La Veranda Brunch

written by Ntando October 26, 2017

Blue skies, sea views, fabulous fashion, live music and delectable food. Those are just some of the adjectives I’ve used in conversation to describe my experience of part one of my “Sheraton Doha Girls Night In” experience.

We were hosted by Sheraton Grand Doha at the authentically Italian La Veranda restaurant. Sheraton Grand selected ten of Doha’s most stylish women to experience all the highlights that the hotel has to offer. Our group ranged from magazine editors, stylists and entrepreneurs, to bloggers, models, influencers and foodies. A truly diverse and talented group of  omen – and coincidentally also very good looking, not to mention highly fashionable.

On arrival at La Veranda – before we even entered the restaurant we were greeted by the seductive sound of island music from the live all-male band. That was before we were overcome by the inviting aroma of oven baked pizza from the traditional wood-burning oven. At first glance of the brunch buffet, one might be duped into thinking it’s just a regular selection of international food. On closer inspection, you begin to discover the home-cooking nuances that make La Veranda unique.

I wanted to pace myself during the brunch so that I could enjoy as many of the different flavours as possible without having to be wheeled out the door in a golf cart. I started slowly with a rocket salad and cherry tomato appetiser. Next up was a taste of the oven baked whole sea bass in salt merengue with potatoes, black olives, capers and oregano. It was a healthy delight for the taste buds. I followed that up with two slices of the prawn, pistachio and caprino cheese pizza which was absolutely delicious.

Before dessert I wanted to take a few moments just to enjoy the company of the fabulous females I was sharing a meal with and take in the glorious sea view. I spent some time with La Veranda’s talented executive chef Sabatini Emanuele and restaurant manager Alessandro Maurici. I also got to know our hosts from Sheraton Grand who conceded no clues as to how much we were about to be spoilt. But you’ll read all about that in part two of “Sheraton Doha Girls Night In”.

Just as our table of dames was debating whether two slices of Nutella pizza would mean that we were pigs or not, chef Sabatini showed up with the Grand Finale – a one metre high, martini glassshaped receptacle of tiramisu. That’s when I knew they’d have to send that golf cart to come and get me!

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