I see myself coming back? Yes, definitely.
Comfort Sundays run from 6:30 PM and costs QAR130 per person. For more details and reservation, you may call +974 4015 8888 or visit their website at https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/doha/dohwb/hoteldetail.
I was a guest and was invited to try the Comfort Sundays at Intercontinental Doha The City but the photos and opinions used are my own and based on my experience.