La Maison du Caviar – Doha, Qatar:La Maison Du Caviar was established in 1956 at the request of the Iranian Shah. As the name implies, this upscale French restaurant specializes in caviar, as well as other favorite French specialties such as smoked salmon and foie gras. A popular hangout place among celebrities and international film producers, this is surely a hip and trendy choice for a fun or intimate evening, but not one that will blow your mind away.
Our evening started with the worst Bloody Mary I’ve ever had, giving us a taste of what was to come. I was not too surprised though as this was the Middle East and alcoholic drinks were not really a priority for them. For appetizers, I had seafood bisque— tasty, a bit fishy; it was good enough to pass upscale restaurant standards. My mate, on the other hand, ordered the Tomato Tart with Goat Cheese only to receive a piece of tomato with a crust on top, and a minuscule portion of cheese. It would have been more apt to have called it a plate with some tomatoes and greens.
For our main course, we ordered the Lamb Shoulder; the waiter told us it was one of the best dishes on the menu. The lamb was so tender it melted in my mouth. At first, I was impressed by this but the more I ate, the more I realized that the lamb actually lacked flavor and the tenderness was a mere deception. After a few bites, I thought, it was a lot like ice, melts in your mouth and no flavor!
To complete our dinner we ordered a 2003 Bourgogne Pinot Noir which cost us 368 Qatari Riyals ($101). What an over-inflated price for a $15.00 bottle of wine! At this point, we were so disappointed and discouraged with dinner we skipped dessert and called it a night.
The service was fair throughout the dinner except one time when we were served the wrong appetizer, and then later someone else’s entrée was delivered to us. Our waiter also raced to serve the wine; even before we were done with our aperitif, he wanted to pour us some wine, and we had to explain to him that we wanted to take our time with dinner, but in the end, we were out of there in just over an hour and a half.
Perhaps the only positive thing about our dinner was the décor and the atmosphere, anything else could have been easily skipped and not missed. This place is definitely overrated! My overall rating for La Maison du Caviar in Doha, Qatar—Between Bombastic and Not.