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Looking for a good value breakfast? Try the Sapphire Plaza located in Bin Mahmoud.

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We visited the Sapphire Plaza Hotel and paid for our breakfast. This review is independent and first hand informed.

The Sapphire Plaza offers a buffet breakfast as an option for guests @ QR 25 (GBP 4.88 USD 6.87), or for non-guests @ QR 49 (GBP 9.59 USD 13.47) Children are free up until 6 years old. However there seems to be a degree of flexibility with the age.

Value for money is excellent. There is something here for everyone. Including a live egg station that will prepare you fresh eggs cooked to order. With unlimited hot and cold drinks.

Of special mention is the Indian section, which was absolutely delicious.

The restaurant where breakfast is served (Al Maha) is spacious, bright and very nicely decorated. With a quality feel to it that would normally be found in more expensive venues.

Service was excellent.

Breakfast times: Daily 6am – 10:30am

One of Qatar Quicks top tips while visiting Qatar, is to buy a copy of The Entertainer

Qatar Quick do not earn commission, or make any money from persuading you to buy a copy of the Entertainer. we are simply recommending it because it makes sense.

Qatar Quick Recommended

What is it?

It’s a book or an App containing 2 for 1 vouchers on lots of things you like to do.  Their website states; “Whether you want to dine out for a special occasion, relax in a Moroccan bath or spend time with your family, there is something for everyone in Qatar 2018!”. The vouchers are valid for the calendar year they are purchased in.

How much does it cost?

Full list price is QR 375, but a lot of the time there are offers bringing that down by around QR 100 to QR 275.

Why Should I buy one?

If you traveling alone, then there is absolutely no point in buying a copy of the Entertainer. But if there are two or more of you, you will be able to make the purchase price of the Entertainer back in as little as one transaction. A good Brunch in a top hotel will cost anywhere between QR 200 and QR 350. Use a 2 for 1 voucher and the book/App is paid for.

Once you have recovered the purchase price, you are saving money every time you use a voucher. Even if you are only in Qatar for just a week you should easily get your money back and make some great savings.

Tip

Using vouchers on fast food and hotel buffets is going to give you the best return. Along with beach/leisure passes. We have found that à la carte 2 for 1 doesn’t normally represent a big saving. If you are in a restaurant you will normally use a ‘Buy 1 Get One Free Main Course’. The saving of one main menu item when the bill comes for starter, main, dessert and drinks only makes a small difference. But hey it’s worth having.

Where can I buy a copy?

You can buy online here, or a copy can be purchased in most large supermarkets and book stores.

 

 

Want to know more about the prices of Fast Food in Qatar? Here is a price guide for what to expect to find in food courts across Qatar. This section will be updated as often as possible, but please treat it as example prices only. Also please be aware that exchange rates change much faster than this price guide can be updated.

McDonald’s Prices

McDonald's Menu Board prices
McDonald’s Menu Board 4/1/2018
Sample Exchange Rates 10/01/18 0.2028 0.2747 0.229 13.8453
QR GBP USD EUR PHP
Big Mac Meal 18 3.65 4.94 4.12 249.22
Big Tasty Meal 20 4.06 5.49 4.58 276.91
Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal 19 3.85 5.22 4.35 263.06
McRoyale Meal 19 3.85 5.22 4.35 263.06
Chicken Mac Meal 19 3.85 5.22 4.35 263.06
McChicken Meal (Original) 18 3.65 4.94 4.12 249.22
McChicken Meal (Spicy) 19 3.85 5.22 4.35 263.06
McArabia Chicken Meal 19 3.85 5.22 4.35 263.06
Grand Chicken Meal (Spicy) 23 4.66 6.32 5.27 318.44
Grand Chicken Meal (Special) 22 4.46 6.04 5.04 304.60
Chicken McNuggets Meal (6 pcs) 15 3.04 4.12 3.44 207.68
chicken mcNuggets Meal (9 pcs) 19 3.85 5.22 4.35 263.06

Link to McDonald’s Qatar Home Delivery menu click HERE

Burger King Prices

Burger King Menu Board Prices
Burger King Menu Board 4/1/2018
Sample Exchange Rates 10/01/18 0.2028 0.2747 0.229 13.8453
QR GBP USD EUR PHP
Whopper Meal 18 3.65 4.94 4.12 249.22
Double  Whopper Meal 22 4.46 6.04 5.04 304.60
Triple Whopper Meal 24 4.87 6.59 5.50 332.29
Big King XXL Meal 22 4.46 6.04 5.04 304.60
Chicken Whopper Meal 21 4.26 5.77 4.81 290.75
Chicken Royale Meal 22 4.46 6.04 5.04 304.60
King Chicken Fillet Meal 22 4.46 6.04 5.04 304.60
Chicken Steakhouse Meal 21 4.26 5.77 4.81 290.75
Chicken Crisp Meal 15 3.04 4.12 3.44 207.68
Chicken Tenders Meal (10 pcs) 17 3.45 4.67 3.89 235.37

Link to Burger King home delivery menu click HERE

KFC Prices

KFC Menu Board Prices
KFC Menu Board 4/1/2018
Sample Exchange Rates 10/01/18 0.2028 0.2747 0.229 13.8453
QR GBP USD EUR PHP
Dinner Meal 21 4.26 5.77 4.81 290.75
Crispy Strips Meal 21 4.26 5.77 4.81 290.75
Mighty Bucket Meal 25 5.07 6.87 5.73 346.13

Link to KFC home delivery prices click HERE

An Indian Restaurant worth discovering

I need to tell you about a really nice Indian restaurant Vic and I discovered near Abu Hamour. While out for a drive we both felt hungry and both fancied a curry. So we check our Entertainer App for a nearby Indian restaurant and Kababs and Kurries caught our attention. We decided that Kababs & Kurries would be a good choice as it’s located in 01 Mall and we could pop into the Mega Mart branch there at the same time.

Upon arrival

We arrived in Kababs & Kurries around lunch time. It was not busy with only two tables occupied. Staff were warm and welcoming and Veg & Non Veg Thali offerseated us in one of their booths that had the ability of becoming private by closing their curtains (which we did not). We were working our way through the menu pondering which two courses to order when I spotted an advertisement on an adjacent table for a lunchtime offer. Our Entertainer App had a voucher for ‘Buy one main course, get another main course free’. So we intended to order two main courses and share them, which is our normal modus operandi. But we decided not to use our Entertainer voucher and go for the ‘Non Veg Thali’ at QR 55 each instead (only available 12pm to 4pm).

After ordering we were invited to select which flavor yogurt drink we wanted to accompany our meal. I can’t remember what the options were, but both Vic and I went for mango. Whilst waiting for food, I started sipping away at my mango yogurt drink and considered that in other establishments I would have been charged around QR 20 for the drink alone. And it would have been worth it! I love yogurt drinks and this was delicious. We were also given nibbles and dips to keep us occupied while awaiting the main event.

Tastes as good as it looks

When our food arrived it looked amazing. And it tasted every bit as good as it looked. The meats were boneless and good cuts, cooked to perfection. The sauces were tangy and bursting with flavor. Vic had ordered hers less spicy than mine, and they got both of our spice heats spot on, so we could both enjoy our meal. Amazingly we both managed to finish our meals. But it was a while before either of us could leave the table as we were both so full.

Would we go again?

This meal went straight into my top 10 of favorite Indian meals ever. Was it worth QR 55 each? Hell yes! Would we go back? Absolutely, and we would be prepared to cross town to do it.

If the Thali is a bit more than you want to pay for a spot of lunch, then there is their ‘Executive Lunchbox’ to consider as well. We noticed one of the other tables enjoying Kababs & Kurries Executive Lunchbox, and that looked well worth a go as well.

Executive Lunchbox Offer
Executive Lunchbox

 

One of our favorite breakfasts in Qatar. It’s worth a taxi ride to enjoy the pure pleasure that is the Santa Monica Breakfast Club

Update: The SMBC is now offering their buffet breakfast for QR 80 all the time

We have visited and paid for our breakfast at the SMBC. Our review is first hand informed and independant
We have visited and paid for our breakfast at the SMBC. Our review is first hand informed and independant

While continuing to work our way through The Entertainer App using up as many 2017tempFileForShare_20171223-100806 vouchers as we can before the 2018 edition kicks in, we popped along to the Santa Monica Breakfast Club yesterday morning for… well… breakfast.

We have saved over QR 822 so far by using our Entertainer App and that is in less than a month. For Santa Monica Breakfast Club we were about to save a further QR 80. I say about to, because just as we were about to order à la carte from the menu, our waitress informed us that Chef was prepared to let us have the breakfast buffet at the reduced price of QR 80 each down from QR 150 each as there was only an hour of breakfast brunch left. Both of us were about to spend around QR 80 on à la carte and with our voucher that would have meant that one of our breakfasts would have been free thus costing a total of QR 80 for the two of us. But instead of using the voucher and saving around QR 80, we took chef up on his offer and ended up spending an extra QR 80 (QR 160 for the two of us).

We didn’t regret the extra spend. The breakfast buffet in Santa Monica is outstanding. And even though we only had an hour, it was more than enough to end up full to the brim.

Santa Monica Breakfast Club Doha

I’m always extra happy when smoked salmon is included in any buffet, and if it is included in a breakfast buffet I am super happy. I ordered two poached eggs to go with the above, but at the time of taking the photo they had not arrived yet.

The hot section delivered me a good old traditional English breakfast with pretend bacon, sausages, beans egg etc. And I have to say that their sausages were among the very best I have had in Qatar. Really, really nice.

Next I had an attempt at healthy. Well let’s just say more nutritious than healthy. I hit the fruits section and added some yogurt to be extra healthy 😉

Santa Monica Breakfast Club Doha  See I can do healthy as well

Next and the final round before calling it a day, came the pastries. OMG! Donuts for breakfast. My son is going to kill me.

Santa Monica Breakfast Club Doha

And that was me fit to explode. There was plenty to drink as well. Unlimited coffee, and it was very good coffee, fresh juices including carrot, pineapple (my favorite), orange and apple juice, milk and smoothies.

Santa Monica Breakfast Club Doha

If Santa Monica was QR 80 for breakfast buffet all the time, they would have just knocked the Mövenpick Hotel Doha off the top of my favorite breakfasts list in Qatar. The breakfast buffet at Santa Monica was so, so good. And I would happily return and spend QR 160 for both Vic and I to enjoy a top quality breakfast on a Friday again any time. But would I spend QR 300 for the two of us (which is what it would have cost at full price)? No! That is just too much money for an indulgent breakfast. So Mövenpick Hotel Doha continue to be top of my list giving outstanding value at QR 75 each.

After our delicious breakfast we popped outside to enjoy the garden and beach of the Grand Hyatt. We found a lovely bench and chilled there for over an hour while our food went down.

Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas

 

Friday brunch in the Double Tree Doha is hosted in their L2 Restaurant. You will understand why it’s called the L2 when you get in the elevator and press the L2 button.

Once again I was utilising a 2 for 1 offer from within The Entertainer.
L2

There are very few 2 for 1 Friday Brunch offers in The Entertainer, and the Double Tree is one of them. And this is why my son and I ended up in the L2 restaurant last Friday. The cost of a Friday brunch in L2 is QR 149 (£30.50 or 41 USD) each. Use The Entertainer 2 for 1 offer and that comes down to QR 149 for both (QR 75 each). And to be honest QR 75 is all I would be prepared to pay for this underwhelming brunch.

To me it is not a destination Friday brunch. It’s more for guests staying in the hotel. The range of dishes is limited and only at well lets say acceptable standards. Nothing to rave about.

Hilton Double Tree Friday Brunch

There was smoked salmon on offer though, and that was my starter course/plate sorted. Next was roast beef. Unfortunately this was pre-carved and dry.

Hilton Double Tree Friday Brunch

The pasta station was live (the only live station in fact), but with no fish or meats it was a little bland for me. The cheese board was basic, but acceptable and the deserts were very ok.

There was very little atmosphere in the non smoking side. It was just a function room with some tables and chairs added. I didn’t check the smoking side, but I think that may have been the regular restaurant part and could have been a bit better. Our function room was… well a function room without character.

Staff were excellent as was service.

Not a Friday brunch to rave about. Had I paid QR 300 for the 2 of us on this visit, I would have felt over charged. But at QR 75 each this represents good value. Thank goodness for The Entertainer.

Hilton Double Tree Friday Brunch

Having invested in my new 2018 Entertainer App, I was keen start making use of it as soon as possible. So Vic and I popped into The Westin Doha to try out their Thursday night Sea Food Buffet held in their Seasonal Tastes restaurant.

Seasonal Tastes

Now without the Entertainer this would cost QR 200 each (£40 or 54 USD) but with the Entertainer 2 for 1 offer I paid a total of QR 200 for both of us. And trust me that was a complete bargain.

Now I have had a lot of buffets and Friday brunches in Qatar, and this Seafood Buffet at The Westin goes straight to the very top of my top 10 buffets. It was absolutely gorgeous. The King Crab was big and meaty and well… just totally delicious. And that was my starter course/plate sorted.

The Westin Doha Buffet

Not only was the seafood amazing, but so was all the other fair up for grabs. Their roast beef was totally amazing, cooked rare and carved to my requirements (nice and thick for me please) with some lovely rich gravy and vegetables. I could have just kept going back for that time after time.  So that was my second course/plate sorted.

Instead of another plate of that amazing roast beef, I went back to the carvery for roast turkey instead. You know it was the seasonal thing to do. Ohhh man! Succulent and juicy. So that was my third course/plate.

The Westin Doha Buffet Now I was starting to become aware of my fuel gauge, the tank was almost full and I knew I was going to have to slow things down a bit. So next I went for some fresh bread and honey straight from the comb. Simple and full of taste.

The Westin Doha Buffet

Well once I started on sweet, I simply had to stay there. So plates 5 to 10 were all deserts. I missed out on so many other options, and having gone totally nuts on sweets I also ended up missing out on the cheese board. And for that I will not forgive myself, because that was one amazing looking cheese board.

The Westin Doha Buffet

We had an amazing evening. And considering this cost us just QR 100 each, outstanding value. This was our first buffet in the Westin, and we were so impressed we could well be booking our Christmas brunch in here. No vouchers for that in The Entertainer, but I don’t care. Christmas is the most important brunch of the year, and it simply has to be flawless. And I think that the Westin can deliver, so it looks like they are favorite for December 25th at the moment.

Oh and I forgot to mention. The staff were outstanding as was their service. 5 stars out of 5 stars for everything. Not a single complaint.

For the first 2 years I was in Qatar 2009/2010 I purchased and aggressively used annual copies of The Entertainer for great dining out/buffets, beach/pool passes, fast food restaurants and so much more. Then for some reason I stopped buying it. But the 2018 App version has finally tempted me back to invest in it once again.

For those of you who don’t know; The Entertainer is a book/App of ‘Buy One – Get One Free’ offers.  There is a new book every year, and the offers in the book are only valid for that calendar year. And even if you are only here in Qatar for a few weeks, you can quickly get your investment of QR 375 back from your initial purchase of the book/App.

And right now, there is an outstanding offer on the App version https://www.theentertainerme.com/ QR 100 off and you get use of the 2017 offers as well as 2018.

I’m looking forward to lots of great meals out, and lots of great savings.

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I get to eat a lot of really good food for free as a food writer, at some superb establishments. So when I have to put my hand in my own pocket and pay for myself, the product has to be good. And because I am tight (a British expression for being careful with money) it also has to be good value.

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Mövenpick Doha is where I choose to go for breakfast when I need not just a full belly, but also a good start to a day off. And thus, is my destination of choice on a Friday morning.

Yesterday Vic and I were there for nearly 3 hours, eating great food in a truly vacation environment. We left feeling relaxed, refreshed and very full.

We eat breakfast in all sorts of places. Ask me for a recommendation and it will be either Mövenpick Doha or Doha Downtown. Doha Downtown is without question the best value in Qatar, at a mere QR 25 per person you can have a real buffet breakfast at McDonald’s prices. And yes we do go there. But for a wider range of options, exceptional service and that all important vacation feel, Mövenpick Doha is our favorite.

Nothing is too much trouble for them. Among the many options available, one of our favorites is their Indian offerings. Yesterday Vic found their Egg Marsala was a little too spicy and they cooked her a fresh batch to her taste there and then.

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A fresh Egg Marsala cooked special for us there and then

If you have had a long hard week, and need a good start to your day off. Pop along to the Mövenpick Doha for breakfast. It’s a complete bargain at just QR 75 per head. I will probably see you there on a Friday.

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Live breakfast cooking station at Mövenpick Doha

And yes. I pay for my own breakfast here.

This morning I was told by a colleague that a restaurant located in Doha Downtown Hotel (Al Sadd) was offering a comprehensive buffet breakfast for just QR 25. I did not believe him so he took me there. And it’s actually true, a restaurant I had never heard of called ‘Haret Jdoudna’ located within the Doha Downtown Hotel is indeed offering a full buffet breakfast for just QR 25.  And it’s good!

This is McDonald’s prices for a real, proper breakfast, and it’s unlimited. Unlimited hot drinks and cold juices, cold meats, cheeses, hot selection of… oh you get the idea. Their live cooking egg station made me a delicious cheese omelette and yes that’s unlimited as well. No hidden charges for anything, not even water. All you will pay is QR 25. I could not believe it, and I had to keep checking that it was only going to cost QR 25. It was indeed only QR 25. And at the end I was so full I couldn’t even fit in one item from the selection of cakes, croissants and pastries on offer.

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I was so impressed at the value being offered that I decided to write about it immediately. I haven’t blogged for a while, because nothing recently has been worth writing about. Until today.

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The ‘Haret Jdoudna’ has a nice comfortable family feel to it

Yesterday I was in the Mövenpick Doha for breakfast. And I had a fabulous breakfast for just QR 75 each. I considered that outstanding value for what I had. And I would recommend their breakfast to anyone. The week before I was in the ‘Indian Coffee House’ where I paid a mere QR 23 per head for unlimited breakfast buffet. But they charged QR 5 for an omelette, charged for water and only gave 1 free cup of tea and charged QR 3 for each one after that. So I ended up paying more than QR 25 per head there but considered that outstanding value as well. But ‘Haret Jdoudna’ (which I cannot pronounce) have smashed the price barrier with their breakfast. Honestly, don’t take my word for it, you have got to go and try Haret Jdoudna’s breakfast for yourself. It’s a complete bargain. You will have a fantastic breakfast and pay just QR 25. I still can’t believe my breakfast this morning was only QR 25.

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Here is a map to help you find the place. Oh, and due to the roadworks, parking may be a bit tricky at the moment. But you will find somewhere to park, and it will be worth it.

Doha Downtown Map

Breakfast is severed daily from 6:30am until 10:30am. On Saturday’s it’s served 6:30am until 1pm. And yes it costs just QR 25 per head.

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Which Ramadan Iftar Buffets am I going to this year? With so many to choose from, how can someone make up their mind. For most, I am assuming they will stick to what they know. They will plan their Iftar Buffets based upon venues they normally hang out at, or have good previous experiences. And of course they will attend those they are invited to.

I normally treat myself to a couple of Iftar Buffets during Ramadan, and for me it’s all about a good experience along with good value. There is a limit to how much food you can sensibly eat in one sitting. If all you want to be is full, then you don’t need to spend very much money at all. But if you want to enjoy a meal with good company and have some wonderful food that is a real treat, then you have to pay a little extra.

In past years I have tried low cost Iftar Buffets, and I have also tried the extremely luxurious options. With a couple of exceptions, I have always been full and happy regardless of cost. There were however those exceptions that were either so low budget that the quality was not worth the money and those that were so expensive they could never represent good value. Thus I normally try and go somewhere in the middle.

And for me that safe middle ground has a budget of between QR 100 – QR 150. Lower than that and I can go somewhere like Ponderosa which I always consider good value, and more expensive than that and I can take a good Friday Brunch in any of the hotels I frequent all year round.

The Village Restaurant (Midmac) ticks all of my boxes. The setting is luxurious, the customer service is high end, the food is exemplary and the price represents excellent value.

What sets an Iftar Buffet apart from buffets available any other time of the year is that feeling of togetherness. You arrive a little early, take your seat and stare at the dates, fruits and juices on your table. As the time to break fast approaches some will start to load their plates from the buffet and place them on their table ready to enjoy. And then as one, everyone tucks in as soon as it is proper to do so.

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Upon arriving at the Village Restaurant, we were greeted professionally and courteously. We were shown to our table and seated. Already for me I am in a very happy place. I simply love the decor in the Village, and they always allow plenty of room between tables. I feel relaxed and the table is set beautifully. And the room slowly fills with happy groups of people.

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The service in the Village is second to none. Our servers wore welcoming smiles, and offered to bring our drink requirements and our choice of one of the two soups on offer ready for breaking fast. And then we wait for the moment to begin.

As soon as it was safe to do so, I got stuck into my Iranian soup. It was soooo good. Next was the dates on my table. And then off to the buffet to fill my plate. I’m not going to describe everything I ate. But I have to give very special mention to the Indian Grill. Some of the very best I have ever had. Soft, moist and full of flavour. I will let my photos tell the rest of the food story.

Service throughout was faultless. Our plates were cleared from the table the moment they became surplus to requirements. And we had servers at hand to look after our every need.

Sure enough after less than one hour, we were bloated and reluctant to move. So we sat there enjoying the atmosphere and discussing if we could possibly fit in one more desert. Which we could not by the way, until we decided to take our full bellies home to relax.

The Village is at the high end of my Iftar budget coming in at QR 149 for adults and QR 75 for children. But with the quality on offer that represents really good value. The restaurant captures the spirt of Ramadan, and the essence of the Iftar Buffet.

I was a guest of the Village Restaurant for this visit, but as always my opinions and comments remain my own. And although I did not pay for my meal, I would have done so very gladly.