Al Matbakh

A new Indian restaurant serving up classics in a cool setting
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Time Out Says

Al Matbakh has recently been completely revamped and the new venue looks fabulous. It’s now an Indian restaurant that serves some classic dishes and shisha in a very pretty setting.

We’re taken to the “Blue Heaven” which is possibly the cosiest seating area in the restaurant. Everything is blue including the curtains and the lights – there’s something very palatial about the ambience in this corner. We also can’t help but notice the attention to detail is impeccable, from the table mats to the curtain holders.

The menu is short and sweet with a few good classics like nalli nihari and butter chicken. The paani puri is deconstructed and served in slanting little glasses and the chicken tikka is served over an actual mini charcoal barbecue. Nice.

The butter chicken isn’t too heavy or rich – in fact, it’s refreshingly light and delicious. Before dessert, try the nalli nihari (slow-cooked lamb cubes in lots of spicy gravy) for a real dose of heat. The gajar ka halwa (shredded carrots cooked with milk and sugar) is placed into a French tart, making it crunchy and enjoyable. Best for the finale.

Watch the roof retract and relax after dinner with some masala chai and have one the best evenings you can imagine.

The bottom line

Excellent ambience and great food.

By Time Out Doha staff  | 01 Mar 2018

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6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
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Doha, Jasra, Arumaila Boutique Hotel, Jasra, Doha

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