D’Chopstix Chinese and Japanese Restaurant have recently reopened this year with their newly renovated interiors. Located at the ground floor of Holiday Villa Hotel Doha, D’Chopstix is the hotel’s Far Eastern fusion restaurant popular for their Dim Sum and Japanese Brunch every Fridays.
Even though the hotel is near my home and workplace, I admit that this is my first time to set foot at D’Chopstix. I don’t have any idea of what it looked like before, save from the photos posted by my friends during their time here last year, 2018. Holiday Villa also recently renovated their hotel lobby. It’s brighter with a chic modern look, inviting the guests to lounge and relax.
D’Chopstix’s new looks
Gone were the red and black and replaced with more earthy tones, giving off a more cohesive look with the traditional Teppanyaki counter as the focal point of the restaurant. The wooden rectangular panels by the windows were also replaced with strategically placed dark brown bamboo stems in which you can still see the view from outside.
Round tables by the window are given privacy from each other through wooden partitions. The previously patterned floor is replaced by two colored tiles – white and gray. For the lighting, they replaced the previous overhead lamps with ones that resemble woven baskets, giving off that Asian vibe.
Their private rooms were also given a new look and now hidden behind a door. Inside is a 10-seater round dining table with a “Lazy Susan“, a classic centerpiece in Chinese restaurants around the world.
On the other side of the restaurant, you can find hotpot and BBQ tables, which are now trending in Southeast Asia.
Chinese and Japanese fusion
With a large menu selection to choose from, there is no shortage of Oriental dishes to be found. From your favorite dim sum, noodles, sushi, soup, and even clay pot dish, they seem to have something for everyone. Claypot Trio Seafood is actually the Chinese Chef’s (Chef Lee Tiam Ho) specialty dish while the Japanese Chef (Chef Mohammad Fauzi) specializes in Maki such as Lava Maki and Shake Teri Salsa Maki. It is quite reassuring to have two specialized chefs who are handling the production team.
For the Media and Bloggers’ Night, we were able to try small samples of some of the Oriental dishes available. To start the dining experience, we were given tea and a hot towel as soon as we were seated.
We then proceeded with starters which were served on a single platter – Siew Mai, Shake Teri Salsa Maki, Ebi Ten Maki, Deep Fried Mantou with Peking Duck, and Katsuo Boshi Dofu.
The Siew Mai was surprisingly packed but at the same time, you can still taste the chicken and shrimp. I loved the Deep Fried Mantou with Peking Duck because it’s a different take from the steamed bao version. It’s also my first time to try a Katsuo Boshi Dofu, which seems to me as tofu covered in bonito flakes. I liked the sauce it goes with too.
The Kaisen Suimono soup was a good palate cleanser with its subtle notes. It’s a clear soup with seafood, mushroom, and wakame seaweed.
For the main dishes, we were able to try different protein sources paired with a simple but homely Garlic Fried Rice.
Spicy Crispy Butter Chicken Boxing sounded new to me so I was intrigued. Turns out, I knew it as Chicken Lollipop, which both denotes the shape of the cut of the chicken which resembles both a lollipop and a hand with boxing gloves.
It was a delight to see the Crispy Angus beef cooked in the Teppanyaki counter. It adds a bit of excitement to the meal. The Crispy Fish with XO sauce was a bit of a letdown in which it just tasted normal and a bit over-fried. The Chinese Broccoli was served with Abalone sauce.
To cap it off, we were served Double Boiled Silver Fungus with Dates Syrup and two pieces of Peanut Mochi on the side. The Peanut Mochi actually reminded me of a similar dessert in the Philippines.
Eat All You Can Sushi Sashimi Tempura
Starting May 8, D’Chopstix once again started offering Eat All You Can for only 99 QAR. This includes Maki, Nigiri, Sashimi, Tempura, and Miso Soup. Desserts and Drinks are not included in the promotion.
We visited on a Thursday night for Iftar and the buffet spread was laid out around the Teppanyaki counter. On one side, you can find the different kinds of tempura (shrimp, fish, squid, vegetables) and Miso soup. While on the other side, different kinds of Maki and Nigiri are presented for guests to choose from.
For the sashimi, you can give your request to the chef or service staff and they will cut it for you as soon as you ordered. I ordered Salmon Sashimi while my friends opted for the mixed (Salmon, Tuna, Octopus).
For its price and what they are offering, I definitely think it’s a good deal. When you order sushi at non-hotel restaurants, it would set you back around 40qar for 6 to 8 pcs. Tempura often costs more than that too. So if you are a fan of Sushi, Sashimi, and Tempura, then you better take advantage of this promotion while it lasts. 😉
D’Chopstix Chinese and Japanese Restaurant at Holiday Villa Hotel Doha
- Business Hours : Daily 11:30am – 3:00pm | 6:30pm – 11:00pm
- Telephone Number : +974 4408 4230
- Email : [email protected]
- Facebook/Instagram : @dchopstixdoha
- Location : Hotel, ground floor
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Disclosure: I was a guest for the Media and Bloggers Night at D’Chopstix regarding their reopening but all opinions are my own. I was a paying guest for the Eat All You Can.
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