St. Regis Doha to open signature French restaurant

Astor Grill brand could be extended to other hotels in luxury chain

Slow-cooked sea bass, prawn bolognaise and clam jus at Astor Grill.
Slow-cooked sea bass, prawn bolognaise and clam jus at Astor Grill.

The St. Regis Doha will open its signature restaurant Astor Grill on September 4, the anniversary of the opening of the chain’s founding hotel, St. Regis New York.

Astor Grill, helmed by Mauritian chef Rudy Petersen who trained in Paris, is inspired by classic French gastronomy but incorporates a modern open kitchen and table-side preparations.

The menu includes a selection of steaks, including Wagyu, Black Angus, and Kobe beef, available in customised sizes and served with side dishes like truffle potato puree and wild mushroom fricassee.

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St. Regis Doha EAM i/c F&B Dejan Popadic explained that the hotel steered away from a traditional steakhouse concept “for the simple fact that there are plenty of those already in the city”.

Popadic explained: “As we know, in the Gulf everything comes from supplier A, B and C and you can only go and jump left and right, so the same steak being put on the table in hotel X is the same steak being put on the table in hotel Y. The only difference is that the chef might have more creative views or better cooking techniques. The plate or service style might be a little different, but at the end of the day, it would be very hard to justify charging a premium over anyone else.

“So the idea was to go into having a more predominantly meat-based restaurant, hence the name Astor Grill,” said Popadic, referring to the tribute to John Jacob Astor IV, who founded the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City more a century ago.

Popadic added that the Astor Grill concept could possibly be implemented in upcoming St. Regis hotels.

“Astor Grill is definitely a brainchild that came purely out of the background work that we as a team here locally on the ground have achieved,” said Popadic. “And I think if we realise it exactly as much as we visualise it and it works how we want it to work, this can be a fantastic concept that might even have potential to be further developed in other St. Regis properties,” Popadic revealed.

The restaurant was designed by Rockwell Group Europe, the firm behind the creation of two Gordon Ramsay restaurants also located at St. Regis Doha.

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