Le Train Bleu

The fine-dining Parisian institute makes its first debut outside France in Doha Discuss this article

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At the heart of the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris lies French fine-dining at its best. Le Train Bleu (or The Blue Train) is an exquisite museum-like restaurant with carvings, chandeliers and frescos covering the walls and ceiling, ensuring an unparalleled and exquisite experience for anyone who walks in.

And tucked away in the corner of a very worthy location in Doha – Al Hazm Mall – is a recreation of that same restaurant, and the first branch outside of Paris.

The blue lights from the neon signage attracts us from far away and as we walk in, we’re flabbergasted by what we see.

It’s a Parisian monument right in here in Doha. The same paintings are recreated on the ceilings, the same blue seats are set out around tables and the same beautiful gold carvings adorn the walls. It takes a while to absorb it all, but eventually, we feel ready to order.

We start with the salmon starter, which is delightfully simple in presentation, but heightened in taste with a beautiful citrus-scented cream and salmon roe on top.

However, the ravioli from the hot starters menu tops it. Ample discs of pasta are filled with a soft butternut lemon confit and are doused in the most delicious and creamy Parmesan sauce.

For the mains, we pick the sea bream with artichoke, carrot and zucchini, and a sweet saffron, citrus and honey reduction, and a slow-cooked lamb shank. The meat is carved at our table and the maître d’ pours a deliciously spiced jus on top. Gratin Dauphinoise comes alongside, adding a buttery richness that perfectly complements the tender lamb.

We end our meal with the restaurant’s signature Black Forest dessert, which is served in the shape of a cherry, and there isn’t a better way to say au revoir to what feels like a picture-perfect evening in Paris.

The bill (for two)
1x salmon QR90
1x ravioli QR115
1x sea bream QR165
1x lamb QR165
1x Black Forest dessert QR85
1x large water QR38
Total QR658

The bottom line
The food is excellent, service is top and the décor truly impressive.

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: Others, Doha
  • Tel: 4443 4442
  • Travel: Al Markhiya Street
  • Cuisine: French
  • Times: Open Sun-Thu noon-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm

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