When it comes to dining, Mall of Qatar offers far more than just a food court. From coffee shops for that essential shopping spree pit-stop to restaurants good enough to warrant their own visit, you should be making a beeline for these excellent eateries.
Brisket & Ribs
Any restaurant inviting us to dine like a cowboy gets a thumbs up and a shiny gold sheriff’s badge from Time Out. (Especially if they let us wear our ten gallon hats and leather chaps.) No reward for guessing what is on the wanted poster at this upcoming joint, but we’re looking forward to some hearty portions of smokey meat and flavourful sauces.
First floor (5000 1622).
Chocolates and boxes of premium dates are what makes the accompanying store famous, but you can also get stylish café food – including excellent breakfasts – and hot dishes. These are well worth a look, but it is the sweet pastries, coffee and hot chocolate that are the signatures.
First floor, www.bateel.com (4417 2374).
Doha’s love of karak spills over into this traditional tea lounge, and it’s worth swapping your coffee for a simple cup of super-sweet tea and evaporated milk. Khaleeji music and varieties of luqaimat give it a local feel among the many international chains and cafés.
Ground floor (5000 1799).
Time Out has frequented its fair share of classic US burger joints around Qatar. But this Arabian burger brand from Kuwait is changing the game. Inspired by “Dukkans” were local neighbourhood places to buy groceries and socialise, and you can expect plenty of traditional Arabian flavours in these excellent burgers, alongside classics like South West Chicken and modern-American side dishes like the moreish cola barbecue beef bites.
First floor, www.dukkan-burger.com (4034 6000).
An Italian chain with outlets around the world (Denmark, Japan, Brazil and the UAE to name just a few) stands out for offering more than a restaurant service. An impressive deli sells pastas, sauces, olive oils, spices, baked items and all manner of goodies to take home and indulge in. It’s more than worth a sit-down meal, too, and we’d recommend trying the traditional-style pizza or homemade pasta dishes, though meat and seafood cuts, a rotisserie and an impressive dessert section also feature. High quality mall dining.
Ground floor, www.eataly.com (4021 4700).
GRK Fresh Greek
Amid the burger joints and ice cream stands, a Greek restaurant is a welcome addition to the casual scene. We’re not sure if it’s fond memories of a teenage trip to the islands, a general appreciation for all things Mediterranean or the willingness of chefs to slather food in honey and tzatziki, but we’ve always had a soft spot for Greek food. This is not an in-depth exploration of the cuisine but you can expect pita bread kebabs and, obviously, feta-filled Greek salads.
First floor, www.grkfreshme.com (4034 6000).
Icons Coffee Couture
You will appreciate the handmade sweets at this German lifestyle chain (cookie cake, anyone?), but it’s the organic coffee that will keep you coming back. Icons has speciality blends such as kopi luwak. Often referred to as the world’s most expensive coffee, it’s made with beans that have been digested and then expelled by cats in Indonesia. Interesting? Certainly. Appealing? we’re not quite so sure. But there are plenty of other varieties to enjoy for those whole don’t like to take such wild chances on their morning brew.
First floor, www.facebook.com/iconscoffeecoutureqatar (4034 6000).
Le Pain Quotidien
Bakery is the name of the game at this carb-loving spot. Croissants, muffins and a selection of tarts and breads are the stars, but the breakfast is excellent with organic granola, eggs benedict and a fruity, syrupy brioche French toast all featuring. Hot dishes tend to have a Gallic feel, with the likes of beef bourguignon, Croque Madame and a wild mushroom and spicy shrimp quinoa risotto.
Food court, www.facebook.com/LPQMiddleEast (4034 6000).
Flavours at this dreamily creamy gelataria range from classic chocolate and vanilla to tropical mango, coconut or Nocciola hazelnut. Made from a 100-year-old family recipe, trust us when we say this is some of the best gelato in the city. And don’t even get us started on the sundaes. They are huge and come in flavours like berry pavlova and banana royale with plenty of sauce.
First floor. www.morellisgelato.com (4034 6000).
Variety is the driving force behind this crowd-pleasing Qatar-born franchise. An enormous menu covers what may, at first, seem like a strange combination: pizza, steaks and Asian fare. The sushi, however, is standout, and the Salwa Road sister restaurant is no stranger to a Time Out award or two. Here’s hoping the new Mall of Qatar branch approaches the same level of quality.
First floor, www.neorestaurantqatar.com (6666 9287).
Pick & Shake
A make-your-own milkshake emporium that keeps things simple by offering little more than dozens of chocolate milkshake variants including Nutella, Flake, Mars, Kit Kat and Galaxy. Basically, if you can buy it and blend it they will make a shake with it.
Food court, www.picknshake.qa (4037 7801).
TWG Salon & Boutique
This Singaporean tea brand has been making brews for 170 years. Dozens of unique varieties are available and the appeal is very much of the connoisseur variety. Inform staff of your mood and preferred tastes and they will advise you of the perfect blend for you. They serve a good range of sweet treats and café fare to enjoy with it, too.
Ground floor, www.twgtea.com (3330 0283).
Also at Mall of Qatar
Mall of Qatar Live
Need even more reasons to visit Qatar’s biggest mall? How does the world’s first in-house troupe of performers sound? With headline shows 52 weeks of the year and a 360-degree custom-built revolving stage, you don’t need to be on a shopping spree to make a trip here.
www.mallofqatar.com.qa (4034 6000).
A new whopping great big cinema has opened in Qatar. This latest has 19 screens, the world’s largest IMAX (with a laser 3D projection system) and all the bells and whistles you could hope for from a brand new multiplex.
www.novocinemas.com (4418 5736).
These days, malls need to pull out all the stops to stand out. Mall of Qatar has taken things to the, well, extreme with Xtremeland. 48,000 square feet of attractions include a trampoline park, arcade games, fairground rides, soft play and a climbing wall. Expect lots of flashing lights and generous amounts of beeping plus, probably, lots of fun as well.
www.facebook.com/XtremelandME (4458 2311).