It was one of those weekends that I felt a little lazier than the usual. Maybe it was the overcast sky, the wind blowing with such vigor, or the week was just too busy that searching for new brunch place is posing a challenge. Perhaps the sushi night at Blue from Wednesday was that pleasant, I remembered that it also holds a Friday Brunch. Alas! It didn’t take me long, I found myself heading back to Movenpick Aziziya for Friday Blue Brunch.
Friday Blue Brunch
The cozy atmosphere is familiar. The blue water goblets and napkins are constant reminders of the restaurant’s name. There’s nothing not to like about the overall ambiance. While I find the seats too close (to each other) for comfort, it is a perfect set up for families who would like to have a laid-back but still intimate Friday dine-out experience. And yes, quite suitable for that tete-a-tete with friends too!
Outdoor seats are also available which is perfect for Doha’s cooler months. It overlooks the lush greens of the Aspire zone and the iconic Torch Hotel. Unfortunately, the weather was not my friend during my visit as it was on the verge of drizzling and I didn’t take the risk. Chicken.
International Done Right
Like in any other buffet, I am critical with the food. What is the point of a cozy ambiance if the food on my plate doesn’t match? Blue decided to take the safe route and offer a rather vague International buffet. But before you frown and easily come up with that “Oh, just another international-themed brunch“, let me say that this is one of the few International(s) done right.
The buffet area is on the small side. The entire restaurant is small after all. But the quality and taste make up for the rather cramped space and moderate selection. They cover everything pretty well from soup, salad and starters, mains, and of course, desserts.
During my visit, there were lentil and mushroom soups to choose from. I found the mushroom soup a bit too peppery to my liking that I decided to jump into my usual starters right away: Sushi and Salads. Taking a cue from my Sushi Night experience the other night, I had a solid hint of what to expect with the sushi. They’re a great addition to an even more impressive selection of salads.
Usually, my experience with these “International buffets” especially those on the budget side, are lackluster. But this Friday Blue Brunch came as a surprise as they offer an interesting variety of greens other than the usual garden/Caesar and Arabic mezze. They have incorporated seafood variations of salads and starters which includes shrimp cocktails, shrimp and mango, Kani salad, and even mussels and steamed shrimps itself. I guess the island boy in me was jumping seeing the seafood selection,
The mains cover Arabic and Indian cuisines with some choices for vegetarian and even pescatarians. Among my top picks were Butter Chicken and Grilled Salmon in Garlic and Lemon Butter Sauce. I’m equally impressed to see Lamb ouzi in the buffet spread at this price point.
If you’re fond of live stations, I’m happy to share that Blue got it covered too. They offer live grill station for your fresh seafood, a shawarma station, and crepe to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Speaking of a sweet tooth, the dessert station was just alright. I usually give it a pass since I’m not huge with desserts (especially on buffets like these) and this is no exemption. I must say that the desserts were decent but not a single one stood out for me.
They say “great things come in small packages“. I’d stretch that cliche and say that it applies even to this Friday Blue Brunch. Despite the small space and buffet spread, my overall dining experience was great. I am more than pleased to see items that I wasn’t expecting to see considering the price tag of this modest brunch. I’ve previously mentioned in my other reviews that the advantage of having a sizeable buffet spread is that you can try every single dish without being overwhelmed by the selection. And this time, I succeeded covering everything. Making a recommendation was a lot easier and there’s no way I won’t recommend this chic place as an alternative for your next Friday Brunch.
For QAR 150 (inclusive of beverage), you absolutely get your money’s worth. Seafood, salad, mains, your hard earned 150 bucks can be stretched to your heart’s (and tummy’s) content. I know I did.
Are you keen to give this Friday Blue Brunch a try?
Friday Blue Brunch
Price: QAR 150
Friday 12:30-04:00 PM
First Floor, Mövenpick Hotel Al Aziziyah, Al Waab, Doha
Reservation: +974 44455535