As mentioned on our previous piece regarding our staycation at City Centre Rotana (check it out HERE), this is the second part of the original post where we’ll discuss two of the hotel’s outlets that we ate at. The first being the hotel’s all day dining restaurant called “Olive Oil” where we had our buffet breakfast which was included in our booking and the next one is a pub named “Boston’s” plus as an added bonus we’ll throw in a few pictures of their lobby lounge café sweetly known as “Caramel” just because we want to & because of its gorgeous design.
Let’s start with Olive Oil that had a rather unfussy interior design. Fresh looking thanks to its relatively sage green color palette, this gave a calm vibe overall with the floor to ceiling windows letting the sun shine its rays indoors. The restaurant was bright, clean and organized.
We faced quite a dilemma in choosing what we wanted to put on our plates because of the numerous options that were on display. Although they served International dishes, there were some Arabic items in the mix as well. We ordered omelets customized to our liking and I found my eggs seasoned well but Allyson found hers too hot (though she requested hers spicy). She also asked for a small plate of French toast for us to share that we found fluffy, not too soggy and not overpowered with cinnamon (which we both dislike).
In terms of service, the outlet was busy with guests when we arrived at 9AM but we didn’t feel left out as we were attended to instantly. A waiter approached us as we were seated to our table and immediately asked for our coffee orders! It was obvious that the chef was busy cooking up a storm at the live cooking station for eggs hence he was not able to accommodate us but another server was present to ask us for our orders plus bring these to our table. Talk about service at its best! Plus points to the juice bar that lets you customize your own freshly pressed juice (which I don’t particularly remember seeing at other restaurants in hotels we’ve stayed at).
Loyal readers will know by now that we can’t skip out on checking out their bar; so we jumped into Boston’s with two friends in tow for happy hour which happens everyday from 5PM – 8PM. By the time we got there, the pub was diligently entertaining a heap of patrons.
Unfortunately, this was one instance that the staff overlooked us and we had to help ourselves to a table but we weren’t sour about it since our server made up for it by accommodating our numerous requests for taking our photo. 🙂 She was running back and forth to ensure the tables assigned to her were taken care of and that included us.
She initially served us with the outlet’s signature peanuts plus recommended a few drinks for us to try but we settled on having a pitcher of red sangria to share among us and our own choice of alcoholic beverages. We asked for an order of their chicken drumlettes in addition to a side of fries to munch on. I found the fries too salty but perfectly complements the smoky / barbeque flavor of the chicken drumlettes. Since I do not smoke, I particularly liked their set-up of separating the non-smoking area from the smoking area.
Now as promised here’s a look at their lobby lounge café, Caramel.
So for our experience at both outlets in general, we’d rate it a (4 / 5). Leave us a comment below if you’ve ever had the chance of dining at any of the outlets mentioned above. Let us know your thoughts!
Location: Conference Centre, West Bay (Next to City Centre Mall), Doha – Qatar
Telephone: +974 4445 8888
Olive Oil on Zomato
Boston’s on Zomato