Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar
What’s new at Chocolate Bar, you wonder? Chocolates, of course. Besides a complete menu revamp, this cute café has got dozens of new chocolate varieties and after trying a few of them, we can attest to its goodness. And if there’s one dessert you absolutely must try here, it should be the chocolate lava cake. You’re welcome.
Marina Way One, The Pearl-Qatar (4409 5236).
Al Nafourah Garden
We’ve been skipping this spot for a while because of the extreme humidity. But just in time for all our favourite match screenings, Al Nafourah has installed a brand-new outdoor air-conditioning system. So while watching your favourite teams on multiple screens in chilled temperatures, you can try out the new combos here. The Red Card combo includes two bottled hops and one shawarma for QR159. Magic of the Ball is good for two with six bottled hops and a mixed grill for QR459. And if you’re in a bigger group, go for the Final Whistle and get eight bottled hops and a sharing platter for QR589.
Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwailina (4402 3333).
Burj Al Hamam
This luxurious Lebanese restaurant is being completely revamped and it’s going to be more authentic than ever. Besides incredible new interiors, 40 new dishes are being added to the menu and some of them can’t be found anywhere else in Doha. And if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love the new chef dedicated only to whipping up decadent Arabic sweets.
1 La Croisette, The Pearl-Qatar (4409 5238).
Two-time Michelin-star guest chef Javier Aranda launched a brand-new menu at El Faro in Marsa Malaz Kempinski and some of the new tapas are superb. There’s plenty of creative dishes that are just as tasty such as the Russian salad with octopus carpaccio (our absolute favourite), a basil waffle with mozzarella foam and tomato jam, a reverse calamari sandwich, deep fried mussels and plenty more. Besides all the regulars, there’s a new range of paellas, too, and we suggest you don’t miss out on it.
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5011).
La Casa Twenty Eight
This award-winning European restaurant has just undergone a transformation. With a recently launched menu, La Casa now takes its guests on a journey through the Mediterranean with a brunch of new flavours, plenty of sharing dishes and a lot of interactions with the guests.
Medina Centrale, The Pearl-Qatar (4412 7342).
It’s no secret that we love Megu (and dine here at least twice a week). But even we didn’t realise there was a teppanyaki bar being constructed on the mezzanine. It’s opening soon and there’s going to be plenty of exciting things including live stations. No more excuses to order in that delicious ebi dynamite roll for days in a row.
6 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4409 5237).
Admittedly, this venue at InterContinental Doha was becoming a bit tired, which is why the news of its renovation comes at the perfect time. The entire space will have a turquoise theme with brand-new menus, interesting afternoon teas and live coffee works such as air-press and cool brew that will take place right in front of your eyes. Besides savoury canapes and French pastries, you can also get mixed beverages after 6pm.
Opening October 2019. InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4919).
The Trader Vic’s liquid brunch may not be for everyone on a Friday, which is why, it’s just introduced a brand-new lunch option. There’s a fusion, island-style menu and you can choose your favourite salad, appetisers, mains (try the laksa) and desserts to share for QR199 per person.
Hilton Doha, West Bay (4423 3222).
Urban Jazz Kitchen
Our favourite eatery for Louisiana crab cakes just made our day (month actually). The outdoor area is getting an air-conditioned tent where shisha will be served. This means you can be sitting outdoors in this humidity and literally chill. The menu has just been revamped, too, and the open kitchen is now covered with glass (so your clothes won’t smell of barbecue when you walk out). It is definitely worth checking out.
10 La Croisette, The Pearl-Qatar (4409 5269).