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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 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

 

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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Whoever is in charge of social media/marketing at the Village Restaurant Souq Waqif needs a slap. Having enjoyed a gorgeous buffet breakfast there this morning, I was shocked at how few people were visiting with us. We were there for over one and a half

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Plenty of people outside. Why weren’t they inside?

hours and perhaps saw no more than 20 covers. Then when we finished our breakfast we step outside and find the souq vibrant with people walking around and sat dining at other establishments. Why aren’t they in the Village enjoying one of the best value breakfast buffets in town!? I will tell you why; IMHO they are walking straight past the Village because they believe that breakfast in there would be too expensive. And/or they simply don’t know the Village is serving breakfast. And/or those who did see advertising for the Village breakfast buffet on Facebook (like me) and wrote comments asking how much it was (like me) never got an answer. Like me as there was no published price, they would assume it was too expensive, because the Village has a reputation for errr… shall we say not being cheap. Social media marketing requires a personality behind it, someone monitoring it and answering questions. The only reason we were there this morning is because I just happened to be in the Village Souq Waqif the other day and asked how much the buffet breakfast cost. When I was told QR 79 per head I decided that I would treat Brian and Victoria today because it sounded good value. Especially for the Village.

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IMHO the price should be more predominant on the advertising outside. It’s great value, but people can’t see that.

And I am so glad I decided to treat them, because it was a complete treat for me as well. The Village Souq Waqif is opulent and luxurious. It has flawless service and high quality fair. It also has that ‘bit expensive’ reputation I mentioned above. But sometimes you don’t mind paying a little extra for something special. But in the case of today’s breakfast I don’t consider it expensive at all. I consider it excellent value especial considering the setting.

Breakfast at The Village Restaurant Souq Waqif
The setting is opulent and luxurious. But mostly empty when it should be full.

The buffet breakfast is very similar to that found in good quality hotels so I won’t spend too much time talking about the spread because I am assuming you will be very familiar with the type of breakfast on offer. The pictures will tell you all you need to know about that. All I can say about it, is that it is excellent quality and I enjoyed every mouthful.

The QR 79 price includes a small bottle of water, a glass of fresh orange juice and a hot beverage. And this is my only gripe. I would have liked more orange juice. We were allowed to swap our hot beverage for a second glass of orange juice, which we all did, but that meant at the end of the meal we had no coffee to look forward to.

Will we be going back? Oh yes! I just hope they can get their numbers up to make it viable so that they keep the breakfast going. We would like it to still be available when we return perhaps in a months time.