Al Mourjan

Heralding itself loudly as ‘the best restaurant in Qatar’, it's good, but maybe not quite as blow-your-socks-off amazing as the hype Reviews

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Heralding itself loudly as ‘the best restaurant in Qatar’, it's good, but maybe not quite as blow-your-socks-off amazing as the hype. The only restaurant on the Corniche, the setting is stunning – if you sit outside. On the terrace you’re practically in the water, the warm Gulf breeze ruffling your hair and the sweeping views of West Bay a must for visitors, newbies and long-term expats alike. The food is good: the lamb chops are some of the best we’ve had, and so is the hummus, muhummarah as well as the selection of Lebanese salads. However, they’ve crammed their menu with incongruous Western dishes that never live up to the standard set by the Lebanese options. And service is hit and miss, either excellent or nonexistent. It's handy to bring someone who already knows Lebanese food, as the waiters won't be able to explain the menu. As excellent as the food and atmosphere are, they are overshadowed by the price – there's a minimum charge of QR100 per person. Portions are generous, but you'll be drowning in food to meet that. You have to commit to a large and pricey meal to enjoy the view, which makes what should be a regular Doha haunt, or even a light spot for a juice and shisha while on the Corniche, an only-with-guests option. It should be a jewel in Qatar's dining crown, if only they'd relax a bit. That said, their lamb chops are stunning.

By Time Out Doha staff
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  • Location: West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4483 4423
  • Travel: Al Corniche Street
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User reviews:

Posted by: Damian Martin on 28 May ' 12 at 01:13

We visited this restaurant at 8 in the evening, and were immediately seated right next to the bay (water). The setting provides for a wonderful view, and it you are not concerned with the evening heat, sitting outside was enjoyable due to a light breeze. The food is excellent, and very tasty, although main courses cost QAR100 upwards. Drinks came in at around QAR45 each, so not an inexpensive place. I would certainly recommend it if you are not too concerned with your budget, and wants a great experience.

Posted by: Ali on 10 May ' 11 at 05:28

Sara, I don’t agree with your comments, it’s one of its kind, like a Perl in the mid of the sea-Cornish, standing with delicious Arabic food which is quite fresh always & great sense of serving the customers the best food.
Night time music, fabulous sitting arrangement, beautiful sea view with excellent fragrance of tasty food & sheesha makes it the best place to have delightful dinner in Doha.
I am very hopeful that next time when you visit Mourjan , you will become a big fan & make Mourjan your top favourite restaurant in Qatar... .Ali
“Tasty Food makes you feel to have an elegant living life”

Posted by: Bharat Bihar on 05 May ' 11 at 14:54

That cant be true. I went there last week and it was excellent food and great service. Yes. A tad expensive but you pay for what you get...quality. Sorry you had a bad vibe.

Posted by: Sarah on 05 Jan ' 11 at 12:28

Food has always been very average here; cold cling-film wrapped bread which is inexcusable given this place mysteriously had a Leading Restaurant of the World award before it had even opened. Their QR75 minimum cover charge is a rip-off - we were turned away on a very hot day when there were no other customers, because we only wanted a drink.
And now finally, we went past today and they have been closed due to health regulation reasons!! so not much of a leading restaurant, really.

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