Arty restaurants in Doha

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La Varenne


Head to La Varenne French Brasserie to dine in the presence of pieces from artists including Turner Prize winner Damien Hirst.

‘Reflections on Hair’ (1990) by Roy Lichtenstein
An important figure of the pop-art movement, Lichtenstein was active during the 1960s and had work displayed alongside the likes of Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. Famous for his paintings of comic strips and advertisements, his piece ‘Reflections on Hair’ follows the classic pop art style.

‘Untitled’ by Damien Hirst
Hirst is considered to be one of the most influential artists of his generation, as well as one of the most controversial. Death is one of the main subjects of his work, and is central to his most recognised piece, ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’, for which he preserved a shark in formaldehyde. The piece on display at La Varenne comes from his famous collection of butterfly works, which are made with the deceased butterflies from ‘In and Out of Love’ – an installation that was a room where hundreds of butterflies hatched from pupae, lived and died.

‘Apocalypse’ by Keith Allen
Haring Haring was an important American artist and activist during the 20th century. He became known for the works he created on the unused advertising panels on the subways of New York. His pieces focused on political issues and hard-hitting subjects such as birth,
death and war. Born in 1958, he worked through the pop art, contemporary art and graffiti periods.
Open Sun-Thu 7am-10.30am, 11.30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri 8am-4pm, 7pm-10pm; Sat 8am-10pm. 28th Floor, Tornado Tower, West Bay, Doha, www.lavarenne.qa (4499 0680).

The Anvil Rooms


Award-winning British blacksmith Nigel Barnett helped design and create the dramatic interiors of the The Anvil Rooms, a classic steakhouse with a twist. The furnishings and tableware used throughout the restaurant were hand-crafted by Barnett, including impressive forged and beaten chandeliers, beautiful twisted coil napkin rings and bronzed room dividers.

Hung on the walls are images by British photographer Tony Blake, who captured striking shots of Barnett at work. Qatar-based artist Mahmud Obaidi also created a unique selection of art for the restaurant.

The attention to detail is phenomenal, and the restaurant’s signature steaks even come branded by a custom iron, also created by Barnett. A restaurant like no other, The Anvil Rooms flawlessly combines fantastic food with a completely unique concept and creative design.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. 28th Floor, Tornado Tower, West Bay, Doha, www.theanvilrooms.qa (4499 0685). Visit www.theanvilrooms.qa to watch The Master Craftsmen, a film about the concept, design and production of the restaurant.

By Time Out Doha staff
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