Oryx Rotana’s The Cellar has flew in a celebrity chef from Spain for their Spanish week which commenced on the 8th until the 16th of this month.
Allyson was actually invited to the outlet to taste a variety of flavorful traditional and newly created dishes with an authentic Spanish flair yesterday (Sunday). She was allowed to bring a guest hence she asked me to tag along with her.
We arrived at the outlet 30 minutes past 7 in the evening where their lovely hostess greeted and seated us to our table. The place was full which is quite a rare occurrence due to the fact that yesterday was the start of the week. This was definitely a good sign!
The menu was uploaded on an iPad where we selected what we wanted to have for our X’press Spanish dinner that consisted of 3 courses. For starters we chose the Tuna Escabetxe Salad and the Cod Filled Piquillo Peppers. Complimentary bread plus cherry tomatoes submerged in olive oil were served while waiting for the appetizers to arrive.
Though there were definitely some variety to the main course offerings, we settled on having the Paella “Arroz A Banda” (which was composed of sautéed squid, chicken & mussels, tomatoes, red peppers, paprika and saffron) in addition to the Roasted Chicken “Al Ajillo” (oven roasted chicken topped on greens and with baby potatoes on the side).
The Assistant Outlet Manager, Nash, was really attentive not only to us but the other guests as well which was evident because he visited our table twice to check how the food was so far. All we managed to say in a unanimous tone was “Amazing!” because it truly was. From the appetizer to the main, the flavors of the food were spectacular. We had no other words to describe the tastes that overwhelmed us since the dishes were quite unfamiliar to us. Considering that everything we had was impressive, we had to try at least one dish from their regular menu which were the Scallops with Lemon Butter.
Of course we could not end our night without meeting the man behind all the superb food we had, Chef Angel Zapata Martin! We could only imagine how tired he must have been last night but despite that he had a big smile on his face when he visited our table. He was truly down to earth and approachable.
After everything that happened throughout the night, we could not pass on having dessert! For the final course they only had 3 items to choose from on the menu. Instead of the usual flan, we went for the Rice Pudding plus the Poached Pears in Spicy Red Wine.
Overall we had a great night and spectacular food that is even worthy for the gods. We rate the outlet an almost perfect score of (4.5 / 5) because service was slow (maybe because the place was full). Our total bill for two (3 course set menu priced at QAR 150/person, scallops & drinks) amounted to QAR 420 after discount. Don’t forget that you only have two days left to try out the Spanish dishes at The Cellar and the hotel is currently running a competition on Instagram where you can win a return ticket from Qatar to Spain (so follow them @oryxrotana). We highly recommend for you to check it out before it is too late 🙂
Location: Ground Floor, Oryx Rotana Doha, Airport Road, Doha – Qatar
Phone: +974 4402 3333