We've found the best Indian food at restaurants in Doha
Time Out Doha staff
April 29, 2015 6:35 AM
Bombay Balti It’s slightly odd to get used to, looking at a Chinese restaurant while eating at an Indian one. But the open space at the Radisson is more intriguing than anything else, electing not to section off the two restaurants and to have both of them in a wide space. This really is a safe bet for a curry and a refreshment, with a typical Indian menu and relatively reasonable prices. Somewhere to go with mates, not for a romantic escape. Radisson Blu, Intersection of C-Ring Road and Salwa Road (4428 1428).
Asha’s Owned by Indian singer Asha Bhosle, Asha’s is, in many ways, your typical Indian restaurant. Set in warm surroundings (if not a little noisy with the hustle and bustle of Villaggio), the place serves good Indian grub to enjoy at pretty reasonable prices. The dishes aren’t overly spicy, which can be an appeal or a put-off for the discerning diner, as well as an excellent range of vegetarian options. Villaggio Mall, Muraikh (4451 7867).
Bukhara If you want a very good price, decent Indian food, alright service and a good evening all-round, this is the place to come. It’s also a convenient location and nearly always busy. The menu is vast, with a particularly large range of soups and Tandoori dishes available. This is the ideal venue to come in a group and have a good evening with Indian dishes and a similar vibe to what you may get at a British curry house. Khalifa Tennis & Squash Complex, Al Bidda St., West Bay (4483 3345)/ (4490 9614).
Chingari Chingari is a lovely restaurant with a great vibe. The rich red colour, Indian band and overall aesthetic is excellent for dinner, either as a couple or in groups. The food is good as well, with an exciting menu that isn’t your traditional ‘English Indian’ food. Many of the curries are dry curries, excellently spiced, and the chef is happy to cater for all spice levels. Tandoori specials are also part of the restaurant’s forte. Radisson Blu Hotel, Intersection of C-Ring Road and Salwa Road (4428 1555).
Grill With elegant lanterns drooping down at every turn, the restaurant is a pleasant spot, mainly frequented by the local populis. An elaborate mix of Persian, Arabic mezze and Indian foodstuff, it is the latter that attracts the palate best. Clay oven dishes, curries and dals are nicely spiced and the service attentive (occasionally overly so). Like all the restaurants at The Village, it is also a popular spot for families. The Village, Salwa Road, Nasr (4444 4700).
Royal Tandoor There are numerous Royal Tandoors in the city, but all have a similar look: bright and secluded if you wish with curtains that can close if you want some privacy. This touch is welcome. It’s a typical curry menu and the quality of the staff can vary considerably. Just a warning: if you want some spice, ask for spicy, as medium will not satisfy you. Royal Tandoor, Souq Waqif, Pearl & Al Sadd. Souq (4432 3244), Al Sadd (4444 2343), Pearl, Parcel 12 (4002 0777).
Saffron Lounge There’s a reason why this restaurant fares consistently well in the restaurant awards – it’s excellent. The menu is an interesting concept in itself – a little bit of background on the food from the north, south, east and west of India and the reason for its culinary influences – is both interesting and informative. The setting is beautiful, and the food superb. There is also a significant vegetarian menu and the fact it is run by Michelin star chef Vineet Bathia tops it off. Katara Cultural Village, West Bay Lagoon (3325 8919).
Taj Rasoi This is an Indian in the British sense. That, for us, is not a negative at all. The aesthetic is good fun – old tablecloths, slightly irritating Indian music, dark lights – it’s a typical British curry house, and the food is really good! Set menus, soups, salads and starters accompany a vast variety of Tandoori dishes, many Vegetarian options, lamb, seafood and chicken dishes – making the menu as varied as it is tasty. Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8888).