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Al Adhamiyah Iraqi Restaurant
Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif is full of Middle Eastern restaurants, but one that beckons us back time after time is this little slice of Baghdad delight. It’s known by many just as ‘the place with the open wood-fired barbecue’, and has kept its reputation for authentically tasty dishes since it opened. Not sure what ‘Iraqi’ food entails? Don’t fret: the staff here are knowledgeable and will direct you to various dishes you simply must try. Don’t schedule this one too close to showtime though, as while grabbing a few appetizers (they offer a variety of mezze) may be quick, the traditional mains take time. It’s worth the wait though. Try the kouzi al sham, an Iraqi version of a pie filled with rice, chicken, lamb, vermicelli, sultanas and potatoes, served with a yoghurt sauce. We scraped the plate clean when we tried it.
Daily 11am-midnight (4432 4326).

La Dolce Vita Gelato
Souq Waqif
I scream, you scream, we all scream for the best gelato in town. While La Dolce Vita restaurant is a solid choice for some straightforward Italian fare, keep walking to the other side and you’ll find their gelato shop, of the same name. Just behind Café Tasse, it’s a sweet hidden gem that is well worth the hunt. They offer up authentic, delectable Italian gelato, far better than the chain ice cream shops in Souq Waqif. La Dolce Vita is serving up a scoop of dark chocolate with a scoop of pear (because Giovanni, the Italian proprietor, will make suggestions and you should seriously just eat what he tells you to. You won’t be sorry). This is great for a quick sugar rush treat, no matter what your age.
Sat-Thu 11am-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm, Fri 11am-3pm, 6.30pm-2am (4436 7991).

Katara Cultural Village
All hail the mighty fish and chips at this seafood restaurant, mere steps from the sea. Sold by weight, it’s a choose-your-own-adventure of a restaurant, with all kinds of seafood ready to be prepared however you like it. Or, just skip that and get some of the best fish and chips on offer in Qatar, paired with French fries that will make you weep with their potato goodness. Service is fairly speedy and the seating area is huge, so you won’t have to wait for a table. And thanks to the prepared-to-order seafood counter, you can get in and out in time for your show. Or sit back and relax and grab several courses: their sushi is good and their calamari is a thing of squid-greatness. And it’s fairly family friendly too.
Daily noon-2.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm (4408 0710).

Red Velvet Cupcakery
Katara Cultural Village
Can we take a moment to drool over their peanut butter cupcake? It’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s a cake topped with peanut butter icing and we’d like about six of them right this second, thanks. This is a perennial favourite, with fresh cupcakes on offer daily (ask and you might just receive one warm from the oven). If our raving about the peanut butter hasn’t done the trick, try their namesake red velvet: the cream cheese frosting is astounding. They also offer coffees and teas, but who are we kidding? You’re there for the cake and nothing but the cake.
Daily 11am-9pm (4408 1644).

Saffron Lounge
Katara Cultural Village
This heavy hitter comes out swinging, armed with Vineet Bhatia at its helm, the only Indian chef in the world with two Michelin Stars. But they really won us over with their curries that are so good we do battle with our spoons for the last bite. There is a reason this one has won at our Restaurant Awards repeatedly. The menu is split by region, with dishes from all over India, which can make it a small slog to get through, but plough through and the food is worth it. The butter chicken is so good we practically licked the plate, and even the rice is fragrant and delicious. They also offer a variety of naan breads (we like the one stuffed with cheese), as well as hearty vegetarian options. It’s truly in a league of its own, with prices to match: prepare to happily empty your wallet. Don’t have time for the full meal? Try their tea: they have a massive selection and each comes with a special timer to help you steep it perfectly.
Daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm (3325 8919).

Zaatar W Zeit
Souq Waqif
If you’re looking for a quick bite or somewhere kid friendly, this is a good choice. This straight-out-of-Beirut staple offers snacks and meals all day, including a selection of sandwiches on fresh Arabic bread. They also have some of the best grilled haloumi we’ve ever tasted – a plate of crispy, squeaky, cheesy delight. A great ‘regional’ taste if you’ve never tried this beloved Middle Eastern staple. Their dessert wraps involve Nutella and make us very happy, as do the bottomless juices and iced tea.
Sat-Wed 8am-1am, Thu-Fri 24 hours (4431 5224).

Taste of Qatar

Try karak, the national obsession. A mix of chai tea doused with condensed milk and oodles of sugar, there’s no place better to get it than Chapati&Karak in Katara offering. . . chapatis and karak. This is a no-frills spot, so expect low prices and paper cups. And for added authenticity, pull up in your car and honk for kerbside service! Open Sun-Thu 9am-12.30pm, 3.30pm-1am; Fri-Sat 9am-12.30pm, 3.30pm-2.30am
(4408 1408).

By Time Out Doha staff
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