Time Out welcomes these great restaurants to the Doha dining scene
Time Out Doha staff
April 29, 2015 7:06 AM
Al Maskar The only completely new restaurant to open up at the revamped, suave and stylish Sheraton hotel, the seafood on show is very good, if a little pricey. With a small selection of starters and a choice of grilled, fried or steamed fish, based on weight as well as a few other options, the menu is not frighteningly large, but ample enough. The view by the water is also very pleasant. Sheraton Doha, West Bay (4485 4444).
Café Brouq Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel’s latest café is a very pleasant one. Promising international and Qatari cuisine, it is something a little different to try in the city. To be honest, ‘Qatari cuisine’ is an interesting concept in itself. What is Qatari cuisine? For instance, the Qatari breakfast comprises of mainly scrambled eggs and tomato, and we can’t get enough. It is a very pleasant retreat, with very good and attentive service and tasty food to match and a wide range of hot and cold drinks. Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel, Souq Waqif (4433 6444).
Café Murano A bright, airy and chic café with middle Eastern, Venetian and Japanese architecture and ornaments, serving a range of speciality teas and coffees and some of the best cakes in town. There are also healthy breakfast options for those that don’t want cake. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable, and the cake display something to get your taste buds tingling while looking out to the water. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl (4035 5555).
Chef’s Garden A stone’s throw away from the Al Shaqab equestrian facilities, Chefs Garden, also known as The Club, is a very bright, airy and enjoyable venue with very reasonable prices. There is a little bit of an identity crisis, with a clash of fine dining and burgers, as well as television screens on show, but the view of the garden and the fact that many of its vegetables are sourced locally makes it a good place to come. It’s also a perfect spot to dine outside, weather permitting. Qatar Foundation, Gate 6, Education City (4454 7297).
Eatopia An impressive walk-through restaurant with cooking stations, pizzas, pastas, salads, cheese shawarmas and even its own deli, this bright and bubbly restaurant also has a café vibe to it, with enough choice on the menu for everyone to be satisfied. Although the choice is vast, the quality remains good, and the large size of the restaurant allows for it to be a family friendly retreat, while also catering for large groups and not being too noisy for individual diners. Gate Mall, West Bay (4020 6400).
El Faro Fun, vibrant, and rather surprisingly “street” for the decadent Marsa Malaz Kempinski hotel, with Picasso inspire graffiti on the walls and a fun atmosphere making it worth a visit. And the tapas on show makes for a dining experience that can be as relaxed as you want it to be. The paella, for two or four people, is also a good shout to order if with friends. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl Qatar (4035 5555).
French Olive Despite the name suggesting that this restaurant will be exclusively French, the majority of the menu is actually Italian, and actually very good. It’s a nice, vibrant setting, kind of café/restaurant combined, with plenty of space. Food wise, the pizzas win hands down; they are very special, but the menu is exciting and varied and other courses also offer more than adequate alternatives. The service is attentive but not overpowering. Barwa, Al Sadd Complex, C-Ring Road (4447 7777).
Sawa A small menu of international dishes, Sawa is a large restaurant and with a very bright interior. It’s better to sit outside, admire the view, and the giant horse. It’s an all-day dining concept. For the evening menu, a small selection of salads, soups and starters, as well as pastas and flat breads and a couple of “classic dishes” comprise the menu. Specialities are the meat dishes off the grill, with numerous Wagyu choices and black Angus beef selections. The cheese selection for dessert is also rather impressive. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl (4035 5111).
Sütis You could endure parking problems at Al Emadi Financial Square, but once you’re over that obstacle, the restaurant is worth a stop. The staff are attentive, the restaurant bright and cheerful. The food isn’t perfect but, on the whole, it serves good Turkish food and is a popular retreat. It has a massive menu of Borek, egg selections, cheeses, soups, pittas, salads and, of course, the usual variety of kebabs and a great dessert menu. Al Emadi Financial Square, C-Ring Road (4037 5287).