Astor Grill, Smoke sculpture at the entrance
The St. Regis Doha today unveiled the Astor Grill as one of the much-anticipated signature restaurants set to open inside the hotel in 2012. The debut of The St. Regis Doha will offer guests a new dimension of bespoke luxury and set new standards for Doha as a world-class dining destination.
Designed by Rockwell Group, the Astor Grill will be one of ten restaurants to open at The St. Regis Doha, each with its own unique setting, distinct ambience and menu. From a casual lunch around the pool to a bespoke dinner at Gordon Ramsay, the hotel will offer an array of culinary experiences that promise to surpass the discerning tastes of St. Regis guests and local residents alike.
Astor Grill was designed as a tribute to the Astor family and John Jacob Astor IV, who founded the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago, and popularized Chef Escoffier’s legendary Guide Culinaire - a world reference in modern French cuisine. The striking five-meter-high smoke sculpture at the entrance of the restaurant sets the scene of a contemporary steakhouse.
“We are delighted to open Astor Grill as the first signature restaurant at our hotel,” says Tareq Derbas, General Manager, The St. Regis Doha. “We are confident that the opening of Astor Grill will prove to be popular amongst our international guests and local residents, providing an interactive modern dining experience.”
The Astor Grill will be an important addition to Qatar’s fast-growing dining landscape, infusing classical French and modern-style cuisine. It will serve traditional delights such as Lobster Bisque and Steak Tartar, a variety of grill items including Kobe Beef as well as a wide selection of fresh seafood. Diners seeking a lighter meal will be provided with a range of select cuts and delightful appetizers, while those looking to celebrate can enjoy traditional dishes freshly prepared by the hotel chefs at the table.
The composition of the menu at Astor Grill is based on the workings of Georges August Escoffier, French Chef, restaurateur and culinary writer who transformed traditional French cooking. Escoffier is a legendary figure in the culinary world and was one of the most important leaders in the development of modern cuisine. In 1903, the year before the original St. Regis New York opened its doors, Chef Escoffier published “Le Guide Culinaire”, a guide that continues to be an inspiration in the menu creation for Astor Grill.
“Astor Grill will offer guests a unique culinary experience where we bring cooking out of the kitchen and directly at our guests’ tables” explains Brendan McGowan, Executive Chef at The St. Regis Doha. “The menu will feature exquisite cuisine inspired by world-renowned Chef Escoffier and guests will enjoy a variety of signature French dishes prepared with only the freshest ingredients. I am thrilled to bring this exciting new concept to international guests and local residents alike.”
The St. Regis Doha will feature 336 luxurious guest rooms including 70 suites – all offering sea views and custom-made furnishings. The hotel is geared to set new standards in service and luxury in Qatar with the legendary St. Regis butler service provided to all guests. The hotel will feature ten restaurants and lounges, 4,000 square meters of meeting space, a Remède Spa, an Olympic swimming pool and seafront cabanas with private Jacuzzis.