Hospitality, Hotels & Dining in Qatar: Autumn 2021

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marhaba.qa inbound tourists causing the volume of tourists to plunge. However, the year began with increasing visitor arrivals, and up to February, there were 498,528 arrivals, up 32% compared to the same period in 2019.

A range of visa measures announced by the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), formerly known as Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), have been widely welcomed by tourism industry professionals, as well as the country’s hospitality and retail operators. The introduction of the free, 96-hour transit visa and +Qatar (an initiative to promote Qatar as a stopover destination by QNTC and Qatar Airways) has resulted in bringing close to 200,000 visitors to Qatar. In August 2017, Qatar introduced visa waivers for citizens of more than 80 countries. Since inception, at least 275,000 visitors have entered Qatar visa-free. In September 2018, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ranked Qatar as the 8th most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation in its '10 Most Open Visa Countries in the World'. In addition, Qatar was ranked number one in the Middle East and number eight globally in business environment by the World's Economic Forum's Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019. In 2021, Qatar retained its position as the second safest country in the world by Numbeo, the world's largest database of user contributed data. Qatar offers a wide range of authentic tourism experiences, in addition to hosting close to 80 sporting events annually, and will be the first Middle Eastern country to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM and the 2023 FINA World Swimming Championships.

Tourist arrivals As with the rest of the world, Qatar's tourism industry was heavily impacted by the COVID–19 pandemic in 2020. In March 2020, Qatar restricted travel to and from Qatar, and imposed a ban on

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In 2018, Qatar witnessed a decline in visitors as a result of the blockade imposed on Qatar since 5 June 2017. According to QNTC, despite this overall decline, a breakdown of arrivals by region shows positive growth in all non-GCC and other Arab regions throughout the first quarter of 2018. In addition, monthly arrivals have been slowly increasing since the blockade, with the highest monthly arrivals since the blockade being observed in January 2018. On 5 January 2021, at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt restored diplomatic relations with the country and reopened land, air and sea routes. The country is concentrating on attracting Chinese, Russian and Indian tourists. QNTC has representation offices in three of the largest cities in China, as well as in Russia and India.

Hotel and hotel apartment performance Despite the continued border closures through Q1 2021 and the resultant significant declines in visitor arrivals, Qatar’s hospitality sector has fared exceptionally well throughout, particularly with a continuous uplift across each month in Q1 2021. Throughout Q1 2021, occupancy has showed consistent growth, reaching 68% in March 2021. Average occupancy YTD March 2021 is 61%, representing a 4% decline in comparison to YTD March 2020. Excluding accommodation being utilised for quarantine purposes, March 2021 full market occupancy (Occ), average room rates (ARR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) all outpaced pre-COVID 2019 annual averages. Overall, occupancy declined by 4% between Q1 2020 and Q1 2021, but increased from 54% in January 2021 to 68% in March 2021. ARR has increased 10%, and RevPAR has increased 5%, between Q1 2020 and Q1 2021.

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record number of cruise tourists in the 2019–20 season, which began in October 2019 and concluded in April 2020. It was the busiest season so far with over 186,000 passengers and 61,000 crew arriving on 74 ships, showing a growth of 121% and 66% respectively over the previous season. At the time of writing, industry experts said they expect cruises to resume by mid-summer with restrictions for the 2021–22 season. Over the past few years, QNTC has established a number of strong relationships with international cruise operators as well as with other specialists involved in the industry. This has proved to be of great importance as Qatar will be benefitting from cruise ships during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, as a means of providing additional accommodation for fans and visitors over the period. A minimum of 6,000 rooms on cruise ships will be contracted for the 2022 tournament. Cruise passengers can also avail of the new transit visa. As part of the new operating procedure –­ which includes the use of enhanced technology and close collaboration between cruise operators and security officials – a passenger manifest containing the passport details of passengers and crew will be shared with immigration officials 48 hours prior to a ship’s arrival in Qatar. This will allow the authorities to process all relevant information and clear passengers for entry before the ship's berth, enabling travellers to disembark within minutes and begin on-shore excursions. QNTC’s projections show continued growth in the cruise tourism industry over the coming years. With the completion of the Doha Port redevelopment, and the associated capacity increase, which allows the port to receive two megaships at once, Qatar is expected to attract 500,000 cruise tourists by 2026.

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The next chapter aims to attract 5.6 mn visitors to Qatar annually by 2023, double the number which the country welcomed in 2016. It also aims to achieve a 72% occupancy rate across all hotel establishments, through a combination of increasing demand and diversifying the country’s tourist accommodation offering. According to travel solution provider TravelSupermarket, visitor arrivals in Doha are projected to grow by 104% by 2025, making it the fastest-growing tourist destination among major cities worldwide. The city is expected to see more than 4.51 mn visitors in 2025. Tourism is expected to play a greater role in Qatar’s economy as the sector’s share of the country’s GDP will be nearly QAR133.5 bn in 2028, reports the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Travel and tourism investment in Qatar may exceed QAR14.5 bn, or 4.2% of total investments in the country, in 2028. m

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) In November 2018, The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Decision No 74 of 2018 establishing QNTC, cancelling QTA and the government committee to coordinate conferences and events. QNTC promotes Qatar as a destination around the world, through its destination branding, international representation and participation at trade shows, and by developing a rich calendar of festivals and events. Growing international presence, QNTC is growing internationally with representative offices in London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Singapore and more cities. In 2014, Qatar launched the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy (QNTSS), which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase the sector’s contribution to Qatar’s economy by 2030. Chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, QNTC works in partnership with public and private stakeholders to achieve this mission by planning, regulating and promoting a sustainable and diverse tourism industry while perpetuating Qatar’s culture.

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Explore Qatar Through its People By Ola Diab QNTC has introduced well-known local and expatriate Qatar-based curators to the new Visit Qatar website to offer personal recommendations and tips on travel and tourism across the country, and highlight favoured old and new spots.

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hen visiting a new country, we usually ask those who have either visited the country or are residents of the country for the best advice on where to go, what to see and what to watch out for. Now, you can do that in Qatar, as well, through a trusted platform and reliable personalities.

and personalised recommendations curated to the travellers' interests.

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has introduced local curators on the new Visit Qatar visitqatar.qa website. These curators are well-known local and expatriate Qatar-based personalities who will offer personal recommendations and tips for residents and visitors on where and how to indulge in some of Qatar's best cuisine, art, sports or luxury retail, highlighting favoured spots – both old and new.

Berthold Trenkel, Chief Operation Officer at QNTC, said, ‘As the stewards of the tourism sector, QNTC works with partners to develop offerings and showcase them to a wider audience. Visit Qatar and our Curators offer a localised window into the country, helping bring the destination to life for those looking for their next experience. Part of QNTC’s wider digital push, through this we aim to deliver a superior visitor experience, grounded as ever in Service Excellence. Through coordination with our stakeholders across the public and private sectors, we continue to promote Qatar and build its reputation as a desirable travel destination.’

This initiative is part of QNTC's broader digital and content strategy, whereby the destination is brought to life through showcasing unique and authentic experiences across all digital touch points, such as the VisitQatar App and website. Currently available in English, both the website and the app will soon be available in Arabic. While the website offers a comprehensive overview of the destination and its offerings, the app helps individuals explore Qatar with ease, with location-based recommendations

Iris Wagner, leading digital transformation at QNTC, said, ‘The Curators add an important element to our website. Aligned with our audience segments, they impart authentic insights. Coupled with the 360 content on the VisitQatar app, such on the ground perspectives bring to life Qatar’s varied offerings. Rich and immersive content across QNTC’s digital platforms supports the digital experience, driving engagement and consideration for the destination. We look forward to continuing to reach new

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segments, promoting Qatar until we are able to welcome visitors to our shores.’

Meet the curators Through these digital initiatives, locals and visitors can easily stay abreast of new offerings across Qatar. Current curators include Mashal Al Naimi, a Qatari motorcyclist, who covers his top sports and water activities. Noor Al Mazroei and Rachel Morris detail their favourite dining options in Qatar. Muna Al Bader offers up her favourite art and culture destinations, while Elmira Kahrobaie selects her top luxury spots. In addition, offerings include itineraries based on interest and travel tips from those in the know. Elmira Kahrobaie, a luxury blogger, recommends shopping at Doha Festival City, Mall of Qatar and Galeries Lafayette at 21 High St. In addition, she recommends starting your day with a Banana Island trip. Take the ferry to the island, spend the day by the beach and enjoy water activities. After watching the sunset, take the ferry back to the city and wander around Souq Waqif and the Gold Souq. At the Gold Souq, you can find many great shops where you can shop for high-quality jewelry. Don't forget to bargain. For a perfect day, Mashel Al Naimi, a Qatari rider and sports enthusiast, recommends staying near Katara Cultural Village, for easy access to The PearlQatar, Lusail City and Katara, which are ideal for practising sports. You can spend the whole day doing various activities. Then, for an evening stroll, visit

Souq Waqif and explore its alleys and local shops. According to Muna Al Bader, an artist and art ambassador, for authentic vibes, go to Souq Waqif for breakfast and then visit the Souq Waqif Art Centre, which is a great destination for art lovers. Later on, walk to Msheireb Downtown Doha and visit the Cultural Pass Club gallery. It hosts amazing artists and exhibitions. For lunch, you can go to the restaurant located in the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), and for dinner, IDAM at Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is an excellent choice. According to Noor Al Mazroei, a Qatari chef, a great culinary experience begins with a delicious breakfast featuring various vegetarian and vegan options, head over to Basta at The Pearl-Qatar and other various locations. Later on, for lunch, try Saasna, a Qatari restaurant in Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), that presents traditional Qatari cuisine with a modern twist. Don’t miss out on Nobu Doha at Four Seasons Hotel Doha, to experience the new-style Japanese cuisine with unbeatable dinner views. Rachel Morris, a food and travel blogger, recommends several top picks for dining in Qatar, including Shay Al Shammous, Bandar Aden and Parissa at Souq Waqif, IDAM at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), BOHO Social at Katara Cultural Village, Nobu Doha at Four Seasons Hotel Doha, La Mar Doha by Gastón Acurio at InterContinental Doha, CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Mondrian Doha, and more. Further new locally-based curators will be added in time to offer more tailored suggestions. m

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Treat your special one to a romantic getaway in the heart of Doha and experience a staycation that is good for both, the body and the soul. The package includes: · Overnight stay · Late Check-Out until 5.00 pm · Couples massage – 30 min at Quan Spa · Breakfast for two at Sridan restaurant

· Dinner for two at Shanghai Club · 20% savings on restaurants · 20% savings on Quan Spa · Complimentary Wi-Fi

Book your stay now, please call 4429 5050 Or email: jw.dohjb.reservations@marriott.com

jwdoha JW Marriott Marquis City Center Conference Centre Street, West Bay | P.O. Box 9282, Doha, Qatar jwmarriottmarquisdoha.com

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WELCOMING YOU THIS FALL. Proudly ushering a new era by bringing together the renowned German and Qatari hospitality, Steigenberger Hotel Doha is the new luxury flagship hotel of Deutsche Hospitality (DH). Pure luxury and hospitality at its best—that’s what Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts stand for in their fascinating locations around the globe. Immerse yourself in an exclusive cosmos full of character, glamour, and elegance. From historic and traditional establishments to vibrant city hotels to wellness oasis surrounded by nature - follow your dreams and experience the unmistakable Steigenberger charm.

At Steigenberger Hotel Doha, experience a feast for the senses: tantalize your taste buds and enjoy our excellent gourmet cuisine. Recharge your batteries and indulge in wellness at the highest level. Be inspired—by cultural events, the unique atmosphere of our rooms and suites, modern technology, optimally equipped conference rooms, and generously equipped workstations—staying with us means the ideas of tomorrow can flow freely.

STEIGENBERGER HOTEL DOHA Al Matar Street #9 | Airport Road, Doha T +974 4020 1666 | E info.steigenbergerdoha@steigenberger.com steigenberger.com

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Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton Aba Al Hanin Bil Hanin Street,west Bay Doha, Qatar, Po Box 24767

E-mail : Reservations_dohar@hilton.com Call : 4007 6091 | 4007 6092 aleph.doha AlephDoha

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Places to Stay FITNESS CENTRE

RESTAURANT

LICENSED BAR

SPA

SWIMMING POOL

Al Liwan Suites

D4

Al Mansour Suites

D4

Best Western Plus Doha

D4

Centro Capital Doha

D3

Corp Executive Hotel – Doha Suites

D4

Ezdan Hotel, West Bay

C4

1

Four Points by Sheraton Doha

D4

1

Gokulam Park Doha

D4

Grand Regal Hotel

D4

Gulf Pearls Hotel

D3

Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park

D4

3

Holiday Villa Hotel & Residence City Centre

D4

2

Horizon Manor Hotel

D4

1

HOTELS

BEACH

BUS/CONF FACILITIES

FACILITIES MAP

Places to Stay

FOUR-STAR HOTELS

2

1

Jouri, A Murwab Hotel

D4

1

K108 Hotel

D4

1

Mathema Premium Aparthotel

C4

Mercure Grand Hotel Doha City Centre

D4

1

Millenium Central Doha

D4

1

Mövenpick Hotel Doha

D4

1

New Blue Rose Hotel

D3

Plaza Inn Doha

D4

Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

D4

5

Ramada Encore Hotel Doha

D4

1

Retaj Al Rayyan Hotel

C4

2

Safir Hotel Doha

D4

1

Sapphire Plaza Hotel

D4

1

Strato Hotel by Warwick

D4

Swiss-Belhotel Doha

D4

1

Swiss-Belinn Doha

D3

1

The Curve Hotel

C4

The Royal Riviera Hotel

D4

Time Rako Hotel

F5

Victoria Hotel Doha

D3

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SUITES

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rotana.com/centrocapitaldoha

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doha-suites.com

256 4424 0000

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120 4433 8888

2804 4496 9111

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72 4470 8822 gokulamdoha.com

D4

195 14

D3

66

4409 4444

30 4444 1470

gulfpearlshotel.com

307 4031 3333

holidayinn.com/doha

D4

234 122 396

holidayvillahotels.com

D4

136 4445 5444

horizonmanor.com

D4

110

jourihotelcom

D4

108 4433 3000

k108hotel.com

C4

43 86

4403 8888

mathemadoha.website

D4

175

4446 2222

accorhotels.com

D4

134 6 4449 3333

millenniumhotels.com

D4

154 4429 1111

movenpick.com/doha

D3

70 9

blueroseqa.com

D4

60

26

4004 1000

4424 1888

120 4422 1111

520 47

D4

111 4444 3444

ramadaencoredoha.com

C4

288 72 4420 4444

retajalrayyan.com

D4

133 4445 5333

safirhotels.com

D4

174 4033 7000

sapphire-hotels.com

D4

95 4041 4444

warwickhotels.com

D4

154 12 4407 8888

swiss-belhotel.com

D3

123 1 4424 9111

swiss-belhotel.com

C4 600

4428 1428

4007 8888

radissonblu.com/hotel-doha

thecurvehotel.qa

D4

154 4020 9777

theroyalrivierahotel.com.qa

F5

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timehotels.ae/time-rako-hotel

D3

88 7 4476 5666

3 4034 2111

Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

plazainn.com.qa

D4

16

Golden Tulip Doha

grandregal.com

D4

4408 4888

Places to Stay

TELEPHONE

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We’re a great place to start For families, we make it easy. Kids aged 15 and under can stay free*. Our spacious family rooms comfortably cater for a family of four with free cots for the smallest members of your family. For unbeatable rates, book direct at

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outdoor location Exceptional outdoor location for your special occasion! ur special occasion!

Our extensive garden offers a scenic and versatile space for your special event! Whether it is a birthday party, corporate event, wedding or anniversary, we will help you achieve a successful and unforgettable celebration!

Contact our event specialists for more information: +974 4445 5555 reservation@alaziziyahboutique.com

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel Al Baaya Street Aspire Zone Tel +974 4445 5555 Fax +974 4445 5500 reservation@alaziziyahboutique.com www.alaziziyahboutique.com

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LICENSED BAR

SPA

SWIMMING POOL

Al Muntazah Plaza Hotel

D4

1

Asherij Hotel

D3

7

Century Hotel Doha

D4

2

Chairmen Hotel Doha

D4

6

Diamond 1 Hotel

D4

5

Doha Dynasty Hotel

D4

8

Golden Ocean Hotel

D4

9

Grand Qatar Palace Hotel

D4

9

Green Garden Hotel

C4

4

Gulf Horizon Hotel

D4

7

Kingsgate Hotel Doha

D4

1

Le Castle Hotel

D4

1

Le Park Hotel

D3

1

Musherib Hotel

D4

6

Premier Inn Doha Airport

D4

1

Premier Inn Doha Education City

C2

2

Rawda Hotel

D4

2

Rawdat Al Khail Hotel

D4

8

The Town Hotel

D4

1

Tourist Hotel, Doha

D4

9

Zubarah Boutique Hotel Doha

D4

4

HOTELS

BEACH

BUS/CONF FACILITIES

FACILITIES MAP

Places to Stay

THREE-STAR HOTELS

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215 4445 5111

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4

68 4426 0444

chairmenhotel.com

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84 4449 9222

N/A

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goldenoceanhotel.com

4

92 4441 4140

N/A

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48 4426 0100

greengardendoha.com

4

75 4443 2525

gulfhorizonhotel.com

4

140 4408 5555

millenniumhotels.com

4

110 4473 3111

lecastlehotel.qa

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leparkhotel.com

4

60 4430 6000

musheribhotel.website

4

105 4009 5222

mena.premierinn.com

2

219 4007 8333

mena.premierinn.com

4

22 4041 2525

rawdahotelqatar.com

4

81 4421 5424

N/A

4

110

thetownhotelqatar.com

4

91 4432 1321

touristhotelqatar.site

4

45 4447 0000

zubarahhotels.com

4435 5222

37 4443 3005

4425 5555

10 4410 7100

Places to Stay

1

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

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RESTAURANT

LICENSED BAR

SPA

SWIMMING POOL

Al Mansour Plaza

Al Najada Doha Hotel Apartments by Oaks

✔ ✔

Al Safa Royal Suites

Fraser Suites Doha

✔ ✔

Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences

Hyatt Residences Doha West Bay

Imperial Suites Doha

Le Mirage - City Walk

Magnum Hotel & Suites West Bay

Marriot Executive Apartment

Rabban Suites West Bay Doha

Royal Mirage

HOTELS

BEACH

BUS/CONF FACILITIES

FACILITIES MAP

DELUXE APARTMENTS

Places to Stay

Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

C4

2

D4

7

D4

D4

D4

B4

C4

D4

D4

C4

C4

C4

1

D4

7

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Sedra Arjaan by Rotana

B4

Staybridge Suites Doha Lusail

B4

Waterfront Hotel and Apartment

A4

STANDARD APARTMENTS Al Madina Suites

D4

Al Mansour Park Inn Hotel Apartments

D4

Al Sadd Suites Hotel Apartments

D3

Doha Palace Residence 2

D4

La Villa Inn Hotel Apartments

D4

Liberty Suites Hotel

D4

Qairawan Hotel Apartments

D4

Retaj Inn Hotel

D4

Wakra Inn

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safaroyalsuites.xyz

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doha.frasershospitality.com

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365 4492 4444

oakshotels.com

hilton.com

4 254

4497 1234

doharesidences.hyatt.com

4 80

4405 2222

imperialsuites.com.qa

4 400

4419 0044

lemirage.qa

4 191

4445 1555

magnumdoha.com

4 254

4497 1234

marriott.com

4

126 270 4495 5000

ihg.com

4

70 42

4444 0111

N/A

4 250

4044 1888

rotana.com

4

119 4456 5000

4 2 113

3075 7055

4

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

staybridge.com N/A

40

4431 8800

almadinasuites.com

4 105

4031 2000

almansourparkinn.website

3 48

4444 4199

N/A

4 12

4443 6221

N/A

4 88

4437 6613

N/A

4 40

4441 1212

N/A

4 23

4402 5000

N/A

4

12 80

4410 0300

retaj-hotels.com

49

4463 3737

wakrainn.com

The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa

Places to Stay

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The Torch Doha

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Dining in Qatar

Reflecting its multicultural society, Qatar has a huge range of cuisines to choose from. Venues range from local cafeterias to gourmet restaurants in the finest locations. Many international franchises have branches countrywide for those addicted to certain brands. There is, of course, a focus on Middle Eastern dishes with a plethora of dining options for patrons wishing to 'eat like a local'. If you love food and want to keep up to date with all the latest news and dining promotions, especially for Eid Al Adha, visit marhaba.qa and our social media.

Grabbing a bite around town Qatar residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out in and around Qatar. There are numerous local and international dining outlets and cafés, many with a drive-through or takeaway service, to catch a quick bite. Juice stalls are everywhere selling fresh juices, wraps and sandwiches, while the more discerning palate can find mid-range, casual dining restaurants in malls and around town. Throughout the year, hotel restaurants offer great choice and value-for-money promotions that include happy hours, early dinner offers and more. With the high temperatures of the summer, you can still enjoy al fresco dining as most restaurants provide coolers, fans and splinkers for cooler outdoor dining.

Thursday evenings, and Friday and Saturday brunches have become very popular with both locals and expatriates, and widely available in hotels and outlets around town. Prices vary with alcohol and non-alcohol packages. Brunches are moving from all-you-can-eat buffets to a three or four course à la carte option. Friday brunches are popular in Qatar with many hotels offering buffets in a family-friendly environment. Buffet food and à la carte offerings abound with tiered pricing, making it a great option for friends

Dining at home and outside catering A large number of restaurants offer a takeaway service; this will often include home delivery with a nominal delivery fee. Many restaurants and hotels provide a full outside catering service for special occasions, including chefs, wait staff and table settings. And they will clear up afterward!

Helpful hints Many restaurants have a family section and there are some with closed-off rooms should you require extra privacy. Restaurants are generally no smoking zones, though some licensed restaurants in hotels may have both a smoking and a non-smoking section. According to Law No 10 of 2016 on the control of tobacco and its derivatives, smoking is prohibited in closed public spaces. The legal age for drinking alcohol in Qatar is 21. Your ID may be requested if dining at a licensed restaurant, as well as at bars and clubs, so don't forget to take your passport or Residence Card. Some clubs and bars will ask you to pay a joining fee, and issue a membership card to use on return visits. On 1 January 2019, Law No 25 of 2018 on Selective Tax (Excise Tax Law) came into effect to regulate the consumption of 'health-damaging' goods, with a 100% tax on tobacco and alcohol products, energy drinks and special purpose goods, and a 50% tax on carbonated drinks. m ©

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Looking for weekday dining options? Great deals are on offer across town. Business lunches usually run from noon until 3 pm, and include a two or three course menu for a set price. Early dinner menus are usually between 5 pm and 7 pm, and offer a set price for two or three courses.

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LICENCED

4445 5555

Glass House

All-day dining

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Patio Cafe

Outdoor dining

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Primavera

Italian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

South American

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Lobby lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

AL’AMMA Arabic lobby lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Deli Kitchen International, healthy food

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Victoria Tea, desserts

Dining Guide Listings

DINNER

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

BRUNCH

HOTELS

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

4004 7000

Ika Mondo Cafe Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha

4445 0000

Parisa Persian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Tea Lounge

Ronnefeldt teas, lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Verita's

Italian, pasta

WA’HA Gourmet, outdoor pool lounge

✔ ✘

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔

Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery Hotel Collection

4009 9999

AtTEAtude

Lobby lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Infinity Rooftop Lounge

International drinks, cocktails

✘ ✘

✔ ✔

Le Colonial

International

✘ ✔

✘ ✔

O'Glacee

Mediterranean

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Sofra

Levantine

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

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Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental, Doha

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DINNER

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

BRUNCH

HOTELS

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

Banana Island Resort

Dining Guide Listings

Doha by Anantara

4040 5050

Al Nahham Arabic

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Azraq

All-day dining, Arabic

✔ ✔ ✔ ✘

Q Lounge & Restaurant

International, Indian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Riva

Italian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Ted’s American

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Zest

Cafe and bakery

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Il Galante

All-day dining, Italian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Panya

Lobby lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Banyan Tree Doha at La Cigale Mushaireb

4410 3310

Qalamkarri Indian

✘ ✘

✔ ✔

Saffron

Thai

✘ ✘

✔ ✔

Vertigo

Pan Asian and drinks

✘ ✘

✔ ✔

Caprice

Thai, international

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Dalchini

Indian

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

The Mezze House

Lebanese bar and restaurant

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Aramede

International

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Arguelina

Arabic, shisha

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Executive Lounge

Lobby lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Liquidity

Pool side drinks and snacks

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Meesh Cafe

Cafe, light bites

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha

4009 5555

Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7777

Misturado Tex-Mex, international

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Rodizio

✘ ✘

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Brazilian Churrascaria

Savor International

✔ ✔

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Al Sadd

4004 7400

Blu Terrace Pool Cafe

Pool side bar and cafe

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Espressolab Coffee Cafe

Coffee lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Indo-Chin Restaurant

Asian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

OPEN All-day dining, international

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

StrEAT Culture Urban Bar

✘ ✘

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Dining Guide Listings

LICENCED

DINNER

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

BRUNCH

HOTELS

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

Dusit Doha Hotel

4004 4444

Antoinette's

French

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Benjarong Thai

✘ ✘

✔ ✔

Rooftop Lounge Lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Taste All-day dining

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

The House Steak and seafood

✘ ✘

International

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Lobby lounge

Golden Tulip Doha

✔ ✔

4419 8888

Symphony Grand Hyatt Doha

4448 1234

Al Maha Lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

Isaan Thai

✔ ✘

Majlis Arabic

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

✔ ✔

Rocca

Italian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Santa Monica Breakfast Club

International

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Hilton Doha

4423 3333

Bab Al Bahr Outdoor

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Mawasem

International

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Pool Bar

Light bites

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Shots Diner

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Sushi On

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Japanese

Tahitian Village

Outdoor, light bites

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Trader Vic's

Asian - Polynesian

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Ya Hala

Lobby lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Dante Cucina Italiana

Italian

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Levantine

Arabic, Levantine, Qatari

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Nesma Lounge

Lobby lounge

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Souk Kitchen

Arabic, Asian, Western

✘ ✘

✔ ✔

South Bay

Poolside

✘ ✘

✔ ✔

Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

4423 6666

Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park

4031 3333

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✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

Speciality burgers

✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Poolside food

✘ ✔ ✔ ✔

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BREAKFAST

BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

LICENCED

Dining Guide Listings

InterContinental Doha The City 4015 8888 Al Jalsa Garden Lounge Lounge Hive Sports bar La Parisienne French La Vista 55 Cuban Prime Meat lovers haven The Square International

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JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha 4429 5000 Fuego Argentinian Santorini Greek Shanghai Club Chinese Sridan Arabic, international

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La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor 4428 8888 Di Capri Le Central Le Cigalon Pizzeria Shisha Garden Yen Sushi Bar

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Dining Guide Listings

HOTELS

TELEPHONE

CUISINE

Italian International, Mediterranean International Fresh pizza Barbecue, mezza, shisha Sushi, Japanese

Mandarin Oriental, Doha 4008 8888 Baraha Lounge Afternoon tea, pastries Gelato Dessert IZU French, Mediterranean Liang Chinese Mandarin Lounge Afternoon tea Mosaic International

Marriott Executive Apartment 4497 1234 Campagnia Caffe International ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘ Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel 4419 5000 Aqua Lounge Lounge, Arabic snacks Crossroads Kitchen International Cucina Italian Ipanema Brazilian Churrascaria New York Steakhouse American steakhouse Quick Bites Sandwiches, snacks West End Cafe Snacks, afternoon tea QATAR HOSPITALITY E-GUIDE ©

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UNLOCK YOUR CULINARY CRAVINGS With unbeatable options to delight every palate and preference, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha's distinctive restaurants invites you for a memorable dining experience. Crossroads Kitchen

Cucina - Award winning Italian Cuisine

Breakfast: 6 am – 11 am All Day Dining: 12 pm – 12 am

Daily: 12 pm - 11 pm Brunch Alla Cucina: Fridays, 12 pm – 11 pm Ciao Bella: Wednesdays, 5 pm – 8 pm

New York Steakhouse Lunch: Sunday to Thursday 12 pm – 2.30 pm Dinner: Daily 6 pm - 11 pm The Big Apple Brunch: Fridays 12 pm - 4 pm Butchers Night: Wednesdays 6 pm – 11 pm Pearls-Bubbles-Heels: Saturdays: 6 pm – 11 pm

Ipanema - Brazilian Churrascaria Daily: 6 pm – 12 am Tranquilo Lunch: Fridays 12 pm - 4 pm

Quick Bites Daily: 6 am – 9 pm

Champions Sunday to Thursday: 3 pm – 12 am Friday and Saturday: 12 pm – 12 am

Aqua Lounge Daily: 5 pm - 12 am BBQ Night: Thursday to Saturday 6 pm - 12 am

West End Café & Patisserie Daily: 9 am – 10 pm Pink Afternoon Tea: 12 pm – 10 pm

For more information and reservations, please call 4419 5510 or WhatsApp 6643 6890. marriottmarquisdoha

Crossroads Kitchen

West Bay City Center, Omar Al Mukhtar Street, PO Box 25500, Doha, Qatar marriottmarquisdoha.com

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DOHA

You’re only one swim away from a good mood !

Select your “Grab & Go” breakfast set options of International or Oriental menu of your choice!

Book your Private Pool Hours

For inquiries, kindly contact us at +974 4419 8839 / Mob: 3395 0900 reservations@goldentulipdoha.com For further details, call us at +974 4419 8808 / 8888 | keepfit@goldentulipdoha.com

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BREAKFAST

BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

LICENCED

Dining Guide Listings

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha 4035 5555 Amwage Beach Grill Al Sufra Bohemia Cafe Murano El Faro N'awlins Jazz House Pearl Social Sawa The Secret Garden

Barbecue and seafood Arabic Lounge Afternoon tea Spanish tapas Cajun Mediterranean International Rooftop lounge

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Millennium Plaza Doha 4041 6999 Circle Slice

International Deli

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Mondrian Doha 4045 5999 CUT by Wolfgang Puck EllaMia Hudson Tavern Morimoto Smoke & Mirrors Walima

American Cafe, lobby lounge Craft burgers Fine Japanese Cigar lounge Middle Eastern and shisha

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Park Hyatt Doha 4009 1234 Anis Opus Sora The Living Room

Organic beverages, local food Local flavours Japanese Lounge

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Premier Inn Doha Education City 4007 8333 Omnia

All-day dining

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Premier Inn Doha Airport 4009 5222 Omnia

All-day dining

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Dining Guide Listings

HOTELS

TELEPHONE

CUISINE

Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha 4428 1428 Bentley’s Grill Premium steaks Bombay Balti Indian – curries and fresh naan Chingari Indian – Tandoori Hyde Park International Inginuity Contemporary bites Qube Snacks, nightclub Ruby Wu’s Authentic Chinese Sakura Japanese masterpieces Shehrazad Sports bar, pub quiz nights The Frying Scotsman British, comfort food The Italian Job Italian food with singing waiters QATAR HOSPITALITY E-GUIDE ©

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Dining Guide Listings

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels 4433 6666 Argan, Al Jasra Boutique Hotel Al Baraha Restaurant, Al Najada Doha Hotel Al Matbakh Rooftop Grill, Arumaila Boutique Hotel Al Shurfa Arabic Lounge, Al Jomrok Boutique Hotel La Patisserie, Al Bidda Boutique Hotel La Piazza, Al Bidda Boutique Hotel

LICENCED

Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort 4021 4000 Al Odaid International, Arabic ✔ La Merenda Italian ✘ Reef & Burger Burgers, seafood ✘ The Edge Beverages, shisha bar ✘

DINNER

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

BRUNCH

HOTELS

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

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Moroccan

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International, Arabic

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Indian

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Arabic French, sweet treats and beverages

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International

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The Ritz–Carlton, Doha 4484 8000 B-Lounge Doha Flamingos Sel & Miel STK Doha The Lagoon

Asian fusion Poolside dining French brasserie American International, Arabic

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The Torch Doha 4446 5600 Kufic Lounge The Flying Carpet Three Sixty Torch Tea Garden

Light bites, pastry, live piano International, all-day dining Fine dining Tea lounge

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The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa 4492 1555 Hunter’s Room & Grill Signature grills, steak, seafood Mix Bar Lounge & Terrace International Sabai Thai Signature Thai dishes Seasonal Tastes All-day dining, international Waves Pool Cafe Snacks, light bites

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Doha Hotel & Residences 4453 5000 COYA La Spiga by Paper Moon Market by Jean–Georges Spice Market

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Peruvian Italian International Southeast Asian

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- SET MENU OR SHARING STYLE - WELCOME DRINKS - PARK SUITE ACCOMMODATION - FULL HOT A LA CARTE BREAKFAST & DINNER IN-ROOM - DELUXE PREPARATION ROOM FOR BRIDE - 50% DISCOUNT ON SPA SERVICES

ELEGANT, RESIDENTIAL-STYLE LUXURY AWAITS YOUR INTIMATE WEDDING.

+974 4009 4243

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT OUR WEDDING SPECIALISTS

+974 3158 7909

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QAR

150 per person

Cold and hot arabic mezzeh / Unlimited kebab selection Arabic desserts / Soft beverage Every Tuesday | 6:30pm - 11:30pm

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5002 6386 indo.chin IndoChinRestaurant ©

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Dining Guide Listings

LICENCED

AL FRESCO

CUISINE / ENTERTAINMENT

FOOD

TELEPHONE

ENTERTAIN

CLUBS AND BARS

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PASSPORT/ID WHEN VISITING HOTELS

EVENING

Dining Guide Listings

Al Najada Doha Hotel 4470 4444 Pool Bar

Mocktails, juices, sandwiches ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton 4489 9000 Pool Bar

Refreshing juices, light bites

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Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery Hotel Collection 4009 9999 Infinity Rooftop Lounge International drinks, cocktails ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ O'Glacee Pool Bar Mediterranean flavours ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Best Western Plus Doha Krossroads

4424 0000

International drinks, light bites ✔ ✔ ✔ ✘ ✔

Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha Pool Bar

4009 5555

Light bites

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Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park 4408 7777 Liquidity Misturado

Poolside cafe Tex-Mex, international

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Al Sadd 4004 7400 StrEAT Culture Urban Bar

Sports bar

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Old Town 4034 3333 Pure Light bites

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Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas Dunes

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4448 1234

International

Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park 4031 3333 Stock Burger Co. Sports bar, speciality burgers, salads

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Hilton Doha 4423 3333 Shots

Sports bar, diner

Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas The League

Sports bar, speciality burgers, salads ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

QATAR HOSPITALITY E-GUIDE ©

4423 6666

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CUISINE / ENTERTAINMENT

EVENING

ENTERTAIN

FOOD

AL FRESCO

LICENCED

Dining Guide Listings

InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences 4484 4444 Belgian Cafe Lava La Vue Manko

Belgian beer, food Fusion drinks Cigar lounge Parisian lounge bar

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InterContinental Doha The City 4015 8888 Al Jalsa Garden Hive La Vista 55

Arabic Sports bar Cuban lounge with tapas

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JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha 4429 5000 The Den

Lounge bar, light bites

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Kempinski Residences & Suites 4405 3333 Skybox61

Sports bar and restaurant

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La Cigale Hotel Managed by Accor So Lounge Sky View

Club Lounge Cocktails, snacks, sushi

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Magnum Hotel & Suites West Bay 4445 1555 Aviary Shamrock Tavern

Night club Pub

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha 4008 8888 Ambar Aqua

Stylish cocktail bar Rooftop lounge, bar

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel Champions Glo Cocktail Bar

Sports bar, international International, tapas

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha 4035 5555 Antika Levantine The Secret Garden Rooftop lounge

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Mercure Grand Hotel Doha City Centre The Old Manor

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CLUBS AND BARS

Dining Guide Listings

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PASSPORT/ID WHEN VISITING HOTELS

QATAR HOSPITALITY E-GUIDE ©

TELEPHONE

4428 8888

4419 5000

4446 2222

Bar, steakhouse

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Dusit Doha Hotel www.dusit.com/dusitdoha-hotel

Diplomatic Area, West Bay, P.O. Box 23373, Doha, State of Qatar

reservation.dhdo@dusit.com Telephone: +974 4004 4444

Where the good times never end! Join us at The House and enjoy special offers on selected tasty bites and delicious cocktails.

The House Hours

Gin-Teresting Mondays

EVERY DAY FROM 5PM TO 8PM

EVERY MONDAY FROM 5PM ONWARDS

Enjoy the happiest hours with a special discount on selected cocktails and Chef’s bites

Indulge in our carefully curated array of gins and gin cocktails at happy hour prices

Lady’s Kick Off

Hoteliers and Cabin Crew Night

EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 6PM TO 8PM

EVERY SATURDAY FROM 5PM ONWARDS

Ladies! Head to The House and enjoy a free flow of selected wine, and sparkling wine, QAR 140 per person

Show your Employee Card and enjoy All Night House Hours on selected sips and bites

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Dining Guide Listings

LICENCED

AL FRESCO

Mondrian Doha 4045 5555 Black Orchid Rise Smoke & Mirrors

Night club Cocktail lounge Cigar lounge

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4428 1428 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha Manhattan Orion Qube Shehrazad The Library

Lounge bar Cocktails and snacks Snacks, nightclub Sports bar, pub quiz nights Soft music, panoramic views, international food

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Saray Corniche Hotel, Doha 4497 3777 Aquaview Sports Lounge

Sports bar

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Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort 4021 4000 The Edge

Outdoor lounge, cocktails

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Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha 4425 6666 El Cedro Tasting Room IRIS

Cigar lounge Outdoor lounge, cocktails

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Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel Irish Harp

4485 4444

Irish pub, fast food

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The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Habanos

4484 8000

Cigars, vintage wines

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ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PASSPORT/ID WHEN VISITING HOTELS

TELEPHONE

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FOOD

CUISINE / ENTERTAINMENT

EVENING

CLUBS AND BARS

ENTERTAIN

Dining Guide Listings

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4446 0000 The St. Regis Doha Oyster Bay & Bar Light bites The Club at the St. Regis International Rooftop lounge The Rooftop Cocktails and snacks Vintage Lounge

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The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Mix

Bar, lounge and terrace

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VIP Hotel 4426 1111 Senario Club

Night club

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W Doha Hotel & Residences Wahm

Lounge

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QATAR HOSPITALITY E-GUIDE ©

4492 1555

4453 5000

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JW F&B Flyer_Marhaba.pdf

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Ladies Night Out

AT JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTER DOHA Chilo Sunday's, Red Monday's, Sparkling Wednesday's, and Fri-Tini weekends are calling all ladies for incredible prices on exceptional experiences. Invite your girl squad and spend memorable evenings together!

SHANGHAI CLUB – RED MONDAYS Monday | From 6.00 pm until 12.00 am Unlimited flow of selected sips for QAR 99 per two hours

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Unlimited flow of SPARKLING DRINKS for QAR 99 per two hours

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THE DEN - TINI WEEKENDS FRIDAY | From 3.00 pm until 6.00 Pm buy two get one complimentary beverage. Beverages available for QAR 45

FUEGO - CHILO SUNDAYS SUNDAY | From 7.00 pm until 12.00 am LADIES ENJOY TWO COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES AND ONE CHOICE OF BITES. For reservations, please call 5506 2798

jwdoha JW Marriott Marquis City Center Conference Centre Street, West Bay | P.O. Box 9282, Doha, Qatar | jwmarriottmarquisdoha.com

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Dining Guide Listings

CUISINE

DINNER

TELEPHONE

LUNCH

Multiple locations, respective number listed

BRUNCH

AROUND TOWN *

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

Al Mourjan *Al Corniche, Souq Waqif

5593 6470

Lebanese, international

Aloosh Restaurant *Salwa Road, Souq Waqif

4451 4444

Arabic

Al Sayyad The Diplomatic Club

4484 7420

Lebanese, seafood

✔ ✔

Amara Al Muthanna Complex, Salwa Road

4416 0707

Indian

Asha's *Villaggio, two other locations 4452 9662

Indian

Assaha Lebanese Village Salah Al Deen St

4443 0983

Lebanese

Barrio Fiesta Al Muthanna Complex, Salwa Road

4490 4886

Filipino

Biella *The Mall, City Center–Doha, Landmark Mall, TPQ

4467 7732

Italian

Carluccio's *The Pearl-Qatar, DFC, Mall of Qatar 5084 8259 Italian, gluten-free menu ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ Casper & Gambini *Landmark Mall, Mirqab Mall

4417 8406

International

Chili’s *City Center–Doha, six other locations

4411 5848

American, Tex-Mex

Debs W Remman *The Pearl-Qatar, Mall of Qatar

3333 4663

Lebanese

Eataly *Doha Festival City, Mall of Qatar

4028 5055

Italian

Eatopia The Gate Mall

4020 6400

International, bakery

Emirgan Sutis *Al Emadi Financial Square, TPQ

4037 5287

Turkish

Gerry’s Grill *Al Nasr St, Barwa City

6673 5178

Filipino

Green Education City Golf Club

7773 7973

French, Mediterranean

Huda Restaurant Hotel Park Doha, Tawar Mall

4447 5086 Lebanese

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Authentic Thai Cuisine Banyan Tree’s signature award-winning restaurant that stays true to the classic culinary techniques in the Thai Kingdom. For reservations, please call 4410 3310 or Whatsapp 3992 0808.

@banyantreedoha ©

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Dining Guide Listings

DINNER

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

Multiple locations, respective number listed

BRUNCH

AROUND TOWN *

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

INDIGRILL Barwa Tower

4483 3855 Indian grill

Jamie's Italian Doha Festival City

4455 4812 Italian

Jones the Grocer The Gate Mall

4407 7175

Australian

Layali *Salwa Road, Lagoona Mall

4431 0005

Lebanese

MRA *Al Ghanim, six other locations

4442 2070

Bakery, Indian, sweets

Mado *The Pearl-Qatar, Ezdan Mall Al Wakra

4436 4622

Turkish

Maison de Sushi *01 Mall, Tornado Tower, DFC

7050 1373

Japanese, sushi

Max's Restaurant *Al Sadd, Al Muntazah

4444 6297

Filipino

Nando’s *Salwa Road, six other locations 4444 2345

Afro-Portuguese flame-grilled chicken

Nassayem Qatar Diplomatic Club

4484 7470

Qatari

Neo *Salwa Road, Mall of Qatar

4432 2539

Chinese, Japanese

4490 2944

Fish and chips, seafood

Orient Pearl Restaurant Al Corniche

4410 6666

International

Outback Steakhouse *Lagoona Mall, City Center–Doha

4414 9028 Steakhouse

P.F. Chang’s *Villaggio, Mall of Qatar, DFC, Gulf Mall

4452 8541

Paper Moon Doha Jaidah Square

4016 6000 Italian

PAUL *Villaggio, six other locations

4495 9815

Patisserie, light meals, French ✔

Ric's Kountry Kitchen The Business Centre, C Ring Road

4443 7846

American, diner

Roger’s Diner C Ring Road

4455 2666 American

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Villaggio

4451 7585 Italian

Royal Tandoor *Al Sadd St, five other locations

4036 0716

North Indian

Roti & Boti Ras Bu Abboud

3355 5777

Indian

Sabah W Masa *Salwa Road, The Pearl-Qatar

4466 6001

Lebanese

Ocean Basket Mall of Qatar

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LUNCH TIME AT NEW YORK STEAKHOUSE Enjoy an exceptional Business Lunch at the award-winning New York Steakhouse. QAR 95 | Two Courses QAR 125 | Three Courses Sunday to Thursday 12 pm to 2.30 pm

PRANZO EXPRESSO

TAKE A BREAK AND TREAT YOURSELF TO A TWO-COURSE EXPRESS LUNCH AT YOUR FAVOURITE EATERY CUCINA. QAR 79 PER PERSON INCLUDING YOUR CHOICE OF COFFEE SATURDAY TO THURSDAY | 1 PM – 4 PM

For more information and reservations, please call 4419 5510 or WhatsApp 6643 6890. MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTER DOHA HOTEL West Bay City Center, Omar Al Mukhtar Street, PO Box 25500, Doha, Qatar marriottmarquisdoha.com

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Dining Guide Listings

International

Shiraz Garden Salwa Road

4466 6213

Persian

Spikes Doha Golf Club

4496 0716

International

Sushi Minto *Salwa Road, City Center–Doha

4467 5577

Japanese, Asian, international ✘

Tamarind Indian Lagoona Mall

4466 6876

Indian

Tandoor Express *Old Airport, five other locations

4462 0100

Indian

The Butcher Shop & Grill Villaggio

4495 9847

South African, steak

The Cheesecake Factory *Mall of Qatar, DFC, Villaggio

4452 9019

American, international

The French Olive Barwa Complex, The Pearl-Qatar

4444 4777

French, Italian

The Locker Room Doha Sports Park

4469 0444

Pub food

The Manhattan Fish Market *Bin Mahmoud, two other locations

4444 2353

Seafood

The Noodle House *City Center-Doha, two other locations

4411 5063

Southeast Asian

The Village *Salwa Road, Souq Waqif

4444 6601

Indian, Iranian

Tofu House *Al Jazeera St, Al Mansoura

4435 8678

Korean

Vapiano *The Gate Mall, Al Mana Tower 4407 7188

Italian

Wagamama *Lagoona Mall, Doha Festival City

4463 3876

Japanese, Pan Asian

Wok of Fame Villaggio

4413 4772

Asian

Yee Hwa *Al Kinana St, Al Jazeera St 4441 9898

Korean, Japanese

Yugo The Gate Mall

4407 7118

Asian

Zahr El Laymoun Shoumoukh Towers

4444 9197

Lebanese

Dining Guide Listings

DINNER

6676 8812

LUNCH

Shakespeare and Co *Dar Al Salam, four other locations

CUISINE

BRUNCH

TELEPHONE

Multiple locations, respective number listed

BREAKFAST

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Dining Guide Listings

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Al Jalsa Cafe Sharq Village & Spa

4425 6666

Coffee, tea, sweet treats

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Al Jalsa Garden Lounge InterContinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Lounge, Arabic dishes

Al Kut Cafe Wyndham Grand Regency Doha

4434 3333

Sweet and savoury

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Al Mandarin *Salwa Road (multiple locations)

4442 5588

Juices, snacks, sandwiches

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Antoinette's Dusit Doha Hotel

4004 4444

French

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Atrium Lounge Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Conv. Hotel

4485 3000

Afternoon tea, snacks

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Aqua Lounge Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Poolside cafe

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Baraha Lounge Mandarin Oriental, Doha 4008 8888

Tea, coffee, iced drinks, light bites

Cafe #999 Fire Station Artist in Residence

4458 2556

Contemporary, international

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Columbus Cafe *Landmark Mall, Villaggio

4456 5325

Light bites, cakes

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Espression LavAzza The Gate Mall

4407 7199

Italian

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Farggi *Hamad International Airport, Al Ghanim

4492 9826

Spanish, coffee

Fauchon *Royal Plaza, DFC

4435 5588

French

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Figaro Ghanem Business Centre, Bin Mahmoud

4462 0878

Italian

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Fy Cafe *Suhaim bin Hamad Street, Aspire Zone

4444 4656

Arabic, casual dining

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Gelato Mandarin Oriental, Doha

4008 8888

Desserts, gelato

Gelato Mondo City Center-Doha (multiple locations)

4488 0466

Ice cream, cakes

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Gourmet House Kempinski Residence & Suites

4405 3333

European fine foods, bakery

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Hyde Park Coffee Shop Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1555

International

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Jazz Cafe *New Salata

4411 1969

Bakery

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Kufic Lounge The Torch Doha

4446 5600

Light bites, pastry

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La Parisienne Intercontinental Doha The City

4015 8888

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Dining Guide Listings

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Arabic sweets

DINNER

4424 3787

LUNCH

Al Amaken Fraser Suites Doha

CUISINE

BRUNCH

TELEPHONE

Multiple locations, respective number listed

BREAKFAST

CAFES/ LOBBY LOUNGES *

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LICENCED

DINNER

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

Multiple locations, respective number listed

BRUNCH

CAFES/ LOBBY LOUNGES *

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

La Cigale Traiteur La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor

4428 8803

International

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Lobby Lounge InterContinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Light bites, afternoon tea

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Lobby Lounge JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

4429 5000

Desserts and pastries

Lobby Lounge La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor

4428 8698

Fresh juice, desserts

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Luxe Lounge The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1658

Afternoon tea

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Magnolia Bakery *Dar Al Salam, MoQ, Ezdan Mall

4450 9407

Cupcakes, cakes

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Meesh Cafe Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7744

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MIA Cafe Museum of Islamic Art 4422 4168

Healthy French-Arabic fusion

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Moda Lounge AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton

5513 3472

Chic, high tea

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Mondo Cafe Aleph Doha Residences

4004 7000

Lobby lounge

Orangery Cafe Traittoir La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor

4428 8819

International

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Palm Garden Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1555

International

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Quick Bites Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Healthy, all-day dining

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Ristretto Cafe Golden Tulip Doha

4419 8807

Light snacks

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Riqqa Lounge Crowne Plaza West Bay

4019 8875

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Savor Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7777

Snacks

Sugar & Spice *Aspire Park, Lagoona Mall

4038 9668

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The Lobby Lounge The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

4484 8000

Afternoon tea, desserts

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W Cafe W Doha Hotel & Residences

4453 5385

International

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West End Cafe Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Quick bites, meals

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Zest Chocolate Cafe Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

4040 5116

Savouries, cakes, pastries

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6:00 PM - 11:00PM

Blu Terrace is a prime rooftop sunset escape. Dive into Modern Greek culinary by the relaxing crystal blue pool, and sample a carefully curated menu of Mediterranean inspired cocktails to the pulse of meditative organic house.

EVERY THURSDAY 6PM - 11PM

WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY 6PM - 7PM

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON - AL SADD

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Dining Guide Listings

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Burgeri Aspire Park

4449 3958

American

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CinnZeo *City Center-Doha, Hyatt Plaza, The Mall 4469 7316

Cinnamon rolls, beverages, desserts

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ChowKing *Dar Al Salam, Mirqab Mall, Hawdar Al Khail St

4486 6077

Asian fusion, Chinese, Filipino

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Fuddruckers *Khalifa Tennis Stadium, Ezdan Mall

4483 3983

American

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Hot Chicken *Al Najma St, seven other locations

3058 3386

International, fast food

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Johnny Rockets *Ramada Signal, three other locations

4455 2792 American

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Jollibee *Old Airport, eight other locations

4444 9492

Asian, Filipino

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Mooyah *Al Sadd Sports Club, Al Jamiaa St

4444 4048

American, burgers

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My Sandwich WOQOD Al Hilal

4444 0313

International fast food

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Sandwich Factory The Gate Mall

4020 6500

Arabic, Lebanese

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Shake Shack *Villaggio, Gulf Mall, Mall of Qatar, DFC

4452 9668

American burgers, milkshakes

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Shater Abbas *City Centre Mall, 10 other locations

4483 9230

Persian, Arabic barbecues

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Subway *Salwa Road, 26 other locations

4444 4043

Subs, salads

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Take Away *Al Sadd St, seven other locations

4442 7778

Arabic, sandwiches, sweets

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Thai Smile *Umm Ghuwailina, Barwa City

4441 5222

Traditional Thai

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The Chippy Bin Omran

5022 0126

British, multi-cuisine, quick bites

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Turkey Central *Al Nasr, Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street, Najma

4442 3423

Turkish

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Dining Guide Listings

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DELIVERY

Indian fast food, chaats

TAKEAWAY

4462 2100

DINNER

Bombay Chowpatty *Old Airport, five other locations

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

*Multiple locations, respective number listed

BREAKFAST

FAST FOODS

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DELIVERY

TELEPHONE

DINNER

A few choice dining options among many

LUNCH

HEALTHY OPTIONS

BREAKFAST

Dining Guide Listings

Al Mosak Al Jazeera Petrol Station

4412 3666

Healthy bites

Quartier, The Pearl-Qatar

4441 9048

Healthy food, quick bites

Chef’s Garden Education City

4409 5040

Organic meals, salads

two other locations

4444 0609

Salad bar

Diet Factory Al Mirqab Al Jadeed

4444 3477

Healthy, fitness food

Diet Delights Nuaija

4433 9444

International healthy food

4444 4911

International healthy food

International Airport, The Pearl-Qatar

4464 4176

Organic, vegan

Freshii Al Muntazah

6658 8815

Healthy meals

Umm Salal Mohammed

6687 1239

Healthy food

Ideal Diet Ali Bin Ali St

4488 7745

Healthy food

Dining Guide Listings

Carbon Wheels 14 Qanat

Dean and David Ezdan Hotel,

Diet House Bin Omran, six other locations Evergreen Organics Hamad

Healthylicious Barzan Souq,

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Pearl Social, Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl Doha

Shanghai Club, JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

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Business Lunch ‫غداء العمل‬

A great break from work! Join us for a well-deserved Business Lunch at Glass House.

Choices of three courses at QR 150! Available from Sunday until Thursday

12:30 pm until 3:00 pm Reserve your seats now! 4445 5555 | 4445 5535 glasshousedoha Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel

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Spas and Beauty Centres

Spas and Beauty Centres Health spas and beauty salons abound in Qatar, with an abundance of choice. Choose from a number of award-winning spas, in both traditional Qatari style and ultra-modern environments.

Beauty treatments are wide and varied and available for both men and women, although some will have 'ladies only' days, or are single-sex establishments. Separate facilities are available for men and women at most of the spas, as are couples treatment rooms.

Many beauty salons not only provide hair and nail services, but also have separate rooms for treatments. Similarly hotels will generally have a spa and/or a beauty centre on site, as well as some of the larger apartment block towers.

For looking good from top to toe, generally available are hair and nail services, make-up and wedding preparations, hair removal (waxing and threading), and tanning.

Visiting a spa can be a five-star experience, with luxurious treatment rooms, providing massage and facials, alongside oxygen therapy, sauna and steam rooms, slimming treatments, aromatherapy, hot stone treatments, and pre‑ and postnatal massages.

To further enhance the luxurious experience, spas and salons are increasingly focusing on healthy refreshments and menus, and relaxation spaces with mood music and comfortable sofas to ensure you feel your very best, both inside and out. Visit the spa or salon's website to learn more about the packages available, and their before and aftercare.

SPAS

TELEPHONE MAP

WEBSITE

Al Messila Resort, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha

4445 0000

C3

marriott.com

Anantara Spa, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

4040 5158

C5

anantara.com

Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park (CPD–TBP)

4408 7777

D4

crowneplaza.com

Deverana Spa, Dusit Doha Hotel

4004 4444 C4

dusit.com

eforea Spa, Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

4423 6401

hilton.com

ESPA at Mondrian Doha

4045 5550

B4

Heavenly Spa, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1682

D4 heavenlyspadoha.com

Jaula Spa & Club, Grand Hyatt Doha

4448 1056

B4 doha.grand.hyatt.com

Katara Beach Club by LivNordic Spa & Wellness

4408 1580

B4 katara-livnordic.com

M|Spa, Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery

4009 9710

D4 alwadihoteldoha.com

Ozone Gym & Spa, La Cigale Hotel

4428 8100

D3 lacigalehotel.com

Park Hyatt Doha Spa

4009 4300 D4

sbe.com

parkhyattdoha.com

doha.goldentulip.com

D3/4 radissonblu.com/hotel-doha

Qi Spa, Hotel Golden Tulip Doha

3361 8000

Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1621

Saray Spa, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 6090

C4

marriottmarquisdoha.com

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

4485 4600

C4

fitness.sheratongranddoha.com

Sisley Paris Spa, W Doha Hotel & Residences

4453 5555

B4

blissdoha.com

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels

4433 6878

D4

tivolihotels.com

Spa by Clarins, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl–Doha 4035 5555

A4

kempinski.com/en/doha

SPA InterContinental, InterContinental Doha

4484 4060

B4

intercontinentaldoha.com/spa/

Spa & Wellness Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

4494 8802

C4 fourseasons.com/doha/spa

The Ritz‑Carlton, Doha

4484 8174

A4

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Doha

4008 8888

D4 mandarinoriental.com/doha

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Complementary therapies/medicine

Spa treatments often derive their inspiration from the ancient sciences and practices of the East, with accents from the Middle East and Asia. The Ottomans introduced the world to the hammam, which quickly became an important social meeting place for both men and women. Several of the major hotels offer ritual packages to enjoy, with hammam, massage and facial treatments.

The practice of some forms of alternative treatment was officially approved by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners in 2016. The list includes homeopathy, Ayurveda, acupuncture, chiropractic and hijama (wet cupping). Regulatory framework will ensure only licensed, qualified practitioners will be allowed to offer these services – the Ministry of Public Health has defined the requirements and specifications for opening complementary medicine centres in the country.

Also popular are hydrotherapy treatments and natural healing methods, such as chakra wellbeing and Ayurveda aromatherapy facials. Choose anything from a 20-minute scalp massage or up to three minutes of cryotherapy, to a multiday body and mind rejuvenating retreat – you are guaranteed to feel your absolute best afterwards.

Look your best, whatever your age!

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FACIALS

REFLEXOLOGY

HYDROTHERAPY

STEAM ROOM/ SAUNA

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HAIR/BEAUTY ON SITE

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Spas and Beauty Centres

Spas and Beauty Centres

BEAUTY CENTRES

TELEPHONE

MAP

Aldo Coppola, Park Hyatt Doha

4009 4333

D4

parkhyattdoha.com

Desert Princess, Ain Khaled

4486 4169

E3

desertprincessdoha.com

4479 5945

B3

Elie & Ralph Beauty Salon, InterContinental Doha

3363 5678

B4

Fadia El Mendelek, The Ritz‑Carlton, Doha

4417 7755/66

A4

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Franck Provost/Nails, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

4494 8844

C4

fourseasons.com/doha/spa

Jaula Spa & Club Salons, Grand Hyatt Doha

4448 1235

B4 doha.grand.hyatt.com

Jean Louis David, CPD–TBP

4417 2683

D4

Al Ali

andtrading.net

4417 5771

C4

Kozma & Kozma, Beach Tower, Al Dafna

6686 7220/1

C4

Salwa Road

6686 4220/1

D3

West Bay Lagoon

(for all salons)

B4

Luce Giovani, InterContinental Doha The City

4015 8666

B4

N.Bar, The Gate Mall

4020 6408

C4

Nails, Ezdan Mall Salwa Road

4480 2252 4416 3348

F5 andtrading.net C4

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

WEBSITE

The Pearl-Qatar

kozmaandkozma.com

4481 2316

B4

Pace e Luce, The St. Regis Doha

6612 6650

B4

paceeluce.com

Patrice Alexandre, The Gate Mall

4407 7107

C4

patricealexandre.net

Patrice Salon, Gulf Mall

4038 5751

C3

patricesalonqatar.com

Landmark

4486 5970

C3

Villaggio

4450 7199 D2

Pour Elle, Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1740

D3/4

Roots Hair and Beauty

4411 4463

C3

rootshair.net

Sabit Akkaya Ladies’ Hair and Beauty Salon

5566 4710

D4

mandarinoriental.com/doha

Sabit Akkaya Men’s Grooming Lounge

5566 4710

D4

mandarinoriental.com/doha

Skin and Soul (ladies), Sheraton Grand Doha

4485 3840

C4

skinandsoul.com.qa

Skin and Soul (men), Sheraton Grand Doha

4485 4840

C4

skinandsoul.com.qa

The Barber Shop Doha, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

4494 8855

C4

andtrading.net

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4483 0623

C4

Touch of Beauty, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1677

D4 touchofbeautyqatar.com

COMPLEMENTARY CLINICS

TELEPHONE

MAP

WEBSITE

Foot Care Centre, LuLu Hypermarket, Al Gharrafa

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Marriott Executive Apartments Breakfast Bliss at Campagnia Caffe!

just opposite City Center. For West Bay residents, the location is spectacularly accessible, or for those living outside of West Bay the café is only a short walk from a Metro station. There are also plenty of parking for those of us who prefer to cruise around in a airconditioned car. Whether you fancy lounging with a book and an incredible cup of coffee, or set up your laptop to reply to some emails with a mug of Dilmah tea. With oodles of natural light bursting through the windows, the café is illuminated with natural light and is perfect for lounging on a comfy sofa soaking up the Vitamin D.

here’s no better way to start the day, than with an incredible breakfast. It sets you up for the whole day - a good breakfast can make a bad day seem okay, or a good day even better. And one local hangout where you are guaranteed a great breakfast is Campagnia Caffe in the Marriott Executive Apartments.

To begin our breakfast experience, we decided to order the Arabic Breakfast. The centrepiece of the huge plate of food is the Shakshooka. A bed of roasted, rich tomatoes topped with two sizzling fried eggs, and layered with squares of crumbled feta cheese is an incredible way to start the day. Paired with three bowls of: smooth, creamy hummus, rich black olives, sundried tomatoes and feta cheese, and pink yoghurt sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. With warm, crunchy triangles of fresh bread, and falafel and kibeh to scoop out the mezzes, you will find little at fault with this breakfast platter! And keep a look out for the new Turkish Breakfast which is coming soon: if it’s half as good as the Arabic breakfast it will be worth the trip!

The Campagnia Caffe is nestled on the ground floor of the new Marriott Executive Apartments. This cosy café is perfectly situated in the heart of West Bay,

The next dish to arrive at the table were the Eggs Benedict. From top to bottom this dish was a show stopper. Served on a huge, crunchy, sweet English

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muffin were two ginormous poached eggs. Upon closer inspection you could see two thinly-cut slices of turkey ham nestled between the muffin and the egg. But the piece du resistance was the lashings of hollandaise sauce that dripped from the muffin to the gorgeous enamel plate. The eggs were served alongside a hearty handful of arugula to mop up any hollandaise sauce that might escape. Along with the Eggs Benedict we were served a Bruschetta Platter which featured all the different recipes of bruschetta available at Campagnia Caffe. All served on a crust of garlic crostini bread the delightful concoctions included feta cheese and mashed avocado, sautéed mushrooms with parmesan cheese, assortments of roast peppers, and a classic: tomato and drizzles of olive oil. In an effort to be healthy, we also ordered the Campagnia House Salad which we were told is one of the most infamous dishes available at Campagnia. A bowl of tossed arugula with surprises of halloumi, avocado, pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes and you can even add chicken, all drizzled with a tangy cranberry dressing. It’s easy to see why this dish is such a popular favourite. Now to ruin our healthy cravings.... The nutella and banana waffle can only be described as a tower of sugary delight! The waffles were balanced upon layers of chocolatey nutella spread, fluffy marshmallows, cool, fresh bananas and all dowsed with a huge heap of vanilla ice cream and glazed with caramel sauce. Wow! Breakfast, or any meal for that matter, at Campagnia Caffe is certain to be an incredible experience. With a relaxed, comfortable vibe you can enjoy a book, take a break from the office and get some work done, or just relax and savour the cuisine. We will certainly be returning to this incredible eatery. Campagnia Caffe is open everyday from 7 am to midnight. Contact them on their website or call 6676 6785. m

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Education City Golf Club The Most Colourful, and Deliciously Tasty Green You’ll Ever See!

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ne of the perks of being a resident in Qatar is being able to eat and socialise with friends at Education City Golf Club’s imaginative and creative restaurant, Green. Entering from the busy streets of Doha and Al Rayyan, you feel immediately relaxed by the calm atmosphere of Education City. You’re soon at the Clubhouse Restaurant. Aptly named Green, and with both indoor and outdoor balcony seating and fantastic panoramic views of the expansive golfing greens, you’ll love seeing the myriad varieties of trees, bushes and shrubs interwoven with pretty colourful flowers.

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Green offers a casual yet familyfriendly dining experience to refresh and unwind in a relaxing atmosphere. Operated by Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, Green offers delicious internationalstyle dishes from salads to sandwiches, sushi combos to vegetarian options, desserts and drinks. Pop in for a bite to eat and the friendly informative staff, led by Harlene the Restaurant Manager, will make you feel right at home. Plus, it’s a great place to start your weekend, as the breakfast menu has everything from a classic or vegan breakfast to eggs benedict and dosas. Even the drinks look great. Especially if you like green! Try the Lemon with Mint; if you weren’t fully awake when you arrived you’ll be fully conscious now. And one drink, Peanut Berry Power, has so many healthy ingredients it’s literally bursting with goodness and energy. And it’s lips-lickin’ delicious, too. Highly recommended. The choice of food from four continents should be enough to please all tastes; cooked to perfection, the dishes are arranged, decorated and dressed, as beautiful to behold as satisfying to taste. The Eggs Benedict and The Scotsman were such a gratifying blend of protein and vivacious vitamins – but it was a shame to spoil the presentation, a picture of perfection. As, indeed, was the sublime Shakshouka. Suffice to say, our compliments must go to Richard Ruiz, the chef, who has the amazing ability to make even a simple poached egg so attractive. With flowers! Tomatoes, too. Unbelievable!

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Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at Green – the Education City Golf Club innovative restaurant – with perhaps the most beautiful green scenery in Qatar, seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Send an email to info@ecgolf.com or a Whatsapp message at 7773 7973 to book a reservation. For more information about the Education City Golf Club, visit ecgolf.com. m

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ine dining Indian restaurant Jamavar Doha at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, is showcasing Indian cuisine differently, highlighting instead the country’s coastal offering and serving, for a limited time, seafood, matched with the usual spices and flavours of India’s culinary tradition.

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9 States Theory Regal Menu The generous coastal set menu, aptly called the ‘9 States Theory’ has fresh seafood flavoured with spices from India’s coastal states. Expect tiger prawns, lobster meat and fresh fish meats served grilled and sitting on flavourful sauces. Sides are also generous, with rice and various kinds of Indian bread. How different are regular Indian dishes from the coastal set? Except for the fresh seafood, which is the highlight of the new offering, the flavours of the new menu is not very different from other Indian dishes. What surprises us though is how the flavours, the usual Indian flavours that we are so used to here in Qatar, took in the freshness of the seafood. Have you ever tried carom-soaked prawns? What about scallops wrapped in banana leaves? These dishes are not usual and in a plate highlights the rich spice tradition of the Indian regions. The meal is served as a spread and includes an assortment of mildly spiced Indian crackers with chutneys and dips. The drinks are also served in quite an interesting manner. One came in a daiquiri glass with a delicate bubble ready to pop, which did pop and released a soft smoke. The lunch had us thinking of sleepy afternoons, an indulgent hour to simply drink tea or coffee or anything warm. Rich food can actually do that to anyone. Jamavar food had us lulled into an almost dreamy state, full and pampered like a Maharajah.

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Indian desserts The regal set will give you three options for dessert: the saffron jalebi, the malai-berry kulfi (India’s version of ice cream) and the mango ras malai, their signature dessert. Malai is actually Hindi for cream, which means that all three are creamy and sweet, a perfect complement to the flavourful dishes served early on. Call 4485 3000 to book your table at Jamavar. m

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha No Fuss Business Lunch? Go to Mosaic!

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Popular for its diverse collection of dishes, Mosaic will give you the chance to try their delectable offering for as low as QAR90! The new business lunch offers almost everything in their regular menu plus a selection of Asian noodle dishes, ‘inspired by the flavours and spices across the regions of the Silk Route’. The servings are much more ‘manageable’ compared to their regular offering. Lunch is no fuss, efficient yet friendly. We had our pickings each of a salad,

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soup and some sushi rolls for starters, followed by noodles - you can choose from their Italian or Asian list. Dessert is of course sweet enough to kick your brain back to work mode. If you’re having a busy day and would welcome an hour and a half of some stylish mid-day meal in fashionable surroundings, this is the right place for you. The place is not as busy and you can choose to sit at a corner table overlooking the busy Corniche street. The business lunch dishes are on a separate menu, together with the Asian noodles. Choosing is easier, especially if you are familiar with Mosaic. Our suggestion is to choose your mains first. If you’re having noodles or pasta, you can opt-out of the soup and choose instead the sushi rolls or the salad. If you’d rather go for the heavier option, you can stick with their Arabic and/or Indian selection, and an Umm Ali dessert. Our operative word is ‘light’, a meal to bridge us through a busy afternoon. The business lunch at Mosaic is available in twocourse or three-course meals, for QAR90 and QAR120, respectively. The restaurant is open from 11 am. Call 4008 8888 or email modoh-reservations@mohg.com to book your table. m

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Pizza or sushi? They have a sliced ‘pizza’ sushi - nori tempura topped with a generous portion of tuna tartare, avocado, edamame and fried Kani. It was a bit challenging to eat, and the first bite had us speechless - it was, after all, difficult to talk when you have a mouthful of tuna tartare in the way.

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Next came a bowl of Salmon Crispy Marine Salad. Not your regular salad, mind you, as it had more salmon than greens. This dish alone can satisfy all your raw salmon cravings and pair well with their colourful mocktails.

ushi On at Hilton Doha hotel definitely lives up to its name. Their sushi offering comes in different sizes (they have a sushi burrito!) - fresh and raw, and very much filling - forget about regular meals and go sushi instead!

Sashimi, anyone? Their pretty sashimi plate - Hamachi Marinated with Truffle Lime Ponzu - came with a bowl of Kani salad. There was a bit of hesitation for the seeming ‘rawness’ of the white fish, and we took our time with the salad. But two pieces after - we know for sure that this pretty fish tasted cooked - tangy, flavorful and spiced enough to keep us anticipating for more.

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Raw, cooked and crunchy A sushi lunch doesn’t necessarily mean ‘raw’ sushi lunch. Sushi On offers both raw and cooked selections - some crunch even - with fresh tuna, salmon, shrimp, crab meat and even scallops - served in sets of eight or 24 pieces. You can opt to order by the piece (if you want to try anything else that is not included in their Moriawase or assorted set) and mix and match some interesting varieties. We had a 24-piece Moriawase, which is quite enough to satisfy our sushi cravings.

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To finish off the meal, we had their black sesame coconut ice cream - creamy, textured and mildly sweet - the taste of toasted sesame lingering almost as an afterthought. If these are the old days and worries about safety precautions is non-existent, we would happily wipe our hands on a noren at Sushi On to show that we did enjoy our sushi lunch. For now, we’d be glad to bow our heads and say, oishikatta desu (it was delicious)! Sushi On is open daily from 1 pm until 10 pm, on the first floor of the Hilton Doha Hotel. For reservations, call 4423 3222 or email doha.restaurants@hilton.com. m

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel Inside the Glass House Author: Lalaine Turqueza

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he ‘Glass House’ is tucked inside the victorian structure of the Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel, overlooking the verdant Aspire Park. The restaurant is very picturesque with its ‘greeneries’. Walls, ceilings, everywhere is filled with ‘green’. It was a glasshouse, literally, with the structure made of glass panels, like a huge glass-cased garden in the middle of a park. Definitely an Instagram place! The place offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, but you can go anytime in-between, even for just a cup of coffee or tea. Their menu offering is surprisingly extensive - they have pasta, sushi and steaks, Asian noodles and Arabic Mezze - and everything is priced

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reasonably. If you’d rather go for a ‘combo deal’, they have a business lunch deal that includes a three-course menu, served from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm. We were expecting to have a simple, straight-up lunch menu, something light and not at all a feast. But the very friendly Glass House staff would have none of it, and instead served us several selections of their sushi, a big plate of green salad and pasta, a medium-sized Margherita pizza, a delicious serving of their salmon and steak plus of course two of their popular dessert. It was a heavy lunch. Well, how do we find the food? Their sushi selection covers the usual favourites and of course, more. Each of the dishes they serve was to prepare your taste buds for something that’s a bit more exciting and interesting than the last plate. Even their salad bowl tasted different - sweet, fresh, more delicious. Their pizza could give any Italian speciality restaurant a run for their money. The sauce and the herbs were not overpowering and the crust provides just the right crunch. Moving on from the mains - the salmon and the steak - is not as easy. Their flavours could haunt you probably until dinner, taking over your thoughts until you resolve to go back. Meaty, juicy and cooked just right, their taste stays with you. Both were flavourful on their own, and much more flavourful with everything else.

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FOOD REVIEW We were a bit relieved that we were served a simple dessert, something that sits on dry ice but with relatively less drama, ha! We had a simple Dates Toffee Pudding and a Ferrero Caramel Dome. The pudding is not sugary sweet and is a perfect ‘date’ with black coffee. The dome, however, is something else. We had to tap it just a bit to break the dome and partake of the delicious chocolatey caramel goodness inside, an appropriate ending to a memorable lunch! Marhaba’s food adventure has brought us to a lot of interesting places - near, far, early, late - each leaving us with good impressions. This Glass House lunch definitely will stay with us longer, until maybe we go back for another feast. Glass House is located on the first floor of the Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel, open from 6:30 am until 10:30 pm. While walk-ins are accepted, calling and booking your table is encouraged. Please note that only vaccinated guests are allowed to dine inside the restaurant. Call 4445 5555 or 4445 5535 or send an email to glasshouse@alaziziyahboutique.com to reserve. m

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The RitzCarlton, Doha The Best Place to B for Lunch – B Lounge

It’s the first time we have visited the venue since it was restyled from the infamous Admirals Club. The new internal design alone is worth the trip – it’s chic and glamorous, with bright organic colours and gorgeous ceramic tile feature walls. But before anyone is allowed in to this stunning venue, all guests have to show their green Ehteraz code at the door, and must be wearing a mask until they’re seated at their table. No walk-ins are allowed, everyone has to have a reservation booked for a two hour slot. All Marriott International hotels, like the Ritz-Carlton, Doha are committed to keeping you safe while you dine out; you can read more here if you need a little extra peace of mind.

ow that we are finally free to dine-out again, there are so many places on our ‘bucket list’ but sadly there are only so many hours in a weekend! However, lunch at B-Lounge, Doha was right at the top of our list. With a gorgeous chic aesthetic, a mouthwatering menu and a stunning view – B-Lounge has got it all.

As soon as we were settled at our table by the window, we decided to indulge ourselves with some signature mocktails. We had a hard time choosing but eventually decided on the ‘Care Bear’ and ‘I Lost My Bag In Tokyo’. While the Care Bear was sweet, pink and served in the cutest bear-shaped glass, the I Lost My Bag In Tokyo had a spicy, ginger flavour and was, rather ingeniously, served in a bag! We had definitely never seen anything like that before, but that’s what B Lounge is all about – unique mixology and delicious food.

Located between The Ritz-Carlton, Doha hotel and their marina lies B-Lounge. This splendid location offers the restaurant impeccable views of the marina, in fact the outdoor terrace is perched over the water so you can enjoy the splash of the waves while you enjoy your food and drinks.

We took a peek at the menu using a QR code on our phone, and we were astounded at the huge collection of Asian fusion and international cuisine that was on offer. As we were struggling to make up our mind, our lovely server highly recommended a sushi platter and the chicken salad to begin our meal.

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We opted for the 20-piece Tsuga Sushi Platter so we could try a little bit of everything – and I do mean everything! The dish had acebichado rolls, tempura prawn rolls, California rolls, ebi, yellowtail nigari, and salmon and tuna sashimi. It was the perfect sharing platter – in fact if there are only two or three of you, you could almost make a meal out of it! In addition to our sharing platter, we delved in to the chicken salad, which was made of five-spiced grilled chicken and napa cabbage, all coated in scrumptious sesame sauce. The flavour was absolutely divine, but the dish was also nice and light so we still had plenty of room for our main course. For our main course, we decided to try the Chicken Kung Pao, the stirfried vegetables and the chicken fried rice. Every single bite was to die for, but the unanimous favourite of the evening was the Kung Pao. The cubes of chicken was mixed with slivers of celery, cashew nuts, and dry chilli, all lathered in the most incredible, sticky sauce, with steamed jasmine rice on the side.

To end our perfect experience at B-Lounge we decided to let ourselves splurge on a sweet dessert. The enticing chocolate fondant that we chose was a chocoholics ultimate fantasy. The spongy chocolate cake hid inside it a warm, gooey chocolate centre which spilled out on to the plate as soon as we dug our forks in. The rich, chocolate flavour was paired expertly with fresh berries and fruit. All in all our experience at B-Lounge was as terrific as we had imagined, and although there are other venues on our list, we’ll definitely be back! Lunch is available at B-Lounge on Saturday to Thursday, from 12 pm – 4 pm. If you would like to book a reservation for lunch at B-Lounge, Doha, call +974 5080 4421 or email reservations@ bloungedoha.com. For more information about B-Lounge, Doha you can visit their website or you can learn more about all the exclusive special offers and promotions at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha here. m

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e all felt a little excited to be going out after the restrictions were eased. How different is this from the usual Marhaba foodie outings? Read on and find out. Izu restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Doha faces the open-air covered square of Barahat Msheireb. The place carries the usual chatter of people out for lunch. All staff were wearing face masks and gloves. Menu cards were ‘disposable’ but you can opt to scan the code instead and view the menu using your own phone. Izu, named after popular celebrity Chef Izu Ani, offers French Mediterranean cuisine. Their menu features dishes inspired by Chef Izu’s travel around Europe and the Middle East – refreshing, simple and made for sharing. Izu’s chef de cuisine, Stavros Chatziantoniou, is a close friend of Chef Izu.

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If we were to judge the restaurant based on their appetizers, Izu would be on top of our list. The bread alone is enough to spoil you – soft and buttery on the inside, with just the right crispiness on the outside. They also serve a tasty burrata with sweet cherry tomatoes on the side. If you’re going to Izu, this is one dish you shouldn’t miss. Then came the main course... The steak is tender and meaty and sweet, enough to feed our group of three. As if that wasn’t enough to overwhelm, they also gave us a serving of their sea bream fillet! The meal overall is very satisfying. The dishes were flavoursome and garnished with enough vegetables to balance out the richness of the meat and the fish. Even the rice on the side has a hint of nuts and herbs. If you plan to have lunch at Izu, we recommend skipping your breakfast cereal or sandwich, or better yet, come hungry! For dessert, we head out to Gelato, the ice cream bar right beside Izu (how convenient!). If you’re fond of ice cream or anything that’s sweet and cold (who isn’t?), this is a place for you. Their colourful display matched with their diverse flavour offerings are sure keys to happiness. Unsure of which one to get? You can always ask for samplers. The staff allowed us to sample each flavour! Oh and don’t forget the toppings. They have the best meringue sticks! Marhaba foodie verdict for Izu and Gelato: Totally worth our time!

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FOOD REVIEW Izu at Mandarin Oriental, Doha is open daily 11 am – 11 pm. For reservations, call 4008 8888 or email modoh-reservations@mohg.com Please note that safety measures are still in place in all establishments in Qatar. Make sure to follow all precautions and that your Ehteraz Green code is active. Masks are required as you go around the hotel vicinity. m

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The Ritz Carlton, Doha C’est Magnifique! Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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Malcolm immediately set us at ease and quickly brought out a premenu offering of Sourdough Rye bread with some signature Sel & Miel dressings. While just a kind of amuse-bouche, the brown bread was warm and wholesome, especially with the dressings: honey and truffles, black olives with anchovies, and sea salt. Trust Sel & Miel to show its class even with these simple dressings. For the Starter or Hors-d’Oeuvres, we went for the Classic French Onion Soup and the Burgundy Snails/ Escargots de Bourgogne. Created to sustain the workers in the market of Paris, the soup is made up of a marvellous selection of shallots, brown and red onion, brioche and two layers of cheese, the one on top beautifully browned. Individually basic but very enjoyable.

el & Miel, nestled cosily on the ground floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, is a classy, authentic and top quality French-style brasserie, i.e. a cosy and less formal restaurant.

The Burgundy snails on their green bed of mixed parsley, coriander, and garlic herbs are iconic in taste and texture. This is why French cuisine at Sel & Miel is deservedly famous, transforming humble ingredients into heavenly dishes of delight.

Here you are always guaranteed authentic French cuisine with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation and you’ll immediately feel at home in the stylish and less formal atmosphere.

If you like a glass of vin blanc or such you’ll be happy to know Sel & Miel have one of the best wine lists in Doha and, yes, even their soft drinks are outstanding …

The man in the middle explaining all the details of each and every dish with his encyclopaedic knowledge of everything connected to ‘French’ and ‘cuisine’ is Malcolm who, in addition to unlocking the secrets of the kitchen, is really friendly and patient with all such questions.

Now for Les Plats, the Main Dishes. Here I must mention that there are a dozen dishes to choose from – meat, fish and vegetarian – but we only sampled two. But the level of perfection achieved by these dedicated kitchen staff makes it crystal clear that marshalled by Malcolm, they deliver on every dish.

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FOOD REVIEW Leaving for another day the Bouillabaisse, recently voted by a colleague and fellow devotee as the best dish ever, and the undoubtedly succulent Halibut and Seabass, the Salmon was reaffirmed as scrumptious in the extreme. And, another Sel & Miel knocking it out of the park, with something basic: how about french fries? Indeed. Well, add some magic and some truffles and now you’ve got the finest fries in town. My choice of Duck Leg Confit was also connected to water but more important, as the word ‘confit’ means, is that the leg was slowly cooked in its own fat; that means no waste and less fat for you to digest. It was absolutely delightful, soft and tender, falling off the bone, melting-in-your-mouth mouthwatering succulent – and that’s without mentioning the succulent selection of colourful vegetables, the orange glaze and the very nice and palatable purée tinged with celeriac. Oh my gosh, you could visit this brasserie a dozen times and have a completely different but equally delicious meal every time. Not such a wide selection of desserts but both lemon and apple tarts, while traditional, truly justify their status (and I love the name Tarte Tatin!) But the Mousse au Chocolat doesn’t justify anything. It could be the source of the expression ‘sinful pleasure’ and may lead you to a life of hedonism and selfgratification. With that one caveat, I’m definitely going to Sel & Miel again … Siel & Miel is open daily, from 12 pm to 11 pm. Call 5576 4278 to reserve. For more information, visit their website at selmieldoha.com. m

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The Ritz Carlton, Doha Out for Lunch? Try the New Menu at STK Doha Author: Lalaine Turqueza

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he new menu at STK Doha, that chic place at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, features dishes that are simple yet stylish enough to keep you holding your camera for another Instagram post. Of course, we had to hold it in a bit as we are having a proper lunch, and just over two hours to sample their new offerings. Milan, the friendly staff who assisted our recent food adventure, served us a combination of STK’s old and new dishes to start with - crab cakes, burrata and their signature STK garden salad with passion fruit dressing.

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Milan ‘dressed’ the burrata with the gazpacho dressing right on the table, adding a bit of pepper to taste. We love the crunch of the vegetables and the hint of passion fruit in the salad, a nice complement to the meaty texture of the crab cakes. Very refreshing! Next came the braised prime short rib and the rib-eye steak paired with their ‘homemade’ gnocchi. Gnocchi is considered the ‘dumpling’ of Italian cuisine, although certain quarters would rather call it a special ‘pasta’. Either way, the homemade version at STK is pretty straightforward, not just your usual ‘side’. Come to think of it, none of these mains is ‘usual’. The short rib and the grilled steak were much more tender than expected. I had to take a second helping just to be sure it was indeed beef meat - it was. Having tasted some of the best steaks around Doha, STK steaks remain one of the best, so far, in my opinion. No need to tell them if you need them rare, medium-rare or well-done. Just by looking at their guests, they can tell exactly how you want your steak. Want a bit of drama for dessert? Go for the Junk Chalice. This is not a new item on the menu but a classic favourite that will have you ooh-ing and clicking away for at least ten minutes. Served on a double glass bowl with cool smoke (dry ice) under and a huge ball of cotton candy on top, it made up for all the toned-down mood of the other dishes. And the treasures beneath combine all your happy food in - ice cream, popcorn and marshmallow - we’d like another one of this, please and soon!

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If you are looking for a leisurely place to dine, STK Doha offers the perfect ambience and just the right dishes - for lunch, dinner or anything in between. STK is located on the 23rd floor of The RitzCarlton, Doha. For reservations, call 4484 8588 or send an email to reservations@stk-doha.com. m

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel Pink High Tea at Glass House

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Author: Ola Diab s part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we indulged in Pink High Tea at Glass House at Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel.

Glass House is an upscale all-day dining venue offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and even afternoon tea. Vibrant interior design and a spacious outdoor terrace, with spectacular views of Aspire Park’s greenery, set the tone for an extraordinary dining experience. Pretty pink savoury treats and delicate sweets paired with an electrifying strawberry lime mojito welcome drink, and a pink latter or another hot beverage for only QAR150 for two.

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The elegant three-shelf tray comes with all-pink canapés, sandwiches and homemade sweets topped with a pink ribbon and Breast Cancer Awareness Month welcome note. The first shelf includes homemade sweets with one of each: a strawberry macaroon, red velvet cake, strawberry tart, and red fruits pavlova. On the second shelf, there is a mix of sweet and savoury delicacies with two of each: a pair of pink panna cotta, beetroot-flavoured hummus tarts, and chicken sandwiches on beetroot soft buns. On the last shelf, there is another mix of sweet and savoury treats with two of each: brie cheese and apricot jam baskets, mini Greek baskets, avocado and strawberry on beetroot toast, potato cheese croquettes, and scones with jam and cream cheese. Our favourites were the beetroot-flavoured hummus tarts, the chicken sandwiches on the beetroot soft buns, and the brie cheese and apricot jam baskets. Delicious! An exceptional High Tea with beautiful views at great value. Now that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, High Tea will be available at Glass House every Monday. High Tea Monday, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm QAR150 For more information, call 4445 5555/35 or email glasshouse@alaziziyahboutique.com m

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha Feel Elevated with Kempinski’s High Tea

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galore with eight delicious miniature chocolate, strawberry and white chocolate cakes. The third and last shelf consists of four freshly baked scones – two with raisins, two without – served with cream, butter and strawberry jam. Sip on a brewed cup of coffee or choose from a selection of a range of teas, and look over the seaside pool, the turquoise sea of the Arabian Gulf and the luscious tropical gardens that surround Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha. QAR290 for 2 guests, including two beverages of your choice. Daily, 2 pm – 6 pm For reservations or more information, call 4035 5011, WhatsApp 7479 0864, or email restaurants. marsamalaz@kempinski.com. m

pend a luxurious afternoon and indulge in an assortment of handcrafted delicacies by talented patissiers along with a range of tea and coffees, while overlooking the sea at Café Murano at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha. Indulge in a collection of fresh, delicate cakes and tarts, and warm baked sweets and savouries. The Kempinski High Tea comes in an elegant three-shelf black and gold marble tray, which begins with eight savoury miniatures including egg, mushroom and cheese sandwiches. The second shelf is sweets

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Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery

Afternoon Tea With Atteatude!

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he perfect ladies day out has got to be a delicious Afternoon Tea. There’s no better setting to catch up with friends, dress up and relax together. A new Afternoon Tea to rival all others is the Summer Afternoon Tea at Atteatude in the Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery. Nestled in the new, metropolitan area of Msheireb, the hotel oozed class and sophistication - and Atteatude is no different. The stylish café is situated at the back of the lobby and overlooks an outdoor patio so it’s bathed in natural sunlight. The café is splattered with intricately decorated cakes that would make an interesting Instagram post, and ornate jars of fancy loose-leaf teas.

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Speaking of tea... a huge highlight of this afternoon tea was certainly the Iced Passion Fruit Tea. Not only was the flavour incredible, but the presentation and creation of this cool delight was impressive. Our waiter came to our table wheeling a baroque tea cart, and created our Iced Tea before our eyes. He began by mixing some freshly squeezed passion fruit in to a glass shaker, and then added a generous portion of passion fruit infused tea. He added some ice, closed the shaker and began to shake it - bartender style. The smooth rattle of the ice was so satisfying! After the tea and passion fruit were ice cold, he poured it Moroccan tea style - in to an adorable clear glass tea pot. After all - the higher the pour - the better the tea! He then decanted the iced tea in to a lovely pair of apple shaped glasses. Wonderful! Endowed with our ‘apple’ of cool iced tea, we watched as the elaborate platter of tasty goodies was brought to the table. The tray itself was fantastic - an elaborate M (for MGallery) with three tiers - each displaying an array of delicate treats. You can see the entire menu below. After snapping some shots for Instagram, which will be irresistible when you see how delicately, and elaborately each bite is decorated, we dived in to the savoury course. To begin, we tried the Cajun Prawn and Avocado Vol au Vent. The small hollow case of puff pastry encased the creamy, flavourful paste of prawn and avocado, resulting in delicious taste with a healthy crunch. Next we were drawn to the English Sandwich, which was a fresh white bread with rich cheese and turkey ham - a quintessential feature of a traditional English afternoon tea.

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FOOD REVIEW To cleanse the palate a little - ready for our next course - we tried the grilled watermelon and feta salad. It was a very unique and fresh dish, and the perfect segway in to our Pastry / Sweet course. To begin our sweet treats, we decided to try the Caramelized Banana Macaron as neither of us had tasted one before. The macaron was crunch and sticky, and the flavour was indulgently sweet definitely the perfect bite for a sweet tooth! Next, we decided to sample the Lemon Meringue Tart, which may have been the opposite of the macaron. It was far more fruity than sweet, and had a wonderfully tart aftertaste with a dollop of flambéed whip on top. Continuing along our fruity theme, we decided to taste the Strawberry Ginger Cake which was an equally fruity delight. Finally, we tried the Mocha and Dark Chocolate Loaf. Even from the name I’m sure you can imagine how rich and creamy this dessert was - the perfect end to the second course! To end our afternoon tea, what else could we do except devour our scones. The scones were served in a cute glass cloche to keep them warm, with a generous dollop of whipped, buttery clotted cream and sweet jam. The more savoury scones worked perfectly with the sweetness of the jam and the creaminess of the cream - a fabulous way to end our Summer Afternoon Tea For Two. Summer Afternoon Tea is served at Atteatude from 3 pm - 6 pm everyday. The price is QAR175 for two people including refreshing beverages. Call 4009 9666, Whatsapp 3075 8211 or email restaurants.alwadihotel@accor.com to book a reservation! m

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Afternoon Tea Delights Author: Charlotte Wright

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s lockdown ends, restaurants and cafes have launched endless special deals and offers to entice the Doha crowd back out on the town. But the Afternoon Tea at Park Hyatt Doha distinguished itself from the crowd with an incredible 5 course offering from The Living Room that wowed and thrilled us. Not only was the food delicious, but every bite was so immaculately designed - it was almost too good to eat! A highlight of this experience was that not only did all of the treats on offer taste delicious - but they looked incredible as well. It was easy to see how much effort had been put in by Chef Steffan Schnetzke and his team to make the meal a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!

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To begin our afternoon tea we decided to indulge in a mocktail - after all why not! Our amusebouche arrived shortly afterwards and it’s safe to say neither of us had ever seen anything like it! It was a chocolate cotton candy tree donned with gorgeous, colourful and edible flowers. The highlight was that everything, and I do mean everything was edible! The base was made of sugar bites and mini macaroons, the tree trunk was made of dark chocolate and the canopy was made of pure white cotton candy. The next course to arrive at the table, along with some napkins for our sticky fingers, were the Savory Canapes. My eye was immediately drawn to the goat cheese and mascarpone cone with avacado salsa. Goats cheese is a particular favourite of mine and this treat did not disappoint! The explosion of the goat cheese and mascarpone flavour was paired perfectly with smooth, richness of the avacado salsa. Nestled on the same plate were the green asparagus tarts with black truffle. This quickly became another favourite of mine, with a refreshing, light texture almost like a quiche. Served alongside the goats cheese cone and the asparagus tart were the sandwiches. We were given a generous helping of both the truffled eggs and leek sandwich and the spicy, corn-fed chicken sandwich. Both were incredible but the creaminess of the chicken sandwich combined with it’s spiciness made for an intriguing combination. Finally, we sampled the bite-sized mozzarella sandwich topped with a sweet mango guacamole. This savory course was going to be hard to beat!

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FOOD REVIEW After a while nibbling at our savoury canapes and sipping our fruity mocktail, our next course arrived. What else could it be at Afternoon Tea but traditional, home-baked scones served with dollops of fluffy clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam? All we could talk about was the wonderful taste and how classy we felt and of course the age old debate - which do you spread on first: your jam or your cream? After every crumb of our scones had been hoovered up, we were served our next course: the Patisserie Francaise. This was the highlight of the meal especially for those with a sweet-tooth! The first dish to catch our eye was the strawberry shortbread tartlet which was literally smoking. Served on a bed of dry ice, this dish is one of the most Instagram-able on the menu. And not only is a treat for the eyes, it’s a delight for the taste buds as well. After our strawberry tart we dived in to the pistachio creamux. The nuttiness of the creamux worked perfectly with the sweetness of the delicate sliver of chocotate that rested on top. Afterwards we were craving a chocolate fix, so we reached for the Madagascar chocolate profiteroles. Neither of us had ever tried one before and we were very pleasantly surprised! The firm outer layer housed a gooey centre of rich, creamy chocolate that was so satisfyingly sumptuous. Although the profiteroles were outstanding, my favourite dessert of the evening had to be the mango passion fruit desire. This dish wasn’t necessarily sweet but fresh and fruity. Finally, with our sugar rush abated by a wonderful cup of tea, we were served our final course - the Gateau Roule. This was certainly the pièce de résistance of the evening. The Chantilly cake roll studded with berries, squeezes of lime, a flood of berry jam and topped with pink chocolate flakes. Wow! The whole leisurely experience was incredible - after being cooped up during lockdown - this afternoon tea felt like the ultimate freedom. We were sitting outside, enjoying a cool breeze and the sunshine, with a mocktail, expertly prepared dishes and the best part: you could showcase the entire experience on Instagram! Each dish was a not only delicious but beautiful and just begging to be Insta-famous. Afternoon Tea is available from The Living Room at the Park Hyatt, Doha from 3 pm - 7 pm. The price is just QAR260 for two people. Visit their website or call 4009 1234 to book your reservation now! Don’t forget you can also book a private room to enjoy your afternoon tea with just your friends - however you will need to pre-book in advance. m ©

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha Izu: Exciting French, Mediterranean Cuisine

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zu Restaurant (upstairs on the first floor, above the street side cafe) has a truly great French menu, showing the quality and variety of this rightly famous cuisine, enhanced and inspired by the talent and travels of legendary Chef Ani Izu. We are lucky that he chose the Mandarin Oriental, Doha for one of his restaurants. To emphasise Izu’s dedication to quality, while we were waiting, we were treated to a vinaigrette dip using Chef Ani Izu’s own home-grown organic olive oil and balsamic wine vinegar together with three varieties of Izu’s own home-made bread.

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Izu room decor was surprisingly understated, unlike literally everything else in this temple of culinary adoration. But you could say this was the blank canvas on which the Izu chefs would create their culinary masterpieces. After the astonishing lengths gone to in the sourcing and preparation of the simple but scrumptious bread and balsamic dip, we now witnessed complex (and delicious!) cocktails meticulously prepared and ceremoniously presented – yes, even with a cafetière! To start, we tried the bruschetta with truffle and the quinoa salad – both were interesting and flavourful. For the bruschetta, the chef even brought out his rare and valuable real truffles, sourced at great expense from the forêts of France, which absolutely fulfilled this satisfying hors d’oeuvre. The quinoa salad was, in contrast, lighter but still full of freshness and multiple sensory tastes and tactile satisfaction. We only tasted these two starters, but there are over a dozen cold appetisers and almost twenty if you include the hot starters. Now for surf and turf! We trusted our chef’s recommendations but awaited with some trepidation as we don’t much care for fish that tastes or smells too ‘fishy’ but this salmon was, without prevarication, the perfect poisson. It hit the sweet spot of palate pleasure without excess – and the thin strips of fennel were the ideal accompaniment.

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Lamb ribs in contrast, if soft and tender, were low risk. In fact, the lamb ribs were very well-decorated, indeed a little spicy, but absolutely melt-in-your-mouth mouthwateringly delicious, the soft meat barely hanging by a thread to the bone. Both dishes were served by the expert chefs at ideal temperatures and levels of satisfaction. Again, there is a wide choice of other fish and meat dishes, indeed almost every kind of sea and land dish imaginable, each enhanced by an exquisite sauce. To finish on a sweet note, cheesecake has a reassuring creamy solidity and when combined with passion fruit it explodes with a wonderful zesty taste. Chocolate mousse and ice cream? Guaranteed to be delectable, yes, but the mixture of warm mousse and cold ice cream, when mixed together, created an extra special taste and the added sparkle of some crunchy chocolate chunks was a great idea. In fact, every dish at Izu has a creative sparkle to it, let’s call it Izu zest, panache or initiative; this restaurant indeed has a touch of class. Marwan our chef, and Julia our waiter, both were expert sources of information and friendly too; ‘sympathique’ as the French say. Not to forget Roman, our barman, who gave us some insights on how to make a killer cocktail. Signing off with an unmistakable coffee. For reservations, call 4008 8888 or email modoh-reservations@mohg.com. m

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Radisson Blu, Doha Curry Nights: Indulge Your Cravings for Indian Food at Bombay Balti

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Author: Lalaine Turqueza ant a sure way to travel to India without having to leave Doha? Check out the Curry Nights at Bombay Balti at Radisson Blu,

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Flavorful and spicy, this new offering is a better and definitely a cheaper alternative if you’d like to go on a nostalgic walk through the streets of Mumbai and indulge your cravings for Indian food.

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SPICE JOURNEY Looking up the word ‘curry’ on the internet will very likely take you on a journey back in time, back to India’s glorious history, when everything considered important was intertwined with food, flavours and spices. It can also refer to either the spice (which can be really spicy) or the dish flavoured by the spice. Generally, curry (the dish) is described as either a stew or a sauce and can have either meat or vegetables. We had helpings of various curry dishes, thanks to a preview dinner hosted by Radisson Blu, Doha. Chicken Pakora (above, left) is a favourite among the youngsters, while I personally liked the Lamb Madras and the Aloo Gobi. The offer is unlimited, so you can ask for more servings if you want more of anything included in the menu. Additional paratha is a must. Bringing the whole family is also not a bad idea, as Bombay Balti is a family-friendly venue. The Curry Nights menu is available 6 pm to 11 pm daily in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, for only QAR99! Call 4428 1555 or send an email to fbreservations. doha@radissonblu.com to book your table. m

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Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha

Thai Kitchen Opens With A Buffet Of Thai Treats!

Say hello to Thai Kitchen at Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha! The restaurant has transformed its burgundy booths to royal blue banquettes. The décor is magnificent - contemporary, bright and full of plants. This venue screams ‘Thai’ - down to the rice fronds and the framed picture of King Rama hanging on the wall. Not only has the décor changed - the Chef has too! Chef Karthik Ravi brings his own twist to Thai food while remaining true to Thai flavours, dishes and spices. What I loved about this sampling menu was that it contained traditional Thai food that I had never tried before. As a Thai food lover, I’ve always seemed to find the same offerings in every Thai restaurant - pad thai, green curry et cetera. But this menu has enlightened my taste buds to the endless tastiness that Thai cuisine has to offer.

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Premium Appetisers What Asian meal would be complete without a generous helping of prawn crackers? In Thai Kitchen, their flavour is enhanced with your choice of siracha sauce, Thai chilli jam, crushed peanuts, or crushed chilli (for those who like it spicy).

f you are a Doha resident, you are certain to have heard of Thai Kitchen Night at Caprice. This table top buffet concept was so successful that the whole restaurant has been rebranded to offer the Thai Kitchen quality every night of the week.

After we had demolished our bowl of prawn crackers, our appetisers started to arrive. Our course began with a traditional chicken satay with peanut sauce drizzled decadently over the top, and a Yum Nua which is grilled beef sirloin, seasoned with lime juice, onions and scallions, and served with mint and ground toasted rice to add some extra crunch.

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FOOD REVIEW This was followed by Som Tam which is a green papaya salad with peanuts, tomatoes, chilli and beans. This is a remarkably flavourful dish with the freshness of the vegetables, the nuttiness of the peanuts and the mild heat of the chillies. After we had eagerly finished our starters we were treated to a piping hot bowl of Tom Yum Goong soup to cleanse our palates - ready for our main course! Main Courses That Stole The Show This first dish was my absolute favourite of the evening! In fact, it might even replace Pad Thai as my favourite Thai delicacy. The Khao Soi is a northernstyle curried noodle dish with chicken and deep-fried egg noodles. The deep-fried noodles are served on top of the dish, and then when you’re ready you can stir them in and the relax and soak up all the flavour of the broth below. The next dish might be a bit of a mouthful to ask for but trust me it’ll be worth it! The Pla Muk Tord Kra Tiem Prik Thai or squid with fried garlic are fantastic bites of flavour and crunch - they weren’t at all chewy which speaks to the freshness of the squid and the skill of Chef Ravi at cooking them to perfection. Next to try was the Kaeng Massaman or lamb massaman curry which was remarkable when paired with the soft jasmine rice. We also tried the Pad Prik Nua which is stir-fried beef with homemade chilli paste, long beans and sesame seeds. To help us feel healthy, Chef Ravi also treated us to the Pad Pak Ruam Mit which was stir-fry vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms. Delicious Dessert While you might be tempted to go for the mango sticky rice which is the preferred dessert of many at any Thai eatery - I heartily encourage you to try the Tub Tim Grob. This dessert is a sweet, creamy concoction of water chestnuts with coconut milk served in fresh young coconut shell topped with edible flowers to make for the most Instagram-able delicacy. No eatery in West Bay quite captured our hearts like Thai Kitchen at Centara West Bay. For the incredible prices they offer - the food is of an outstanding quality. On Thursday Nights you can enjoy a table top buffet called ‘Thai Kitchen Night’ featuring delicacies like the above - for just QAR88 per person. If this venue hasn’t made its way to your list of favourites it should! To get in touch or to make a booking please call 4009 5530 or Whatsapp 3001 5360. m ©

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By Ola Diab njoy dining nearly in the sky – over 900 ft high – overlooking Doha city on Qatar’s tallest structure, The Torch Doha.

Three Sixty is a unique restaurant located on the 47th floor of The Torch Doha and the only revolving restaurant in Doha. A must-see for any visitor, Three Sixty offers Mediterranean cuisine and breathtaking panoramic views of Doha’s skyline. More than just a restaurant with a view, Three Sixty offers a succulent menu of seafood, grills, pasta and more. Our dinner began with exquisite appetisers: Shrimps & Cheese Croquette (mozzarella and shrimp balls, garlic

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aioli and barbecue dip), Fritto Misto (deep fried calamari, shrimps, courgette, carrot, and aubergine with herbed salmoriglio sauce), and a luscious Yogurt Beetroot Salad (roasted beetroot, yogurt blueberry dressing, greens and candied walnuts). From the grill, we had a juicy and well marinated Chicken Cilantro (half corn-fed baby chicken, grilled asparagus, wild mushroom, glazed carrot and rosemary jus) and delicious Mushroom Risotto (Arborio rice, porcini mushroom, parmesan cheese and light creamy sauce). For a sweet ending, we had Red Velvet Cheesecake, which comes with pieces of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, and their Signature Um Ali, topped with baked kunafa dough and pistachio nuts, accompanied with additional baked kunafa dough, pistachio nuts and Arabic baklava. Although Three Sixty is very family-friendly, it is one of the most romantic restaurants in Qatar, and highly recommended for couples wishing to have a ‘Date Night’ or to mark a special occasion. It will be a night to remember with delectable food and remarkable views! Opening hours Weekdays: 6 pm – 10:30 pm Weekends (Friday and Saturday) noon – 3 pm | 7 pm – 10:30 pm For more information or to make a reservation, call 4446 5600 or email restaurant.reservations@ thetorchdoha.com. m

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

Meat Lovers Paradise at the New York Steakhouse

atmosphere. We were seated by the roof-to-floor windows, by the charming and attentive staff, where we could gaze out across West Bay. At night the view is rather special. To begun our carnivorous culinary journey, we were served some light starters to satiate our appetites until our meats arrived. There was: a shaved vegetable salad with mixed greens, slivers of seasonal vegetables tossed in lemon oregano dressing, a fascinating tuna ceviche dowsed in leche de tigre (tiger milk), and a creamy Caesar salad with romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, croutons, parmesan, and anchovies. This was such a refreshing way to start a meal, and more importantly it was light, as we knew we had five courses of meat ahead of us!

he aptly named ‘Butchers Night’ at the New York Steakhouse is the literal meat lovers’ paradise in Doha. With five courses dedicated to superior cuts of your favourite meats this is the best night in town if you are serious about meat.

To start our assent to meat heaven, Canadian Chef James Warnica, wheeled over the first of five trolleys called the ‘Butchers Block’ and began to carve our first meat treat of the evening. The Omaha Tenderloin Wellington was my personal favourite of the entire evening. Golden, crispy puff pastry was wrapped delicately around a slab of beef tenderloin which was coated with a mushroom and foie gras duxelle. When drizzled with the mixed peppercorn sauce, this dish went from delicious to euphoric. This beef wellington was unreservedly the best I have ever tasted and if you try nothing else - this dish is a MUST HAVE!

On the second floor of the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, waits the New York Steakhouse. It is designed as a quintessential steakhouse should be low lights, deep comfy armchairs and a warm, relaxing

It was impossible to imagine how such an incredible dish could be followed up, but when the next Butchers Block arrived with what may have been half a cow on it, we knew we didn’t have anything to worry about.

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FOOD REVIEW This behemoth was a whole prime rib which had been slow roasted for 24 hours. And that certainly resonated when you felt the meat practically melt in your mouth. This was served with a Cafe de Paris béarnaise sauce and some deliciously creamy gruyere mashed potatoes. After two huge doses of beef, the lamb was a surprise. A huge, steaming herb-crusted rack of lamb was carved up for us. The meat was tender and juicy, while the herbs were flavourful and aromatic. The lamb was served with a fragrant rosemary jus which was wonderful when dribbled over the succulent lamb and sautéed vegetables. The next dish to arrive to our table was a mystery. It arrived at our table encased in a hard shell of salt. But when expertly cracked open, it revealed a whole fish buried inside. The fish was a Norwegian salmon encrusted in salt - bust stuffed with lemon and herbs. The simple seasonings really allowed the flavour of the fresh salmon to shine through and tantalise our palates. Shortly afterwards, our final serving was a whole confit rougie duck served with sweet orange sauce and roasted baby potatoes. After our meat-centric mains, we were happy to see the dessert trolley rolling our way. We could not have endured another course - we were so full! But each mouthful is so exquisite it’s impossible not to clear your plate. A sweet selection of the Chef’s signature desserts were poised on a tray for us - with rich, chocolate tarts and cakes, to nutty bites, and caramel mouthfuls. We were served a beautiful, velvety cheesecake as well with a tasty strawberry coulis. This was certainly an unforgettable, meaty, all-youcan-eat experience! Indulge yourself at Butchers Night on Wednesdays from 6 pm – 11 pm at the New York Steakhouse on Level 2 of the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha. For more information or to make a reservation, please call or WhatsApp 5043 4035. m

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Banyan Tree Doha Thai Night Adventure at Saffron

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Author: Lalaine Turqueza

arhaba’s weeknight outing brought us to the beautiful Banyan Tree Doha, another one of Qatar’s up and coming venue in Msheireb. The opulence of the place is awe-inspiring. Halls, suites and even each little nook are designed to happily surprise guests. Butterflies? You can almost hear them fluttering from some corner. Julia Macario, the Marketing and Communications Manager of Banyan Tree Doha, gave us a quick tour of the new hotel and a glimpse of their spacious suites. While they are yet to officially open in October, the place is very much alive with people coming and going. Except for our face masks which we had to

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Our little tour ended at Saffron, the hotel’s signature Thai restaurant. With candles, incense and soft chairs, the space spells relaxation. Well, until the food started coming and then it became Thai food haven. Our welcome drinks came in mini-glasses, seemingly floating on a tray of clouds. It was dry ice actually, but the ‘cloud’ magically spread on our table like fog. Impressive! Thai food is spicy, well, most of their dishes are. That’s a fact. And if you are not much of a spice fan, you can always ask them to tone it down. We did ask Saffron Assistant Manager Rupesh Shrestha and he kindly obliged. Before the formal starters, we were offered a surprise called Amuse Bouche, another pair of appetisers consisting of shrimp spring roll and a refreshing Miang Kam, a traditional Thai snack that has nuts, leaves and more. It literally translates to ‘one bite wrap’ and sort of prepared our palate for the food. The appetizers were quite a spread. Called Khong Wang Ruam, it has chicken satay, prawns wrapped in crispy rice noodles, a reasonable serving of pomelo salad and three dips with all the flavours of Thailand in it - sweet, sour, salty, and of course, spicy. Then came the papaya salad (Som Tum Puu Nin), served with crispy soft-shelled crab. Other countries in Asia have their version of this salad but the Thai version is probably the most popular. It looks simple

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FOOD REVIEW enough, but once you try to make one on your own, you’ll never really get there, flavour-wise. Good thing there’s Saffron. And then came the soup: Tom Yum Goong Tom Yum, like Pad Thai, is synonymous with Thailand. But Saffron’s Tom Yum Goong is way, way better, in terms of presentation and of course, flavour. Each serving comes in special bowls that are kept warm by a tea light candle. A couple of prawns are skewered and placed on top to garnish the bowl. Because we requested NOT SPICY, the soup is of course not spicy at all. After the soup, they again served us a magical glass of sorbet - Butterfly Pea Sorbet - to prepare our palate for the main course. There’s wok-fried beef tenderloin and Pad Thai Goong Sod - you can’t go wrong with noodles; there’s prawn (again) and so far, in my opinion, the most tender braised beef curry. These came with servings of four rice varieties. Are we done yet? Not quite. Going to a Thai restaurant is not complete without Mango Sticky Rice. Saffron’s version has mango slices that are sweet, with rice that is flavoured with just the right hint of coconut. It’s called Khao Niew Mamuang & I-Tim Kati and comes with a scoop of coconut ice cream. As expected the Mango Sticky Rice provided the perfect ending to a flavorful and delicious Thai night, giving us another good reason to go out on a weeknight. One interesting trivia about Saffron: they have an allfemale chef team led by Chef Porntip Eumanan! Located on the 24th floor of Banyan Tree Doha, Saffron is open daily, from 6 pm until 11 pm. For bookings and reservations, call 3992 0808 or 4410 3333. Visit banyantree.com for more information. m

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decided to visit for lunch, but this signature South-East Asian restaurant is always a busy hot-spot which gives the place a great vibe.

W Doha Hotel & Residences Spice Up Your Life With This New Menu!

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t the Spice Market in the W Doha, they have been asking the question: how do you level up an already fantastic menu? And they came up with the answer: you add heaps of new dishes with exciting and intriguing flavours! The W Doha Hotel & Residences is an institution here in Doha – their brunches alone are infamous – but now they have gone above and beyond to enhance their menu at Spice Market, which could truly make the restaurant their crowning glory. When you arrive at the W Doha, a quick trip through their chic lobby -- past their ever-changing centrepieces and their notorious blue polar bears which are always worth a quick snap for Instagram – and up to the mezzanine floor will take you to Spice Market. We

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After quickly getting our Ehteraz checked at the door, we were escorted to our table. The cozy, candlelit lounge exudes a soulful and exotic sensation, making it the perfect venue to excite and explore your palate. We were quickly greeted by Restaurant Manager Diego Brizzio who gave us a thorough walk-through of the new menu and recommended countless new dishes for us to try. In the end it was impossible for us to choose any single dish to sample – so we ordered pretty much one of everything! The first starter to arrive was a shaved artichoke and young coconut salad. This French-inspired dish is utterly unique: shavings of artichoke and coconut are heaped together and lightly sprinkled with a lime vinaigrette and a dash of curry powder, with hidden soft, buttery chunks of fresh avocado. This salad was crunchy, refreshing and completely vegan! Speaking of vegan... the next to arrive at our table was the broccoli soup, which was cooked with Thai spices like coconut and lime, and also totally vegan. The huge bowl was plenty for two people and was thick, creamy and delicious. Who knew vegans had it so good?! After our broccoli soup we were treated to two very generous fillets of salt and pepper fish served with Thai basil and an intriguing yuzu dipping sauce. The Chef de Cuisine, Rizal Saikrol, decided to swap out international fish alternatives and use a local hamour in keeping with his menu’s goal to be more inclusive

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FOOD REVIEW All that food, and we hadn’t even gotten to the main course yet! The highlight of the meal for me was the stir-fried lamb. At the centre of the plate was a dome of perfectly cooked white rice, and then encircling it was piles of lamb cooked with cumin and chilies. The lamb was tender, and if you like spicy dishes this is the perfect main course for you! In addition to the lamb, we were given a plate of salmon Cha Ca La Vong and local prawns in a light curry sauce. The salmon was served on a bed of egg noodles and topped with a fresh, flavoursome herb salad. The prawns were huge! They were served in a light curry sauce with trimmings of bok choy and fried plantain.

of local ingredients. And it was absolutely divine! The fish was soft and flaky, with a crispy batter and the yuzu sauce was surprising. The dipping sauce was tangy and sharp but with a soft, creamy aftertaste that paired excellently with the hamour. Alongside the fish dish came the shrimp toast. We can say, without a doubt, that we highly recommend this dish. In fact, according to Brizzio, this is one of the most popular dishes on the menu. This FrenchAsian fusion consists of a bed of toast, layered with soft shrimp and covered in sesame seeds. The pear jam and mustard dip was my favourite part though – it was sweet and savoury at the same time. After our ‘small’ plates had been cleared, our sampling of the Robata course was served. We just had to indulge in the decadent charred chilli Wagyu beef skewers served with Thai basil dipping sauce. In addition, we sampled the chicken skewers which were paired with a chunky, rich peanut sauce.

However, if you fancy sharing a dish with your friends or eating ‘family style’ then the Peking duck is the dish for you. Served with scallions, cucumber and hoisin sauce, you can make your own pancakes which is a great activity to get everyone chatting while they enjoy their food. After sampling all these incredible dishes we couldn’t wait to see what dessert had in store. We were treated to a deliciously sweet yuzu pudding cake with a delectable almond sorbet on the side. It was the perfect Asian sweet to end what had been a fantastic lunch. These new dishes are certainly an incredible addition to this already substantial menu. Each portion brings a different and unique flavour of South-Asian cuisine. This new menu is sure to become a favourite of the Doha crowd! Spice Market is open daily (except Friday); lunch is noon – 4 pm; dinner is 5 pm – 11:30 pm; Friday and Saturday open until midnight. To make a reservation, and taste these new dishes for yourself, call 4453 5135 m

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Alwadi Hotel MGallery The Exceptional Sofra Author: Ola Diab

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ofra at Alwadi Hotel MGallery is where you can enjoy traditional cuisine with contemporary tastes. The charming restaurant is designed to be reminiscent of Qatari culture and local traditions, with dhow boats, pearl diving and travel bags adorning the walls. Feast on the finest Levant cuisine and regional delicacies in the most unique and generous servings – tempting speciality dishes, which are available à la carte during dinner. Our dinner began with very delicious, fulfilling cold and hot mezzes with a Sofra Signature Hummus Selection, which are six of the chef’s exceptional signature hummus preparations – different flavours

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such as Hummus Beiruti (hummus with parsley, lemon juice and cumin powder), Avocado Hummus (hummus with avocado puree), Chili Hummus (hummus with chili paste), Hummus with Pomegranate Molasses (hummus blended with pomegranate molasses), and Meat Hummus (hummus served with minced lamb and pine nuts). Following this immense selection of hummus, we enjoyed a richly flavoured Lebanese Fattoush with fresh cut tomato, cucumber, onion, capsicum, lettuce, mint leaves, fresh zaatar and special chef dressing, and a very tasty Tabbouleh with Pomegranate with dried pomegranate seeds and dressing. It’s Tabbouleh galore on Sofra’s menu, offering Traditional Tabbouleh, Tabbouleh with Green Apple and Tabbouleh with Pineapple. We also enjoyed Labneh with Beetroot. The menu also has Labneh with Garlic, Labneh Keshka and Labneh with Olives. Then the Hot Mezzes graced our table, including Fried Shrimp Kibbeh (homemade kibbeh stuffed with minced shrimp, fresh coriander and pine nuts). The menu also offers Grilled Kibbeh, Fried Meat Kibbeh, Fried Chicken Kibbeh, and Fried Lamb Kibbeh with Pomegranate. This was followed by the Chef Selection of Mixed Fatayer (homemade wrapped fatayer stuffed with minced lamb, fresh cheese and spinach), Fried Halloumi Cheese (breaded and fried halloumi cheese with mint sauce), Potato Harra (fried cubed potato with garlic, chili paste, lemon juice and chopped fresh coriander), and Soujok with Pomegranate Molasses (soujok sausages cooked with pomegranate molasses).

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Then, feeling fully appetised, we enjoyed a succulent Grilled Meat Grand Platter, which is charcoal grilled Australian lamb chops, shish tawook, lamb kebab and kofta, served with Khashkhash sauce, muhammara flat bread and steak fries, and a juicy Chicken Shawarma, served with homemade garlic sauce, cucumber pickles and fries. Now, it’s time for dessert – as if we had space, but how can you say no to their delectable menu offering? We had Oriental Chocolate, which is dark chocolate cream with nuts and dried fruits infused with jasmine tea. This delicious dinner is one we look forward to enjoying again soon. It’s the best of the Levant cuisine in a way you haven’t experienced it before. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 7 pm – 11 pm Closed on Mondays Only vaccinated people are allowed to dine-in. Those with a Green Ehteraz status are allowed to dine at the outdoor terrace. For more information or reservations, call 4009 9999 or email reservations. alwadihotel@accor.com. m

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha Food with Thought Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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he new Liang Signature Menu presents a variety of Liang’s specialities and is designed for sharing with a minimum of two guests. It’s available every Friday and Saturday, from noon until 3 pm, for guests to savour the best of traditional dishes from many provinces across China. For Liang, the word ‘authentic’ is perfectly fitting and correct. From Executive Chef Lam to all the staff dealing with us, the culture and atmosphere of the Mandarin Oriental, the exquisite Chinese setting and decor of Liang restaurant, all will transport you instantly to an expectation of heavenly delights from the middle kingdom.

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Like a Ming vase and examples of jade culture and cloisonné, you’ll be amazed at both the technical expertise and the devotion of the Liang restaurant staff which is obvious in the presentation of this comprehensive exhibition of the best in Chinese cuisine. A well-established meal and family tradition in China is Dim Sum and Liang presents both Steamed Dim Sum, followed by Baked Dim Sum. Different varieties are served, each with its own specially made sauce, such as vegetable, crystal shrimp and chicken consommé (that’s the one where you have to be careful not to spill!), then the drier baked samples of turnip cake, spring roll and crispy wonton. Take a refreshing sip of your smooth white tea, as here you’re only a quarter way through the menu and you have already enjoyed – as I am sure you will – six different and distinctive flavours each accompanied by their matching and enhancing dressings. We are then presented with Seafood and Sweetcorn Soup, so refreshing, so nourishing, with different textures in every sip, every spoonful; unsurprising, with a list of ingredients including shrimp, scallop, sweet corn and egg white. So scrumptious, so satisfying. We were then treated to Hot and Sour Soup, a more spicy one with a long list of ingredients including tofu slices, black fungus, chicken slices, egg white and shiitake mushrooms. Now that was tasty! Now onto that most renowned of Chinese dishes, the Peking Duck. The name seems to have resisted

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FOOD REVIEW all post-imperial revisionism and propaganda, and that’s because it’s simply delicious and, thankfully, some good things outlast the ravages of time. In addition to the delectable roasted duck itself, you will marvel at the expertise (and thorough knowledge) of your server who with deft strokes of her knife and chopsticks will surround the delicacy in a small and light steamed pancake which – with the addition of some splashes of Hoisin sauce – will have you, politely, of course, asking if she can make you more, and faster, of the same. Who else goes to this level of creation, in forethought and in execution, to bring you a taste you have probably never had before. Now for some Rib-eye but stir-fried in the Liang way with its soy sauce reduction, served with garlic chips and again distinctively delicious; with the right blend of chewiness and melt-in-your-mouth smooth satisfaction.

Chinese cuisine reflects the size and diversity of the country, its peoples (including overseas) and history. As such the diverse dishes you experience at Liang multiply rapidly and your taste buds are never allowed to rest. Until, of course, the dessert, Fresh Mango Purée, which with the infusion of pomelo and sago makes the perfect cooling digestif to reset your palate after the taste tsunami you have just experienced; or was it a taste tornado that just blew your mind…? Call 4008 8888 or email modohreservations@mohg. com to book your table. m

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Taste the Best of Arabia and the Mediterranean at Opus By Ola Diab

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ithin the architectural marvel Msheireb Downtown Doha stands the sophisticated Park Hyatt Doha, home to the elegant Opus restaurant.

A composition by Michelin Star Chef, Jean-Francois Roquette of Park Hyatt Paris, Opus is a spacious Arabesque restaurant with an open kitchen, cooking Qatari and Mediterranean dishes from the heart, which are served in generous, sharing style – just the way food is meant to be enjoyed. QATAR HOSPITALITY E-GUIDE ©

Making the best of this season’s pleasant weather, we chose to dine at their magnificent outdoor dining terrace with rays of sunlight on comfortable beige loungers and red velvet pillows, surrounded by Arabesque lanterns and greenery. Our lunch began with a colourful and plentiful Mezze, resembling a Charcuterie Board, consisting of four homemade salads, each on a separate plate, resting on green seeds, accompanied by vegetables, olives and pickles, and two pieces of warm Arabic bread and breadsticks. The delicious salads were beetroot and mint, carrot vegetable crudités, hummus and baba ghanoush. Last but not least, cream cheese with beetroot. This selection of unique and diverse salads was one to remember and marked the beginning of an exceptionally scrumptious lunch. For our mains, we had Charcoaled Roasted Shrimp, on a mini-grill with pieces of corn ribs, saffron rice, and tomato chutney, and Charcoaled Chicken Majboos, which came in two separate plates of a perfectly seasoned and cooked chicken pieces with pine nuts, raisins, tomatoes and an egg, and wellspiced Basmati rice, almonds, pine nuts, and raisins. To end an exceptional lunch, we shared a slice of a warm Date Cake for dessert, which was outstanding in taste and texture. It’s their most popular dessert along with their Saffron Cheesecake. Opus is open for breakfast (6:30 am – 11 am), lunch (12:30 pm – 3:30 pm) and dinner (7 pm – 10 pm). For more information on Opus, visit their Instagram pages @opusdoha and @opusmenugram m

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha A Bella Notte at The Italian Job By Charlotte Wright

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he Italian Job at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha has been around for such a long time - it’s a cornerstone of Qatar dining! Little has changed; the waiters still sing (well, not at the moment), the décor is still inspired by Michael Caine’s classic film, and the menu is still spectacular - why mess with a winning formula? So, rather than mess with perfection, The Italian Job have simply expanded it. This super Italian eatery is now home to a wonderful outdoor patio with gleaming lights, table-side fire heaters and the wonderful dishes.

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As we sat at our table, our intuitive waitress ignited the outdoor heater. Between the glow of the fire, and the colourful hue of the fairy lights, the veranda at Italian Job is such a idyllic and charming venue. With Valentine’s Day coming up, you can’t help but think how it’s the perfect date spot for a romantic night out. We decided to feast on our dinner family style, so we each ordered a plate to share. To begin, we delved in to two plates of insalate - the buffalo mozzerella with tomato and pesto dressing, and the marinated beef carpaccio with ruccola salad and parmesan cheese. How could we visit an Italian restaurant and not indulge in a pizza? We decided to try the Pizza Valtellina which is topped with tomato, mozzarella, beef bresaola and shaved parmesan on top. The thin crust was perfect to scoop all the delicious toppings off the plate and in to your mouth. Our second choice was another Italian classic - the Lasagna Alla Bolognese. This dish comprises layers of pasta, Bolognese sauce, béchamel and parmesan cheese. Exactly how mama used to make! We also tried the seafood pasta which is the ‘must have’ of the menu. The fresh tagliatelle pasta is heaping with rich tomato sauce with an array of seafood delicacies hidden inside - there were prawns and scallops aplenty! Our final choice was something on the lighter healthier side: a salmon escalope with a buttery lemon and mint sauce. The salmon was perfectly cooked and paired perfectly with the creamy, tart sauce it was served with. This is the perfect dish for someone who’s looking to cut out carbs.

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FOOD REVIEW For dessert we could do nothing else but sample everything on the menu. Yes everything. There was a glorious, sweet Tiramisu al fresco, a creamy chocolate Mousse el cioccolato in salsa alla menta and three scoops of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream. The tiramisa was layer upon layer of delicious creamy mascarpone cheese filling, and coffee flavouring while the mousse was a soft and tangy when you added the shot of mint dressing. All in all our night was utterly fantastic. Sitting outside in the fresh air, enjoying the lights and the fire, while indulging in some infamous Italian cuisine. It truly was a bella notte. To make a reservation at The Italian Job, please call 4428 1428. Or to find out more information about The Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha please visit their website by clicking here. m

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha Flavour Tour of Mosaic

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Author: Lalaine Turqueza

osaic sits on the 8th floor of Mandarin Oriental, Doha. Bright, friendly and boasts nine live food stations with everything you could possibly want - grills and dim sum, sushi and biryani, they even make their own paratha in ovens conveniently visible to diners. Tables surround the stations, with views of the Barahat Square on one side and the blue waters of Doha bay on the other. We settled on a corner table. Our friendly server (we’ll call him C) immediately offered a refreshing watermelon mocktail. The menu is straightforward. Salads, soups, a selection of starters, with the main courses classified accordingly plus of course a list of desserts on the last page.

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We started with a basket of bread followed by a hot and sour soup matched with a plateful of Quinoa salad. The pairing was reminiscent of a sunny weekend brunch - fresh, green, hinting of sweet, with the soup spiced just enough to remind us of more good food to come. Bring it on. For starters, we sampled several tasty servings of the ‘usual’ favourites - the Japanese sushi and tempura, some Chinese dumplings, a Turkish cheese pide and some very juicy Wagyu skewers (definitely a musttry). The servings are big enough for two people, but if you’d rather not share (for safety reasons *wink *wink) each plate, definitely, is too good for leftovers. The first main event is a grilled black Angus beef ribeye that came with two sauces - creamy wild mushroom sauce and chimichurri. Chimichurri, as you know is a regular grill sauce, popular among fans of churrasco. You can choose from several sides, or follow the recommendations of the friendly staff. The second one is the Kaeng Kung, a Thai curry dish with tiger prawns, best eaten with steamed rice. Yum. Mosaic’s choices of desserts are as many and as varied. They have cakes and ice creams and sorbets. They have Umm Ali and Tiramisu and lemon tarts. They have all the tempting sweets you can only want from a proper restaurant. After all the food, we were thinking of just skipping dessert. But C was very insistent on us having at least a taste of their best sellers. We chose the chocolate brownie and their new Bourbon vanilla cheesecake. Was it a good choice? It definitely had

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us lounging back and contemplating on all the fun summers we had before the pandemic. Good times. Mosaic at Mandarin Oriental, Doha is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6:30 am until 11 pm. Please note that only fully vaccinated guests will be allowed to dine inside the restaurant. Outdoor seating available. For reservations, call 4008 8888 or send an email to modoh-reservations@mohg.com. m

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Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

Living Life The Italian Way at Dante

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By Charlotte Wright very dish had a unique Tuscan flare and flavour, that with every mouthful you feel yourself being transported back to Italy.

The restaurant is named after Dante Alighieri, who was a poet in 1265 in what is now Italian Tuscany. He is best known for writing the ‘Divine Comedy’ and other infamour Italian literature. So, to celebrate the combination of poetry and cuisine, the menu is named Liber de Coquina and the restaurant was named after Dante himself. The restaurant brings you the best Tuscan cuisine that it is meant to look, feel and taste like poetry.

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There’s no better chef to make this vision a reality than Chef de Cuisine Alfonso Ferraioli. He grew up in Tuscany so he knows the traditional way to prepare dishes and with plenty of experience in the Middle East, he knows how to give each dish a unique twist that will appeal to everyone. We were seated at our table by Assistant Restaurant Manager Dexter who explained Dante’s unique origin and design. He was always keen to help and explain every dish, along with our waitress Jessica and Chef Alfonso himself. In fact, they recommended our drinks and food for the entire evening! For our drinks, we were brought the restaurant’s favourite mocktails: the Via Cortona, the MostoMosto, the Orzata and the Bea. Our favourite was the Via Cotona which was made with citrus, basil, mint, and limonata. Delicious! We began our Tuscan culinary journey with some salads. Now, for me, salads are usually just a sideshow while you enjoy the main event - but these salads absolutely stole the show! The Panzanella or tomato salad was my favourite dish of the evening. The individual ingredients are brought to the table in glorious blue ceramic bowls so you can see exactly how the salad is made. To begin, a bed of croutons are heaped in to a large mixing bowl, mixed with fresh tomatoes which were ripened on the vine so they are extra juicy. These are then combined with a trickle of agrodolce bianco and lashings of olive oil. Afterwards the cucumbers, fresh basil leaves, salt, mixed herbs and pickled onions are added and mixed for 20 seconds. The result was a wondrously fresh and tasty concoction.

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FOOD REVIEW The next dish to arrive at the table was the Bruschettone Stracciatella Di Burrata - Pomodorini or a pulled burrata bruschetta. Served on a wooden board, this unique style of bruschetta comprised a thin bed of oven-baked bread, wedges of succulent tomatoes, heaps of pulled burrata cheese, sprigs of basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. The combinations of freshness from the tomatoes, creaminess from the burrata and the smoky undertone from the oven-baked bread made for another fantastic dish.

In a similar fashion the Pesce Al Sale was another incredible dish that was served encased in a ‘jacket’. However, this jacket was not for eating! The catch of the day was encrusted in salt which Jessica had to crack open to reveal the succulent fish inside. By this point, we were getting rather full but how can you turn down the pasta course at an Italian restaurant? We tried the Ravioli Di Melanzane Ricotta Al Forno, which was a ravioli stuffed with roasted aubergine with baked ricotta crumbled on top, and the Scoglio Per “Quatro”. This dish should not be attempted with less than four people - it’s massive! This overflowing plate of pasta comes with not one, not two nor three, but four different types of fish. It’s definitely a seafood lovers paradise. There’s no better way to finish a proper Tuscan meal, than with some proper Italian desserts. Of course tiramisu is an infamous choice and Dante do it perfectly. with the Tanto, Tanto Tiramisu. We also had to try Grandpa’s coffee cafe or the Coppa Del Nonno. The strong coffee flavour is perfect to cleanse your palette and goes perfectly with something sweet like the Panna Cotta.

Another favourite of ours was the Crostoni Toscani In Teglia. Served on Tuscan bread, the chicken liver was paired with goats cheese, baby onions, bread, pesto, and herbs. Chef Alfonso was keen to tell us that we had to try a mouthful with all the ingredients to get a proper taste of Italy. And he was right! A classic Italian dish that everyone knows and loves is... a margarita pizza. This Regina Margherita with buffalo cheese is a tasty addition to the menu and a fabulous choice for sharing with family or friends. This dish was served alongside the Cestino Di Olive Ascolane which had a fantastic rich, smoky flavour.

In a time when you can’t travel anywhere, restaurants like Dante are so important. With authentic, traditional flavours and dishes you can be transported anywhere - and where else would you rather go than Tuscany? Located at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, Dante invites residents and guests to ‘Celebrate Life the Italian Way’ from Monday – Saturday, 4:30 pm – 11 pm. For reservations please call or WhatsApp 5045 9130. You can read the full food review on our website marhaba.qa/food-reviews m

What came to the table next was a puzzle at first. From a distance, it was hard to work our what it was but when it arrived at the table you could see it was black dough wrapped over a surprise ingredient. The Galletto - Crosta Di Pane is actually a whole free range chicken in a bread ‘jacket’. The whole chicken is stuffed with herbs and then encased in a black dough. This is regular pizza dough that has been dyed black with squid ink. By encasing it in the dough, Chef Alfonso was able to deliver a perfectly cooked, juicy chicken with salty skin which had absorbed all the flavours of the herbs which was trapped by the dough. Chef Alfonso was eager to tell us to try the baked dough as it’s perfectly suitable to eat. ©

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The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Eat Like a True Italian at Seasonal Tastes

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Thursday night is all about happiness surviving the work week, not having to wake up early the next morning. And there’s no better way to celebrate the weekend, and Italian food, than enjoying the ‘Eat Like An Italian’ menu at Seasonal Tastes restaurant in The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa.

My passion towards cooking started when I was very young, I was so curious to see my mother cooking for the family that my father got me a step to be able to help her and watch her more closely. Marhaba: What do you like best about cooking and being a Chef? I have always believed that when cooking you MUST enjoy each moment. You can craft many dishes using a diversity of ingredients; enjoy working in different countries and learn to cook new dishes from different culinary cultures and a variety of ingredients. I believe that you can do the job only if you are passionate about it and you love to cook. I love cooking, giving emotions to the people through food. Seeing the guest smiling and happy, while devouring all their plate. There is no better feedback than this. Hearing this we were even more keen to dig in and taste the food! The central island was full of tasty morsels to get the mouth watering - and even though protected behind a screen - the smell of freshly baked bread, roasted vegetable bruschetta, and fried croquettes was enhancing our fervour.

‘Eat Like An Italian’ Night is brought to life by Chef Massi - an authentic Italian, cooking authentic Italian food. We had to ask:

After diving in to our first course, and with so much food still to choose from we asked Chef for some direction:

Marhaba: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your history of cooking.

Marhaba: What is your favorite dish on the wonderful “Eat Like An Italian” menu and why?

I am originally from Italy from a city called Vasto, which is on the seaside of Abruzzo on the Adriatic.

Definitely, that would be Pizza and Brodetto di Pesce alla Vastese!

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FOOD REVIEW I can eat Pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner, hot and cold. I love Pizza. When I was growing up, I used to buy fish with my father. We would go back home and my mother would cook one of the most famous dishes in my city, that is the Brodetto di pesce alla vastese. It is a seafood stew, cooked in a clay pot, using fresh seafood caught by our city’s fishermen the night before. We never missed cleaning the plate with our bread, Simply Mamma Mia how good that dish is!!! With some fantastic direction from the chef, we headed back over to the food station, plates at the ready. There were three flavours of pizza on offer - a Margarita, a Beef Pepperoni and a tantalising Quattro Formaggi - or four cheese pizza. I decided that I had to taste the four cheese pizza and I can completely understand why Chef Massi would eat this pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The crust was thin and crispy, and the gooey melted cheese on top was strong and sharp but also creamy. It was the perfect balance of pizza and generous topping.

magnificent dish is cooked in a clay pot and has a wonderful and extensive array of seafood delicacies hidden inside. There were mussels, prawns, scallops, squid - all dripping in a rich tomato sauce. The stew was served with a generous chunk of garlic bread to mop up any leftover drops of sauce. Mamma Mia indeed Chef! Marhaba: Is there a secret to great Italian food? I create menus reflecting traditional Italian cuisine. Keeping the dishes simple and with the maximum flavour from all ingredients. If there is a secret, Chef Massi certainly knows it! Dessert was a continuation of the masterpieces that came before it. There were plenty of bite-sized treats on offer - from chocolate cake to fruit tarts - and even ice cream. They were the perfect end to a wonderful meal. Marhaba: And finally, what do you think makes the Italian Night at Seasonal Tastes so special? It is special because I can assure you that the food has been cooked with love from my side. We have created live stations such as pasta, pizza, risotto and that would be a true culinary journey through authentic Italian cuisine. I also have some news for you, the menu will change every week so – if you become a loyal guest to our Italian Nights at Seasonal Tastes – get ready for a new taste of Italy every week! See you there! Seasonal Tastes is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but Italian Night is every Thursday. You can call 3359 8514 to make a reservation. m

After the pizza, we decided to sample the Agnello in Casseruola and the Pollo alla Diavola. Both dishes had that ‘fall-off-the-bone’ quality that only comes with time and care being taken with the best ingredients. I was craving pasta and to my surprise there wasn’t just a single pasta special on the menu - there was a whole dedicated ‘Make Your Own’ station and not only can you make your own pasta but your own risotto as well. And then - for an extra dose of flavour - your pasta or risotto is placed inside a huge wheel of parmesan cheese and tossed until every grain of rice, or every sliver of pasta, is coated in a fantastically cheesy layer of parmesan cheese. Wow... talk about taking Italian food to the next level! All that food, and we still had one more recommendation from Chef Massi: the Brodetto do Pesce alla Vastese or seafood stew in English. This ©

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha Chinese Cuisine at Its Very Best

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By Brian Candy

ocated adjacent to Mandarin Oriental hotel in Barahat Msheireb. Liang offers a unique Chinese cuisine dining experience with outstanding service and in a most opulent setting. My guests and I collectively decided to be guided by our server. And two varieties of Dim Sum were quickly served; Xiao Long Bao Steamed chicken dumplings, and Har Gau Steamed crystal shrimp dumplings. Not being a ninja with chopsticks I decided not to try and be clever with the Dim Sum, and opted to simply pick up a Xiao Long Bao and pop it straight into my mouth. This was surprise number one, the Dim Sum was filled with what appeared to be a delicious chicken soup. The moment I bit into it there

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was a flavour explosion inside my mouth. My eyes literally sprang open with astonishment. Firstly I was not expecting liquid inside a Dim Sum (how on earth do they get soup inside there anyway?), and secondly it tasted absolutely amazing. This was a delightful start to the meal. Surprise number two was filled mushroom-shaped buns. We were told that these are exclusively available only in Liang here in Qatar. The buns literally and convincingly look like mushrooms. I felt a little guilty for destroying something that must have taken so much effort to produce. But they were absolutely delicious. Then followed a succession of dishes that brought so much pleasure to my taste buds. Lotus Leaf-wrapped glutinous rice with chicken, crispy wonton dumplings, deep-fried prawn dumplings with sweet and sour dip, and Hong Kong style pan-fried turnip cakes with fermented shrimps and shiitake mushrooms. All of which were simply wonderful, and lead up to surprise number three; Chilled Sichuan Spicy Chicken. This is poached chicken in chilli sauce with sesame seeds and spring onions. Without doubt one of the tastiest things I have ever tasted. Hot and sour soup was next to appear on the table which is firm favourite of mine. I was still enjoying this when out of the kitchen came a whole roasted Peking Duck. It looked and indeed was cooked to crispy perfection. Presented to us whole, then right in front of us skilfully carved and placed into steamed pancakes along with cucumber, leeks and Hoisin sauce. Absolutely delicious.

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FOOD REVIEW What remained of the duck was then diced and cooked in XO sauce or sweet soy sauce and served with lettuce wraps. Yum! Two more dishes arrived, Kung Pao Tiger Prawns in sweet chilli sauce and Sichuan-style Braised Seabass served with wood fungus and capsicum in chilli and broad bean sauce. Then ta-dah! Out came the Signature Wagyu Beef Short Ribs. Braised short ribs with Sichuan chilli sauce. This is another dish I would return to Liang just to order again. The meat just melts in your mouth accompanied by a sauce that takes it to another level. This is when the resident and certified Tea Master arrived at our table. Tea Masters practice for years before being honoured with the coveted title of a certified Tea Master. And he gave us an impressive performance with an exceedingly long-spouted teapot

which he seemingly danced with. Make sure your phone is ready to take video if he comes to your table. The finale was caramelised banana fritter with frosted sugar. Simple, yet with so little room left in my stomach, exactly what I wanted. If you like Chinese cuisine, I can’t think of anywhere I would recommend more. Liang’s menu comprises traditional Cantonese recipes and innovative creations by Executive Chef Lam, and the handpicked team he has brough with him. m

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Centara West Bay Hotel and Residences Indian Insights and Delights at Dalchini What a Feeling! By Terry Sutcliffe

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Centara West Bay Residences and Suites. We thought we were almost guaranteed a good experience because of the innovative expertise brought to Centara and its Dalchini Progressive Indian Cuisine Restaurant by the Michelin-starred Chef Alfred Prasad. Staff were super welcoming, the hotel was well organised to meet the current threats to our health right down to the table and seats kept reserved for each guest party. So began a delightful experience: we were treated to a delicious selection from the menu, each preparation reflecting in some degree, the range and diversity of Indian cuisine (including the cocktails), whether typical of Northern India or one flaunting the flavours of the South, and where vegetarians, nay vegans, have equal, picante prestige – another lesson that India can give to a world needing to know how we can live our lives together harmoniously and to the full. The exotic selection – in provenance and palate – that we were treated to included truffle oil infused Dal Shorba, Malabar Sea Bass, crispy Kale and Spinach Patta Chaat and Murg Makhani or Indian Butter Chicken. From starters to desserts the different plates all tasted unique and original, spicy to our preferred degree of hotness, and delicious. The salads were really good starters, refreshing and stimulating our taste buds and – listen up all you carnivores – the lamb biryani, the lamb chops and, wow, the lamb shank were to die for…

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We were totally impressed with the food presentation, wonderful to see, to smell and then to taste. Staff were superb and our every enquiry was patiently answered. Dalchini is open daily, from 12 pm until 11:30 pm. Call 4009 5520 or send an email to dalchini.doha@ chr.co.th to book your table. Visit dalchinidoha.com for more information. m

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Park Hyatt Doha

Sora: Spectacular Food, Spectacular Views

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By Brian Candy

ocated in Msheireb Downtown Doha, the Park Hyatt is in one of the most vibrant and fashionable areas within Qatar. The restaurant is spacious, modern and very premium. And the staff made sure I felt welcome from the moment I stepped out of the elevator.

the food arrived at the table just in time, every time, with no pause. Absolutely perfect timing. Beginning with Crispy Mochi Chicken which was black in colour thanks to squid ink, along with Lobster Tempura. These bite size lobster balls were exceedingly tasty, and very much to my liking. Salmon Tadaki and Tuna Caviar Tadaki were next to make an appearance. I love salmon so much I headed straight for the Salmon Tadaki. Then I, with my absolutely dreadful chopstick skills, grabbed a slice of Tuna Caviar Tadaki and managed to get it across the table and into my mouth without dropping it. WHAT! NO! WHAT IS THIS! I had to enquire what this stunning dish was called immediately, because I had just found a very big reason to return to Sora. It was soooo…. Good. If you take just one tip from this review, make sure it’s to try the Tuna Caviar Tadaki. You will thank me. Next out was Chef’s selection of Nigiri Sushi. Available raw or cooked, our selection was raw, just how I like it.

The menu is Japanese, created, curated and brought to life by Sora’s head chef who is of course Japanese.

If you order the next dish to be served, make sure you have your phone ready and set to record video, because the Spiced Salmon Maki is one for your Instagram account. It comes out smoking!

My fellow guests and I decided to let our server select our meal for us. And in no time at all some Taiyaki Japanese Waffles arrived on the table. These filled hot pastries are complimentary and a great way to prepare your pallet for what’s coming. From this moment on,

Signature dish time! Up next was Wagyu Beef Tenderloin. Oh come on. The moment you see the word ‘Wagyu’ you know this beef is going to be exceptional. Not just exceptional, but the very best beef can possibly be.

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FOOD REVIEW wait, ‘Love Potion’. And all of a sudden there was a new contender. Sora’s Pistachio ice cream. It was stunning! The best pistachio ice cream I have ever tasted. It was so good I had another plate of just pistachio bought for me. My fellow diners and I enjoyed a Japanese menu at its very best. Would I return? I guarantee it. Would I recommend it to you? Absolutely! And have your camera ready. Sora has the Wow Factor! m

Get your camera ready again, because the next dish was still moving when served. The Hokkaido Scallops are covered in fish flakes that chef has somehow managed to animate. I was mesmerised. And this is when I realised that Sora is all about spectacle. The view is spectacular, the taste is spectacular, and the presentation is, yup you guessed it, spectacular. Oh and the scallops… cooked exactly as I like them. Yum! But wait, there is still one more chapter in this book. Desert! Mochi & Ice. Another spectacle and another photo op. So out comes some ice cream, well presented, fogging and once again Instagram ready. I love Dairy Queen ice cream, it’s the ultimate soft ice cream. My favourite Baskin & Robbins flavour is ‘Love Potion’, no wait, ‘Cotton Candy’, no

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha A Walk Down Memory Lane

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By Lalaine S Turqueza

e did it again – we went out on a weeknight, had fun, stayed late and spent an amazing time in one of our favourite hangout places in Doha, the Radisson Blu Hotel. The hotel is an old favourite, a familiar space for Doha residents who’ve been here forever. The plan is to go for a late afternoon splash at the pool (read: swimming without the sun) and later, enjoy the Indian feast at Chingari. The pool at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha has always been synonymous with families for as long as I can remember. It’s a favourite swimming pool for residents around the area because it’s accessible and offers enough space for everyone!

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Situated on the sunny side of the old wing, the trees surrounding the pools also give the place a familiar comfort – bright and shady at the same time. While most pool areas don’t allow food near the water, the pool actually has a ‘bar’ – the Cabana Club – where you can order food and drinks! The colourful slide system on the kiddie pool can also keep kids busy for hours. Standing under one with its flowing waters can be hypnotising. After that ‘quick’ splash, we went next to Inginuity, another one of our favourite places. It was surprisingly empty, the first time that I’ve actually seen it not filled with people. We’re too early, that’s why, says our lovely host. And true enough, after a round of refreshing drinks, people started coming. Inginuity is actually a baby compared to the other outlets in Radisson. The resto-bar replaced Maxims in 2018, a cosy date place reminiscent of a Paris bistro. Inginuity, for all its newness, caters to a more active clientele.

Chingari Chingari’s place in the list of our favourite Indian restaurants in Qatar has always been on top, mainly because of the food and the friendly staff. Under normal circumstances, a sitar-playing band will be singing on the background, crooning out relaxing Indian music, and surprising non-Indian guests with a rendition of ‘Hotel California’ in the middle of a performance. Good times. The place serves classic Tandoori dishes, which for us is always a very comforting bowl of Butter Chicken and Naan, a platter of grilled meat and seafood,

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FOOD REVIEW some mildly-spiced rice, and curry. A glass of Mango Lassi served on the side just to cut in the meaty taste. We were happy. f it’s not a weekday, we would probably have stayed longer – a walk along the open area around the pool, visit the singing staff at The Italian Job, maybe have a cup of coffee back at Inginuity, just like in normal times, pre-COVID-19. Funny how things that we used to take for granted previously has become such a precious thing in such a short span of time. Our take of this weeknight out? Good things remain to remind you of things that matter. Thank you Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha for reminding us. Please note that health and safety measures are still in place in all public areas around Qatar. Everyone is required to show a green Ehteraz status upon entry to the hotel, wear face masks and practice social distancing. Opening times: Chingari: 6 pm – 11 pm daily Inginuity: 2 pm – 11 pm daily The Italian Job: 6 pm – 11 pm daily Main pool: 9 am – 9 pm Kids pool: 9 am – 8 pm Advance reservations required, call 4428 1621 or email cabana.doha@radissonblu.com m

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Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Thai Kitchen Night By Terry Sutcliffe

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And at Centara West Bay, you’ll feel extra safe, with staff wearing masks and all surfaces sanitised just waiting for your visit. Let’s start with Asia and more specifically – Thai Kitchen Thailand has got everything. Nestled between China, Vietnam and Malaysia, Thailand has absorbed and developed the many tastes of Asia into a mouthwatering menu of now world-famous favourites. Sweet Satay, Sour Salad or Spring Rolls, Chicken with Cashew Nuts or Lamb Massaman Curry; did you want that Green Curry – we also have Red? Revisit those favourites Tom Yum and Pad Thai ... Sizzling stir-fried vegetables or seafood – take your pick. And that Jasmine rice - so fluffy and fragrant you could eat it for dessert! Your wellbeing and health security are No 1 at Centara.

hai Kitchen Night Every Thursday evening 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Full fixed menu of starters, tasters, mains and desserts – only QAR88 all in.

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha

¡Hola! It’s time for the Andalusia Brunch, shukran!

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Author: Sarah Palmer

e recently visited El Faro restaurant for the new and improved Friday Andalusia Brunch – seeing as it was already a huge hit, we were intrigued to see how they could improve on perfection! The Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha hotel has a number of top-notch dining experiences, including the much-lauded Andalusia brunch that takes place in two of the hotel’s most popular restaurants.

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On our way to our table, we walked through the exquisite Sufra restaurant and along the extensive terrace before entering El Faro – there was a lot to whet our appetite on the way, not least the incredibly tempting aroma of food! We were given a great table, overlooking the terrace while still being able to soak up the Spanish atmosphere indoors. The restaurant and bar area in El Faro are beautifully decorated in a contemporary style, with lots of murals and ambient lighting to get you in the mood. The sangria, cocktails and mocktails available further enhance this congenial atmosphere, to be enjoyed while listening to the excellent (and not at all intrusive) live music from the house band. It sets the scene for a long, leisurely meal chatting with friends. Just like the Spanish and the Arabs do! The Andalusia Brunch is based on the diverse Andalusian cuisine from southern Spain. It is here the Arabic and Spanish culinary styles join together, becoming a vivid and tantalising fusion of flavours. There is a simply huge selection of tapas served to the table, where ‘East meets West’ in a most pleasing manner, and includes everyone’s favourite bites from the two cuisines. For a taste of Arabia, we received an abundance of mezze items: hummus, moutable, fatayer and sambousek, all freshly made and melt-in-the-mouth deliciousness. This was equalled by the taste of Spain, with gazpacho, a splendid charcuterie and

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FOOD REVIEW cheese platter, tortilla de patatas, croquetas and huevos rotos. And salads galore … thank goodness this brunch is on until 4 pm! You can keep it all on your table, should you desire, so you can continue munching, and if you have a favourite, order some more! You are also invited to browse the live cooking stations on the terrace, so of course that’s what we did. We choose a selection of grills from the barbecue – chicken, beef and shrimp – and roasted lamb leg. Naturally, this being a Spanish-influenced brunch, we made a beeline straight to the paella – watch the chef as he makes the rice dish, which in not very much time at all, you can be savouring. All perfectly cooked, all ‘muy bien’! The dessert platter was a fun and enjoyable way to end the meal. As it was Hallowe’en weekend, our sweet treats included some ‘fangtastic’ cakes ‘witch’ really hit the spot, alongside Arabic favourites halawat el jibn and muhalabieh. So next time you’re looking for a fantastic brunch, but can’t decide on cuisine, head straight to El Faro for the brilliant El Faro Andalusia Brunch – it’s the best of both worlds! Details: Every Friday, 12:30 pm – 4 pm Price: QAR295 including soft beverages; QAR395 including enhanced beverages Contact: 4035 5011, WhatsApp 7479 0864, email restaurants.marsamalaz@kempinski.com, visit https://www.kempinski.com/en/doha/marsa-malaz-kempinski-the-pearl-doha/ m

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Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel Friday Garden and Family Brunch is Back at La Veranda, It’s Al Fresco and It’s Magnifico!

In spite of the dozens of new towers built in Al Dafna, Lusail and all around Doha, the Sheraton Grand remains probably the most distinctive and instantly recognisable structure in the whole of Doha. Many walkers and joggers have enjoyed the 7.5 km Corniche for a breath of fresh sea air and exercise with their destination the iconic pyramid which is surrounded by the green gardens of Al Dafna Park and Hotel Park and by the shimmering azure waters of the Gulf. La Veranda seems to have provided literally everything to make your Friday a satisfying success. There are toys and face-painting for the kids, there’s live music and games to play or you can simply gaze over the calm waters of the Gulf and see the latest landmarks along the Corniche, or pad around in the lush green grass of the beautiful gardens.

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Even if you’re childless, or tone-deaf, you should still come here for the absolutely amazing spread on offer. La Veranda is second-to-none when it comes to Italian food – it’s authentic and delizioso. Choose from a wide variety of appetizers, salads, seafood and cold cuts, bread, cheese, plus fruits and desserts.

he Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, to give it its full name, has a variety of restaurants, cafés and lounges but here we are talking about one of Doha’s long-standing traditions, the Friday Family Brunch in the Sheraton’s beautiful gardens and right on the seashore. And yes, with cooler temperatures and refreshing breezes now with us, La Veranda’s al fresco Friday brunch is back.

Seafood lovers will love the appetisers with so many options – scallops, lobsters, fish, shrimps, crabs, calamari, oysters, and more. Or you can choose from salads and appetizers with various cuts of beef, veal, chicken and lamb plus every vegetable you can think of and every kind of bread, pasta, potatoes and rice. And slices from the biggest hamour and the freshest, tenderest beef Wellington you’ve seen. The best of surf and turf!

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FOOD REVIEW There are creative and delicious-looking dishes like chicken scallopini, seafood lasagne, south Italian veal with mushrooms, eggplant Parmigiana and Osso Bucco; these Sheraton chefs are incredible! Not to forget the kids and their idea of good food – there’s a special station with simply the best fish fingers, chicken nuggets and mini burgers. That was indoors. Come outside where the chefs at live stations will conjure up your own fresh and tasty unique pizza or La Veranda’s signature pizza, pasta, piadina and creamy risotto; if you’re not yet bubbly enough, next door is the beverage station and nearby is the live band ready to play your favourite tune. Hopefully, you can still enjoy some sweets. The dessert bar is a kaleidoscope of colour and textures. Here you can dream, sweet lover! From Italian specialities like tiramisu and gelato to other world favourites there’s a fantastic choice for all tastes, including the most colourful Chantilly tarte to die for… There’s greenery, the fresh air, the panoramic views, the friendly family fun, live music and literally magic moments combined with La Veranda delizioso Italian food, their creative chefs and attentive and helpful waiters. Next Friday say ‘Ciao’ to perfection. About Brunch at La Veranda, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel When: Friday, 12:30 pm – 4 pm Prices: QAR350 per person inclusive of soft beverages. 50% discount for children under 12 years and kids below six years dine for free. For more information please call 4485 3000 or email F&Breservations.doha@sheratonhotels.com m

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

Friday Carvery Brunch @ Radisson Blu is Back!

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Author: Terry Sutcliffe

rom 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Hyde Park, you can enjoy, savour and indeed relish the exceptional array of traditional carvery, pies, crêpes, bakes, with Middle Eastern and international appetiser starters, fresh salads and other international delights plus a huge assortment/variety of tempting desserts. There are two standout features I want to stress here, that I feel people should really know about: First is the absolute quality of the mouth-wateringly melt-in-your-mouth slices of beef (whether brisket, striploin or Wellington), roast lamb, chicken tandoori, and even that local favourite meat from the sea,

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baked whole hammour. Sourced from the best farms and slowly cooked by the most practised and patient practitioners of the art of cuisine you can see the freshness and almost feel the texture in your mouth as it is carefully placed on your plate. And second is the diverse and almost unlimited choice available which will appeal to all age groups and individual tastes: those favourite starters from the Mediterranean like hummus and moutabel; tempura from Japan; calamari, crab, mussels, shrimps and salmon (and Scandinavian salmon gravlax) from the deep; and scrumptious soup. You’ll discover delectable crêpes (pancakes from France) but here filled with yummy wild mushrooms; cauliflower au gratin and potatoes au gratin, spinach pie; buttered green beans and peas pulao; pizza from Italy; lamb chops, veal meatloaf; cookies and macarons for the sweet seekers, cheeses and fruits, desserts to die for… It’s frankly incredible; the goodness of our world, the skill of our people, the sociability of Radisson Blu, all come together to give you the best possible social and dining experience – on a Friday when you can unwind, be casual, take your time, and enjoy to the utmost. And that’s not all, no way! The standard brunch, with unlimited juices and soft drinks, costs a very reasonable QAR210. 50% off for children six to 12 years. Complimentary for children under six years.

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For just an extra QAR150 the Brunch Soft package gives you additional local and house beverages. And the ‘Bubbly’ package costs only QAR410 which gives you all the sparkles and bubbles you may need to celebrate an amazing brunch. There’s still more…! When you enjoy the Friday Carvery Brunch, all brunch ticket holders can enjoy complimentary use of the swimming and splash pools from 9 am to 3 pm. And we’re not done yet! To round off your best day ever, brunch ticket holders can enjoy a 20% discount on drinks ordered at the famous Inginuity restaurant and bar after 3 pm. Last note! If you are really loving your experience at the Radisson Blu, why not spend the night? For QAR500 you can book a room. Just imagine: the ideal Friday for the whole family. Get some early sun and exercise at the pool and the kids splash pool. Enjoy the lovely Radisson Blu green gardens. Get showered and changed for a long-to-beremembered brunch. Then finish off your evening with special prices at the quiet and cosy Inginuity bistro. Cool! x2 It seems to be an offer you can’t refuse. Just give in, and call 4428 1645. m

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Samba Along At The Rio Carnival Brunch At Ipanema!

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razilian Churrascarria is an incredible treat for any meat lover and the best place to enjoy it is at Ipanema in the Marriott Marquis City Center

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recent relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions, there may be even more to enjoy at this decadent brunch spot! While the Brazilian Churrascaria is the highlight of this brunch, you don’t want to make the mistake of ignoring the incredible South American treats on offer or the extensive buffet of appetisers, salads, roast vegetables, ceviche and so, so much more. If you haven’t been to Ipanema in a while you might not recognise the place. Don’t worry - the funky art wall hasn’t disappeared - it’s just been enhanced but walls of hanging plants and new chic wicker baskets, and even more plants. The abundant sunlight, the art wall and the plants give Ipanema a warm glow where you feel happy to enjoy a languorous brunch with your friends. Speaking of friends, what struck me about this brunch at Ipanema was how wonderful the gauchos (and gauchas?) like Rey were. Adorned in Brazilian themed dresses (on the ‘gauchas’ obviously) and a party attitude, they were a huge embellishment to our experience. We were taken care of by Izabel who brought us our drinks in not ones, not twos but threes! What more could you ask for? Speaking of drinks, as soon as we entered we were treated to a loco coconut cocktail. A cart filled with fresh coconuts await - and if you are celebrating with the alcohol package - they’ll add a kick of something extra. In addition to the Coco Loco you have to try the different Caipirinha and Caipiroska flavours: classic, mandarin, and strawberry. According to Izabel, if you visit Brazil and you neglect to try Caipirinha rum

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FOOD REVIEW - “you need to go back and try again!” The same sentiment certainly applies at Ipanema. You can also try the notorious Pisco Sour which comes in classic, mandarin, and strawberry flavours and is made with Peruvian Pisco - which is similar to grapa from Italy or cha cha from Georgia. And now to the food! As you walk in to Ipanema, there is a huge cart of fresh empandas. There are many different flavours, like Cheese and Truffle, Wild Mushroom, Short Ribs, Lobster, Shrimp and lemon, and Potato Siracha. Regardless of the flavour, each empanda was tasty and cooked perfectly with a light but crunchy casing. In addition to the empanda station, there was a table decorated with corn on the cob and huge pots of tamales. The slivers of corn was grilled and coated in a sweet marinade which was absolutely scrumptious. Towards the back of the restaurant, there is an extensive buffet of South American and Brazilian delicacies including ceviche, roasted vegetables, salmon, salads, cheese and burrata, and crochettes - to mention a few! In addition to this extensive buffet, there is a ‘design your own taco’ stand run by Richard, who is happy to make any flavour taco you would like. You can choose between beef, shrimp and chicken and an array of fillings and sauces. After you have sampled the appetiser and salad buffet to your hearts content, it’s time to flip your coaster from ‘Red’ to ‘Green’. That begins a carousel of gauchos bringing you 12 different types of meat. The signature meat of Ipanema is the Picanha

which has a large ‘cap’ of fat which make the meat incredibly tender and flavourful. In addition to the Picanha, there are six other types beef on the menu like smoked topside of wagyu beef, rump steak and flank steak. Each are expertly prepared and oozing with flavour. In addition to beef, Ipanema offers other meats like marinated lamb chops with herbs and grilled prawns. There really is something for everyone! If you still have room for dessert there is certainly plenty available. There is a dessert buffet which contains plenty of sugary delights - brownies, chocolate bark, cakes, churros, meringues, macarons and so, so much more. This brunch is an incredible option for anyone who wants to really celebrate their Friday. It’s incredibly priced for the array of delicious food and drinks on offer. Ipanema is a wonderful eatery to dine in - it’s got a fabulous party atmosphere which is certainly infectious so you don’t only revel in the food and cocktails or mocktails but the atmosphere as well! About the Rio Carnival Brunch Friday, 12 noon - 4 pm Rodizio Buffet & Limited Soft Beverage Package QAR325 Rodizio Buffet & Soft Beverage & Selected Alcoholic Beverage Package - QAR435 To get in touch or to make a booking please call 4419 5000 m

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Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery Sofra’s Exceptional Levantine Brunch

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ofra at Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery has become a Marhaba favourite, and has now launched a must-try Levantine Brunch on Fridays. Feast on the finest Levantine cuisine and regional delicacies in the most unique way, with generous servings and several food stands to satisfy all palates. The brunch began with a buffet, with enticing cold and hot appetisers of favourites from the Levant region, which includes cold salads such as beetroot, fattoush, tabouleh, warak enab, and more. A highlight of the cold appetisers is Sofra’s Signature Hummus Selection, which are the chef’s exceptional signature hummus preparations – different flavours such as Hummus Beiruti (hummus with parsley, lemon juice

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and cumin powder), Avocado Hummus (hummus with avocado puree), Hummus with Pomegranate Molasses (hummus blended with pomegranate molasses) and Chili Hummus (hummus with chili paste). From the hot appetisers, choose from a selection of falafel, keebeh, vegetable rolls, and cheese sambousa platters. There are also cheese, zaatar, meat and pizza pastries at another stand. For the seafood lovers, there’s a seafood stand, which is like a mini-fish market where you can choose from a selection of shrimp, mussels, calamari, lobster and more to be cooked or prepared to your liking. Nearby, meat and rice lovers can opt to grab from a huge platter of richly spiced and well-cooked lamb, accompanied by richly flavoured rice with nuts and vegetables. Add more nuts, onions and tomato sauce that are placed to the side if you’d like more flavour. A little further down is the much-anticipated cheese stand where you can find various types of cheese from all over the world, surrounded by freshly baked breads and pastries. Grab some nuts, prunes, cranberries or honey that are placed on the side. Not full yet? Scan the barcode on your table to choose from a versatile à la carte menu for a main dish. We enjoyed an ‘eggcellent’ Shakshouka with Chunky Tomato Sauce and Arabic Flatbread, and sweet yet savoury Southern Fried Chicken and Red Velvet Waffles. You can choose from 10 other mains, including Shaved Turkey Reuben, Pan Seared Salmon, Breakfast Taco Bowl, Wagyu Beef Brisket, Grilled Lamb Burger, Chicken Fajitas, Dutch Baby Pancake and more.

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FOOD REVIEW The brunch continues with sweet endings, a lavish assortment of desserts from fruits to cakes to chocolates to ice cream, to even popcorn and cotton candy (to entice the little ones). Endless choices of delicious sweet delicacies! This is a delectable brunch destination for all – couples, families, friends or even colleagues! Sofra at Alwadi HotelDoha - Mgallery is where you can enjoy traditional cuisine with contemporary tastes. The charming restaurant is designed to be reminiscent of Qatari culture and local traditions, with dhow boats, pearl diving and travel bags adorning the walls. Levantine Brunch: Friday, noon – 4 pm QAR275 per person, inclusive of soft beverages QAR350 per person, inclusive of free flow selected red/white grape beverages/house spirits/brews/ anise sips For more information or reservations, call 4009 9999 or email reservations.alwadihotel@accor.com. m

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Mai Tai-pe of Brunch at Trader Vic’s

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Author: Sarah Palmer ou don’t need to leave Qatar to enjoy the best of island life – let the Hilton Doha bring it to you!

Did you know that Trader Vic’s Doha opened all the way back in 2012? Did you also know that since the Original Mai Tai® was created in 1944, there are now more than 200 signature cocktails?! Also known as Paradise In A Glass®, you know there is something for everyone to enjoy, especially when sitting down for brunch – at the Hilton Doha, they particularly recommend Middle East special the Tiki Puka Puka! Trader Vic’s is just perfect for a leisurely Friday or Saturday foray into the wonderful world of French Polynesian food and drinks, with fab views across the bay. We were so glad to be invited along to join in the fun!

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The huge restaurant has been carefully decorated to immediately invoke the feeling of stepping in to a tropical paradise, with gorgeous light fixtures and colourful rattan furniture. And a lei (flower garland) on every chair, so you can truly embrace the island vibe! All set against some catchy Polynesian beats to get completely in the mood. The seated brunch has a good choice of dishes, with Chef Marli explaining that the menu allows diners to experience some of the restaurant’s most popular items (if you have any concerns or allergies, just let them know in advance, they will happily adapt the menu for you). We put ourselves in the hands of our server Maycel, and we just about had time to put on our leis and sip our cocktails before we were served our starters. Excellent! Now a gentle word of caution here: it would be super easy to fill up on the starters, so take your time, savour every mouthful, and be mindful that there will be more to come. We enjoyed the house special, Trader Vic’s Salad with a mix of greens, palm hearts, artichokes and their Javanese dressing, the West Bay Calamari Salad with crunchy quinoa and a white miso dressing, Beef Gyoza with a delectable spicy coriander dip, and Sriracha Prawns with Thai mango salsa. While tucking into these, we saw a trolley draw up to the table: hurrah, it’s Vic’s Original Tuna Poke! Succulent yellow fin raw tuna, served with tuna poke dressing, crispy nori chips and red radish. One of the best we’ve had, with faultless seasoning. Where has that trolley gone ..!

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FOOD REVIEW After a brief pause in proceedings to enjoy the ambience, the main courses made an appearance. We all have a favourite dish on the Trader Vic’s menu – thankfully, you don’t need to choose which one you want at brunch, as you will be getting them all. The Miso Salmon was a plate of perfectly cooked medallions with garlic seaweed rice and stir-fried bok choy, and keeping with the fishy theme, the Red Thai Prawn Curry was simply amazing – we could have eaten several bowlfuls. However, we needed to save room for the Kung Pao Chicken in Vic’s signature sauce, and the USDA Black Angus Striploin with truffle scented mashed potato, asparagus and chimichurri. We also had two delightful vegetarian options: roasted cauliflower steak with chimichurri, and spicy wokfried tofu. Great additions to the menu, so ensure you ask the chef to make these for you. And as it’s the weekend and food at brunch has no calories, carb lovers will rejoice with the Malaysian style Mee Goreng – egg noodles, beansprouts, onion, bok choy, carrot … divine. Talking of divine, wait until you taste the Coconut Custard Tart, served with Trader Vic’s dark rum glazed pineapple compote and vanilla coconut ice cream! Oh, and also the Rum and Raisin Ice Cream with compote and crumble! These desserts, along with the Tropical Fruit Platter, are worth the cost of brunch on their own. Do not leave without having sampled these sweet treats – the perfect end to the perfect island brunch! The Brunch Set Menu to share is available every Friday and Saturday, 1pm – 4pm. Price per person: Non-alcoholic QAR225, special beverages QAR295. For more information, call 4423 3222, visit the website. On a related note, why not also try the new Tahitian Village, located to the left of the main Trader Vic’s restaurant, which offers a comfortable, relaxed environment to sample more of the famous food and drinks. Price per person: QAR295, minimum of 2 persons. m

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha Light Up Your Palates at El Faro

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l Faro, which means ‘the lighthouse’ in Spanish, is contemporary Spain inside Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha. As you walk into El Faro, it’s as if you’re walking on the streets of Spain with its graffiti walls, contemporary artwork and more – resembling a Spanish mercado or marketplace with its theme and various Spanish sourced products on display. The restaurant offers a taste of authentic Spain, featuring the ‘tapas and pinxtos bar’, using traditional

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recipes from culinary hotspots across the Iberian Peninsula in a contemporary interpretation. In addition, their tantalising menu features innovative tapas and paella. El Faro’s Saturday ‘Brunch and Siesta’ offers three different authentic paellas of your choice, with tapas and traditional mocktails for only QAR175. The Brunch and Siesta begins with cold Pintxos A La Mesa (Pintxos On The Table) with Gazpacho del dia (traditional gazpacho with garnish), which is a delicious cold tomato and vegetable soup with olive oil, Tabla de icoteo (assorted Spanish delicatessen), an unique and exquisite Ensalada verde con mini verduras asdas y reduccion de vinagre de jerez (green salad with baby vegetables and sherry vinegar reduction) and Salpicon de marisco (Spanish seafood salad). Many of the cheeses and oils, as well as their Spanish mini-bread sticks or picos,come straight from Spain. Then came the hot and delicious Pintxos A La Mesa (Pintxos On The Table), including Tortilla de Patatas con pimiento del pardon (Spanish omelette with pardon peppers), Croquetas del dia(croqueta flavour of the day), Bravas (fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and aioli), and Toasta de Solomillo con Mahon y salsa de Piquillo (beef tenderloin open sandwich with mahon cheese and piquillo sauce). It’s now time for a paella – and paella to share! You can choose from five paellas – Pollo (chicken), Marisco (seafood), Mixta (seafood and chicken), Arroz Negro can alioli y calamares (black squid ink rice

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FOOD REVIEW calamari and alioli), and Vegetariana (vegetarian). We had a succulent, richly flavoured and colourful chicken paella with peppers, tomatoes and lemons. If you still have room for more, the Brunch and Siesta concludes with Postre or Desserts, which include a delicious Natillas de chocolate blanco (Spanish white chocolate custard) and Churros con chocolate (Spanish churros with chocolate dip). El Faro’s Brunch and Siesta is a light yet fulfilling brunch that couples, friends, co-workers or even families can enjoy together for QAR175 for food and soft drinks. Upgrade to an enhanced package for QAR100 for two hours. Saturdays, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm For more information or reservations, call 4035 5011 or email restaurants.marsamalaz@kempinski.com. m

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JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha A Brunch Above The Rest at Shanghai Club Author: Charlotte Wright

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eetering on the top of Doha, on the 43rd floor of JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, lies The Shanghai Club. With views of downtown West Bay to rival all others, and incredible Pan-Asian cuisine, this restaurant makes an amazing brunch hot-spot. With crowds of work friends and ladies gettogethers the atmosphere at The Shanghai Brunch is humming. An excellent, attentive and friendly team of staff led by Daniele were keen to get us seated and serve us an awesome welcome mocktail. With green tea and

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ginger beer, this drink was ultrarefreshing and a perfect way to start our brunch adventure. We decided to opt for the alcohol package, where you can choose red or white sips, sparkling vino, beer, but the mocktail menu was rather enticing if you would prefer to be alcohol free. To enhance our brunch experience we decided to let the Chef choose our appetizers and main course and he did a marvellous job. If you have no dietary or allergy restrictions, I would highly recommend this option to get the very best culinary treats available at Shanghai Club. To begin our brunch, we were served a sushi platter to rival Nobu itself! With tuna and salmon sashimi, spicy tuna maki, shrimp tempura rolls, California rolls, lobster maki, and ebi nigiri. While California rolls are a favourite of mine and these were some of the best that I had tried, the sashimi was the highlight of the platter. Each strip of tuna and salmon was so fresh and the meat was absolutely perfect - soft and flavorful. As someone who is always wary of overly fishy dishes, I will be forever grateful to Shanghai Club for turning me on to excellent sashimi. I’ve been missing out! The next dish to arrive at the table was an assortment of dim sum. With a separate basket for every person at the table there is plenty to go around. Dim sum is an excellent dish for capturing multiple different flavours like chicken, duck and prawns. We had a classic har gow, a chicken and prawn sui mai and even roasted duck with foie gras!

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FOOD REVIEW There were also some lighter bites on the table like the Papaya salad which added a remarkable freshness and flavour. The papaya salad was fantastic and not at all spicy which is great if you are sharing with friends who aren’t a huge fan of spicy food. To double up on the health veggies, there was also a generous helping of Asian vegetables on the table. An Asian classic is chicken satay skewers served with a glorious, chunky peanut sauce and what Asian brunch would be complete without them. The grilled chicken skewers were flavour filled on their own, but when paired with the peanut sauce - perfection! Another classic, I’m certain you’ve tried before, is shrimp tempura with spicy chili sauce. But trust me - you’ve never tried shrimp tempura this good before. With a crunchy, battered shell encasing a soft, perfectly cooked shrimp and a sweet chili sauce that is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. After all that food, we needed a break! But it was the perfect time to chat, sip sparkling vino, and admire the view of West Bay. The showcase of the main course was the Peking Duck. While Peking duck has an amazing flavour by itself, the best way to enhance it is to create your own duck pancake roll. Light rice pancakes are piled in a basket – similar to a dim sum basket – and served with a tray of thinly sliced leek and onion, slivers of roast Peking duck and dollops of sweet barbeque sauce. Each bite is absolutely heavenly. After our Peking duck we were served a robust Malaysian barbeque Marmak Chicken with aromatic barbeque baby chicken, charred green beans, pickled red onion, bean sprouts, and coriander leaves. The dish reminded me of a Thai green curry - especially

the sauce - but this had some hidden extra flavours that made it unique. The last of our main courses was the grilled, boneless sea bass cooked in a banana leaf. The banana leaf trapped all the moisture and flavour, essentially steaming the fish to cook it. The result was a delicate fish, that practically fell apart in your mouth, oozing with lemon and herb flavour. For you sweet tooth’s out there - you do not want to miss dessert at The Shanghai Brunch. Every dessert we tried was better than the one before it. We dived in to the Sans Rival which is a cashew nut cake, with fresh raspberries and a sweet, tangy lemon buttercream. The Giggly cheesecake was an easy favourite of mine: a fluffy light cotton cheesecake with a sweet, creamy passion fruit drizzle. However, the most unique and intricate dessert of the day was the matcha espuma with ceremonial-grade matcha cream, an exquisite sesame crumble, green tea ice cream, and topped with a crunchy matcha meringue. While this might seem like a disproportionately vast amount of food - and we certainly left feeling full - we didn’t feel weighed down or tired. We largely attributed that to the Chef for thinking though his menu and pairing more dense and filling dishes with lighter bites, and to the staff for making us comfortable and not rushing us through each course. To us that was the height of luxury, to not only enjoy five star dishes and five star service, but to luxuriate and spend the entire afternoon in bliss - and that is certainly what we found at The Shanghai Brunch. Reserve your spot at brunch and enjoy unique PanAsian cuisine every Friday from 12 pm to 3 pm at Shanghai Club in the JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha. Call 4429 5295 now! m

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Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Let’s Get Social at Dalchini for Brunch!

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By Charlotte Wright

riday brunch is one of the luxuries of Doha living, but so often it can be a tad on the expensive side. That is until we found the Social Brunch at Dalchini in Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences. For less than QAR150 you can get a tabletop brunch with plenty of starters, mains and desserts to share AND special house beverages! This progressive Indian restaurant stunned us with the wide selection of delicious dishes that they had on the menu, and the best part was that you don’t have to choose just one starter, or one main – you get all of these delicious dishes brought directly to your table to feast on. Looking at the fantastic menu, we had to know which Chef could pull it off! We were quickly introduced to Chef Binit, who’s in charge of the kitchen at Dalchini. QATAR HOSPITALITY E-GUIDE ©

Chef Binit: I am from India, and I graduated from Hotel Management College in 2008. I started my culinary journey with Taj Hotels and Resorts as a management trainee in various locations in India before moving to join Mövenpick Hotel and Spa in Bangalore, India to do my first pre-opening. After that I joined the Hilton Hotel in Pune, India and then joined Doubletree by Hilton in Qatar. In between, I was part of the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant Le Noir in Saarbrucken, Germany to represent Indian food. Finally, I arrived at Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences, pursuing my passion for food. M: With all that experience, what do you like best about cooking and being a Chef? B: Cooking is all about people, food is one of the very few universal things that really have the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat. Cooking is all about imbibing different cultures and putting them on the plate. Being a chef, I pursue my passion and creativity every day and making people happy every single day. There is not a single boring day at work. Chef Binit’s passion for cooking and food was easy to see as we sampled our starters. We received a huge tray of delicacies including: patta chaat, chicken 65, lamb sheek kebab, prawn kempu, and tandoori broccoli with pomelo kachumber. The starter course definitely got our brunch off on the right foot. Each dish was perfectly seasoned, and

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FOOD REVIEW there was a great selection of both spicy and nonspicy dishes. Although some dishes had a little more zing to them than others, they were never too spicy. The flavours were always strong and tasteful but never over-powering. My favourite starter had to be the chicken 65. These bites of chicken are bursting with flavour and spices! M: What is your favourite dish on the wonderful Social Brunch menu and why? B: Kale and Spinach chaat, I think the dish is a classic example of Dalchini food philosophy, ie a fine balance of authenticity and creativity. For our main course we were treated to Kashmiri rogan josh, chicken tikka makhani, saag, slow-cooked black lentils, chicken biriyani and of course, a neverending assortment of naans and pappadums.

B: Dalchini Social brunch is all about friends, family, good vibes, good food and good music. We couldn’t agree more! This meal certainly ticked all our boxes for a perfect Friday brunch. The food was absolutely fantastic – it was a perfect blend of traditional Indian cuisine and contemporary tastes. The Social Brunch at Dalchini is Friday 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. QAR249 for 2 people including soft beverages for 2 hours; QAR199 for 1 person including soft beverages for 2 hours. For more information about the Social Brunch at Dalchini, visit centarahotelsresorts.com/centara/cwq, call 4009 5520 or WhatsApp 3001 5360 m

Whenever I come to Dalchini, I always have to have to the black lentils, and they are always perfect. They are warm and creamy and oozing with flavour. And how could any Indian dining experience be complete without biriyani? With every mouthful of this dish you find more and more ingredients and tastes. M: What’s it like working with Michelin-starred Chef Alfred Prasad, who designed and curated this menu? B: It’s great to work with him, he was the youngest Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, which speaks a lot about his calibre as a chef. He is best when it comes to delicately balancing creativity and authenticity. M: And finally, we had a fantastic time at the Social Brunch but what do you think makes the Social Brunch at Dalchini so special?

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Oktoberfest at The Westin Doha: Brews, Pub Grub and Faraway Martin

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Author: Lalaine Turqueza

he tradition of Oktoberfest is something that every expat in Qatar looks forward to. This is the month to have fun and be merry, to eat, drink and celebrate if only for a few nights in October. Needless to say, this is one of Marhaba’s favourite festivals, what with our best-loved pub grubs and brew in abundant supply.

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Our first Oktoberfest stop this year is at The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa’s Mix Bar. Mix Bar is located on the hotel’s first floor and extends to a wide openair patio. They have a stage for the live band and the socially distanced tables are covered in blue-andwhite-checkered tops, a common festival signature from previous years. The weather is of course perfect for a bottle of cold beer. A cool breeze would, once in a while, blow in our direction to freshen us up. We had plates of their Oktoberfest dishes, and the packages - a combo of food platters and brews - make it easier for guests to go straight to the merrymaking part and skip the choosing part. The live band - featuring the three-man group Faraway Martin - had us singing along and staying longer than usual - good thing it’s Thursday. Beers, pub grub and Faraway Martin Of course, you’d want to know the brands of beer served. Mix Bar had four of the usual Oktoberfest beers available to festival fanatics, especially for October. The Hoegaarden, the Franziskaner, the red Chimay Trappistes, and the Pauline Munchen beer. All are full-bodied and have a sweet aftertaste, a perfect complement to the food that is also themed for the occasion. Not a beer drinker? No problem. Their Oktoberfest food selection is more than enough to get you into a festive mood. They have fresh German pretzels and

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sausage, sauerkraut, chicken wings and a selection of hors’ d’oeuvres to nourish your fun night all the way. And then there’s the band, Faraway Martin, who definitely matched the energy of the crowd with their mix of old, not-so-old and new covers. You still need to be cautious, of course, but we were happy to dine, drink and just listen to something live and singing after months of well, COVID-19 silence. Definitely worth a big, loud and happy Prost! The Oktoberfest promotion at Mix Bar, Westin Doha Hotel and Spa, is available throughout the whole month of October, 4 pm to 11 pm. For reservations and more information, call or send a WhatsApp message to 3359 8514. m

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha All You Need For A Stylish Ladies Night: Pearls. Bubbles. Heels.

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Author: Charlotte Wright

re you looking to enjoy a sophisticated ladies night out on the town? Perhaps somewhere to wear that amazing new dress or those fancy heels and catch up with your girlfriends? Hosted at the wonderful New York Steakhouse in the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, this ladies night is made exclusively for those who enjoy spoiling themselves... and eating oysters. Every Thursday night, The New York Steakhouse features a ladies night for QAR149 with unlimited,

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free-flowing oysters and two complimentary sips of sparkling wine. Everything you need to know is in the title: PEARLS - BUBBLES - HEELS. PEARLS Feel free to bust out your favourite string of pearls, but in this instance, the pearls are the unlimited platters of oysters that are on offer. You can enjoy two hours of as many oysters as you can handle! Each portion of oysters is served on a bed of ice with a wedge of lemon to ensure that each oyster is as fresh as possible. Every platter has three oysters each with a unique dressing to highlight their natural, creamy, salty flavour. For oyster lovers this offer is heaven - especially when the oysters have been prepared by Chef James Warnica. Chef James hails from Canada where some of the best oysters in the world originate so he certainly knows what he’s doing! BUBBLES In addition to unlimited oysters, the lucky ladies also get two free glasses of sparkling wine. That means two hours of luxuriating in the New York Steakhouse’s regal red chairs sipping bubbly wine and sampling delicious oysters. Can you think of a snazzier way to spend your Thursday evening? HEELS The New York Steakhouse is an unparalleled venue to sit, relax and bask in gorgeous views of downtown West Bay which comes alive with lights at night time. This eatery is wonderfully comfortable and classy so feel free to dress up in your finest clothes (and heels).

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FOOD REVIEW If you are still hungry for more, you can order some more of Chef James’s specialties. We decided on an indulgent Filet Mignon steak and an assortment of side dishes. The Filet Mignon was unfathomably good; as it has been on every trip to the New York Steakhouse. You can read our review of Butcher’s Night here. The sides we chose were the Truffle fries, the Mac and Cheese and the Broccolini. The truffle fries were delicious, crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. The broccolini was cooked al dente and lightly dusted with parmesan cheese. Finally, the mac and cheese is a well-known classic American dish and it certainly didn’t disappoint. This upscale dish was creamy, cheesy and perfect! All in all, this ladies night is an excellent way to catch up with your gal pals at the end of the week or if you’re looking to start your weekend in style. These oysters are made unique with Chef Warnica’s distinctive dressings and toppings and are perfectly paired with a sparkling glass of vino. Ladies - check it out! For more information and reservations, please call 4419 5510 or WhatsApp 6643 6890. m

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Wednesdays Are For The Ladies At Shanghai Club

On Sparkling Wednesday, ladies can enjoy two hours of unlimited sparkling wine for just QAR99! Between the two of us we each decided to try a glass of each sparkling wine on offer - the rose and the white. With tables of girlfriends giggling and chatting and some lively tunes, the atmosphere was bubbly and full of energy. We were happy to discover that Shanghai Club’s bubbly offer wasn’t the only special deal available that evening... the appetisers were buy one, get one free. It’s not like we needed an excuse to overindulge in the Pan-Asian delicacies that were on offer but it was nice to have one anyway!

o you find that your weekend is just too short and before you know it - it’s Sunday again? Well at Shanghai Club, ladies can live it up on a Wednesday night and extend the weekend by a night in glorious sparkling fashion!

Something that was a favourite of mine from the Shang High Brunch on Friday, were the Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Rock Shrimp Tempura and the Chicken Satay so of course we ordered those. Neither of us had tried the Summer Roll though so we decided to surprise ourselves. The spring rolls and the shrimp tempura were flavourful, golden and crispy - especially when dipped in the sticky sweet chili sauce. As I remembered, the chicken satay was delicious and drizzled in creamy peanut sauce. The summer rolls were refreshing and tasty - with salmon, avocado, mint and coriander wrapped in glass noodles and dipped (generously) in a siracha emulsion.

To enjoy Ladies Night at Shanghai Club, take a quick ride to the 43rd floor of the JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha and indulge in some of the most breathtaking views of West Bay.

Although the appetisers were incredible, how could we visit Shanghai Club without sampling their signature dish: Peking duck pancakes! If you have never tried this they are absolutely worth the trip -

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they would be worth the trip if you had to climb the stairs to the 43rd floor to try them. Delicate slivers of crispy duck, thinly sliced leeks and spring onions, and lashings of hoisin sauce all wrapped in a intricate pancake make these the perfect bite-sized morsels to lose yourself in! Sparkling Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, 6 pm Midnight Price: QAR99 for two hours of unlimited sips and fun! To learn more about Ladies Night at Shanghai Club call 5506 2798 and ask about Sparkling Wednesday. m

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An Evening of Pub Grub and Drinks at The League

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he League sports bar and restaurant at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas has a homey vibe, with plenty of rooms to do your own thing billiards, foosball - or you can choose to watch any of the ongoing matches on one of the big screens, which you can find everywhere in the restaurant. We came before sunset and the place was happily preparing to open for guests. Assistant Restaurant Manager Tebo Kabelo Ngidi welcomed us warmly with cold drinks and stories, before serving us some of The League’s special offerings.

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Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas is approximately an hour and 15 minutes from Doha and sits on a long stretch of beach southwest of Qatar. It has villas and a number of good restaurants and a world-class waterpark that is ideal for a weekend outing with the family. Why would you want to go to a bar that is almost a hundred kilometres from Doha? Well, driving the long road to the resort can get you on a ‘thinking’ mode. While it is indeed a stretch to drive that far for a couple of drinks, driving on an open highway can help relax your mind and ease the tension of city living. Drink up! The drinks are served in fun glasses, garnished with generous slices of fruit. They have a wide selection of mocktails and cocktails plus a lot of other ‘fun’ drinks to choose from. If you intend to have ‘fun’ at the bar, it will be safer to book a room at the resort and stay overnight. A dip in the clear waters of the Gulf can do wonders for the spirit. Plus they just might give you a discount! Now for the food Pub grub does not raise a lot of expectations. They’re usually greasy and quite easily satisfy. But the food at The League takes the usual bar food a notch higher. Empanadas served on buckets, cordon bleu served rolled, even their salad has more colours. The pièce de résistance (or should I say pieces) was of course their burgers. Aside from their very sporty names classified as Offence and Defense in

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FOOD REVIEW reference to American football - these burgers have add-ons that are not usual in burgers. Maine lobster and foie gras? That long voyage to The League had such delicious rewards, we should go back! Their sweet treats are such treats it’s almost unbelievable you can actually order them from a bar. We have in fact, officially added their Banoffee Pie in a Jar to the list of our favourite desserts! And now we’re back to the question: why would you want to go to a bar that is almost a hundred kilometres from Doha? Well, we liked the food and the people and the long drive that seems to take forever but ends in this relaxing place very near the sea. Plus anything that gets us out of the city is a good enough excuse for us. The League certainly is more than just a good excuse. The League at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas is open daily, from 1 pm until midnight. Please note that entry is restricted to fully vaccinated individuals 21 years and older. For reservations, call 5593 8084. You can also follow them on Instagram - @theleagueqa - for updates. m

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha QUBE – Re-imagined!

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ur new health environment has led to new patterns of behaviour and social interaction; but now, to help ease the daily strain Radisson Blu Hotel Doha has revamped QUBE. Thinking out-of-the-box, it’s a completely new QUBE, spacious yet comfortably relaxing, respecting all the new safety and health protocols, that aims to provide diners with a safe and relaxing haven to unwind after a day’s hard work.

2020 is proving to be an unpredictable year and nowhere more so than in the the world of football. Strange results are the new norm – VAR scenarios are shooting up, player injuries are swelling – so, now more than ever, you don’t want to miss a moment of the action. Who knows what might happen?! With huge, high-definition screens at every angle you’re guaranteed to ‘stay in the know’! Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha is top of the list for providing a variety of eating and entertainment venues, all of which offer value for money and appeal to all tastes and preferences. At QUBE, you can now choose from a menu full of global range of tasty treats from Asia, Europe and the Americas. We tried Crunchy Panko Prawn (succulent, saucy); Vegetable Spring Rolls (the perfect starter); Singapore-style Chicken Satay (oh, that nutty flavour!); Chicken Wrap (full of flavour – filling, too); and the original fast food, Fish and Chips (cod-delicious!). Come on in, the games have just started. Enjoy! For reservations and more information, call 4428 1555 m

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f you’re feeling the need for some healthy food, but either can’t face cooking after a hard day at the office or don’t know where to start on portion control, we have just the thing for you! Those splendid chaps at the W Doha Hotel & Residences have a superb subscription meal plan that is ideal for taking the stress out of eating healthily. You can choose from three options offering different calorie values – Low Cal, Classic and Active. And breaking news: the hotel now offers a totally vegan option! I ordered this straightaway, and next day, the shiny yellow WFIT2GO box was delivered promptly to the office.

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So what do you get? For my day’s meals, the box includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. So straight to breakfast, which today was the enticingly namd Fiesta Scramble – this comprised a tofu scramble with onion, tomato and bell pepper, accompanied by two potato cakes. Delicious, and the perfect start to the day. Having waited for the appropriate time to eat lunch – the food looks too good to wait! – next up was spaghetti bolognese. Of course, this is made with no meat or other animal product; instead Beyond Meat is used, a plant-based substitute, with a sprinkling of vegan cheese. So tasty and quite filling – this will see me through the afternoon! A quick workout after work, and it was time to treat myself to a snack. The edamame kale salad was the ideal quick and easy post-gym meal – just the right portion size and a good mix of protein and carbs. Feeling tired in the evening means cooking is usually out the window, so I was over the moon to know dinner is already prepared for me. It’s one of my favourites, cauliflower ‘steak’, with red quinoa and roasted carrots, and a tasty, piquant dressing. The perfect end to the day! (Can you come tomorrow as well, W team?!) Interested in WFIT2GO Vegan? Here is all you need to know: Subscription costs: 1 Day QAR195; 2 Weeks QAR1,950; 1 Month QAR3,900

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Amazing Mezze and Much, Much More at Le Comptoir Libanais, Lebanese Deli Kitchen Author: Terry Sutcliffe

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on’t miss out if you love Lebanese food – anytime, any day – here it’s authentically fresh and flavoursome and the choice is amazing…

If you need a take-away or home delivery or Talabat, you can quickly taste the bold flavours guaranteed from the Lebanese Deli Kitchen at the Hilton Doha, anytime afternoon or evening. Lebanon is justly famous for its mezze and Le Comptoir Libanais excels here. Indeed, you’ll love the freshness and flavours and the inventive additions to the standard hummus and moutable dishes. Our

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mouths were watering over the Guacamole Muhamara topped with avocado and the salads are made of the best and healthiest ingredients, like zataar, quinoa, arugula, spinach and pumpkin. Especially scrumptious were the amazing Falafel with a soft cheesy centre. Strong advice, if nothing else, treat your taste buds to one or three of these! Always interestingly tasty are the lamb or pumpkin kibbe, the chickpea falafel, and rakakat, fatayer and makali. Yes the choice is fantastic and the prices are all reasonable. There are wraps with a choice of white, bran or wholewheat brown bread – try beef or chicken shawarma, and different kebabs and kofta; more choice needed? Here’s shish taouk and beef shekaf and an awesome Lebanese Burger! If you still have an appetite or need a sweet ending, the desserts are to die for, whether it’s the international favourites kunafa and baclava, or the always appreciated date or halawa pie. If you’re not hungry, the menu makes for a great read and reminds you of the great Middle Eastern experience at your fingertips or rather on the tip of your tongue in Qatar. This awesome A La Carte menu from the Lebanese Deli Kitchen, Le Comptoir Libanais, at the Hilton Doha is available from noon – 9:30 pm every day. Available for home delivery and take-away from noon – 9:30 pm. To order call the hotel directly at 4423 3333 or on order via Talabat. m

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

A Memorable Japanese Staycation

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By Sarah Palmer f you’re feeling in a bit of a funk after the seasonal festivities, why not try a staycation at the Radisson Blu, Doha?

We fancied an overnight stay as a weekend pick-meup, and those kind chaps at the Radisson quickly came to the rescue. Having been in Doha for many years, you can be reassured that they know what they’re doing!

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After admiring the spacious suite and making sure Teddy and Ducky were ok for the evening, there are a number of options to enjoy a quick bite or something more substantial. The hotel has been steadily reopening their outlets now that restrictions are gradually being eased, some of which look a little bit different to the last time you may have been. QUBE has recently reopened after undergoing refurbishment, and is now a huge light and airy restaurant, offering tasty snacks to enjoy while watching the big game on one of the massive TV screens. Meanwhile, The Italian Job has also been upgraded with a fab new terrace by the pool – perfect for the cooler weather (look out for a Marhaba review coming soon!). But don’t worry, inside is reassuringly the same, with the team serving up the restaurant’s famed authentic Italian dishes. Maybe you’re craving a steak? Doha favourite Bentley’s Grill is just the ticket – you too can pretend you’re in a gentlemen’s club while eating ribeye or Chateaubriand. For a more relaxed affair, go for the Steak Diane promotion currently on at Inginuity. Prefer Indian? Then head to Chingari for the ultimate Tandoor dishes. Two of the Radisson’s other famous outlets, Indian restaurant Bombay Balti and Chinese restaurant Ruby Wu’s, have now been joined by Sakura Express. While

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the hotel’s main Japanese restaurant is temporarily closed, lovers of sushi and sashimi can get their fix at Sakura Express. Menus are conveniently placed underneath the glass on the tables, meaning you can quickly see what you want. And there is a lot you are going to want – with prices starting at just QAR40!

coffee from the Nespresso machine, we awaited breakfast with baited breath. There’s something so decadent about having room service… no need to rush about, you can take your time while still wearing your PJs (plus the fluffy robe and slippers, of course...).

Served by the affable Keo, she advised us of the chef’s recommendations and so we chose the Dark Shadow Maki (fried salmon skin, crab meat, avocado and a chilli mayo), and an order of the house special, Green Caterpillar Maki (crab sticks, mayo and cucumber, wrapped in avocado and topped with a choice of tobikko or unagi sauce). We also chose perennial favourite, California Maki (crab stick, cucumber and avocado with tobikko), and shake (salmon) sushi nigiri. You can watch them all hard at work behind the counter – it constantly amazes us how quickly they make the sushi rolls (and without making a complete and utter mess!).

Mindful of social distancing, we watched plate after plate being placed on the dining table and as soon as we could, we dived in. We ordered the American breakfast, which comes with a choice of eggs and served with beef sausages and crispy beef bacon, accompanied by plenty of toast, bread rolls and pastries. Meanwhile the poached eggs were scrumptious and came with hash browns and extra gluten free bread, and the masala oopatham were soft and spicy – we definitely recommend the coconut chutney and sambar!

But you don’t just have to choose from Sakura Express – although that is obviously a good enough meal in itself. Due to its location, diners can also order from Bombay Balti and Ruby Wu’s. Fabulous!

All in all, an excellent restorative break – no wonder we all keep coming back to the Radisson. For now though, it was time to pack up and take Teddy and Ducky to their new home If you’re looking for a relaxing stay and delicious food, call 4428 1428 for information and bookings asap! m

Never one to look a gift balti in the mouth, we tucked in to delicious, succulent chicken and prawn tikka, which was well seasoned and had a good level of spice to it (you can of course adapt this to your own preference). Next up was an equally well-spiced lamb rogan josh, with huge pieces of meat, and their famous creamy dreamy dal maharani, both served with jeera (cumin) rice, the perfect foil for both curries. Ruby Wu’s also made an appearance, offering us a platter of Szechuan chicken, and hamour in garlic sauce. The chicken was spicy and zingy with the right amount of sauce and crunchy vegetables, while the hamour was soft and cooked perfectly, with crisp broccoli and a piquant sauce. A great end to our Asian feast. Next morning our thoughts were again on food – we’d had a great night’s sleep, felt completely refreshed and were eager to start the new day! After a cup of ©

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The Family Suite

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arhaba recently checked in at the Westin Doha Hotel & Spa for a weekend family staycation. THere are many things we loved about the stay!

Heavenly Bed True to the name, this bed is the heavenliest of all. The Heavenly® Bed is made with all the right ingredients to brew a night of restorative sleep, and wins brownie points for its plush, pillow-top construction. Our toddler, who otherwise needs a combination of reading, snuggling and lullabies, absolutely loved it and went to sleep without any effort. He even made a record by waking up at 7 am, instead of his regular 5:30 am body-clock wakeup call. A big YES! to this marvellous masterpiece of a bed. QATAR HOSPITALITY E-GUIDE ©

Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids Picky eaters easily give their tantrums a go when dining out, but not with the Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids, available at Seasonal Tastes. The menu, created in association with experts at SuperChefs™, offers nutritious food prepared and presented the

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way kids love it. Comprising doctors, dentists, chefs, dieticians and other experts, SuperChefs is dedicated to educating kids on the importance – and the fun – of eating smart. The Eat Well Menu is a must try when you are dining with kids.

Waves Pool Five stars for the pool facilities at the property! The wave pool is perfect for toddlers, while the kids pool is perfect for their older siblings. And the grown-ups can soak up in the outdoor infinity pool next to the Waves Pool Cafe.

Sabai Thai There are only a few places in Doha for authentic Thai cuisine. Sabai Thai at Westin Doha makes it to the top of the list without any doubt. From the crispy prawn crackers to the Thai mango sticky rice, everything has the perfect Thai touch. Must-try dishes: Gui Chai (Steamed Chinese chive dumplings with garlic oil, chilli black vinegar sauce, vegetarian) • Ped Nam Makarm (Crispy duck with tamarind sauce and fried onions) • Laksa (Malaysian spicy coconut curry noodle soup, prawns, tofu, crispy onions) • I Tim Kati (coconut ice cream).

Hunter’s Room & Grill The highlight of a Westin Doha staycation is that you have three awesome outlets to choose from. If you are a steak lover, make sure to visit Hunter’s Room & Grill at Westin Doha. Great ambience, kid-friendly staff (yes!), a live kitchen and friendly Chef Esteban Guevara who makes sure to check your preferences

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Must-try dishes: Kale salad (granny smith apple with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, mint honey mustard and smoked salmon) • Beef carpaccio (beef tenderloin with wholegrain fig mustard, enoki mushrooms, chipotle aioli, truffle oil and parmesan cheese) • Chef’s signature dishes combining Black Angus Tomahawk, a succulent 1.4 kg cut carved at the table and served with three side dishes and two sauces, alongside Chef Esteban’s 12 hour slowcooked Argentinian Malbec short ribs with palm sugar and polenta, and delicious T-Bone or Tenderloin steaks. Kid Friendly Staff For the first time in a while we actually spent three hours at a restaurant for lunch! We usually end up fleeing the place in 20 minutes with a takeaway (or not-taking-anythingaway) to save ourselves and fellow diners from toddler tantrums. The staff at all of the Westin Doha outlets – Sabai Thai, Hunter’s Room & Grill, and Seasonal Tastes – are so friendly with children that it seems they have taken special training in this. They kept our junior reviewer entertained with food, crayons, colouring books and even took him for a stroll. For room and restaurant reservations, contact The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa on 4492 1555, visit marriott.com m ©

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel offers the best packages to surprise your loved ones! Special in-room setup with flower, balloon, candle lights and dinner arrangement with the view to make it unforgettable! Contact our event specialists for more information: +974 4445 5555 reservation@alaziziyahboutique.com Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel Al Baaya Street Aspire Zone P.O Box 23833 Tel +974 4445 5555 Fax +974 4445 5500 reservation@alaziziyahboutique.com www.alaziziyahboutique.com

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