Delizioso!

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Nes­tled down­stairs at the Ritz- Carl­ton, Doha, Porcini got old- world charm and a haute cui­sine din­ing at­mos­phere, So­ni­aSo a Fazal a writes

Delizioso is a word that has left its traces in my taste buds with flavour­some din­ner I had at Porcini restau­rant, the Ritz-Carl­ton, Doha.

The ex­quis­ite food ex­pe­ri­ence started when the So­ci­ety Magazine’s Foodie Trio was greeted and ac­com­pa­nied to Porcini by the ho­tel’s pleas­ant and wel­com­ing staff. The mo­ment they es­corted us to our ta­ble we were served with the per­fect wel­come drink that con­nected us to the sooth­ing mood of the restau­rant am­biance. The drink Essensa is a punch of or­ange, cit­rus with a hint of hazel­nut and pome­gran­ate. This mock­tail was re­fresh­ing enough to stim­u­late ev­ery taste sen­sa­tion; I call it a lit­tle sip of heaven on the earth.

Our din­ner be­gan with Cap­rese salad, a finely served tomato with soft buf­falo moz­zarella that is both lux­u­ri­ous to the eye and ap­pe­tiz­ing in the mouth.

It con­tin­ued with a sig­na­ture dish that Foodie Trio loved the most, Risotto con porcini. The dish is a blend of Carnaroli rice with braised porcini mush­rooms and a de­light to the feast and creamy in mix­ture with crunchy bits on top. I recommend Risotto con porcini if you are a Foodie veg, as I am and want to try the traditional yet ten­der in bite-taste­ful Ital­ian food.

At the end of the meal, Porcini staff bom­barded us with the mouth­wa­ter­ing rock­ets of desserts out of that Foodie Edi­tor and Foodie Brother loved the Tiramisu but the berry sor­bet scored top in my – Foodie Veg – rat­ing card.

Porcini, named af­ter an Ital­ian mush­room, of­fers a va­ri­ety of dishes in its A la carte din­ner. Some of the other sig­na­ture dishes are Ca­cio e Pepe, cheese and pep­per, Fileto Alla Boscaiola, beef ten­der­loin and wild mush­room and Afo­gatto ice cream with an espresso boost.

Porcini is one of the traditional and most au­then­tic award-win­ning Ital­ian restau­rants in Qatar. It was launched with a con­cept of ‘Aper­i­tivo Lungo’ started in Turin, the North­ern part of Italy in 1786, mean­ing as an ‘Ap­pe­tizer’. Its classy and so­phis­ti­cated eye-sooth­ing am­biance is per­fect and the mu­sic sounds just right as you rel­ish a calm, ro­man­tic din­ing with a part­ner or cel­e­brate a spe­cial oc­ca­sion with fam­ily or friends. The place is calm es­pe­cially dur­ing week­days, just as the sweet­est cherry on a top of a cake. The restau­rant staff is di­verse and at­tend­ing and is keen to serve its best food and hos­pi­tal­ity ser­vices.

At the Ritz-Carl­ton, Doha, Ex­ec­u­tive Sous Chef Evan­ge­los Li­ak­ouris man­ages the cuisines in the restau­rants who him­self is gen­er­ous and is ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence to cus­tomers through the food jour­ney. Fur­ther­more, the Head Chef Paride Noviello brings the Ital­ian old-age food tra­di­tion live ev­ery night at Porcini. scrump­tious dishes, a freshly baked va­ri­ety of aro­matic bread and plenty of kids fun ac­tiv­i­ties like pony rides, pet­ting and feed­ing an­i­mals and bouncy cas­tle ac­tiv­i­ties. While kids are busy lov­ing the in­door and out­door af­ter­noon fun, adults can en­joy a nice mu­sic and farm singing dur­ing brunch bites, a won­der­ful farmer’s land to un­wind on a week­end af­ter­noon with fam­ily and friends.

Farm to Ta­ble Brunch is avail­able ev­ery Fri­day, from 1pm–4pm at The La­goon restau­rant priced at QAR249 per per­son in­clu­sive of soft bev­er­ages, QAR349 per per­son in­clu­sive of se­lected house bev­er­ages, QAR399 per per­son in­clu­sive of sparkling wine and QAR110 per child aged 5–12.

My over­all ex­pe­ri­ence at Ritz Carl­ton Porcini can be de­scribed as a de­lec­ta­ble, au­then­tic jour­ney to Ital­ian food and hos­pi­tal­ity scor­ing five stars on my rat­ing chart.

The Ritz-Carl­ton Ho­tel Com­pany, L.L.C. is a wholly owned sub­sidiary of Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR). It is an im­pres­sive sym­bol of the na­tion’s emer­gence as a des­ti­na­tion for trav­ellers to the Mid­dle East. The 374-room, five-star

SO­nIA FAzAlis an IT Pro­gram Man­age­ment An­a­lyst based in Qatar. She is a cer­ti­fied yoga in­struc­tor and of­fers mix lev­els yoga and therapy balls roll and fas­cia re­lease classes. Her love for writ­ing has brought to run her own blog where she expresses tan­gi­ble oc­cur­rences, truth­ful emo­tions and a bond to the read­er­ship.To reach out to her for writ­ing or yoga, visit: www.so­ni­afazal.com

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