Exclusive New York eatery Megu to open in Qatar

Top Japanese restaurant makes its first foray in Middle East with Pearl outlet
Exclusive New York eatery Megu to open in Qatar
Top New York restaurant Megu is set to open its doors Thursday at The Pearl-Qatar, marking its first foray into the Middle East
By Staff writer
Thu 07 Apr 2011 05:38 PM

Top New York restaurant Megu is set to open its
doors Thursday at The Pearl-Qatar, marking its first foray into the Middle East.

The modern Japanese restaurant, which is one of a
clutch set to open on the reclaimed island, serves “very expensive but
exclusive food”, said Walid Maalouf, general manager of Hospitality
Development Company, a subsidiary of Pearl developer UCD.

“It
has a higher price point than the likes of Zuma and Nobu and uses only the very
finest ingredients from seafood to fish and Japanese specialities like Kobe
beef,” he told Arabian Business sister title, Hotelier Middle East.

“We
have given it the most prominent space on the island. The interior feels almost
Cathedral-like with its 16m high ceilings and there are spectacular views.”

The
impact of the Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami has made sourcing
ingredients for the restaurant more complicated, Maalouf said.

Oman,
Saudi Arabia and UAE have all placed bans on imports from Japan, over fears
produce may be contaminated by radiation after leaks were confirmed at a
nuclear plant.

“We
have had to source some alternatives. Qatar is being very cautious about
sourcing food from Japan and you have to allow a couple more days to obtain the
ingredients,” Maalouf said.

“If
it gets through after the many radiation screenings and checks then that means
it is extremely safe. We have been sourcing alternative ingredients from all
over the world.”

With
two outlets in New York, one in India and one in Moscow, The Pearl will host
the only Megu restaurant in the Middle East.

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