We made use of a 50% off grand opening invitation that we we were presented with a couple of weeks ago while eating breakfast at the American Grill. The Restaurant 29 invitation described the experience as "fine dining" which included USDA Angus beef to get our attention. Ok, they've got our attention, but can they deliver? We invited another couple and headed over to Beverly Hills Tower in West Bay last night where the restaurant is housed. Guess which floor it's on? From the moment the elevator opened up on floor 29, they had our full attention and equally we had theirs. The service was excellent, professional and warm at the same time. I opted for the Angus filet with garlic mashed potatoes and caramelized onions. There was a portobello mushroom involved, but I knew ahead of time that I would be tossing it David's way. Donna ordered the same, and David and Wayne picked the New York strip as they were out of (or "finish" in Doha speak) their first choice, the porterhouse. The food presentation was excellent, but the final test was the taste. My reaction was of pleasant surprise. It was the real deal, I could have been sitting in a steakhouse in Texas. This wasn't Western Sizzlin'! Ok, so the prices weren't either. We topped off our meal with a hot bread pudding topped with ice cream. Another winner. Oh, I forgot to tell you that when I made reservations, I asked if they had iced tea. "Yes, madame, in the can". My immediate thoughts traveled to my lips and I said, "Oh, no, no, that is nasty!". She put the chef on the line and he told me, "No problem, I will brew you fresh tea". Now, try that at Western Sizzlin'. These people were definitely after David's heart. The tea was a wonderful compliment to the already excellent meal. Definitely a do over.
Location: Beverly Hills Tower across from City Centre
Food: Fresh and savory
Parking: Complimentary Valet (please tip!)
Price: Expensive (we're used to Bennigan's!)
USDA Angus filet: QR169 ($46)
Bread Pudding (sharable): QR39 ($10.75)
I noted that the chicken medallions on the menu were around QR69 ($19)
If you've been to 29 (or even if you haven't), please feel free to put your own two cents in!