Restaurant Review: La Sahtaine, Hilton Hotel Doha

Fab French food with a hint of the Med
Monday , 10 June 2013
La Sahtaine, Hilton Hotel Doha
La Sahtaine, Hilton Hotel Doha
Steak doesn't get better than this!
Steak doesn't get better than this!

When the Hilton first opened last year, local excitement mainly focused on Trader Vics and the awesome cocktails that were finally coming our way.

A year later and it’s La Sahtaine that’s got our attention, and for all the right reasons. The elegant restaurant, which serves up French food with Mediterranean flavours, is cosy and classy. With an intimate atmosphere and chic interior, we would certainly recommend it for a romantic evening or special occasion.

The menu is full of delicious sounding starters such as saffron flavoured penne pasta, pan seared foie gras and crab, tomato and avocado tian. The list of main courses on offer sound equally appetising with dishes including butter poached king prawns, herb crusted fillet of white snapper and pan roasted rack of lamb.

It’s the glazed green asparagus and the grilled beef tenderloin that I finally decide on – although it is an admittedly tough decision.

I love asparagus, but haven’t managed to find anywhere in Doha that fulfills my cravings – until now. The asparagus is soft and tender and the quail egg that is laid delicately on top is cooked to perfection – think runny middle, hard white. But, it’s the unusual take on the standard hollandaise sauce that has me really excited – it’s infused with the flavour of oranges and is absolutely delicious. It’s one of those dishes that I really don’t want to end.

But end it must as my beef tenderloin arrives quickly at the table. Again, I am extremely pleased with my steak decision, which comes accompanied by my choice of sides – skinny chips and creamed spinach. The meat is utterly melt-in-the mouth and the chips are hard to stop eating, even though I’m full.

Despite a total lack of space, our waitress persuades me to order the banana and toffee Napolean. I love French desserts so admittedly, I don’t take all that much convincing!

When it arrives I am pleased that I was so easily persuaded. It’s sweet, incredibly sweet, so I can only manage a few mouthfuls, but those mouthfuls are worth it. It’s the perfect way to round off a heavenly French meal.

I was surprised that La Sahtaine isn’t particularly busy on a Thursday night –Doha peeps, you are really missing out! I for one know I will be back, even if it’s only to order several portions of the delicious asparagus.

Budget
Carrot cream soup QR45
Confit duck leg QR110
Crème brulée QR40
TOTAL QR195

Blow-out
Duck liver terrine QR120
Grilled Rib Eye steak QR375
Chocolate Mousse Cake QR50
TOTAL QR545

INFO: 12pm to 3.30pm and 7pm to midnight daily; La Sahtaine, Hilton Hotel Doha, West Bay, 4423 2222, www.doha.hilton.com.

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