All the delicious meat, gravy and vegetables of a restaurant, enjoyed while sitting at home in your new Christmas onesies? Yes please. Takeaway turkeys from top Doha hotels is a good option. Place your orders at least two weeks in advance, and then all you need to worry about is washing up and buying crackers.
Just think how easy it would be to select the size of bird you want and let the Marriott chefs roast it for you while you concentrate on pulling crackers and emptying your stockings.
QR640 (4-5kg), QR980 (7-8kg). Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Aboud Street, www.marriott.com (4429 9499).
Turkeys of all sizes and shapes. Er, actually they are all turkey-shaped, but sizes do vary in the Four Seasons kitchen. Get an expertly prepared bird to suit the size of your party and snip the stress out of your day.
QR150 per kilogram. Four Seasons Doha, Doha Corniche, www.fourseasons.com (4494 8600).
The InterContinental Doha’s festive hampers are something of an institution in the city. As well as the traditional turkey to take away, there are lots of sweet options to choose from including attractive centrepieces like an edible ginger house.
Price on request. InterContinental Doha, West Bay, www.ihg.com (4484 4919).
InterContinental Doha The City
This West Bay hotel has gone the extra mile.We give them extra credit for including bread sauce along with the gravy and cranberry, and mashed, as well as roast, potatoes. Optional extras include salmon or beef as turkey alternatives and pudding options include six (yes, six!) different kinds of Yule log.
QR350 (5.5kg), QR550 (7.5kg). InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay, www.intercontinental.com/dohathecity (4015 8888).
Pick up the turkey and all the trimmings to takeaway and do your very best not to pull over in your car and have “just a little bit” on the drive home. Check out the online order form to hand-pick the food you want in
From QR495. Quick Bites, Marriott Marquis City Centre, www.marriottmarquisdining.com (4419 6134).
Marsa Malaz Kempinski
We rate the kitchen teams at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski highly, so we reckon the turkey in a box (complete with onion and sage stuffing, sauces, spuds and honey-glazed vegetables) will make your Christmas at home stress-free and delicious for five or six people.
QR995 (serves five-six). Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar www.kempinski.com (4035 5011).
Millennium Hotel Doha
This great value-for-money option gets you a family-sized turkey with all the condiments for less than QR600. If that's not a deal, then we don't know what is.
QR595. Catering, Millennium Hotel Doha, Jawan Street, Al Sadd, www.millenniumhotels.com (4424 7777).
Buttered carrots, broccoli, roast potatoes, onion, sage and apricot stuffing and lots of gravy and cranberry sauce to splash over a turkey big enough for eight people. Sound good to you? Get your order in with the Radisson Blu.
QR600 (turkey only), QR680 (turkey with trimmings). Palm Garden, Radisson Blu Doha, Salwa Road, www.radissonblu.com (4428 1555).
The St. Regis Doha
Traditional trimmings for this turkey include parsnips, sprouts and roasted potatoes and even a Bûche de Noël for good measure. The St. Regis chefs suggest it is enough for eight diners, but we’re sorely tempted to try and take it on by ourselves…
QR990 (serves eight). The St. Regis Doha, West Bay, www.stregisdoha.com (4446 0105).
The black pepper and pomegranate molasses-glazed turkey comes with optional sides (for QR30 each) such as velvety mashed potatoes, vanilla-scented sweet potato purée and marshmallow and roasted chestnuts.
QR790 (serves 8-10). W Café, W Doha, West Bay, www.wcafedoha.com (4453 5385).
The Westin Doha
Hunter’s is well-known for its weekly roasts, and you can take the experience home with you on Christmas Day with all the traditional trimmings, and for an extra QR150 the chefs will throw in a festive sharing dessert, too.
QR750 (serves 6-8). Hunters, Westin Doha, Salwa Road, www.westindoha.com (4492 1555).