Lebanese Shawarma: Arabic street food may be common around Doha, but the shawarma here are particularly excellent – maybe even the the best in town. Chicken and beef, offered from 12.30pm daily until the evening. Besides the shawarma, this venue has the most fantastic falafel sandwich we’ve ever encountered. Check it out.
Off Airport Road (4466 2616), between D and E rings, near to Turkey Restaurant and Pizza Hut. Open noon-2am.
Turkey Central: Open late, with terrific shawarma, which starts being served around noon daily – perfect for lunch and after a late night out as well. But be careful, the shawarma here often runs out before 11pm. In case it has, there’s still a good size menu with lots of other great Turkish foods. The bread is a highlight here, whether it be fatyre you crave or just some oven-roasted flatbread – it comes fresh out of the brick oven and ready to eat. Be sure to ask for the garlic sauce too, it’s amazing.
Al Mirqab Street (4443 2927), near Doha Clinic. Open 11am-12.30am.
Istanbul Sultan Dining Restaurant: Not as well known as the others in our list, but just as lip-smackingly wonderful. This place has more shawarma, pies and sandwich choices than most street-side restaurants. Did we mention they put onion on the shawarmas too? A little unconventional, but highly welcomed. Open from 6.30am, but shawarmas are reserved for evenings only. For something different, try the pizza hotdog – a great accompaniment in case the shawarma doesn’t fill you.
Abu Hamour area (4468 5089), next to the petrol station. Open 6.30am-1.30am.
Orangery Café Trottoir: Located at La Cigale Hotel. Once you stroll into the hotel, you will find Orangery Café Trottoir located in the front, facing C Ring Road, with inside and outside seating, plus takeaway. Slightly more expensive at QR15 per shawarma, but well worth it when you consider the high class atmosphere and service that La Cigale is known for. They have some nice chocolate treats too, which can be a great dessert after a delectable shawarma.
La Cigale Hotel (4428 8888). Open 7am-11.30pm.
Marmara Istanbul: A great place for a shawarma, and open later than the other places listed here. Just pull up outside, and a legion of eager staff with white hats will be pleased to quickly take your order, feed you and send you on your way. If for some reason you aren’t in the mood for shawarma, the rotisserie chicken is worth a look – very juicy and tender, and wrapped in hot bread. Best of all, eating that lovely chicken will only set you back QR20.
Al Sadd (4436 2947), just off Al Sadd Street and near to Centrepoint. Open 7am-4am. Other location: Bin Omran area, near TV Roundabout.