“The venue is known to be dark and elegant, a place you come once a month to dine at. So my idea was to bring more traffic and make it more fun for people to experience Spice Market on a daily basis.” – Chef Xiaomeng Liu
Chef Xiaomeng Liu has established himself as an expert in the culinary world. With extraordinary experience in professional cooking, he has created a mark in the industry with worldly knowledge and an impeccable taste for flavours. His sophistication and desire to constantly learn has proven his love and appreciation for food. As Chef De Cuisine at Spice Market, it was Chef Xiaomeng who came up with the idea for the brand new, and already popular, Supper Club. “I started the concept and the whole reason was to give Spice Market a twist,” he says. “The venue is known to be dark and elegant, a place you come once a month to dine at. So my idea was to bring more traffic and make it more fun for people to experience Spice Market on a daily basis,” Chef Xiaomeng adds. “It’s great food and great quality for a cheaper price.”
That, in fact, is correct. The Supper Club menu is made up of four appetisers, five mains, and four desserts. You pay a cool QR100 and get to select one delicious item from each, for a fabulous and filling three-course meal. For QR20 extra you’ll get a glass of vino too. How good is that?
Chef Xiaomeng’s career began in Australia where he studied commercial cookery and hospitality management at Carrick Institute of Education, and his work has since taken him from Australia to Guangzhou and Macau, and now Doha, the place he has called home for a year. “I love it here,” he says. “ Spice Market is my baby, my everything.
Back to Supper Club. From the appetisers we share the Spicy Thai fried Chicken Wings with Mango and Mint. In true South East Asian-style, the chicken is tender and the skin crispy and glazed to perfection. Then there’s the King Crab Fritters which taste delightful with the Curry Lime Mayonnaise, and if you’re after something for refreshing, try the Green Papaya Salad with its tangy kick from the Spicy Cashew Vinaigrette – mind blowing!
For mains, seafood lovers will adore the generous helping of Roasted Hammour with Malaysian Chilli sauce and Thai Basil, whilst any vegetarians at the table tuck into the Pad Thai Vegetables, and/or the Ginger Fried Rice – both are packed with punchy flavours of the East. Our two favourites, however, had to be the Grilled Strip Steak with Coriander Pesto, and the Char-Grilled Chicken with Kumquat Lemon Grass Dressing. The former is juicy and well complemented with the pesto; and the latter has a beautiful smoky taste which is given a lovely tropical flavour from the lemon grass – both winning dishes! For dessert, the Japanese Cheesecake is a must, whilst the Ovaltine Kulfi with caramelised banana is every sweeteaters dream. There’s also Miso Caramel Pudding and a selection of ice cream or sorbets to choose from – you’re really spoilt for choice!
We love that the Supper Club opens up a way for foodies to enjoy a fine dining atmosphere and high-quality food, any time of the week, without the Lamborghini price tags that are often associated with five-star cuisine. In fact, Spice Market’s usual menu is also very reasonably-priced for what you get. We’d recommend making a reservation for Supper Club, because it was packed with hungry, happy diners when we arrived – something, we’re sure, is going to continue as long as the promotion is available.
GO: Supper Club at W Doha Hotel & Residences runs across a number of the hotel’s dining outlets, daily, except Fridays, from 5pm to 7pm. Each venue has a tailor-made menu, highlighting its own cuisine. Call 4453 5000 for reservations and more information.