Shangri La recently opened its doors in Qatar after a Grand launch event. The hotel has been designed to resemble a falcon’s head in recognition of Qatari falconry, It is definitely an interesting statement that it makes right from the outside to its interiors. As soon as you enter you get a glimpse of how the Oriental culture merges together with the elements of Qatari culture very seamlessly.
You can spend a good few minutes being entertained at the lobby with its many offerings of cultural experience. Upon entrance to the lobby, you can see an Oud player that welcomes guests. A falcon and falconer are also part of your welcome experience at the lobby. Guests can spend a good few miutes learning how to hold the falcon, and taking pictures with it. Meantime, guests are presented with a cup of rich coffee, made by the hotel’s specialist coffee maker according to a nomadic recipe, to reflect another warm Arabian gesture that is the hotel’s signature blend of Oriental meets Arab hospitality. I did make sure I had spend a good few minutes at the lobby before I headed out to my final destination there – Sridan.
The restaurant has been designed to give a feeling of being a souq, you can see beautiful antique pieces from around the Arab region. I really enjoyed my time looking at the interiors!
As I entered the restaurant , and had a tour around it, I felt like I was transported to somewhere in Morocco. The interiors tend to really give out the vibes of Morocco, and seeing how busy the place is at lunch hour when I visited, it pulls the marketplace vibe very effectively.
What sets it apart from other buffet restaurants is the amount of live cooking that is done in front of you. Each of which is an experience on its own.
The buffet is beautifully spread out with around 10 stations – 4 of which is on one side of the reception, and six on the other side. If you are going to dine there, here’s a starter tip. Please walk around the whole restaurant to see what you really want to try, and have because the offerings are a lot. They have cuisines, and offerings at their different stations: Moroccan, Indian, Grill, Bakery, Italian, Oriental, Sea food, Dessert, Juicing, and Salad station.
The pizza of the day at the bakery was shawarma pizza which is something I heard for the first time that day. It was really tasty.
Of the things I tried were few dishes from the Italian station, the bakery, grill station, Indian station, and desserts.
At most stations, some sort of live cooking has been infused to make the experience a lot different from other buffets. Your own pasta, your own bread, your choice of Indian Kebabs, Steak, and fish grills, Indian rotis, and more make the food journey at Sridan stand out.
Yes, everything tasted delicious, but there were a few misses for me in the sense I experienced a few delays.
I had ordered for chicken and steak at the grill station. But only the chicken came in, and not the steak. This took several minutes in fact!
Though I cannot recall the name of the server, I have a very vivid memory of how hospitable he was, and how happy he was to serve us. He kept checking on us from time-to-time, and apologised for any delays we faced during the lunch.
After I was done with lunch, I asked for Karak tea. I love authentic Karak tea that is made in the traditional Qatari way, and often go around experimenting it from places. This took quite a while as well since they had to build it from scratch. Even though the time it took was long, it was really delicious. Other than that everything was great!
This venue with ten live buffet stations showcasing a variety of cuisines from around the world, is priced at QR99 per person, and is an absolute steal. Head there before the promo gets over, try it, and let me know what you think!