Aziza

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A Lebanese restaurant. Nothing new there. You can find Lebanese haunts all around Doha. But this Lebanese eaterie has a seafood twist to it, giving it a different dimension to your typical mezze and grills.

And add the fact that the interior brings a new level of grandeur, with decadence abounding, famous portraits of Lebanese celebrities through time, candles that flitter (not real candles, we hasten to say), and chandeliers of rouge that adorn the aesthetic of the venue, add to the occasion. Beacuse of this, Aziza, housed in the Marriott Marquis hotel, intrigues us.

It’s thoroughly romantic, if that’s your kind of thing, perhaps a little over the top for certain tastes. Contemporary European chic it is not. The violinist playing was a welcome element and lifted the atmosphere in the room another notch.

First, there’s an exciting mocktail collection, with one of us opting for lemon mint, the other the fayrouzi lemonade, adding a touch of pomegranate to proceedings. Both very nice, both QR42 each – not so nice.

And so on to the food. And we order a couple of the mezzes of course, along with the Aziza grilled octopus, a mouhamara with hammour, and we decide to go for a traditional grill with the chicken taouk, for old time’s sake. It all comes quickly for us to feast.

The hommos leaves us divided. With more of an acidic edge to it than usual, it went down very well for one; for the other, it was too much.

Not the same could be said about the mouhamara with fish. The mouhamara was served with hammour on the top, a perfect accompaniment to the hot pepper. However, it was less of a dip and much thicker in texture than normal, but still with the key ingredients, with the walnuts adding the essential bite to the dish. And the cheese rekakat was excellent, fulfilling our need for fried goodness.

So when we tried the octopus, we were a little disappointed. Too sour for both of us, and with a chewy texture, we were dispirited, and moved onto the next one – the grill.

Although a little drier than we hoped, the chicken still had the desired flavour and the garlic puree was a delight.

Onto desserts, and we opt for the chocolate cake and a mafrouke with ashta. The clotted cream, rose flavoured delight with crushed pistachios for the base was very enjoyable, with a soft texture and packed with flavour. We were fans of the mafrouke. The chocolate cake was so thick that we struggled to cut it at all, and much of it went uneaten.

The place is new, it has time to improve, and some of the dishes we tried would suggest that this does have a very bright and rosy future.

The meal (for two)
1x hommos QR34
1x Mouhamara with fish QR37
1x cheese rekakat QR42
1x Aziza grilled octopus QR72
1x Lebanese chicken taouk QR120
1x mafrouke with ashta QR58
1x traditional chocolate cake QR43
1x tannourine QR24
1x mint lemonade QR42
1x fayrouzi lemonade QR42
Total QR514

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: Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4488 6644
  • Travel: Al Wahda Road
  • Cuisine: Lebanese
  • Times: Open daily 7pm-10pm dinner, 10pm-2am dine and dance
  • Price: QR500+

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