The Anvil Rooms

Dinner with a view

My husband and I picked The Anvil Rooms for our anniversary dinner because it’s one of our favourite restaurants in Doha. It has that deep, smoky steak house look with lots of character and an added bonus, the spectacular view of the Corniche and West Bay. On the 28th floor of Tornado Tower, The Anvil Rooms has all the qualities of one’s romantic, sexy dining experience. Sexy referring to the food here. It’s unbelievably good.

The first time we tried them was when they were having Restaurant Week earlier in the year. It made such an impression on us that we decided to go back again just to make sure the first time wasn’t a fluke. And I can happily say, it’s all totally legit. They know quality and they know good food. Our server this time, a remarkable young man with an equally remarkable name — Knox — had impressive product knowledge and gave us impeccable service through out our meal.

I always need some bubbly when I’m celebrating, so I started with a glass of D.O.C Prosecco Tintoretto Venetto while my hubby, who isn’t so keen on any kind of wine, opted for a glass of his favourite whiskey. Jameson, single shot, single ice cube. Yes, he’s a big Mad Man fan.

I pretty much knew what I wanted to start with even before I looked at the menu. Alaskan King Crab Cake, Pickled Jicama and Radish Salad with Spicy Tomato Sauce.

Alaskan King Crab Cake, Pickled Jicama and Radish Salad with Spicy Tomato Sauce

I’ve seen it a few times on Instagram, so I was excited to finally try it. What a star! I love that the crab cake looked different, first of all. Compacted into a cuboid instead of the regular round patty. It had lots of tiny chopped chives and chillies and little chunks of pink crab. It’s one of the restaurant’s best sellers and no wonder why, it’s fantastic. My husband, who isn’t much of a seafood person, tried some and actually liked it. Even with the crispy outer shell, it was moist and flavourful on the inside. Smeared with the spiced tomato sauce, it was a party in my mouth.

The hubster opted for the Asparagus Soup, with Crisp Quails Egg, Confit Potato and Goats’ Cheese.

Beautiful presentation, good looking dish.

Asparagus Soup, with Crisp Quails Egg, Confit Potato and Goats’ Cheese

Vibrantly green, it tasted better than it looked so that’s saying quite a lot. I definitely had a go at it. We could taste the freshness of the puréed asparagus. It was expertly seasoned, and the little bites of goats’ cheese gave it a kick of wonderful creaminess. Hubby also pointed out that the deep fried crunchy quails egg was the perfect contrast of protein to the soup. Nicely done.

Knox made our decision very easy when he recommended the 40 oz ‘AAco’ Tomahawk Ribeye, to share. We wanted something with a good marbling, so it was one of the best choices. Medium, just how we like it. We got to choose two sides and two sauces to go with it. But since we wanted two different types of potatoes, we had to pick another side for our vegetable portion. I wanted the Lobster Mashed Potatoes and hubby wanted the Chive and Parmesan Tater Tots, with Smoked Garlic Cream Cheese. And we both agreed on Chargrilled Green Asparagus in Smoked Salt Butter. For our sauces, I picked Horseradish Cream and he got Peppercorn.

When it was done, we were presented with this vision of flawless beauty.

The 40 oz ‘AAco’ Tomahawk Ribeye

Unfortunately, the pitures don’t even do it any justice. It almost felt like a religious experience, looking upon that slab of breathtaking meat and reveling in all its smoky glory. We might have even fallen in love again, over that steak. It was that life-changing. After being displayed to us, it got taken back to the kitchen to get carved up, then brought back out again with the sides.

The Lobster Mash was a bowl of exquisite creamy goodness. The Tater Tots were on point. Cheesy, savory tots, battered and deep fried into little spheres of crispy delights. The asparagus was grilled perfectly. The Anvil Rooms, in my opinion, serve the best bread basket in town, because they include pretzel bread which I absolutely love. It’s not included in the photo below, as I had already swiped it before. Cheesy bread and stuffed rolls add to a sufficient supply for the table.

Tater Tots
Bread selection
Lobster Mash and Grilled asparagus

I switched to a glass of Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from the Napa Valley. Great wine, with a lovely peppery bouquet and notes of spicy berries, with a hint of subtle sweetness.

The steak didn’t just look good, it tasted flawless. Not one dish, so far, needed that extra sprinkle of salt or dash of pepper. Everything was seasoned perfectly. We had quite a bit of leftovers, but we shamelessly asked for them to get packed away for us to enjoy at home. You wouldn’t want to waste food that good.

We decide to share dessert because we were up to our necks. So we got the Pecan Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Praline sauce.

Pecan Pie, Cinnamon Ice Cream, Praline Sauce

A simple masterpiece. A beautiful balance of sweet and salty for the pie, paired perfectly with a generous scoop of cinnamon ice cream.

I decided against a dessert wine and opted for a Liqueur Coffee instead. I took a French Coffee with Grand Marnier, Kahlua and Cointreau and hubby had a Double Espresso. Quite a successful ending to a fabulous dinner, then we went on to meet friends for more drinks at Reggae Night.

French Coffee with Grand Marnier, Kahlua and Cointreau

I should note that Restaurant Week will be coming back to The Anvil Rooms from the 21st of July till the 15th of August 2015. This is something not to be missed as they will be presenting a whole new and exciting menu just for this. Copies of the menu listing are already available at the reception desk. As they are closed throughout the whole month of Ramadan, call as soon as the fasting month is over to book your table. They will be going fast! Contact them at +974 44990685 or email them on reservations‎

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