Famed for its opulent beachfront resorts and vibrant heritage, Qatar also boasts distinct culinary charm, offering authentic Arabian cuisine at the local souqs alongside award-winning dining options in the glamorous 4 and 5 Star hotels. Read on to discover our top pick of places to try on your next visit for an epicurean adventure!
1 – Parisa Souq Waqif
Indulge in a unique Persian dining experience at Parisa Souq Waqif, where you’ll be blown away by the dazzling interiors, as well as the mouth-watering dishes on offer. The authentic décor comprises a selection of glittering chandeliers, ornate mirrors and intricate mosaics originating from Iran, coming together to create highly atmospheric surroundings. Savour bold flavours with the Salad-e Shirazi to start, then sample succulent seafood for your main with the Khoresht e Ghalieh Mahi, a sizzling slow-cooked shrimp dish served with fresh vegetables.
2 – Opal by Gordon Ramsay at The St. Regis Doha
Whilst guests at The St. Regis Doha are spoiled for choice with 11 restaurants to choose from, the highlight is undoubtedly the prestigious Opal by Gordon Ramsay. Not only does the eatery boast a spectacular outdoor dining space with panoramic views across the Arabian Gulf, but it’s also home to the largest Sommelier’s selection in Doha. Treat your sweet tooth as you tuck in to the Dolci of the day, or enjoy oysters, caviar and Champagne at The Raw Bar, sister restaurant to Opal run by acclaimed chef Elias Gemayel.
3 – Nobu at Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Engage your senses at Nobu at The Four Seasons Hotel Doha, Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s signature Japanese eatery and the world’s largest Nobu restaurant. If you are something of a wine connoisseur, you’re in for a treat with an extensive sake menu featuring everything from the light bodied Hokusetsu Onigoroshi to the rich Hokusetsu Sake with hints of honey. Prepare yourself for seafood sensations and indulge in the lobster wasabi tacos, Chilean seabass with jalepeño dressing or king crab leg tempura amazu ponzu. If you’re seeking a vegetarian option, there’s a dedicated menu to choose from, serving up avocado tartare, crispy rice nasu misoand more.
4 – Zengo at Marsa Malaz Kempinski
For award-winning dishes, Zengo at Marsa Malaz Kempinski is the place to be, voted Best South East Asian Restaurant in Doha in the 2019 Fact Qatar Dining Awards. Inspired by the global travels of Chef Richard Sandoval, the eatery serves up a mouth-watering combination of Pan-Asian cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and sushi. Located on the 61st floor of the resort, you are guaranteed panoramic views of the cityscape during your meal, with incredible value on offer via the Zengo express lunch menu, LadieZ by Zengo and frequent happy hours.
5 – Morimoto at The Mondrian
Immerse yourself in the spirit of The Orient at Morimoto, and enjoy an authentic Japanese culinary experience in the heart of Arabia. The first restaurant by Chef Morimoto to open in the Middle East, guests will be blown away by the ornate furnishings and valuable artwork which adorn the interiors, from the opulent 16 seat sushi bar to the stylish private dining rooms. Enjoy ground-breaking brewing with the award-winning Morimoto Signature Series of Rogue Ales, with the option to sample the Morimoto Soba Ale, Black Obi Soba Ale, and the Morimoto Imperial Pilsner.
6 – SMAT Restaurant
A feast for the senses awaits at SMAT Restaurant, the place to be for authentic Qatari cuisine. Located on the Corniche, top dining views are guaranteed, with spectacular vistas across the waterfront. Feel refreshed with the selection of flavoursome fruit juices and soothing Arabic teas, and select from a medley of plates and flavours on the menu. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, opt for the brownie crumbles with crunchy granola, served with a golden chocolate dish drenched with rich milk chocolate.
7 – Spice Market at W Doha Hotel & Residences
Spice Market at the W Doha Hotel & Residences presents another 5 Star dining option, graced with exotic interiors and lantern-lit booths to create a warm and relaxed ambience. Vibrant curries take centre stage at this exotic eatery, bursting with the rich spices and unique seasonings typical of Southeast Asian cuisine. With a smart casual dress code and the option to reserve secluded private dining spaces, this stylish restaurant offers the perfect option for laid-back family meals to celebrate a special occasion.
8 – Hakkasan at The St. Regis Doha
Unparalleled gastro goodies await at Hakkasan, nestled in the ornamental gardens of The St. Regis Doha. Cocktail enthusiasts are in for a treat, with world-class mixologists serving up exquisite beverages. The Pomegranate Sparkle is an absolute must, concocted from a blend of Ketel One vodka, Cointreau, pomegranate, cranberry, orange and sparkling wine. If gin is your thing, a Berries and Botanicals is the obvious choice, a delicious medley of Tanqueray gin, Aperol, raspberry, pineapple, elderflower and lemon. In terms of the edibles, Hakkasan is sure to impress, with everything from spicy wagyu beef salad to wok-fried lobster on the menu.
9 – Barbecue on a boat
A trip to Doha wouldn’t be complete without a token Dhow boat ride, and out on the open ocean turns out to be the perfect place to barbecue! Take in the futuristic cityscape from the bay with abundant photo opportunities, whilst enjoying a freshly grilled meal on-board. Whilst culinary offerings can vary from one cruise to another, passengers can expect authentic Arabic fare served up alongside tea and fresh fruit juices.
10 – Fun-filled Friday Brunch
Arabia is fast becoming synonymous with the glamorous Friday Brunch, and dazzling Doha is no exception. The St. Regis Grand Brunch is undoubtedly a leading option, boasting 16 unique food stations, nine liquid bars and live entertainment for adults and children alike. If you’re in search of authentic local flavours, Argan at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli offers a flavour-filled Moroccan buffet, whilst Marsa Malaz Kempinski serves up a spectacular seafood feast that’s sure to impress the whole family.
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