Market by Jean-Georges

Throw away your brown paper bag, Market has lunch covered Reviews

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If you haven’t been living under a rock the last few years, you’re aware Market by Jean-Georges is fantastic. You might also be aware their lunch special is one of the few places you actually need a reservation, even on a Tuesday. There’s good reason and it’s lurking at the bottom of their tomato soup. We’ve gone many a time (they keep winning at our Restaurant Awards. We have to go back. Purely for work of course. Just ignore the man behind the curtain scorfing back their cookies) and they never let us down.

The formula is simple: their business lunch takes some of the most popular dishes off their regular menu, resizes them for lunchtime, and then slings them out in under an hour for QR89. Excellent. So basically, we can stuff our faces, save some money, and yet feel all classy and posh in a slightly-upscale restaurant? Sold.

Market is all about the comfort food: if restaurants were people this would be your grandmother, but your grandmother that’s on Facebook and knows about the Twitter and whatnot. They do tomato soup, but they pour it table side over cheese crusted croutons. They do calamari but it’s crispy and zingy, some of the only calamari we’ve had in Qatar that isn’t slightly squishy. For mains, there’s a hearty serving of salmon, riding atop a mashed potato steed and drizzled with truffle sauce. Let’s take a minute of pause to say thank you to the truffle: you’re ugly looking, you’re hard to find, but man, the things you do to other food (the truffle will of course not be accepting graciously as we’re pretty sure it’s a bitter jerk of a mushroom who is way too good for us).

While I’m clearly having some emotion issues surrounding my plate, my friend’s tucking into the Market burger. Huge, dripping cheese and Thousand Island dressing, this is more than just a bit of cow on a bun. And their cone of fries? Totally worth stealing off your friends plate.

The whole thing wraps up with dessert—and again, Grandma’s there, baking. If desserts were a child’s beauty pageant, their banana cake and cookie bag would be Honey Boo Boo: the awkward looking kid who gets the participation ribbon but has a rich and exciting interior life, we’re sure. That cake, topped with caramelized banana and served with chocolate sorbet, basically looks brown. And, in our experience, brown food is good. Same goes for the cookies, which are great if you’ve found yourself running late and need to make a made dash back to the office, as they come literally in a bag, ready to go. Keep it cool Grandma, and we’ll be back.

The bill (for two)
2x Lunch express QR178
1x 7 up QR24
1x water QR20
1x Coke QR24
Total (including taxes) QR246

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.


  • Location: W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4453 5135
  • Travel: Diplomatic Street
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Posted by: Sonbol on 07 Jan ' 11 at 15:56

I'm a very regular there, food is better dinner time, but when the lebanese manager is there service and things go much better

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