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As we enter the bright and vibrant Sawa restaurant we are welcomed by restaurant manager Marcus, a charming and effusive character, full of interest for the menu. He remembers one of us dined here a few weeks previously. This touch is noticeable – there is a genuine interest from the staff. This also filters to Victor, our waiter, who also remembers the reviewer and even asks questions related to the chat had a few weeks ago. Service at its very best. The décor would be suited for a brunch, with hustle and bustle. And the brunch at Sawa is already making waves. But we just come for a casual lunch, with a few guests frequenting.

So we take a look at the menu. And this menu is extremely helpful. Each dish pretty much has a chart to help you make your selection (v) – vegetarian, (n) – contain nuts, (h) – healthy (gf) – gluten free. This is a welcome touch, and any other questions we had were easily answered by the dynamic duo – Marcus and Victor.

A range of European and classic dishes, choices off the grill, Arabic selections, Indian dishes and Asian choices have a novel story behind it. There are four chefs at the helm – a European chef, an Arabic one, an Asian one and an Indian one, all stamping their own signature.

We order one dish from each of the regions around the world. To start, we have two rather special salads – the Oriental lamb salad is exquisite, the lamb left to slow cook for 36 hours and tossed into a pomegranate and garden salad mix. The lamb is perfectly tenderised and we are exceptionally impressed.

For the other starter we try the chicken tikka salad. The taste is slightly more tart than expected, coming from the sweetness of the apple. This works as a perfect foil for the capsicum and coriander flavours exuding from the dish.

For mains we plump for the Wiener Schnitzel with red sauce, with a warm potato and cucumber salad. It is the dish of the day. The battered veal is delightful to the last bite. Our other course is the spicy Thai chicken. As with all Thai dishes, the blend of sweet and spicy is essential, and this dish hits the spot. The cashew nuts and vegetables add an essential textural dimension as we savour every bite.

For dessert, there’s not much room left, so we share a selection of petit selections. The iced pistachio tiramisu, raspberry cheesecake and cardamom chocolate brownie are the three we plump for. The best… the pistachio tiramisu, with the mascarpone and pistachio nuts combining to make magic.

Great service. Great food. It’s not cheap but the quality shines through to make a great dining experience. We can’t wait to go back and chat to Marcus and Victor again.

The bill (for two)
1x chicken tikka salad QR70
1x Oriental lamb salad QR95
1x spicy Thai chicken QR120
1x Wiener Schnitzel QR145
1x Sawa sweets QR60
2x water QR60
Total bill QR550

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: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, Others, Doha
  • Tel: 4035 5011
  • Travel: The Pearl – Doha
  • Cuisine: International
  • Times: Open daily 6.30am-10.30am, Sun-Thu, Sat-Sun noon-3pm (closed Friday for lunch), 6pm-10.30pm
  • Price: QR500+

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