Ice cream — I could eat it any time of year, any time of day. Breakfast… winter… it’s all the same to me. Why stick to having it just for dessert, considering there are so many iterations of this frozen treat? So here we have it, my alliterative list of eight splendid ways to savour ice cream in Doha.
Red Velvet Cupcakery – Katara
Take two oversized cookies and add a layer of ice cream in the middle. There’s an option for chocolate chip or the bakery’s signature red velvet. It’s hand-held, nostalgic and an all-around winner.
Asia Live! – Doha Marriott Hotel
Whoever came up with the idea to coat and deep fry ice cream deserves a medal. Here, the restaurant uses tempura batter to achieve a light crunch and serves the golden ball with chocolate sauce.
Market – W Hotel
Talk about pavlova with a twist. Raspberry sorbet is firmly encased in a meringue shell that sits on a pool of raspberries and coulis. A dessert every bit as elegant as the ballerina it’s named after.
Lagenda – Holiday Villa
Ais kacang translates to iced beans. This Malaysian staple comprises shaved ice topped with kidney beans, creamed corn, syrup and ice cream. Mix it together for the perfect reprieve from a scorching day.
Mado – Ezdan Mall
A familiar sight all over Turkey, Mado prides itself with its special ‘kesme’, a goat’s milk ice cream from the province of Kahramanmaraş. You’ll need a knife and fork to dig into this log of salep flavoured indulgence.
Opal by Gordon Ramsay – The St. Regis Doha
The French really nailed it when they invented choux pastry then decided to fill it with vanilla ice cream. Opal dishes up its profiteroles with perfectly lustrous crème Chantilly and chocolate ganache that inspire endless yearning.
Burgerry – Aspire Park
As far as milkshakes go, this is the real deal… made from ice cream for an extra thick consistency. A whole range of great flavours await, but to lessen the guilt, I go for the Burgerry blend with fresh carrot and orange juice!
The Anvil Rooms – Tornado Towers
And finally, there’s everything to be said for convention. This is a classic sundae with panache, featuring cocoa sorbet and vanilla ice cream nestled on a bed of cherry compote and nut brownie – simply satisfying.
**A version of this article appeared in Time Out Doha**