Following a soft refurbishment, Sharq Village and Spa introduces a new culinary concept at Al Dana with new chef de cuisine Evangelos Liakouris, who takes helm at the signature seafood restaurant starting January 2016.
This ultimate sea-frontal venue will also feature the new beachside alfresco C Lounge by Al Dana on January 27, 2016, where guests can relax to creative meze selections and hand-crafted cocktails, complemented with expansive views of the Arabian Sea and picturesque backdrop of the Doha skyline. Chef de Cuisine Evangelos Liakouris. With over 12 years culinary experience, Chef Liakouris who hails from Greece will spearhead the Al Dana kitchen brigade with the introduction of Ikaria-inspired cuisine in the hotel. Blue Zone Ikarian diet, renowned as the best-kept secret to longevity, is the foundation to Chef Liakouris’ creative renditions, whereby fresh vegetables, fish and seafood, and the use of Mediterranean herbs and olive oil are essential to his brasserie-style healthy food concept.
“Growing up in Ikaria, I’m inspired by fresh produce and a healthy diet as a way of life. This is the basis of my food philosophy, with respect towards traditional recipes that are given an innovative twist,” says Chef Liakouris. Chef Liakouris’ creative renditions of Mediterranean cuisine are evident from his extensive tenures gained from working in luxury hotels in Greece, as well as at a restaurant consulted by Alain Ducasse. He also participated in seminars with Joan Roca, Gaston Acurio and David Munoz in Madrid, and staged at one Michelin star restaurant Constantin Fillipou in Vienna. Chef Liakouris has consistently maintained five-star ratings with his previous hotels and believes in stringent food quality and hygiene standards in the kitchen.
Signature Dishes at Al Dana / The restaurant will feature contemporary Ikarian-inspired Mediterranean fish and seafood. Signature dishes include Greek Salad with Sardines, Shrimp Saganaki and Evangelos Black Forest Cake. Inspired by local produce such as hammour fish, Chef Liakouris recreates the popular Fish Tagine dish with his signature approach.
C Lounge by Al Dana / Guests will enjoy Al Dana’s new vibrant outdoor hot spot, C Lounge that offers guests with a relaxed atmosphere to stargaze and start the evening. C Lounge features creative cocktails and wines, Chef Liakouris’ special meze selections and Shisha with a variety of flavours enjoyed with vibrant music and stunning views of the Doha bay.
About Al Dana Restaurant:
Al Dana offers a front-row seat to paradise on one of Doha’s most stunning natural beaches. Dining in the 118-seat restaurant offers guests a relaxing beachside enclave in a breathtaking Qatari-inspired setting. Other distinctive features include a show kitchen and seafood counter, where food connoisseurs can follow the preparation of their meal, and the Chef’s Table for a customized experience together with Chef Liakouris.
Adjacent to the restaurant, Al Dana Garden sets a new standard in the events realm, the perfect venue for hosting celebrations, a magical wedding or inspiring corporate events. The 3,500 square meter outdoor space can accommodate up to 2,500 guests for stand-up cocktail reception or 2,000 guests for a seated function. The outdoor venue can also be transformed into a lavish indoor setting complete with a stage and banquet tables.