Time Out Doha Restaurant awards 2016

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Best Afternoon Tea

Seasons Tea Lounge - Winner
When it comes to afternoon tea, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an experience as refined as at Seasons Tea Lounge, which manages to deliver a wholly traditional experience without an ounce of stuffiness.
Four Seasons Doha (4494 8888).

W Café - Highly commended
What we love about W Café’s afternoon tea is its fun and unique take on the pastime. Kitsch, lighthearted and huge, it's served with flourish from a bird cage. And, crucially, the scones are excellent.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

Café Murano - Highly commended
The Golden High Tea here is really something special, not least because of the beautiful presentation and china tea sets. Think truffle lollipops and mini red velvets alongside perfect scones and unusual jams.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5011).

Al Jalsa
Few spaces in Doha evoke such a sense of journey as Al Jalsa. The café feels palatial and the afternoon tea, with its dainty finger food and warm, crumbly, buttery scones, is a charming experience.
Sharq Village & Spa (4425 6666).

Atrium Lounge
The lobby lounge afternoon tea in the newly named Sheraton Grand integrates traditional tea-time treats with Middle Eastern flavours that boast a modern twist.
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Centre (4485 3000).

Lobby Lounge
Quintessentially British, but modern enough to keep things interesting, the best thing about an experience here is the tea menu, which includes options like the Golden Rose, with white tea, rose petals and rose water.
The Ritz-Carlton Doha (4484 8000).

Sarab Lounge
There are three kinds of afternoon tea on offer here: traditional, Arabian and the Caroline Astor afternoon tea buffet. All are as good as the last, but the highlight of each is always the faultless scones.
The St Regis Doha (4446 0105).

Tea Lounge
If you don't want the fuss of a super haute afternoon tea, Tea Lounge is a pared-down, quality alternative that doesn’t take itself too seriously (there’s a "chocoholic" option).
InterContinental Doha (4484 4444).

Torch Tea Garden
In addition to being a cosy, light and airy spot, this café has lovely views over Aspire, and the tea, cakes and scones are all very good. It's an an experience to linger over.
The Torch Doha (4446 5600).

Victoria Tea Lounge
You can’t beat the generous size of this afternoon tea, all the dainty dishes of which are tasty and enjoyable. Quality and quantity for once go hand in hand.
Grand Heritage Hotel (4445 5555).

Best Bar Food

The Jazz Club - Winner
The food here is, for the most part, simple and classic. It's a wide-ranging, well-thought out selection of bar bites from across the world like burgers, fish and chips, satay skewers, tortilla chips and coconut shrimp, as well as a refined selection of heartier mains.
Oryx Rotana (4402 3333).

Belgian Café - Highly commended
A comfortable yet buzzing atmosphere can always be found at the Belgian Café. Wooden interiors and authentic Belgian cuisine (think mussel pots and chunky frites), brings a taste of Brussels to the heart of Doha.
InterContinental Doha (4484 4444).

Champions - Highly commended
This multiple award-winning bar is the place to go for social sports fans, with its 47 LCD TVs and two giant screens, plus a menu of food you really want to eat. Burgers, chicken wings, nachos – you name your favourite, unhealthybut-hearty American bar bite and it’s here.
Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha (4419 5000).

Admiral’s
This stalwart has maintained its regular clientele for years. We’d like to say it’s the elegant ocean views and stunning outdoor terrace that keeps them coming back. But it’s more than that. It’s the buzzing vibe and friendly atmosphere, not to mention a menu full of hearty classics – burgers, tempura, quesadillas – that hit the spot.
The Ritz-Carlton Doha (4484 8000).

Bohemia
The first thing that stands out at this urban cool bar is the monochromatic, lighted walls and quirky, contemporary décor. The food menu is relatively small, but features interesting ingredients like foie gras, black truffle and lobster.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5555).

Irish Harp
Irish Harp is everything you would expect from a friendly local. Crowd-pleasing food includes light bites, pies, an impressive selection of sandwiches and burgers, and even a few fancier options like Irish salmon steak.
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Centre (4485 3000).

Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha
This is undeniably one of the coolest venues in the city with its classic, soulful ambiance and Southern favourites like Louisiana shrimp and grits, gumbo and Creole jambalaya.
The St Regis Doha (4446 0105).

Strata Lounge
The views from the 56th floor are the pièce de résistance of Strata Lounge, but the food does a good job of stealing the show. Dishes are mainly Asian-influenced with standouts like sashimi with wasabi-tinged salad (served from an iced bowl of smoking liquid nitrogen).
InterContinental Doha The City (4015 8888).

The Lounge
Suave and swanky, this place transports us straight to a chic London bar. The menu is an eclectic selection of gourmet bites, such as the camel burger and tataki selections.
Kempinski Residences & Suites (4405 3333).

Trader Vic’s
Trader Vic’s buzzing atmosphere is down to the live Cuban band and its range of experiences for casual diners. The Polynesian theme belies the international menu of dishes such as the perennial jalapeño cheese balls.
Hilton Doha (4423 3118).

Best Brunch

Four Seasons Doha _ Winner
It’s no wonder that the Four Seasons has earned a reputation as having one of the best Friday brunches in town. The impressive three-restaurant spread is laid-back and has everything from juicy roast beef and Yorkshire puddings to dim sum delivered to your table via a trolley.
Four Seasons Doha (4494 8888).

The Grill - Highly commended
The Grill is one of the few brunches that keeps things interesting, with different themes every week. It's a fun brunch with enjoyable food and a family-friendly atmosphere that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Grand Hyatt Doha (4448 1234).

The St Regis Grand Brunch - Highly commended
One of the liveliest brunches around – especially if you manage to book a table outdoors. Food ranges from the refined (foie gras) to the casual (chilli dogs), and there are a number of themed beverage stations. All of this is topped off with entertainment from the notable Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha.
The St Regis Doha (4446 0000).

Doha Marriott brunch
Variety is the cornerstone of this impressive anything-and-everything brunch, which opens up almost all of its restaurants’ kitchens and sets up a huge Restaurant Gallery of Indian, Asian, Mexican and international cuisine.
Doha Marriott (4429 8888).

Hakkasan Doha
Hakkasan dives into its Chinese roots and turns dim sum into the highlight of its brunch, followed by set mains and dessert. All dishes are served to the table so it feels like a traditional meal, served with a sense of occasion.
The St Regis Doha (444 60170).

Isaan
The quality and authenticity of Isaan's Thai food is near-impossible to beat, and its lively street food-inspired brunch is an even better way to experience it.
Grand Hyatt Doha (4448 1250).

Lagoon
The brunch spread at Lagoon is good – fantastic, even – but the waterside setting really makes it an elegant afternoon for families, with live entertainment and activities for the little ones.
The Ritz-Carlton Doha (4484 0000).

Market by Jean-Georges
The jazzy brunch introduces the best bits of Market, done buffet-style. Despite having only a fraction of the space compared to other heavyweight brunches, Market's Friday event is a beautifully presented display of creative, refined food. Plus plenty of atmosphere.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

Sawa
Whatever you're in the mood for eating, Sawa won't disappoint in terms of quality and the bright, spacious venue is one of the nicest international restaurants we've come across.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5555).

Spice Market
Spice Market's food loses none of its quality when turned into a buffet. The atmosphere is as lively, and the flavours as exquisite, as any other evening spent in the restaurant.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

Best Budget

Oriental Kitchen - Winner
This Chinese-Malaysian restaurant boasts a cosy atmosphere and generous portions of well-cooked, authentic dishes. The small venue is always packed, so you know it's good, and it hardly costs a riyal to dine like a king.
Al Khalidiya Street (3336 3279).

Turkey Central - Highly commended
Juicy shawarmas, excellent mezzes and juicy grills await at this stalwart hole-in-the-wall. Pull up, honk your horn and just wait until some of the best of Doha's street food is served straight to you.
Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street (4443 2927).

MRA - Highly commended
This might be a chain, but it still serves great food at affordable prices. The best of southern Indian breakfast breads are a highlight, as is the generous lunchtime buffet. It's particularly hard to resist the vast counter of tempting Indian sweets.
TV Roundabout, Al Markiyah (4442 2073).

Al Sultan
Al Sultan Restaurant and Sweets has been catering to Lebanese food lovers since 1980. Expect all your favourite staples on the menu, cooked to a high quality. It's where our Lebanese friends go for a taste of home, so you know it's the real deal.
Al Nasr Street (4441 4067).

Gokul Gujarati Restaurant
Distinguishable by its bright pink flourescent sign, the bottomless, vegetarian thali is some of the best you'll find both in and out of the country, and the staff some of the friendliest.
Ibn Mahmoud Street, Freej bin Mahmoud (4480 0373).

Habesha
Mega portions of Ethiopian injera bread are served with a wide array of dishes. There's no cutlery – you just need to get involved and share this flavourful feast with your friends. We recommend the tibs (meat cooked in spices and served in a clay pot with charcoal embers beneath), and the vegetable medley known as beye ayinetu.
Ibn Seena Street, Al Muntazah (5024 0500).

Karak & Chapati
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out what this quaint little 24-hour spot sells. The unleavened flat bread comes in either sweet or savoury form, and you can wash it down with creamy, sweet karak chai.
Katara Cultural Village (4408 1408).

Shawarma and Kunafa Albisana
These two restaurants, joined by a spacious outdoor seating area, serve just juicy shawarmas and cheesy kunafa, our favourite Middle Eastern snacks. Simple. Brilliant.
Katara Cultural Village (4408 1200).

Thai Snack
Everybody’s favourite budget spot is generally known to be this Doha institution. The funky, albeit rather odd, décor is a real attraction, but the dazzling array of authentic Thai dishes draw in the crowds for good reason – they are mostly excellent.
Al Nasr Street (4432 9704).

Yemeni House
Try mandi and saloona from this authentic Yemeni restaurant in Al Sadd. The portions are whopping, so make sure you take some friends or family (if you can bear to share). Sit on cushions for a traditional experience or take a perch at one of their tables.
Al Sadd (4488 1588).

Best Business Lunch

Market by Jean-Georges - Winner
Market is packed every day of the week, for every meal, making this probably the busiest of Doha’s business lunches. Portions are huge and the food (much of it from the à la carte menu) is consistent in its options and quality. It's also smart enough to seal the deal.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

La Veranda - Highly commended
You can’t beat La Veranda for value. The food is great, the outdoor terrace is by the water, and it's also one of few places that includes tea or coffee in their lunch deal.
Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Centre (4485 3000).

Opal by Gordon Ramsay - Highly commended
The light and airy dining room here is a classy and sophisticated spot – the kind of place you’d bring a client you want to impress. The food is modern English and European, and delicious, for a reasonable price.
The St Regis Doha (4446 0105).

Aroma
A predominantly European menu with two and three-course options that’s quick, efficient and tasty – everything a good business lunch should be. Chefs use fresh, locally-farmed ingredients, too, which is a rarity in Doha.
Kempinski Residence & Suites (4405 3325).

Hwang
A business lunch here feels fresh, varied and reasonably priced. There's a choice of three bento boxes, each with a starter, main, dessert, and side of rice. The curries are lovely and light and it’s the perfect lunch portion.
InterContinental Doha The City (4015 8888).

La Spiga by Paper Moon
The food really excels here; it's of one of the highest standards we have tried at a business lunch. The slick, monochromatic venue is also perfectly suited to professional lunches.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

La Varenne
Sweeping vistas from floor-to-ceiling windows, a quiet atmosphere, refined food and friendly, personalised service is to be found here. La Varenne's business lunch is fitting of a fine dining venue, while remaining laid-back.
Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0680).

Spice Market
Lunchtime here attracts a sizeable crowd for good reason. You can’t go far wrong with the cleverly-devised bento box of menu favourites to be enjoyed in the chic surrounds.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5000).

The Anvil Rooms
The Anvil Rooms offers one of their famous steaks, a side and a drink for a fraction of the à la carte price. Though romantic by night, by day the atmosphere lends itself to sophistication and professionalism.
Tornado Tower (4499 0685).

The Cellar
We love both the atmosphere and the food at The Cellar, and the three-course X'Press lunch (also on offer for a higher price at dinner time) offers a wide variety of starters, mains and desserts. Expect tasty food and great value for money.
Oryx Rotana (4402 3333).

Best Café

Chef’s Garden - Winner
Fresh, healthy and organic is the philosophy guiding Chef’s Garden. The bulk of the menu features vegetables produced on-site and at a local farm. They are the main attraction and used creatively in international dishes.
Al Shaqab Hotel, Education City (4409 5000).

Gourmet House - Highly commended
Gourmet House delivers on all the essentials of a café: a great selection of coffee, sandwiches and cakes. A clean, crisp and contemporary spot.
Kempinski Residences & Suites (4405 3325).

The French Olive - Highly commended
Artful interiors are a breath of fresh air in a city dominated by pleasant-but-generic café outlets. As well as serving some of the most superb food we’ve tried from a café, it employs exceptionally lovely staff.
Al Sadd (4444 4777).

Café Murano
The emphasis is on desserts here and the café prides itself on monthly themes like tiramisu or red velvet, which are applied to the drinks as well. There's an air of sophistication, thanks to metallic mosaics, carpeted floors and lovely views of the water.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5011).

jones the grocer
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and cake – jones excels at them all with a menu of vibrant salads, hearty sandwiches and fresh, tasty mains, plus an excellent gourmet deli. A failsafe spot in Doha’s café scene.
The Gate Mall (4407 7175).

Quick Bites
The aptly named Quick Bites gets our nod for delivering what its name promises. The all-day café has just enough of everything to keep you coming back. Despite being in a five-star hotel, the setting is casual and prices reasonable.
Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha (4419 5000).

Shakespeare & Co
The menu here is huge, incorporating a number of Middle Eastern favourites, as well as all the usual café options like sandwiches, salads, soups, crêpes and a wide range of mains, all of which are pretty good. And the terrace setting is almost unbeatable.
Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (6629 3821).

Sugar & Spice
Much is made of this tiny spot's hotch-potch interiors, and much less about the food which deserves just as much praise. Desserts take centre stage, with extravagant creations like cookie casseroles and gargantuan slices of freshly baked cakes.
Lagoona Mall (4411 4456).

Torch Tea Garden
The Torch Tea Garden weaves artificial greenery with colourful interiors to simulate an outdoor space. From fried seafood to salads and cheese fondue, there is plenty on the menu to tempt a range of palates while focusing on light bites.
The Torch Doha (4446 5600).

W Café
This little enclave of the W Doha has managed to strike a tricky balance between cosy and cool. Nibbles, salads and mains are all good, while sweets and cakes are even better. A stylish spot with plenty of substance.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

Best Family

Orient Pearl - Winner
This restaurant has the biggest and best play area of all Doha’s restaurants, and parents can watch over them from the nearby terrace. The food it serves isn’t half bad either – particularly the grilled meats which are both tasty and great value for money.
The Corniche, next to Salata Park (4410 6666).

Carluccio's - Highly commended
Activity packs, crayons, a kids’ menu and a vast open space for kids to run around on is what rewards this Italian restaurant with a place on our Family shortlist. The brand is known for its comfort food and in Doha the experience is enhanced by fantastic sea views from its Pearl location.
Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (6690 1777).

Coral - Highly commended
International buffets have the ability to please even the most wide-ranging of preferences. Coral is one of the best; not fine dining fare, but satisfying and reasonable priced, and with a play area for little ones.
InterContinental Doha (4484 4444).

American Grill
The menu at this casual, Tex-Mex type eatery covers all the usual suspects: quesadillas, burgers, Philly cheese steaks (and a mountainous apple cobbler with soft-serve ice cream). It’s casual enough that kids can be as giddy and messy as they please, plus most of the menu will appeal to fussy eaters.
Somerset Tower, West Bay (4411 0188).

Burgeri
Older kids will like this diner-style spot, while younger kids can run riot in the park outside. The menu is concise, but the burgers and milkshakes are great. Everything you need to please families with kids of all ages.
Aspire Park, Al Waab (4449 3958).

California Tortilla
Fast food it may be, but it's of a higher standard than you would except. Enjoy a satisfying Mexican meal at great value for money, and a play area for the kids to boot.
C-Ring Road (4434 4144).

jones the grocer
Staff here are great with little ones, and there’s a good (though short) children’s menu, plus great coffee, so it’s no wonder jones is popular with parents who have kids in tow.
The Gate Mall (4407 7175).

Lagoon
The vast bright interiors dotted with looming plants, and it's family-friendly lunches and brunch, clinches Lagoon a position on this list.
The Ritz-Carlton Doha (4484 8000).

Pizza Express
Let's face it – very few kids don't like pizza. And at Pizza Express, the dishes don't just suit the little ones. For a mall-based restaurant, the quality here is high and its location lends itself to a great family day out at the mall.
City Centre Doha (4483 9595).

The Italian Job
There is nowhere else in Doha quite like The Italian Job thanks to its singing waiters, who the kids love. It’s charming and peculiar all at once, and the extremely long menu is as crowd-pleasing as the entertainment.
Radisson Blu Doha (4428 1555).

Best Romantic


Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha - Winner
Moody lighting, relaxing chairs and sofas, live jazz, an exciting menu – Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha has all the makings of a fantastic date night. Perfect for a laid-back, but still special, evening. Take your lady here for a dinner and show to remember.
The St Regis Doha (4446 0105).

Antica Pesa - Highly commended
Antica Pesa is pricey, and probably not somewhere you would go on a whim, but it's ideal for an occasion with a guaranteed great meal and service, and romantic views over Qanat Quartier. Expect high prices, but expect to come away happy, too.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5300).

The Anvil Rooms - Highly commended
Dazzling views, red leather, cast iron and faux fire feature prominently in the design of The Anvil Rooms, and it goes a long way to creating the cool, moody, but still romantic setting. The great steaks and other options on the menu are also enough to impress anyone.
Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0685).

Al Dana
Al Dana impresses thanks to its memorable food and attentive, warm service that never stumbles into being intrusive. Whether you choose to dine inside or on the winding deck of beachside tables, Al Dana always promises a special evening.
Sharq Village & Spa (4425 6666).

Al Mourjan
Casual dining though it may be, this restaurant has one of the best settings in Doha. It’s right on the Corniche, on a piece of land jutting out into the sea, so the coveted terrace and window tables with water views are unsurprisingly romantic.
West Bay Corniche (4483 4423).

Hakkasan
Our Restaurant of the Year in 2015 has many strings to its bow. It does dinner and brunch well, has a fantastic bar and is perfect for intimate dinners, thanks to ambient lighting and comfortable booths.
The St Regis Doha (4446 0170).

Maxim
Stepping into Maxim is like doing the time warp. It’s somewhat dated, but somehow the old-worldly glamour of this place works. No matter when you visit, a meal here will feel like Valentine’s Day. It's romance at its most classical.
Radisson Blu Doha (4428 1428).

Spice Market
Don’t be fooled by the party atmosphere, as candle-lit tables set further back from the lounge area are cosier and offer much more privacy. Discreet service and vibrant, exciting food make an evening spent here much cosier and more romantic than you might expect.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

Best Seafood

L’Wzaar - Winner
An atmospheric seafood restaurant with a fresh fish market that is consistently excellent. It's certainly impressive that the sheer volume of seafood on offer can all be served to such a high standard. That's why you'll find the vast restaurant always packed.
Katara Cultural Village (4408 0710).

Al Dana - Highly commended
Décor is minimalist, but the menu and fresh fish selection is not (it takes a more-is-more approach, and is subsequently huge). All of it, however, is enjoyable. Especially if eaten on the stunning outdoor terrace.
Sharq Village & Spa (4425 6666).

Al Sayyad - Highly commended
Al Sayyad’s seaside setting with views of The Pearl is perfect for a seafood restaurant. The menu covers usual grilled fish and seafood fare such as Lobster Thermidor and Boston clam chowder. Servings are large, too – ideal to slowly enjoy while soaking up that view.
The Diplomatic Club (4484 7444).

Al Maskar
Seafood here is served raw and marinated; fried, baked and grilled; stewed as soup and ground into a paste. The flavours are clean and lightly accentuated with olive oil. In nicer weather, we strongly recommend the outdoor tables which offer superb views.
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Centre (4485 3000).

Al Sultan Brahim
Al Sultan Brahim delivers on taste. The signature sauce that tops seafood market orders is tangy and juicy and the restaurant has created fresh takes on Oriental classics like fish kibbeh. The Octopus a la Provençale is also not to be missed.
The St.Regis Doha (4446 0000).

Fish Market
We love the simplicity of fish market-style restaurants, and this one excels in terms of choice, taste and its beachside setting.
InterContinental Doha (4484 4444).

Medi
Adjacent to Salwa Road and under a flyover isn't where you'd expect to find a good seafood restaurant, but Medi is a more-than-pleasant surprise. This hidden spot has the feeling of a seaside Mediterranean village.
The Village, Salwa Road (4444 4700).

Pier 12
Nautical-themed Pier 12 stands out thanks to its variety of unusual sauces. Have your fish cooked with garlic butter, soy or even in a Thai green curry. Otherwise, order anything from sumptuous sashimi to light, crispy fish and chips from the impressive à la carte menu.
Radisson Blu Doha (4428 1555).

Best Steakhouse

JW’s Steakhouse - Winner
One of Doha’s very first steakhouses proves that old really is gold. Sauces here are complimentary (and not limited to one), sides are textbook and on select evenings, the atmosphere gets cosier with a live singer and pianist. As the restaurant’s motto wittily proclaims, it’s “so well done, it’s rare”.
Doha Marriott (4429 8218).

Prime - Highly commended
Prime keeps things simple and classic in terms of setting, so the food here really shines. Steaks are impressive, as is the selection of steak knives. It’s worth saving room for the sharing platter at the end of the meal, which comes with delightful bites like thyme crème brulee.
InterContinental Doha The City (4015 8888).

The Anvil Rooms - Highly commended
Time-old steakhouse options are given a welcome revamp at this sophisticated venue. A lobster bisque drizzled with maple syrup, for example, or a side of roasted eggplant purée with confit shallots and feta. Impressive.
Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0685).

Astor Grill
Astor Grills aims to recapture turn-of-thecentury American glitz, and does so with panache. Prime beef cuts to choose from include American, Argentine, Australian and Japanese, though items like Chilean sea bass and guinea fowl make an appearance, too. Everything is equally good.
The St Regis Doha (4446 0105).

Bentley’s Grill
For a plain-and-simple great steak, Bentley’s Grill is your place. Angus beef and Wagyu steaks are served with a choice of eight sauces, yet the meats are so beautifully seasoned they need little dressing. A straightforward steakhouse.
Radisson Blu Doha (4428 1428).

Le Grill
The menu here typifies the kind of dining that was popular in the West through most of the last century: Caesar salad, crab cake, French onion soup, and, of course, steak. It’s all delicious and small add-ons and attentionto-detail (such as homemade sorbet between courses) earns it a place on this list.
The Diplomatic Club (4484 7444).

Le Relais L'Entrecote
The mechanics of this charming Parisian bistro makes it one of the most efficient restaurants anywhere. The first question you’re asked is how you’d like your steak, because there really is no other option, apart from a rather elaborate dessert menu. It's a delight for any meat lover.
Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4002 8182).

New York Steakhouse
The steaks at New York Steakhouse receive five stars for perfection. The cuts of Australian Black Angus, Australian Wagyu, USA Prime and Argentine beef are judiciously seasoned, while standout sides include lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and maple-roasted carrots.
Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha (4419 5000).

Best Latin American

Toro Toro - Winner
One of the best things about Toro Toro is that its menu reaches beyond the usual cuisines to include lesser-known Venezuelan and Cuban fare. It’s refined, without being stuffy, and a must-visit for fans of Latin American food.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5101).

Ipanema - Highly commended
Ipanema continues to be a heavyweight when it comes to Latin American flavours. The churrascaria excels and the live Brazilian band makes this spot as lively as a Latin American restaurant should be.
Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha (4419 6100).

Latino Steakhouse - Highly commended
Latino Steakhouse is notable thanks to its atmosphere, as well as for its charcoal grills (which are a speciality). Seafood favourites such as ceviches and paellas can also be found on the menu, making this a restaurant that represents the many different cooking styles of the continent with flair.
Sheraton Grand Doha Hotel & Convention Centre (4485 3000).

Caminito
Don’t make the mistake of overlooking Caminito; the food here is worth branching out for. It's a down-to-earth and authentic restaurant with some of the best Argentinian fare we’ve tried – especially the empanadas.
Zubarah Boutique Hotel (4447 0000).

Paloma
Paloma is a laid-back bar-type venue with a great drinks menu and big portions of satisfying food. Don’t expect fine dining, or a refined setting, but do expect simple, hearty Mexican favourites and a buzzing atmosphere.
InterContinental Doha (4484 4444).

Rodizio
One for the meat lovers, this churrasco-style restaurant serves an endless stream of beef, lamb, veal, chicken and even Qatari camel. Everything is prepared on live open-flame grills before being served to the table, so the atmosphere is always pleasantly bustling.
Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park (4408 7777).

Salsa
The restaurant’s fiesta atmosphere – complete with a mariachi band and sombreros – is an instant mood-lifter. Interiors evoke images of the Dia de los Muertos festival in Mexico, so bright colours are splashed across the walls. The show-stopping dish is the surf and turf espada, featuring a beef fillet and lobster tail both grilled on a live fire.
Doha Marriott (4429 8888).

Best Asian

Spice Market - Winner
Setting, service and food all come together here so well that it’s truly difficult to fault. The dramatic, ornate décor and thronging lounge bar make it feel very “in”, and from start to finish a meal here is creative and flawlessly executed.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5000).

Hwang - Highly commended
Hwang’s menu is wider-ranging than most. Spicy kimchi ramen, fresh sushi, katsu curry, pad Thai and fragrant laksa all feature, making it one of the most varied we’ve found.
InterContinental Doha The City (4015 8888).

Isaan - Highly commended
Tapas-style eating is recommended here. Try the less commonly found dishes rooted in royal Thai cuisine: fried sea bass wrapped in betel leaf or roasted duck and pineapple red curry. They’re quite frankly unforgettable.
Grand Hyatt Doha (4448 1250).

Asia Live!
Asia Live! synthesises the flavours of several Far Eastern culinary traditions into one compact menu. Sushi, satay and siu mai cohabitate with ease and each is as good as the last. The buzzing vibe also ensures diners have a great experience each and every time.
Doha Marriott (4429 8472).

Baan Thai
The interiors of Baan Thai are fairly generic, but the flavours that the kitchen packs into the food certainly aren’t. Everything is wellseasoned and as spicy as Thai food should be.
Al Furousiya Street, Muaither (4029 8126).

Jasmine Thai
Away from the cluster of restaurants in Souq Waqif and up a narrow set of stairs lies this small Thai kitchen. Don’t take the lack of customers as an indication for the quality of food – curries, stir-fries and grilled seafood are all delectable. A quiet escape from the souq’s crowds.
Souq Waqif (5586 0011).

L’Agenda
Malaysian food isn't too common in the city, so international spot L'Agenda, which serves a fair few classics, offers a breath of fresh air to the scene. This is the cuisine it does best, and it's worth visiting for this alone.
Holiday Villa, Al Muntazah (4408 4888).

Best Chinese

Hakkasan - Winner
We love the glamour of Hakkasan. It’s impossible to identify anything we don’t like on the menu, and we adore everything from the sleek bar to the buzzing maze of tables. The essence of Chinese cuisine is respected, but other influences are seamlessly woven in.
The St Regis Doha (4446 0170).

Chi’Zen - Highly commended
Chi’Zen’s flavours are authentic and dishes like the Peking duck, carved tableside, are popular for good reason (it's roasted before being fried in your choice of sauce). A place for good times and great food at reasonable prices.
Oryx Rotana (4402 3333).

Ruby Wu’s - Highly commended
From a simple sweetcorn soup to black pepper lamb chops and steamed fish options, all items at Ruby Wu’s are hearty, generously portioned and expertly seasoned. A dinner at this vibrant venue consistently satisfies.
Radisson Blu Doha (4428 1428).

Chopsticks
This is the kind of place to go when you're in the mood for guilty pleasures. You won't find fancy fare, but you will find simple Chinese favourites done as well as they could be.
Wyndham Grand Regency, Al Sadd (4434 3333).

D’Chopstix
D'Chopstix does a good job of using unusual ingredients like sour melon (gourd) to make the usual Chinese dishes that bit more interesting, all served in a rather elaborate dining room.
Holiday Villa, Al Muntazah (4408 4888).

Krane
Krane offers an urban take on authentic Chinese food in a contemporary setting. The comprehensive menu is reasonably priced, and the staff still endeavour to provide diners with a traditional experience.
Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (5539 5025).

Oriental Kitchen
It's made an appearance on our budgetfriendly list, but it certainly deserves a place on our Chinese list, too. It's where people go for a taste of home, where the chefs are from Beijing, and where you won't leave before you're full to bursting.
Al Khalidiya Street (3336 3279).

PF Chang’s
You always know what you’re going to get at PF Chang's: tasty food, friendly and quick service, and a bustling family vibe thanks to its central mall location. You might need to queue for a table, but it’s generally worth it, particularly if you order their most popular dish – the Dynamite Shrimp.
Villaggio Mall, Al Waab (4452 8542).

Best European

Market by Jean-Georges - Winner
Market by Jean-Georges never wavers as the benchmark for a dining experience in Doha. It’s sophisticated yet un-fussy, featuring European flavours both familiar and fun, for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

IDAM by Alain Ducasse - Highly commended
A meal at IDAM is full of surprises. The menu doesn't give much away, but you can guarantee that there will be unexpected French, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean twists to whatever you order.
Museum of Islamic Art (4422 4488).

Mykonos - Highly commended
Mykonos is Doha’s only Greek restaurant and really does embody the spirit of the island after which it is named. Solid cooking and an unforced, convivial atmosphere combine to make it the sort of place for a week-night catch-up or a special occasion.
InterContinental Doha (4484 4444).

Aceite
The Melià's Spanish restaurant Aceite is modest and casual, and its food almost follows suit. Simple and homey, but full of flavour, this is one of the best places for tapas and paella in the city.
Meliá Doha (4019 9999).

Aroma
Aroma, the sophisticated restaurant at the Kempinski, serves high-quality, well-presented fare, covering a pretty wide range of meats, seafood, pasta dishes and exotic desserts in a chic venue.
Kempinski Residences & Suites (4405 3333).

El Faro
El Faro has managed to capture the artsy vibe that is so enthralling in Spanish cities like Barcelona, with it's graffitied walls and selection of moreish tapas.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5011).

Gordon Ramsay
After years of operating as a fine dining, classical cuisine establishment Gordon Ramsay has reopened, taking a more casual approach. The food is better than ever and you can expect to encounter artisanal ingredients from Amalfi lemon to Riviera olives.
The St Regis Doha (4446 0116).

La Varenne
Smart, relaxed, romantic and unpretentious are all words to describe this popular French bistro. This is the place to go for a refined meal, stunning city views and professional service at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0680).

Opal by Gordon Ramsay
British venue Opal errs more on the side of short ribs and fish and chips than it does fine dining, but somehow manages to do so with just as much sophistication. Head over for lunch or dinner, brunch or just happy hour.
The St Regis Doha (4446.0105).

The Cellar
A selection of Mediterranean tapas, a great grape list and a cosy, lovely ambiance is what can be found at The Cellar. It's always buzzing on weekends and weekly promotions make this a great, reasonably-priced meal out.
Oryx Rotana (4402 3333).

Best Indian

Chingari - Winner
An oldie but a goodie, Chingari has been at the pinnacle of Indian cuisine in Qatar for over a decade and it just seems incapable of doing anything less than excel, particularly in its tandoori specialties.
Radisson Blu Doha (4428 1555).

Saffron Lounge - Highly commended
Saffron is easily one of the most consistent restaurants in the city, and the brainchild of Michelin-star-winning celebrity chef Vineet Bhatia. The menu takes diners on a culinary tour of North, East, South and West India.
Katara Cultural Village (4408 1234).

Taj Rasoi - Highly commended
Taj Rasoi plays with spices expertly to create deeply flavourful food that's memorable, in opulent, cosy interiors. Experience a sumptuous journey through India.
Doha Marriott (4429 8470).

Asha’s
Regardless of its unprepossessing mall setting, this quality restaurant, founded by noted Indian singer Asha Bhosle, strives for excellence and achieves it in its flavourful, rich and authentic dishes.
Villaggio Mall, Al Waab (4451 7867).

Bharath (Vasanth Bhavan)
You know you’re in for a decent Indian meal when a restaurant is full of Indian diners. Bharath is unpretentious and has options from the north and south of the country, all of them wholesome, authentic and delicious.
B Ring Road, near Jaidah Flyover (4443 2211).

Bombay Balti
The lower-than-most price point explains the popularity of Bombay Balti. Dishes such as mixed tandoori platter and chicken vindaloo are there for mass appeal, but we are more drawn to the lamb rogan josh and saag aloo. And we cannot speak more highly of the kulfi.
Radisson Blu Doha (4428 1428).

Caravan Bukhara
Freshness and consistency are the cornerstones of Caravan Bukhara’s success. The restaurant has been serving platters full of delicious Indian cuisine for years and is unfailingly packed. The house specialty is kebabs grilled in a charcoal-fired clay oven.
Khalifa Tennis & Squash Complex (4483 3345).

MRA
Sweets, dosas, curries – MRA serves everything people crave from Indian cuisine in a basic setting and for reasonable prices. We love it and we know you will, too.
TV Roundabout, Al Markiyah (4442 2073).

Royal Tandoor
There are numerous branches of this restaurant chain in Doha, but we can understand why this brand has a loyal clientele. Food is tasty and not swimming in oil, and prices are reasonable.
Various locations including Souq Waqif (4432 3244).

Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor
Visit for vibrant and exciting Indian cuisine, such as fragrant prawn curries baked inside coconuts. Food and setting both manage to successfully balance tradition and modernity.
Meliá Doha, West Bay (4019 9999).

Best Italian

La Spiga by Paper Moon - Winner
This stylish Italian fits in well with the trendy setting of W Doha: décor is very clean-cut and monochrome, and the menu is similarly simplistic in style, but still the dishes are some of the best in the city. Service, too, is something special.
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

La Veranda - Highly commended
La Veranda doesn't try too hard – it lets its simple cuisine and outdoor terrace speak for itself. This is a reliable option for great Italian food, a lovely atmosphere and stunning sea views at lunch and dinner.
Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Centre (4485 3000).

Antica Pesa - Highly commended
Rustic, old-town-style Italian outside, and modern and chic inside, Antica Pesa has become one very popular restaurant in the city, very quickly – not least because of its unusual, exciting take on Italian fine dining.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5300).

Cucina Italiana
Cucina Italiana is a bustling Italian cavern complete with grape barrels, hanging fruit and wheels of cheese. This place has character, and the classic Italian fare is tasty and satisfying.
Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha (4419 5000).

Di Capri
Extensive revamping and a new chef has put Di Capri on the map as a spot for a great Italian meal. It excels at pizza and pasta (rustic, unpretentious), and décor pleasantly combines pastoral Italian paintings with a trendy bar.
La Cigale Hotel (4428 8840).

La Dolce Vita
Who would’ve thought Little Italy exists in the heart of Souq Waqif? This family-run restaurant is in a charming courtyard and has all the Italian essentials from the homages to Sophia Loren to the hand-made pasta.
Souq Waqif (4436 7991).

Le Vesuvio
Unique in décor, and with a lovely al fresco terrace beside Katara Amphitheatre, Le Vesuvio offers a little corner of Italy. Visit for the perfect pizzas and their unusual toppings, such as the Rustica Marinara with mussels, calamari, prawns and green chillies.
Katara Cultural Village (4408 1500).

Paper Moon Doha
Paper Moon simply doesn’t fit in with its surroundings in Umm Ghuwailina, but one quick elevator ride is all it takes to be (almost) totally transported to Milan. Pizzas are crisp and fragrant, the homemade pastas are comforting, and prices here are markedly lower than restaurants of a similar caliber.
Jaidah Square (4016 6000).

Porcini
While the menu may be small, it's clear that the dishes which do feature are treated with precision and pride. The softly serenading guitarist happily takes personal requests and the interiors are classical.
The Ritz-Carlton Doha (4484 0000).

Rocca
The wood-fired pizzas stand out here, and Rocca – with its casual poolside location – is the perfect place to enjoy them over a lazy lunch or dinner.
Grand Hyatt Doha (4448 1234).

Best Japanese & Korean

Nobu - Winner
Even arriving at Nobu – which sits at the end of its own long pier – is an experience. In terms of décor and menu (both are trendy, modern and polished) it’s everything you would expect from a Nobu restaurant, and the quality of food really is outstanding.
Four Seasons Doha (4494 8500).

Megu - Highly commended
Hailing from the trend-setting streets of New York City, Megu’s modern Japanese fare makes mundane-sounding dishes, like crispy asparagus, anything but. The stylish, uncomplicated food allows each ingredient to really shine and the stunning interiors and outdoor terrace make this a memorable meal.
Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4495 3876).

Sakura - Highly commended
Hidden away behind discreet curtains and a long, mirrored corridor, stepping inside Sakura is like stepping into a little sushi bar in a Tokyo backstreet, and it certainly turns out worthy sushi. Though always a bustling hive of activity, dining here somehow still feels like being in on a secret. Undeniably one of the most unique sushi spots in the city.
Radisson Blu Doha (4428 1428).

Junko
This is a simple, bamboo-strewn dining room serving authentic Japanese food. On the menu, alongside the usual sushi, sashimi and udon noodle soups, you’ll find less common traditional dishes like chawanmushi (steamed savoury egg custard with various veg or seafood) and inari (deep-fried tofu filled with sushi rice).
Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4002 8294).

Neo
Some might find it strange – but we like to call it “quirky” – that Neo offers a menu brimming with both Japanese and Italian dishes. It’s also rather handy if you’re hankering after some fresh, delicious sashimi and maki (they do it all very well), but your dining companion fancies a pizza. Get both and then simply enjoy the urban-cool atmosphere and décor.
Salwa Road (4432 2539).

Oishi Sushi
Mall-based Oishi Sushi ticks all the boxes of a great Japanese eatery. Everything from sushi and teppanyaki to katsu curry and green tea soba noodles is unfussy, fresh and delicious.
Royal Plaza Mall, Al Saad (4442 8989).

Yee Hwa
Options for Korean dining aren’t plentiful in Doha, so we’re delighted that Yee Hwa, one of the few, does it so well. The beef for the Korean barbecue is fresh and of a high quality, but be sure to order one of the huge kimchi pancakes and a plate of jap chae to share (though we doubt you'll want to).
Al Kinana Street, Al Sadd (4441 9898).

Yen Sushi Bar
It says it all in the name – Yen is an actual sushi bar more than a traditional restaurant, but it wholly deserves its place on our shortlist thanks to the incredible sushi and contemporary stylings.
La Cigale Hotel (4428 8888).

Best MENA

Al Sufra - Winner
This modern Arabian restaurant is an easy way to while away a few hours. Décor is contemporary and creative – something very different to almost every other Middle Eastern restaurant in the city – and food is just as impressive, with an array of options from across the Levant (including a very tasty and authentic mansaf).
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5011).

Parisa - Highly commended
The cuisine of Iran could ask for no better ambassador than Parisa. The kitchen demonstrates a precision even in something as simple as whipped yoghurt and the marinated grilled meats. The exquisite food is matched by the ornate yet tasteful interiors.
Sharq Village & Spa (4425 6666).

Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge - Highly commended
Opulent interiors, featuring plush couches, over-sized chandeliers and hand-painted ceilings, merge Turkish heritage with contemporary Qatari tastes at this impressive restaurant. There is much to be said for the traditional food, which is rich and complex in flavour, not to mention perfectly authentic.
Katara Cultural Village (4408 2000).

Agora
Authentic Turkish food is done very well here, including a mean manti with yoghurt and tomato sauce. It's pricey, but your meal won't disappoint. Neither will the authentic, opulent interiors and beautiful garden views.
Grand Heritage Doha (4445 5555).

Al Mayass
Armenian-Lebanese restaurant Al Mayass, based on The Pearl, is unassuming, yet one visit is all it takes to fall for its charms. Unusual options such as kabab bil karaz (grilled meat smothered in cherry sauce) feature prominently, and the outdoor terrace is the ideal place to watch the sun go down.
Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4002 8411).

Al Mourjan
Ocean-facing Al Mourjan undeniably offers one of the best settings in Doha, along the Corniche. But also one of the best spots for a Lebanese meal. All the essentials like grilled meats and mezzes are faultless.
West Bay Corniche (4483 4423).

Argan
The setting at Argan manages to achieve a rare balance of traditional Arabesque décor and contemporary design that’s missing from so many Middle Eastern spots. Everything about the food is authentic, homely and hugely portioned, too.
Al Jasra Boutique Hotel (4433 6666).

Aziza
A quirky spot where interiors seem more fitting of a French tea parlour than a Lebanese seafood restaurant, yet the food here is a true representation of Levantine cuisine.
Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha (4488 6644).

Damasca One
If you find yourself meandering through the labyrinthine alleyways of Souq Waqif, then we certainly recommend making a pit stop at Syrian favourite Damasca One. The rooftop terrace is a wonderful spot to people-watch while indulging in delicious, authentic specialties from the Levant.
Souq Waqif (4475 9088).

Mamig
Armenian and Lebanese cuisine often sit together and do so to great effect at this frequently rammed spot. The mezze list is as long as a particularly extended arm, and kebabs are as excellent as the bay-facing rooftop dining terrace.
Katara Cultural Village (4408 0800).

Best Newcomer

Nozomi - Winner
Nozomi has achieved something unique in the market. It's smart, exciting and intruiging all at once, with Japanese flavour and texture combinations that are outstanding.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5089).

Elements - Highly commended
The revamped all-day, Asian-inspired dining place at the Four Seasons isn't exactly new, but it may as well be considering the immense changes across the vibe, décor and menu.
Four Seasons Doha (4494 8888).

Fuego - Highly commended
Argentinian restaurant Fuego draws you in with its warm, cosy interiors, pleasant buzz and live music from an Argentinian duo. A meal here delivers standout dish after standout dish, and everything is as authentic as it is exciting.
Shangri-La Hotel Doha (4429 5295).

La Casa Twenty Eight
Wholesome Mediterranean cuisine can be found at this cosy new restaurant in Medina Centrale. Clay ovens and wood fire create dishes like the chefs’ mamas used to make and you can taste the love on every plate. We particularly adore the Mediterranean inspired interiors, with blue, white and floral motifs.
Medina Centrale, The Pearl-Qatar (4412 7342).

Debs w Remman
Step out of The Pearl and into the heart of Beirut. This Lebanese restaurant's eclectic décor is the closest thing you’ll find to Mar Mikhael without hopping on a flight, and the food is fresh, vibrant and authentic.
Medina Centrale, The Pearl-Qatar (4456 8374).

Noir
This moody, ambient indoor lounge has been inspired by Hollywood’s ‘Film Noir’ genre of the 1930s to 1950s and it boasts a decent spread of eclectic bar bites.
Meliá Doha (5596 1414).

Yabby
The underwater-themed interiors of Yabby are dreamy – much like the seafood itself which is both creative and beautifully presented. It's also home to Doha's first-ever adults-only brunch. A top-notch new choice in Doha.
Shangri-La Hotel Doha (4429 5295).

Ziryab
This new, independent Italian restaurant in Medina Centrale is surprising in many ways. Firstly, the interiors are very sophisticated, despite neighbours such as TGI Friday. The menu boasts an eclectic selection of Italian and (strangely) Indian cuisine with foie gras sandwiches alongside a brie and truffle pizza.
Medina Centrale, The Pearl-Qatar (5000 9876).

Z Lounge by Zengo
With modern red and black interiors, oversized, overly-comfortable leather couches and booths, this vast bar highlights Doha’s step into cosmopolitan culture. Floor-to-ceiling windows boast unparalleled views of the city and sea, while the Latin-Asian fusion food, designed by notable chef Richard Sandoval, is both fascinating and delicious.
Kempinski Residences & Suites (4405 3333).

Hakkasan - Restaurant Of The Year
The St Regis Doha (4446 0170).

Esra Parin, F&B director of W Doha Hotel - Outstanding Contribution
W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

By Time Out Doha staff
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