Michelin-star chef brings Spanish flavours to Doha

Guest chef Javier Aranda brings traditional recipes from the culinary hotspots of the Iberian Peninsula to El Faro

Michelin-star chef brings Spanish flavours to Doha

We’re usually craving authentic Spanish food in Doha and we’re almost always hard-pressed to find a few good tapas. Luckily, two-time Michelin-star guest chef Javier Aranda launched a brand-new menu at El Faro in Marsa Malaz Kempinski and we went running to try it out.

Aranda’s love for his background and Spanish cuisine echoes all over the newly revamped restaurant. There are plenty of favourites including a range of tapas and paella, of course.



The entrance is similar to that of a Spanish mercado and you’re almost immediately transported to Spain on entering the space.

The restaurant’s unique décor features a Picasso-inspired brick wall besides the traditional marketplace displaying various locally-sourced products and a chalkboard wall.

The main seating area provides a full dinner menu featuring top dishes from several different regions influenced by Spanish, Portuguese and British cuisines along with the Iberian Peninsula.

Special weekly promotions such as Vive La Noche (long live the night), Chica’s night, Paella night and Tapa Locas will all be launched this month and you can expect a gastronomic experience that captures the essence of what makes Spanish cuisine unique.



Aranda has two venues in Madrid, La Cabra and Gaytán, and is one of the youngest rising stars in the Spanish culinary scene.

He brings with him the wealth of his traditional flavours along with his signature flair. He’s truly passionate about bringing authentic flavours to the city of Doha.

If we were you, we’d be heading there right now after reading this.
Open Sun-Thu 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat 3.30pm-2am. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5011).

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