N. Zain Café

An interesting concept that doesn’t serve the most impressive food Discuss this article

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N. Zain is quite possibly one of the most beautifully decorated Arabic cafés we’ve seen in a while. Sadly, it is just that. The ambience is promising; elements of Islamic art in every corner of the restaurant very beautifully blended in with the design, colourful, ornate cushions thrown around, patterned canvasses and multi-coloured, porcelain camel heads on the walls are only a few of the interesting things you get to see around.

Our food choices turn out to be a medley of culinary disappointments; a chicken salad that reminds us of something we’d quickly whip up when the groceries run out, a watery beef sausage dish and a prawn risotto that tastes flat (except for overwhelming amounts of saffron). The eshdaawa (eggplant rolls stuffed with meat and rice in tomato sauce) is unpretentious and has the right balance of tangy and meaty flavours.

We love that they have a variety of board games and playing cards on every table, and definitely want to come back in the winter months because it seems like the perfect setting – sipping on a piping hot karak amidst colourful outdoor seating, while appreciating the beauty of Qanat Quartier’s picturesque canals.

The bottom line
An intriguing concept that’s still a work in progress in the food department.

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: The Pearl-Qatar, Doha
  • Tel: no number
  • Travel: Qanat Quartier
  • Cuisine: Cafés
  • Times: Open daily 7am-11pm

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