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