Sushi, teppanyaki, teriyaki and more of the best Japanese food in Doha
Time Out Doha staff
April 29, 2015 6:08 AM
Asia Live! The Oriental fusion restaurant has an exceptionally pleasant ambiance to it, like you are the guest of an old friend in a house somewhere in the Orient. We believe the best of the cuisines – Japanese, Chinese and Southeast Asian, is the former, with an excellent teppanyaki selection and a rather delightfully battered tempura ice-cream to help it all down. The sushi also tends to be excellent, as is the attentiveness of the staff. Doha Marriott Hotel, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8499).
D’Chopstix The Japanese selections at D’Chopstix are pretty extensive to complement the Southeast Asian and Chinese dishes also on show. A section at the back of the restaurant is devoted to teppanyaki and sushi, as half the menu is Japanese. There is also all your normal sashimis and makis on show and worth trying. In spite of the ornate décor, service here is quite informal, resulting in a meal that is relaxed and focused more on comforting, fuss-free flavours. Holiday Villa Hotel & Residence, Al Manzoura (4408 4888).
Junko Sushi & Dining Junko, formerly known as Midori (the bill still says this) is where to get an authentic feel of Japanese dining. The interior is relaxed and friendly, with bamboo comprising much of the aesthetic. Its speciality sushi is the Pearl roll with ebi tempura mixed in. Makimono is also available and there is a large à la carte menu on show and a noodle selection for a full variation of Japanese dishes. Parcel 7, The Pearl (4002 8294).
Megu Megu is an ideal restaurant to go for a treat. Sitting inside, the ambiance is bright and modern, with the centrepiece a giant Buddha, but, if you can, grab a spot outside, overlooking the waterside at The Pearl. The menu is a fusion of contemporary Japanese and some original dishes, with creativity and artistic flair evident. The prices may be steep, but the food does the talking. 6 La Croisette, The Pearl Qatar, (4495 3876).
Neo This restaurant could solve all your problems. Well maybe not all of them, but culinary ones, nonetheless. There is a good Japanese selection available and the place is bright, bustling and busy, but the main appeal of this restaurant is its diversity. Bring a group of mates and someone is bound to dislike Japanese food. No worries, there are dishes such as pizzas and pastas, as well. On the Japanese side of things there is a large sushi, maki, nigiri and sashimi selection. Salwa Road, Nasr, right at C-Ring intersection (4432 2539).
Oishi Sushi This place is popular, and for good reason. You have a choice of dining options; you can sit at the revolving sushi belt, sit on your own or in groups on the communal table, have your own table or book out a private dining room. The options on the menu are immense, and generally of a very high standard. Some of the desserts are sweet on sweet, but that can be the lure, sometimes. Royal Plaza, Sadd area (4442 8989).
Sakura Sakura has your typical, Amercianised teppanyaki station, and we love it! But it also has normal seating areas, a bar area and private dining areas, too, catering for everyone. The fish is perfectly fresh and the chefs know how to make perfect sushi rice, a flaw that can be seen at too many restaurants in the city. The restaurant is vast, with masses of choice of makimono, sushis, rolls, bento boxes, curries and much more. It tends to be busy, too. Radisson Blu Hotel, Just off C-Ring Road and Salwa Road Intersection (4428 1555).
Yee Hwa Yee Hwa has great, Japanese cuisine. Forget you’re in Doha and for a minute you could believe you are in Tokyo. The restaurant is busy most nights and is simple in its setting and arrangement, but this serves it well. It is good Japanese food served simply, and at the same time, Japanese style. The Nabeyaki udon is particularly delicious, and the friendly and helpful service and decent prices make it well worth a visit. Al Kinani St, Al Sadd (4441 9898).