MEGU, a Japanese restaurant managed by the Hospitality Development Company, has gained much fame for its fine dining concept and its contemporary take on Japan's traditional dishes. Megu is Japanese for 'blessing' and that's exactly what this restaurant is - a blessing for those who love food that's not only fresh and delicious but enjoy eating in a trendy ambience that's accentuated by great interiors with a spectacular view of the marina in The Pearl-Qatar.
The elegance and timelessness of the interior combined with the fine culinary experience is what makes MEGU a favourite for the locals and expats in Qatar.
Keeping all this in mind, MEGU has introduced a new menu that's more organic and each dish is cooked to perfection using the traditional cooking methods and ingredients that Japan is known for thanks to the restaurant's new Head Chef Pavel Li.
The new MEGU menu is full of colour, great textures and flavours that have a hint of Meditteranean influence along with a touch of Qatari indulgence.
Having recently won the Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards in August 2021, MEGU Qatar offers a culinary perspective and curated menu that scores high on quality, variety and innovation all spread over two floors.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team had the opportunity to try the new menu at this trendy, elegant eatery along with MEGU's Teppanyaki experience which is sure to be a huge hit with family and friends.
Head Chef Pavel Li has given the Sushi and Sashimi at MEGU his own signature touch and flair. The result is a combination of well-balanced flavours, the freshest seafood and a colourful presentation that is perfectly complemented with a selection of greens and julienned radish.
The Oki Platter is an absolute must-try. One of the best items on the new menu, this platter comes complete with three pieces each of akami, salmon, sea bream, yellowtail and squid. The platter isn't really something that can be described; it has to be experienced to understand why it's one of the most popular dishes on the menu.
We were served some of the Head Chef's favourites from the menu. The lobster he served us was cooked in a delicious and delicate white sauce topped with mushrooms and cheese to give you a true melt-in-the-mouth experience. The tiger prawns were deep-fried in a special batter and served with a sauce that paired well with it.
The tuna sliders were cooked to perfection. When combined with cheese, avocado and caramelised onions, the dish had a real kick. The Wagyu dim sum was bursting with that good ole Wagyu goodness in a beautiful dumpling and served in a heartwarming broth.
The beverages are unique and full of refreshing flavour. You will have to try them to understand why you just have to try them all!
There's more on the menu, but these mains and mocktails were by far our favourites for the evening!
You simply can’t leave MEGU without trying their unique teppanyaki experience with Sous Chef Leo Yustizar on the mezzanine floor with quite the view.
If you haven’t tried teppanyaki before, let’s give you a little introduction to this unique Japanese cooking style which goes back some 200 years when Japanese families prepared meals on small grills. Today, it’s evolved into a culinary art form with chefs performing tricks and manoeuvres showing off their expert knife skills to entertain guests who sit around the large flat iron plate 'the teppan' watching the chef prepare the ‘yaki’ (grilled, pan-fried or steamed) meat, chicken, seafood, rice or noodles with vegetables and Japanese sauces. This is served with a miso soup and a colourful, fresh and crispy salad.
The result is phenomenal, the flavours are fresh and the interactive and fun experience is one that shouldn’t be missed.
The Teppanyaki is available from Monday to Saturday: 1 pm - 10 pm.
The Japanese are known more for their savoury foods than their desserts, but that doesn’t mean MEGU doesn’t have some delicious and decadent desserts on its menu. It does and they are exceptional in taste and in presentation representing the essence that makes Japanese food oishii! Every bite of these two desserts - the Bonsai and the Sakura Cake - is like a little slice of heaven.
Both of these desserts have been conceptualised, designed and bought to you by Chef Christophe Guilbert who wanted to create something unique. The Bonsai is MEGU's signature dessert and has a strong Japanese touch. Chef Christophe has always been fascinated by the way Bonsai is grown traditionally and the precision demonstrated in taking care of it. He is proud to have created this gorgeous dessert and serve it to customers at MEGU.
Chef Christophe's second signature dessert is the Sakura Cake which signifies Japan's beautiful natural landscape in which the Sakura trees thrive with their flowers and petals flying in the wind. This spectacle of incredible grace and wonder is the Chef's inspiration behind the delicate Sakura Cake with which he wanted to evoke lightness and sparkle, but also add a suave dimension. That's why he associated the Japanese yuzu, the lychee and the cherry with the Sakura Cake because they pair perfectly well with each other.
Chef Christophe's aim is to ensure that when customers taste these two desserts, they feel like they have been transported directly into a Japanese dream, and that's exactly what these two desserts did for us!
If you think the gastronomic journey around Japan ends there, it doesn't. MEGU has private dining rooms where you can entertain your friends or family with MEGU's modern Japanese cuisine in privacy and a whole lot more to offer:
The MEGU Business Lunch is available Sunday through Thursday: 12 pm - 4 pm at QR 65, and includes a choice of appetiser, main course, dessert and the MEGU signature Maki Rolls.
The Bento Box is served daily: 12 pm - 4 pm at QR 85. This delicious box contains a Miso Soup along with a choice of appetiser, side dish, sushi or Sashimi, main dish and dessert.
Talking about MEGU would not be complete without mentioning the restaurant's barista Dhawa Lama whose expertise and friendly demeanour add to the whole experience and the manager Faisal Nadeem who has been in the food industry for 22 years. Faisal believes the key to MEGU's success lies in its simplicity, freshness and authentic Japanese cooking techniques that add a new dimension to MEGU's menu!
When are you going to MEGU to try out its new menu? Book your table now, take your loved ones and enjoy a Japanese dining experience that's fit for an emperor!
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