Its that much awaited time of the year for us to enjoy the blessings of this month from the Most Merciful.
It is also that time to indulge into some incredible culinary experiences in the forms of iftars and sohours (for those of us who are fasting!) One such experience is that of that Ramadan tents in the local hotels in Qatar with each one coming out with a spread more grand than the other.
The Souq, is one of my favorite tents in Qatar and has never failed to impress us and let me warn you – be prepared to overeat!
The tent is spread to have two common salad and appetizer sections, two long queues of hot main foods, two soups, two stations of sushi and two kharouf. There are two drinks sections which feature the traditional Ramadan drinks of which I would highly recommend the rose with yoghurt! So delicious. Apart from these, you have a variety of fresh and chilled juices and sodas to choose from (all included with the buffet).
There are four main live cooking stations as below –
- Comfort food – Pasta, fish and chips, mini burgers, spaghetti, hot dogs and chili corn dogs. All things that make me happy. This also turned out to be the most popular booth with the kids, including my 4 year old. The fish and chips served in those paper cones added an extra fun dimension to it.
- Arabic Station – Expect arabic style grill items, kebabs, shwarmas and more. My favorite here were the lightly spiced whole shrimps with tender, soft meat inside.
- Asian – Noodles, dumplings, stir fries, Indian curries, biryani ruled this station. Not bad but I didn’t find this one exciting.
- Carving station – This was my least favorite station. No fun at all. Looked dismal and tastes were average for the meats/pies that were presented.
Coming to desserts, be prepared to indulge your sweet tooth! There is a large variety of cakes, cupcakes, eclairs, muffins, um ali, dates, fruits, cheesecakes etc.
But it you ask me, never miss their signature toffee pudding and the chocolate fountain (white chocolate is delightful!)
But if you ask me, my overall experience – I did feel something was amiss this year at the tent and left feeling a bit disappointed. It didn’t feel as glamorous as in the previous years. With the Ramadan tents getting more and more versatile each year in Doha, this place sure has some standards to keep!
In the past, I have rated this tent 5/5 but I will be a bit more cautious and rate it maybe 3.8/5.
The spread is priced as QR 230 for Iftar and QR 290 for Sohour.