Wafi Gourmet

Dine in or take away? The choice is yours at this new Landmark eatery Reviews

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Wafi Gourmet has finally opened up that walled-off section of Landmark Mall and, since its arrival, we’ve been intrigued. With a deli-style selection of counters, it offers both an eat-in restaurant section, and a well-stocked grocery store-cum-takeaway area. Making our way through the maze of counters to get to the dining area, we get a chance to peruse what looks good that day at the dessert, mezze, meat and seafood counters.

The printed menu seems endless, with page after page of offerings from mezze both hot and cold to meat, fish and soup. It seems like a massive variety of food and, just as we’re beginning to wonder how on earth we’re going to be able to sample it all, our waiter lets us know that, while each mezze item is available on its own, there is also a mixed plate of four items, at QR9 per item. That sounds perfect and, after a quick glance at the mezze in the display case, we go for hoummus, mohammarah, eggplant with mushroom and zucchini with yoghurt. The hoummus is thick and creamy, and the mohammarah, a mix of peppers, tomato and sheer wonderfulness, is spicy without overpowering the other flavours. The eggplant with mushrooms is delightful, if slightly tricky to eat, and the zucchini with yoghurt is a surprise for palates more used to yoghurt being sweet and eaten for breakfast. This time around, it’s thick, creamy and refreshing, spiked with zucchini and providing a nice balance to the spicier dishes.

I’m a firm believer in judging a restaurant by its bread, and this one doesn’t disappoint: they take pita, a fairly bland staple, and make it a little special by serving it fresh, soft and warm from the oven. I just wish they’d included a few more pieces in the basket, as we had to ask for more to finish off the mezze.

Next up is mudardara, a mix of lentils and vegetables, and the mixed grill, while my dining companion, who’s fighting a cold, opts for the soup of the day – chicken this time. The soup is rich and creamy with a great, warming scent, while the lentils are surprising too for a simple grain.

The mixed grill is definitely worth the price, with its thick portions of kofta, chicken shish taook and lamb cubes. In contrast to the usual poor-quality grills available in mall restaurants, the meat is rich and tender, nicely spiced and plentiful. Service is also fast and reliable – it’s a quick stop, and the waiters seem committed to making sure that people are served in a timely fashion.

After this we stumble our way to dessert – having been seduced since we entered, walking past the dessert case. I try the mixed baklava, while my dining companion goes for the tiramisu at the suggestion of the waiter. The baklava is sweet and tasty, coming on a small plate and perfect with coffee – a selection of Middle Eastern sweets that are sure to give me a happy little cavity as a memento. The tiramisu comes served in a cup, and is closer to a pudding or parfait than real tiramisu, but quite nice nonetheless.

We may not have made the best choice on dessert, however, as I discovered several days later when a friend set out a plate of chocolate-covered dates, which immediately changed my life. She had picked them up from the vast selection offered at Wafi Gourmet. Already a date lover, I found the chocolate-covered ones to be pure, indulgent sweet bliss and will be going back for a box – hypothetically as gifts and for guests, but more than likely for covert snacking at my desk.

Overall, this is a solid choice for a quick bite mid-shop and an even better option for a work-day lunch. With solid service, quality food, and the possibility of picking up some groceries on the way out, we can
see ourselves coming here for lunch with colleagues, or even on our own. It’s the first place we’ve found where you can order small portions of mezze – ideal for a quick solo lunch or dinner.

The bill (for two)
1x soup of the day QR21
1x mudardara QR21
1x mezze (four items) QR36
1x mixed grill QR55
1x tiramisu QR19
1x mixed baklava QR28
1x cappuccino QR17
1x café latte QR12
2x water QR14
1x fresh lemonade QR28
Total (incl charges) QR251

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Landmark Mall, Umm Lekhba, Doha
  • Tel: 4486 4747
  • Travel: Al Markhiya Street
  • Cuisine: Arabic
  • Times: Open Sat-Thu 10am-midnight; Fri 1pm-midnight
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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User reviews:

Posted by: Mohamed sherif on 02 Aug ' 12 at 13:30

Yesterday I went wafi gourmet for Iftar in ramadan and chose to take menu seated Iftar instead of the open buffet , it was the worst food and service I have ever experienced in Doha, the food was burnt and tasteless and I had food poisoning for the rest of the day, and when I called the manager the Mr. Ashraf Rizk the stuff said that he is not here before 10 o'clock , leaving the floor at. Iftar time is the most irresponsible thing any manager could do in Ramadan.

And the hilarious part is when I called the waiter to show him the burnt food he tried to convince me that it is supposed to be this way as Lebanese cuisine traditions.

That is the worst place in Doha and I wouldn't. Recommend it for anyone, neither service nor food and it is far far away from the Lebanese kitchen standards.

Posted by: Hatem on 18 Feb ' 12 at 14:14

yesterday I went to wafi gourmet, it is unbeliveable, you will feel the fine ambience imidiately when you enter the place, it is really waw, the food was fantastic, also the service was good, I advise everyone to pay a visit because am sure that it is a really unique distination.
for me I am sure i will be back and back there.

Posted by: Peter on 09 Nov ' 11 at 18:20

Worst service ever ....
20 mins to get us 5 glasses
2 glasses finally provided were filthy and looked unwashed (were returned)
Waiters on duty could olnly communicate in arabic and they spent half their time verbally fighting with each other in sight of customers
No follow up queries to ask if anything further is required (dessert etc)
Asked to see the manager, only the supervisor turned up - poor apology saying they're short of staff!!
Getting the bill another half hour after completion of meal
Food generally tasted good but cannot bear the thought of going back due to the dreadful service!

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