Nobu afternoon tea in a nutshell:
Imagine the scene: you’re sitting in the futuristic White Pearl Bar & Lounge within the iconic building that houses the world’s largest Nobu, looking out over the Doha skyline. You’ve dressed up for the occasion, because you’re about to partake in the quintessentially British past time of afternoon tea. The sun’s high in the sky, it’s the weekend, you have a glass of something bubbly in one hand, and you’re about to select an item from the smorgasbord of treats laid out in front of you. But the treats are a little different to those that you are used to, because this isn’t any afternoon tea, this is the Nobu afternoon tea, and just as we have all come to expect from this restaurant, it’s brought something incredibly special to the table.
An array of savoury (Umami) and sweet (Okashi) bites. A list of fusion beverages. An environment which is upmarket yet welcoming. Most importantly, attention to detail to the point of perfection. When high end Japanese culinary prowess meets traditional customs and techniques from the opposite end of the globe, something magical takes place.
Why is it worth it?
Fridays in Doha are a flurry of activity, with a plethora of brunch and entertainment options to choose from, but until fairly recently I have always found Saturdays to be distinctly lacking. The Nobu afternoon tea changes the game a little, by offering Doha dwellers something fun, delicious and entirely unique to stave off their Saturday dread before the return to work on Sunday.
What was the best element?
There is so much to be excited about here, making it difficult to pick out one stand-out dish. Without wanting to give too much away (this is an afternoon tea which really needs to be experienced to be appreciated), the Umami lobster sliders are juicy with a tickly wasabi bite, the salmon jime shisho salsa is fresh with a delightful chilli kick and the black cod butter lettuce continues to live up to its reputation: it was utterly sublime.
From the Okashi selection, the scones are baked to perfection (not too soft and crumbly, but with the right ‘bite’ to their outer shell) and come with some unexpected condiments in the form of shisho jam and honey tofu cream, the soy salt biscuits are a genius balance of unusual flavours and ingredients, and the profiteroles with miso cream are simply inspired.
Finally, the avocado smoothies have to be tried. They’re creamy, moreish and delicious.
What will it cost me?
Classic Tea Set: QAR 195
Sparkling Tea Set: QAR 240
Family friendly rating:
Average. Don’t anticipate any dedicated children’s entertainment or menus here. Do anticipate that your entire brood will be thoroughly looked after by the incredibly warm and accommodating staff.
Saturdays, 3.30 pm – 6.00 pm.
White Pearl Bar & Lounge, Nobu, Four Seasons Hotel, Diplomatic St, Doha, Qatar
Contact Dining Reservations on: (+974) 4494 8600 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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