The hustle of the city had Gergana Ivanov making dinner reservations at O’Glacée Restaurant, one of Alwadi Hotel Doha’s prestigious realm of outlets.
I decided to spoil myself and have dinner at O’Glacée Restaurant after indulging with a facial treatment in the Alwadi Hotel’s M|Spa, as I had heard positive reviews of this restaurant and needless to say, I was impressed with my dining experience. I made my way to the third floor and by the time I had arrived, the sun had gone down and the moon was glistening overhead with its reflection in the swimming pool making this a sublime experience.
As I walked out and looked around, I could see the Al Fanar centre in its magnificent glory across the soothing blue colour of the outdoor pool. It was perfect to sit outside and enjoy the current weather of Doha whilst it lasted. With a beautiful outdoor setting that includes chicly designed tables, comfortable couches and a bar, I was astonished to find a location that was completely occupied by people having dinner, enjoying a drink or simply relaxing with the dynamic views of the city. It’s refreshing to finally have a space in Doha that really knows how to go all out and cater to a variety of people. The hospitality of this place started as soon as I was escorted by the friendly staff who gave me a blanket to cover myself from the strong winds we have been experiencing lately. They recommended that I try one of their signature drinks called ‘Million Dollar Lady’, a sweet and sour drink that was inspired by the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
As the night went on, I was mesmerized by MGallery and the stories that came with it. The menu was a fusion of flavours from all over the world but predominantly focused on Mediterranean cuisine. The idea was simple yet well executed with their use of fresh ingredients. For starters, my Asian style sautéed chicken with chunky peanut sauce and a quinoa salad made this a divine combination to begin with. The skewered chicken was presented on a banana leaf, immediately amplifying and adding an Asian feel to the visual. Complementing the juicy and perfectly cooked dish was the peanut sauce that came together impeccably
As for the quinoa salad, I can easily say that it is the best that I’ve had in all of Doha, and it actually reminded me of a healthy food restaurant that I love back in Australia. For the main course I tried the peri-peri chicken, with its luscious mild spices and buttery chicken whereas the mashed potatoes that came with it were cooked unlike any other with a crunchy baked top and fluffy underneath, melting away in my mouth. I was also able to try the wagyu beef burger, making this a juicy experience and winning my vote as the best item on the menu at O’Glacée. As I waited for dessert, I curled up in the warm blanket and was able to sit back and truly enjoy the atmosphere.
“The smooth music added a radiating and lively feel to the cool night as the cheerful chatter of the people hummed around me.”
The smooth music added a radiating and lively feel to the cool night as the cheerful chatter of the people hummed around me. I couldn’t help but smile as the blue lights illuminated the entire set up of the restaurant. Dessert was served in a bowl of happiness that had mint pistachio nuts mixed with chocolate eggs, reminding me of finding chocolate eggs on Easter as a child. As I bit into the chocolate, I was surprised that there was a different layer and consistency of the dessert that instantly melted away in my mouth. For anyone who is a fan of mint chocolate; this is definitely the dish for you. I’m looking forward to the unveiling of their new menus this summer which will showcase an exciting range of flavours, creatively crafted by their talented Chef Rick Gonzalez.
The O’Glacée Restaurant located in Downtown Msheireb proved to be impressive and definitely one of my new favourites. If you’re looking for an exceptional experience, add this one to your list to visit next!