A restaurant with great interiors, superb ambience, attentive service and absolutely delicious food, Sridan at Shangri La Doha checks all the boxes. What more you ask? The great concept of presenting it like a traditional Arabic souq with live cooking stations and priced at mind-blowing QR 139/- per person, it officially became the best dinner buffet I have had in a while.
As you are walking in you are mesmerized by the stunning interiors. It really feels like you are walking into a rustic market from the outside. In you will find beautiful pieces of decor lining all the walls and corners and around all the live cooking station. I did spend a good time looking at all of those. We took our table in one of the corners with beautiful arches lining the whole side. I absolutely fell in love with the interiors and decor of this place.
It was a week night and the place wasn’t very busy. With the little ones in tow we started our buffet, with me and hubby taking turns.There are really so many options that you need to take a good tour around to see it all for yourself. They have different stations for Moroccan, International, Indian and Thai cuisines, a pizza station, bread station, seafood, juice bar, and dessert station, and also a tea and coffee selection near the reception. Everything is spread out over a huge area and most of the foods are live cooked and presented at your table. First, I got the kids something from the kid’s corner (very thoughtful of them) which had pasta with white sauce and potato hashbrowns in their cute ikea kids cutlery to keep them busy.
We started with their International section, tried their cream of mushroom soup (superb, without a canned flavor i usually find it to have), beef lasagna and potato wedges. Adjacent is the grill where we ordered chicken and lamb pieces and was promptly delivered to our table in a few minutes.
After that, I went over to the Indian section from where I tried the saffron rice with chicken tikka masala, jeera aloo, etc. with a wide selection of pickles and raita. It was quite good. And ordered a fish tikka from the live grill, which was damn delicious.
Meanwhile hubby got a pizza from the station and noodles from the thai station. You can select from a variety of toppings and additions. They even made a light version for the kids which my daughter quite liked.
Next up was the Moroccan station. This one was one of the best I felt. The vegetable couscous and tagine tasted so good, fresh and authentic. I enjoyed it with some shrimp kebbsa. The mister said he was already full by now but I insisted he try this one out and he was glad too that he did.
We had to regretfully pass up over the seafood counter as we were already full by now. I didn’t walk over to the juicing bar either. One of the reasons being the presence of alcohol. Instead we ordered water and soft drinks from our table. So nice of them to bring apple juice for my toddler in a sippy cup. Throughout we had great service. The waiters were ever attentive and watchful. The lady Fatimah from Morocco was really sweet and caring and made sure we had a good time and chatted up with the kids too and was forever ready to help.
Last up, the beautiful dessert station with everything from baklavas, turkish delights, and umm ali to marshmallows and fruits with chocolate sauce fountains, mousse cakes and ice creams. Needless to say, the chocolate fountains (both milk chocolate and white chocolate) were an instant hit. We also had their ice creams, cakes, berry crumble and the best one of all – the raspberry creme brulee. This one was so heavenly good! Served in tiny little dessert bowl, I actually went back for it two or three times for more, even though the dessert station was at the other end. Good thing… helps burn the calories, right?
All this amazing experience just came up to QR368/- which included for 139/- per person, a few drinks and the kids ate for free.
One place I will definitely be going back for more, InshaAllah!