Mangia! Mangia!

I’m a huge fan of Italian food and my ultimate dream is to go to Italy and devour the cuisine just the way Julia Roberts did in ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. Of course, this sounds as cliche as it can be, but it is one hundred percent true. As the title suggests, Mangia is Italian for Eat and that is what I did for 2 hours at the New Menu Tasting at Il Teatro restaurant.

Right from greasy creamy pasta to pizza and anti pasti, from fast food to formal dining, I’ve had Italian right from when I was a child. I’ve only grown to know that Italian that we had as children wasn’t authentic after all with a lot of Indian spice mixed in to bring in the flavour.

Not having the chance to visit many Italian restaurants in Qatar, I would recommend you visit Rosalyn at Dream Days Blog who has a  round up of the amazing Italian places in one post (she’s big on Italian food too, an amazing lifestyle blogger and a great friend).

I’ve deviated too much today from the highlight which is the launch of the New Menu at Il Teatro – Four Seasons Doha where we were invited to review the sumptuous and decadent delicacies introduced by Chef Marco Arlotti.

In one word, it was absolutely mind blowing! Since I  couldn’t attend the official media event, they were kind enough to arrange a  special evening when I’d the chef attend to me exclusively (Italian Chef with his recommendations specially for me – definitely Italy brought to me in Doha).

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Al Sanbouk at Al Jasra Boutique Hotel – Doha

I love seafood and to have a 3 course dinner voucher for 4 persons at Al Sanbouk restaurant in Al Jasra Boutique Hotel was just perfect to dive into my favorite food from the sea.

The hotel is absolutely mesmerizing with a very calm ambiance and so was the restaurant. It was an instant turn off, though, when we waited for 5 minutes and there was no one to attend to us in the restaurant. What surprised me was that unlike it’s neighbor restaurant – Al Argan; Al Sanbouk was empty entirely. We did have someone to assist us finally and we were seated at the table of our choice. I always think its nice to have people dining around me than to be at a restaurant by ourselves. If this was a romantic sort of an evening, it would be perfect!

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