Birthday Dinner at Maison De Sushi

Birthdays are a perfect excuse to binge in great food; in my case, that meant Japanese food.

I can practically name two places on top of my head that I wanted to try Japanese food. The first one was a newly opened and well-known Japanese restaurant, and the other one was a Japanese buffet restaurant, which was highly recommended by a former colleague.

It took me the last minute to finally made a decision, and for obvious reasons, the Japanese buffet won. What reason? It’s a B-U-F-F-E-T. I plan on bingeing, remember?

A lot may have heard and may have tried dining in this restaurant already. I, myself, have known about it since last year, but have yet to get the chance to try it. This is definitely a good chance to do so, and yes, it’s Maison De Sushi.

Firstly, let me share some food photos I was able to capture on my phone just to show how scrumptious our dinner was.

Shrimp Tempura

The shrimp tempura is definitely one of our favorites. We ordered it twice and would probably have had two more rounds if we weren’t so full from the amount of sushi we’ve tried in between.

Sushi Heaven! Hear me scream people! I forgot some of the names though. I did mention before that I’m terrible at food blogging, I tend to forget important details. In any case, you can check their Tablet Menu to see photos of everything they have. Though not original, it’s pretty cool that they’re also using a Tablet. I appreciate it when I’m able to see what my food is supposed to look like, whether it would be an accurate representation or not.

The Dragon Sushi (It is not its exact name, but yes I’m calling it that), is a definite must-try. I highly recommend it. It was delicious. However, since it is part of their “special menu,” there was an added 25QR in our bill, but definitely worth the price. The Beef Teppanyaki was also part of the “special menu,” and we were told by someone (I’m going to assume he’s the owner or the manager) that it was a new addition they’ve created. I  have to say, it was kind of him to personally come to our table. I also ordered their Candied Chicken Wings just because I happen to love the taste of sweetness in chicken.

Matcha/Vanilla Ice Cream with Banana Tempura

There’s not much variety on desserts, which I think is pretty standard with Japanese restaurants or mainly with Asian restaurants, so we just opted for their ice cream. Actually, we wanted to try their charcoal ice cream, but unfortunately, it is not available at that time.

Other foods we’ve ordered (that I have no photos of) are their Miso Soup, Pad Thai Noodles, and Tempura Rolls. Not much of a fan of the Tempura Rolls though. It has to be eaten as soon as it hit the table to appreciate the crunch of the seaweed wrap. It is not bad but still not as tasty as the others.

Hmm… my face is shaped like a steamed bun. 😀

As you must know, my birthday happen to fell on a Thursday, so I had to make a reservation beforehand since I’ve been told it could get really crowded on Thursdays.  When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by the staff and immediately sent to our table.

Since the staff was aware of my birthday, while we were waiting for our orders, the lights suddenly dimmed, and a group of women in kimonos sang me a birthday song as they clap their hands and twirl their Japanese umbrellas (wagasa). I was surprised that they have an official photographer for celebrations like this and took photos of my family and me with his SLR. He asked for my email afterward and sent me the pictures he took for free!

Furthermore, as seen in my photo above, instead of a cake, I was given 4 pieces of sushi with a lit candle. You didn’t read that incorrectly, there really were 4 pieces of sushi at that time, but I was so excited trying to hold it up while they were taking my photo that one fell off. Ha!

Anyway, I find the idea of an official photographer taking photos of their customers during a celebration like this pretty impressive and considerate of them. Added points for customer service if I do say so myself.


Maison De Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Burger Boutique

It is Friday again, the only day I’m able to call mine. I do miss the days when I get to have two days off. Anyway, it was afternoon and I was strolling around with a friend at Gulf Mall and doing one of my favorite past times – window shopping – when hunger strikes us both. As usual, we wanted to dine somewhere we haven’t tried before, so I checked my ever helpful Zomato app to see what restaurants around the mall’s vicinity we could find, so as not to go too far.

Browsing for a place to dine didn’t take long despite having too many choices. Food reviews and photos alone already helped pique my interest and a photo of a flame-red burger at Burger Boutique certainly stood out.


Obviously, I’m not much of a food blogger. I don’t normally blog all the foods and restaurants I’ve tried and been to. However, I do make exceptions for places that made quite an impression or has really tasty food that I would confidently recommend to friends and to people in general.

And so to start off, these are what we ordered.

Sticky Maple Buffalo Shrimps (42 QAR)

I love these Buffalo Shrimps! They are sweet and tasty and definitely one of my faves. One thing I should remark though is that it was kind of pricey since it was just a small portion. About 6 or 7 pieces only.

Commando Fries (35 QAR) – Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Grilled Onion, Jalapeno, Crispy Roasted Onions and West Coast Sauce.

Good for two people! It’s well seasoned and really tasty. Both my friend and I enjoyed it.

Dynamite Slider (30 QAR) – Cheddar, Grilled Onions, Jalapeno and Chipotle Ranch Sauce

The very reason why I chose Burger Boutique. These sliders are so pretty! Instagram-worthy to those who like to post pretty foods on their IG. Was it good though? It is. It was very spicy with the Jalapeno though, but you can certainly request not to add it if you prefer a less spicy one. The bun was really soft, which I would have liked if only it was able to hold the chicken patty well.

Midnight Slider (24 QAR) – Cheddar, Lettuce, Mustard Sauteed Onions, House Pickles and West Coast Sauce

Unlike the Dynamite sliders, the soft buns worked well with the beef patty and the combined taste of the mustard and west coast sauce is really delicious. Between the two sliders we’ve ordered, we both agreed that this tastes better and is perfect with the soft bun.

The Amazing Waffle (50 QAR) – Banana, Fresh Berries with Milk and White Chocolate

Being a sweet-tooth that I am, I can never not order dessert when I dine out. So we tried out their amazing waffle since I was legit craving for a waffle. You could say this one satisfied my craving.

Vanilla Shake (?) and Lemon & Mint (22 QAR)

For drinks, I always order anything lemon and mint, while my friend ordered a vanilla shake. Note that the vanilla shake was not on the menu and was something that we tried to ask if they make one. Fortunately, they do and so my friend was able to have one.

Overall, would I go again? Totally! The service was pleasant and so is the ambiance. Moreover, I’m looking forward to trying more of their menu. I really do feel like there’s more to try and that, for me, is something.


Burger Boutique Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Caffe Mokarabia

I have once again found a place to feed my sweet tooth cravings!

Lately, I’ve been browsing my Zomato app and checking out restaurants and cafes to add on my “places to eat” list. I have this aim that every month I would try out different food spots I’ve never been to and I guess you could say that it is one of my many goals this 2017.

Back to my browsing, my beau kept going on and on about wanting to have some coffee together, and I’m so over Starbucks and Coffee Beanery that I just need to find a different cafe to go to fast. So while checking Zomato, I came across Mokarabia and there were a lot of good reviews. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 and majority of the individual reviews giving it a perfect score, who wouldn’t want to check this place out?

There were 3 Mokarabia Cafes in Doha and they can be found at Ezdan Hotel (Westbay), Mall of Qatar (Al Gharafa) and The Pearl Qatar. We checked out the one in the Pearl.



Right off the bat, I was pretty amazed with the interior of this cafe. I’m a bookworm; so when I saw the bookshelves lined with books, you could tell I was totally sold. I could stay here for as long as I want with a hot chocolate and a book in hand, and life would be complete. ❤

Anyway, me and beau find the ipad menu and the live videos of the food pretty cool. Makes you want to order everything on the menu. 😀

Spaghetti Crepe Alfredo – 38 QAR

This saccharine version of a Spaghetti Alfredo is just heavenly. The noodle was made of crepe, meatballs were represented by two balls of vanilla ice cream, and a good helping of melted chocolate as sauce on top was everything. We totally enjoyed this one.

Profiterolles – 38 QAR

There’s nothing too special about the profiteroles in the taste department, but we found the use of dry ice for a bit of showmanship really cool. It makes you enjoy the experience of eating the profiteroles, which I think was the main point of it. Also, the chocolate used here was the same with the Spaghetti Crepe Alfredo, and it just tastes so good.

Vanilla Milkshake – 29 QAR / Mojito Virgin – 38 QAR

I know we’re supposed to drink coffee, but beau just can’t resist trying out their vanilla milk shake; and since I’m not much of a coffee drinker, I opted to try their Mojito Virgin. The mojito is very much like other mojitos I’ve tried and the vanilla milkshake wasn’t bad according to my beau. He still thinks DQ has the number one vanilla milkshake. Ha!

And here are some more random shots taken inside. 😀

So how do I rate the experience? A 4 out of 5 stars. Will definitely invite some friends over and will go back to try more of their desserts. ❤

Mokarabia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Carisma

New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holiday second to Christmas. Mainly due to the stunning fireworks display you see during this time and the blaring sound from the television as we watch the exciting countdown to the New Year. Of course, such an experience happens when I’m home in the Philippines, and for 6 years now, I have not been home during the holidays.

I know… it’s sad. 😦

In my previous “L’Occitane” post, I’ve mentioned that my father will be home to celebrate Christmas and New Year with the family, leaving me all by lonesome self during the holidays. (Ok, not entirely alone since I have friends and my Beau is still here, but you get the gist of it.) Seeing as there won’t be an actual celebration at my place here in Doha, I’ve decided to have a bit of an exceptional dining experience with Beau on New Year’s Eve, and we chose to try the Italian Restaurant, Carisma.

Carisma Restaurant is an Italian restaurant located on the first floor of Warwick Doha Hotel. It is basically next to the lobby and very easy to spot.


Given that it’s New Year’s Eve, the Menu was not the usual. There is already a set of food choices prepared for a full-course meal, and all you had to do is pick between two options of appetizers, entrée, etc. The full-course meal, including drinks, is worth 199 QAR per person.

As always, I feel like clubbing myself for not taking a photo of the Menu. This must be one of the reasons why I won’t be an effective food blogger (especially one that does restaurant reviews). I simply forget to take the required pictures. Ha!

Anyway, I was looking forward to trying their pizza beforehand, but seeing that there was no pizza in the Menu, my beau and I asked if it’s possible to just order one full course meal for only one person plus one order of Pizza Carisma (even if it’s not on the night’s menu). The staff was very kind to accommodate us with the request.

So here are photos (and some appraisals) of our dinner.

Focaccia Bread

The meal started with this focaccia bread. It was an excellent start to the meal and actually feels light even after finishing 3 of them.


This one I am calling the shrimp salad since I have no idea what it was called on the menu. The shrimp in itself isn’t exactly packed with flavor, but the overall dish has that slight sweetness and zesty taste to it, which makes it delicious.

Saffron Risotto

I was a bit disappointed with the Risotto, we didn’t like it very much, and is the only dish we weren’t able to finish. I guess this type of risotto just wasn’t my taste.

Beef Tenderloin

I’m afraid to say that by the time we had the beef tenderloin we were so full we thought we’d explode. Ha! Anyway, I can’t accurately judge the taste of it, all I know is that it wasn’t as juicy as I wanted or expected it to be while I was cutting it in half.

Our pretty dessert

This dessert was beautiful and festive-looking. However, I’m not jumping up and down for it. For me, it was a good enough dessert that balances out the taste of everything we’ve eaten that night. It wasn’t too sweet, which was good, but for some reason, I felt something lacking with it that I’m not sure of. Anyway, we still enjoyed it. 😀

Pizza Carisma (Tomato sauce with buffalo mozzarella cheese, chicken strips, spinach and truffle oil)

The pizza was served together with the risotto, which we were thankful for after realizing that we didn’t like the risotto very much. The pizza was slightly thin crust and tasty without overpowering sauce or toppings.

Overall, the dinner was a 3.5 out of 5.

So that ends our New Year’s Eve dinner! Believe when I say that we were so full we ended up sleeping straight away right after the clock strikes 12.

Oh! Before I forget, the kind and very attentive staff gave us these…


Carisma - Warwick Doha Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I Hop at IHOP

It’s December! Time to do some late shopping for gifts and whatnots. 

Last Thursday, my beau and I went to do some bit of window shopping for Christmas gifts and to find something “royal blue” to wear for our coming Christmas Party on the 22nd. Unfortunately, I was having a hard time finding the perfect outfit, or at least the required color. It seems that fall colors are still more prominent inside clothing shops… or maybe I just need to check out more. Anyway, we walked for a very long time until such excursion ends up making me hungry. Ha! 😀

Given that we were at Gulf Mall when I started to get hungry (we were at Landmark first), the first place I thought to eat was at IHOP. It’s been almost a year when I last visited the area, so I convinced my beau to eat there again.

And here’s what we ordered…

Tropical Island Twist (left) and Splashberry (right)

A cocktail of lemonade, lemon-lime, strawberries, mango syrup, etc. These refreshing IHOP splashers are all that!

Volcano Shrimp

My beau and I love to eat shrimp. So we always order at least one shrimp dish on every menu if available. In this case, we ordered the Volcanic Shrimp, which is their version of PF Chang’s Dynamite Shrimp and Red Lobster’s Sweet Chili Shrimp. But I think it’s taste is more similar to the latter.

Jambalaya pasta (i forgot the exact name. :( )
Jambalaya pasta 

I honestly forgot the name of this pasta dish, and I can’t find it in Zomato’s menu either, all I remember is that it has “Jambalaya” in its name. Anyway, I love the pasta! It was very well-seasoned which is what I liked best.

Big Steak Omellette
Big Steak Omelette

Speaking of well-seasoned, the omelet tastes bland despite its tasty appearance. It wasn’t the first time I ordered an omelet at IHOP and find it lacking in the salt department. Anyway, it must be the way they cook their eggs, but I really prefer my meal well-seasoned.

And last but not the least… an IHOP experience is never complete without their signature buttermilk pancakes! The 3 pancakes are free, by the way, since we ordered one of their omelets.

Buttermilk Pancakes ❤

Here’s also a photo of the pancake’s complementary syrups. I prefer the “Old Fashioned” one. I think nothing beats a classic taste! ❤

Old Fashion, Blueberry, Butter Pecan, Strawberry
Old Fashioned, Blueberry, Butter Pecan, Strawberry

So there you have it! Our very scrumptious meal. ❤

IHOP Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato