Morimoto at The Mondrian Doha in a nutshell
The brand new, beautiful and artsy Mondrian Hotel has gone big with its culinary offerings, and I’ve been hearing all kinds of exciting things about the various restaurants that have opened up under its roof. There weren’t any that I was more intrigued and excited about than Morimoto, however. With restaurants across North America, Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s global chain has made a name for itself as an establishment which showcases modern Japanese cuisine with an individual finesse and contemporary sophistication. So, has Morimoto at The Mondrian Doha upheld this reputation?
The interiors of the restaurant are certainly as jaw-dropping as the food promised to be: a glittering tunnel of lights welcomes you into the warm interior which is adorned in black and gold, with an enormous chandelier of hanging lamps as its centre-piece, rose-gold studded columns and works by the Japanese artist, Hiroshi Shenju.
Why is it worth it?
Because, all glitz and glamour aside, this restaurant is really, incredibly good. The menu has been cleverly curated by a man who knows how to use ingredients to bring about complex flavour combinations and obviously likes to experiment by putting little, innovative twists on old-time favourites. The food is drawn on inspiration, not only from Japan, but from the surrounding region of Eastern Asia, such as Korea, and the result is surprising in all of the right ways.
For a restaurant that hasn’t been open for long, there was unusually not a single hint of a teething problem while we were there. The welcome was warm, the staff were attentive and knowledgeable (special shout-out to Condis who helped us to pick our dishes and went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable) and, most importantly, the room was full.
What are the best dishes?
The Wagyu Beef Carpaccio was delicate and flavoursome, with just the right combination of Yuzu Soy, ginger and sweet garlic.
The Beef Kakuni, which we were told had been braised slowly over ten hours, was accompanied by comforting rice congee and ginger soy. It was sweet, tender and melt in the mouth.
The braised black cod was drenched in the most delicious reduction, and was therefore more moist than I was used to, but tasted incredible (and dare I say it, the portion was much bigger than other Japanese restaurants I’ve been to).
We were impressed by the innovative twist on the Korean Buri Bop, which we had enjoyed and devoured the week before at Yee Hwa, but sadly, despite the addition of Yellowtail, which is one of my favourite fish, this one didn’t quite hit the spot in the same way that my favourite Yee Hwa dish always does.
When ordering our dishes, we were looking forward to the prospect of cooking our own meat on a Robata Grill, but it actually turned up to our table already cooked, albeit with stunning presentation. Our chicken thighs and asparagus were also delicious.
The sashimi was fresh, came in generous portions and was expertly prepared.
And the desserts were stunning. You can’t leave without trying the clever chilled cheesecake soufflé, or enjoying the Chocolate Sphere, which is served with warm rosewater chocolate sauce.
What will it cost me?
Appetisers range from QAR 40 to QAR 120.
Entrées range from QAR 120 to QAR 270.
Steaks are more.
This is definitely an adult-only special-occasion or date night spot. It’s worth getting a babysitter for.
Morimoto at the Mondrian Doha, West Bay Lagoon, Qatar
+974 4045 5555
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