Italian Brunch

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Panorama has launched a Friday Italian Brunch. From 12.30pm - 4.00pm, guests are treated to an array of tasty appetisers, salads, mains, carvery and live cooking stations dishing out pastas and risotto. Situated on the 50th floor of The Torch, the restaurant is well named after its breathtaking panoramic views of Doha. On a clear day, it would almost be like dining in the sky. The restaurant is befitted with clean, crisp and tasteful decor. The minimalistic style allows patrons to fully enjoy the sky high sights while tucking in. The food, served buffet style, looked good and choices were aplenty. Make sure to get there early to get the freshest picks of the cold appetisers though. 

To start, I went for the assorted Fritto Misto (mixed deep fried seafood), individual little plate of Caprese Salad with really good basil pesto and fresh mozzarella, shrimp and avocado parfait, grilled vegetables marinated with basil pesto and a cucumber mint gazpacho shooter. I loved the idea of gazpacho shooters, and they had two different kinds, cucumber mint and tomato. Perfect to cleanse the palate with before gorging on the heavier stuff. For hot appetisers, I had the mushroom and duck liver arancini and a deep fried breaded mozzarella ball. The arancini was perfect, crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. The selection of Italian cheeses consisted of pecorino, tallegio and gorgonzala, layed near the bread baskets with lots of herby crusty bread to accompany the cheese. Also, a Caesar salad station is there for anyone who wouldn't prefer the choices of mixed salads available. 
I didn't go crazy over the mains as I wanted to focus more on the live pasta and risotto station. However, what I did try was the braised cheek veal with olives and the baked salmon fillet crusted with lemon,mixed herbs and balsamic sauce with a side of grilled vegetables. The veal was amazing and tender and the salmon had a really lovely flavour. My husband went for their carvery and picked the short rib which he said was really good. They had two options for the carvery, which was the short rib and a roast chicken, both of which had delicious aromas. 
I was excited to try the live cooking station options which boasted four different kinds of pasta along with five types of sauces, being : carbonara, tomato and basil, seafood, alfredo and saffron. I went for the spaghetti carbonara and I was really happy with my choice. It was creamy and rich with delectable pieces of fatty beef bacon hidden in the pasta, like little delicious surprises. I was disappointed with the risotto though, which I had high hopes for. Although the stock was sincerely tasty and the lobster cooked perfectly, the rice was way undercooked and still quite crunchy. The server was kind enough to replace it for me but when it came back the second time, it seemed as if they just had recooked the dish again but this time it had lost the initial proper flavour of the stock and the rice wasn't any better. I hope they improve on this. 
After having a short break to digest, we curiously headed to the dessert table to check out the sweet treats. A lovely selection of Italian home made cakes, mousses and pies and the tiramisu is a must try! They've also got an ice cream station with different toppings for your pleasure. This was of course quite popular with the younger guests. I couldn't resist a generous scoop of vanilla bean myself. 
It's a great family style brunch all in all. They could improve on certain aspects of the service though, more attention to detail is needed and the pace needs to pick up somewhat. At certain a points in our meal, we had to wait quite a while for the dishes to be cleared and such. But still the overall experience was pleasant enough. Priced at QR225 per person, children aged 6-12 years at QR98.

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