Spice Boat

A little place in West Bay with big flavours and affordable dishes Discuss this article

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Little places can have large reputations, and Spice Boat, hidden away in Al Maha Towers, is certainly a restaurant that fits this bill.

Nestled away, not apologetically, but with little fuss, is this Indian charm, which opened a few years ago and manages to offer affordable and tasty fare in West Bay. Something that is not readily available at every street corner.

It’s lunch time and we’re fed up of the same old business lunches in the city so we give it a try.

The first thing we notice is a large wooden decoration in the shape of a boat, as well as an airy and pleasant dining space.

The menu is vast and interesting. There is a selection of tikkas and kebabs, appetisers, soups, salads, South Indian specialities and North Indian medleys, as well as a few token international choices and Chinese dishes.

With a number of our selections unavailable, after the help and guidance of the waiter we ultimately opt for the north Indian dish chicken Patiala. This turns out to be a great choice. It’s described as basically an Indian omelette and when it arrives to our table it looks particularly unappetising. But, as our grandmother would say, never judge a book by the cover and we both agree it is the stand-out dish of the meal. Full of spice, flavour, good quality chicken and with the soft consistency of the scrambled egg, it has more dimensions to it than we expect. As taste and quality goes, it’s closely followed by the thoran of the day – in this instance, cabbage.

Ably abetted by dessicated coconut (as are all thoran dishes), it gives a hint of spice but is also refreshing to taste.

Meanwhile, the mutton rogan josh is deep and rich in flavour, the mutton on the bone adding a not unwelcome challenge as the meat falls off nicely. It is spiced as a typical rogan josh should be – plenty of bite but not overwhelming and we are pleased to finish the dish.

Moving on to desserts, we choose to share a gulab jamun; the classic Indian sweet treat of deep fried dough balls doused in syrup. These ones are not too heavy and finish off our dining experience on a high note.

Spice Boat doesn’t aim to wow you with five-star ambience and intimidating prices – instead there is a concerted effort to make Indian food at an affordable price that tastes good and leaves the customer satisfied. That’s why we’ll also be returning for dinner some time soon.

The bill (for two)
1 x cabbage thoran QR28
1 x chicken Patiala QR40
1 x mutton rogan josh QR42
1 x jeera rice QR26
1 x gulab jamun QR14
1 x naan bread QR6
2 x small water QR6
Total QR160

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: West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4411 0083
  • Travel: Al Maha Towers
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Times: Open daily 11.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm

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