An elegant bar with a relaxed atmosphere
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Time Out Says

The very first thing that warms us to Mandarin Oriental, Doha’s new lounge Ambar, is the welcoming staff. It’s almost overwhelming, in a good way, and as they take the time to ask our names (and actually remember it throughout the entire evening), we pick a nice corner and get comfortable. The lounge is quite compact, with different seating areas dotted around, and it doesn’t feel deserted even though there aren’t many people here.

This stylish bar is inspired by the desert and the amber glow of the setting sun. There are orange hues that are highlighted in the décor. At the centre of Ambar is an open, oval-shaped bar with clay amphora pots on top. These allow them to age and preserve some of the mixed drinks, showing how seriously this spot takes its beverages.

There are some very unique and imaginative drinks with twists here, for instance, a mixed beverage infused with dates. All the drinks are brilliantly presented and absolutely delicious. It’s clear why the bartender was so confident in his recommendations as the staff clearly pride themselves on their mixology skills. There are no happy hours for the moment, but surprisingly, the beverages are decently priced, starting at QR35.

The menu also includes a decent choice of tapas. We opt for our server’s suggestion of mini manchego sliders and gambas al ajillo. The sliders are very tasty, and the addition of the Spanish cheese gives this bar-food staple some additional texture.

However, it’s the prawns that take the crown for us. They’ve been left to simmer with some garlic, fresh chilli and distilled grape in a pan of olive oil. The result is perfectly cooked, tender prawns with a slightly spicy yet sweet edge.

There’s some up-tempo lounge music playing in the background, but it’s not until we stop talking that we really notice it. We can’t help but think this would be a great place to meet for afterwork drinks, or even a casual business meeting.

The waiters sincerely thank us for visiting and seek our honest feedback. It’s been a while since we’ve seen customer service at this level, which really makes Ambar stand out, although the food and drinks are amazing in their own rights, too. After a flawless experience, it’s safe to say we’ll be back very soon.

An elegant bar with a relaxed atmosphere

For excellent food and drinks and outstanding hospitality

20 Jan 2020

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TypeBar & Pub
6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Sunday: 6:00 PM to 1:00 AMMonday: 6:00 PM to 1:00 AMTuesday: 6:00 PM to 1:00 AMWednesday: 6:00 PM to 1:00 AMThursday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AMFriday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AMSaturday: 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Show number 4008 8888
Doha, Doha, Barahat Msheireb Street, Doha, Qatar

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