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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Eating Out: Breakfast at the Sandwich Cellar

Breakfast at the sandwich cellar
If you fancy a slap-up English breakfast for a change, you could do worse than visit the sandwich cellar on Ras Abu Aboud Road.

Don't make the same mistake we made - when we first arrived we thought the place was shut, as, from the outside, it looked dark. Perhaps they need a sandwich board outside!

Inside the cafe is cheerfully decorated with all sorts of odds and ends calculated to make you homesick for the England of yesteryear: a sort of greasy spoon with attitude.

The Full MontyFor breakfast we settled for the full monty: sausage, bacon, eggs, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and hot toast, all served with freshly made orange juice and a huge pot of tea.

Obviously, the bacon and sausages will be made with pork substitutes, but while scoffing away with an appetite honed by months without an unhealthy British breakfast, we didn't notice.

While we didn't try any of the other items (we were too full), there are a number of other dishes on the menu. These included some British stalwarts: Bangers n' Mash, Ploughmans and Steak and Kidney pie.

Given the name of the place, it is not surprising that the Sandwich Cellar do sandwiches which they will, upon request, deliver to your office. Sandwiches on offer include Zorba the Greek (feta cheese, sliced black olives, low fat yoghurt and salad), You Must Be Smoking (smoked salmon, smoked cheese, scrambled eggs, lettuce and cucumber) and Down Mexico Way (chicken, tomato salsa, guacamole, sour cream and lettuce).

The only thing they didn't have was some Qatar sandwiches. Perhaps they could introduce a few local specialities - we thought, given the importance of gas to Qatar, that the QP Gas Monster (baked beans on wholemeal bread - perhaps sprinkled with bran?) would go down well.

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