Eating out in Doha does not have to be expensive. Eat well and save here
Time Out Doha staff
April 29, 2015 6:13 AM
Al Sultan A sandwich counter by the entrance of this Lebanese restaurant displays the tantalising fillings that go into a grilled wrap, from soujouk sausages to fried shrimp and grilled meats. For table service, head upstairs where, during lunch, canny diners can get a three-course meal on budget. There’s even a Friday brunch spread at bargain prices. Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street (4441 4067).
Baan Thai Baan Thai is smart, spacious and stylishly appointed. The double-storey shop lot in the suburb of Muaither features large dining rooms with authentic carvings and tasteful décor. All the usual Thai favourites from green curry to tom yam and fish cakes are brilliantly spiced and expertly cooked. You can enjoy a perfectly balanced meal for a modest bill, but there are tantalising specials with concomitant prices. So if your budget can stretch, your dining experience can also be enhanced. Furousiya St, Al Rayyan (3351 5591).
Habesha Away from the Ethiopian enclave in Muaither, this gem in Doha serves mega-portions of 50-cm injera bread with a wide array of dishes. The tibs (meat cooked in spices then served in a clay pot with charcoal embers beneath to keep warm) as well as beye ayinetu (vegetable medley) are consistent crowd-pleasers. Everything is made to order, so service is less than brisk. Be prepared: the menu is meat orientated with only one vegetable dish and no desserts. Ibn Seena Street, Al Muntazah (6679 0019).
J.G. Sandwich Cellar An English café in Doha! Decked out like an old-fashioned tearoom, this is the place to come for hearty British classics. One of the best fish and chips in town and the steak pie and mash with onion gravy will always satisfy the hungriest of diners. Check out the wide range of hefty sandwiches and desserts. As you’d expect, tea and coffee are drinks of choice here and breakfast is served all day. Umm Ghuwailina (4435 7559).
MRA Having rapidly grown into a chain in just the past year, MRA still gives great food at affordable prices. The southern Indian breakfast breads and a generous lunchtime buffet are definite highlights. Not buffet hungry? You can still order from the lengthy menu and stay on budget, but it’ll be hard to resist the awesome counter of Indian sweets. TV Roundabout, Al Markiyah (4442 2073).
North East A diamond in the rough, North East restaurant is well-worth hunting down. An exhaustive menu will take you as long to read through as you took to find this eatery tucked away in a nondescript alleyway. With chefs and servers hailing from Beijing, this is as authentic as Chinese cuisine gets. The homemade dumplings are irresistible, with meat, chicken or vegetarian fillings, boiled or fried to your liking. Al Salata, small road between Al Aaliya St and Al Muthaf St, behind the new Qatar National Museum (7788 6176).
Oriental Kitchen You’d have to come to this Najma treasure once a week for a year to try everything on the menu. The Chinese Malaysian dishes are served with little fanfare but plenty of flavour. The butter prawns and fish head curry are among the best sellers, along with the dozen tofu dishes where bean curd is fried, steamed and braised to perfection. Here’s an insider’s tip: book a table and order ahead to cut down on the long waiting time. Al Khalidiya St. (3336 3279).
Turkey Central Fast Turkish food at it’s best – if you haven’t been, you're missing out on a classic Doha experience. Despite moving down the street to a new location, this ultra-popular eatery seems to have retained all its charm – a bustling, if Spartan dining room with fast, efficient service. And then there’s the food. The two dozen different mezzes are legendary in taste and portion size, best consumed with the breads piping hot from the oven. Kebab lovers beware, this place is addictive. Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street (4443 2927).