Qatar Foundation’s Qatar Luxury Group (QLG) has opened La Varenne, a brasserie offering classic French cuisine in a contemporary setting, on the 28th floor of Tornado Tower in West Bay.
Inspired by cuisine served to diners in a traditional Parisian brasserie, the menu consists of French dishes such as chicken liver and foie gras parfait, bouillabaisse, steak frites, duck a l’orange and pot-au-feu.
Simpler bites including croque-madame, Puy lentil salad, and French onion soup are also available at La Varenne, launched by QLG’s Food & Beverage division.
A selection of sweets is available from the dessert menu including pear clafoutis with cinnamon ice cream, glazed lemon tart with raspberry sorbet, chocolate fondant and vanilla crème brulée.
Initially La Varenne is open for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant offers special two-and three-course business lunch menus from Sunday through Thursday.
Heading up the kitchen is executive chef Stuart Collins, who trained under Gordon Ramsay and Michael Caines, and who has worked in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in both the UK and US. The rest of the kitchen team consists of talented chefs from France and around the world.
Commenting on the launch, Collins said: “We have been working on this project for a couple of years now and it is so exciting to see it come to fruition. We want our guests to experience a real taste of France in a contemporary and stylish setting. Our dishes have been created to reflect what you would find on the menu in a typical brasserie although we have also included a number of more locally influenced options such as the Arabic lentil soup and the sticky date pudding.”
Collins pointed out that there are so many offices in West Bay but there is relatively little choice of restaurants.
“With the launch of La Varenne, which will eventually offer delicious French meals throughout the day from breakfast to dinner, we are providing Qatar with a quality dining option.”
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