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Gawhetna is big on charm, showcasing traditionalism and modernity and celebrating the simpler times in Qatar long before skyscrapers loomed over West Bay. The walls are admirable, like a canvas of pots and pans. Hand-carved doors are backlit by a sea of lanterns floating around the restaurant space with ornate teapots.

We start with the mixed samboosa, which comes with three differently textured triangles of mince and cheese, all perfectly crispy. For the mains, the msag’a jedr is a vegetarian delight of eggplant and tomato that wonderfully soaks up the fresh rgag bread.

If you’re looking for something meatier, try the chapati kashekh, which is loaded with well-spiced mince and melted cheese blended with a citrus dressing in a quesadilla style. We love the wonderful sour undertone. We try warbat tawah for dessert, a flaky pastry doused in honey encircling a generous scoop of saffron flavoured homemade ice cream. It’s drizzled with salted caramel sauce. The ice cream is fragrant and refreshing but everything else is far too sweet for us. Try the karak if you can handle some more sugar. The service throughout is friendly and relaxed, prompt but never rushed. Gahwetna is definitely a place we’re returning to.

The bottom line
Qatari food that really impresses.

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

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  • Location: The Pearl-Qatar, Doha
  • Tel: 3329 0600
  • Travel: Medina Centrale, The Pearl-Qatar

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