Doha's Best Restaurants

Time Out selects the best places to eat in Doha

Doha's Best Restaurants

The Time Out team of anonymous reviewers have tried hundreds of restaurants in the city, all with the aim to find the best of the best. This is our biggest ever! We have more restaurants nominated, bigger waistlines and a larger expenses bill (sorry, boss). The winners will be unveiled at our Restaurant Awards, taking place at the Grand Hyatt on May 20. Here’s your guide to our picks in the city.

How do we choose our nominations and winners?

Our panel of food experts have all been eating their way around the city with the aim of finding Doha’s best eateries. Restaurants have to be open for at least six months to be considered, except as a newcomer, when they must be open a minimum of three months. Here’s our quite incredible compilation of nominated restaurants for the 20 categories considered.

Our panel of food experts have all been eating their way around the city with the aim of finding Doha’s best eateries. Restaurants have to be open for at least six months to be considered, except as a newcomer, when they must be open a minimum of three months. Here’s our quite incredible compilation of nominated restaurants for the 20 categories considered.

Afternoon Tea

Winner
La Mer
That afternoon tea is served in the hotel’s flagship fine dining restaurant is the first indication that this will be a sumptuous experience. Each table is positioned to make the most of the 23rd floor wraparound view of the marina and waters separating West Bay in the distance. Fine bone china, polished silverware and oversized pots of tea are mere extras to what are unequivocally the best scones in Doha.
Ritz Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

Highly commended

Sarab Lounge
Billed as the ultimate afternoon tea lounge in Doha, Sarab Lounge certainly corners the market on superlatives. It offers the most impressive collection of teas, topping 100 varieties. Each order comes with four mini scones, warm and gloriously buttery, served with proper clotted cream.
St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0126).

Other nominees:
Al Jalsa
Al Jalsa exudes the charm and exoticism of the Arab world with its warmth, hospitality and stunning interiors. Moroccan lamps, plush cushions and split-level seating create an opulent yet relaxed space, ideal for holding meetings or unwinding with company. A chocolate scone is among the trio served at afternoon tea with canapé style sandwiches and classic French desserts – all accompanied by a variety of blended teas with Oriental influences.
Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud (4425 6666).

Seasons Tea Lounge

Nestled off the main lobby of the hotel, Seasons Tea Lounge offers plenty of sunlight and serene views of gardens and sea. A popular spot for suits and business meetings, the lounge serves an afternoon tea that inadvertently takes on a more corporate, business feel. Nearly everything is petite and bite-sized, disappearing before you know it.
Four Seasons Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).

Tea Lounge
Afternoon tea without the usual pomp. Because the Tea Lounge is essentially an extension of the hotel lobby, the atmosphere is more bustling than relaxed – ideal for a business-oriented tea service. There are three different options, a classic one with scones, sandwiches and sweets; another designed for chocoholics; and a premium version, which includes two varieties of tea for true lovers of this tradition.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Torch Tea Garden
A garden among the clouds. This café on the 21st floor is a sassy sanctuary, decked out in roomy garden furniture with vibrant cushions and a verdant canopy overhead. Afternoon tea is quite avant garde – instead of a three-tiered stand, the food is served on a slate; dips come in shot glasses; the sandwiches are open-faced; even the scones are re-invented and taste more like hot-cross buns.
The Torch, Al Wabb Street, Aspire Zone (4446 5600).

Victoria
A haven for those who love their leaves, Victoria offers more than three dozen teas. All of the white, black, green, semi-fermented and dark varieties are intricately described with flavour notes, leaf infusion time and water temperatures. The décor resembles a manor library, adding tradition to the experience. Smoking is also permitted in this intimate venue, which shapes the composition of the clientele.
Grand Heritage, Aspire Zone (4445 5555).

W Café
The biggest scones in town, afternoon tea at the W Café is anything but a timid affair. As if that wasn’t enough of a draw, there are five different sandwiches, all made with traditional sliced bread, and big enough to make a meal. The mega scones are served with a twist, crème Chantilly instead of clotted cream, in keeping with the hotel’s proclivity for improvisation.
W Doha, West Bay (4453 5353).

Bar Food

Winner
Champions
If you want a traditional bar-themed place to sit, relax, chat with mates and take your pick of TV screens available to watch the football or other sports, Champions is your location. Offering a typical bar menu to cater for British, American and other tastes, it ticks all the boxes of a sports bar, with starters, sliders, other types of burgers and a “knife and fork” selection for those who want a hearty meal.
Marriott Marquis Doha City Center Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

Highly commended
Belgian Café
You want good mussels (really good mussels) and some Belgian refreshments to help them down? Then there really is only one place to come in the city – here! Furthermore, the bar itself is vibrant, fun and bubbly, though a little smoky. With snacks, salads, platters, main courses and more, it is a great place to eat and drink in the city, with an ideal bar food menu to suit all tastes.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Other nominees:
Admirals
A’Hoy! If you want good bar food with great views, look no further. Admirals, by the waterside, is a great place to relax when the weather is ideal, and good to sit inside, too. It’s got proper bar food – you’ve got your selection of burgers, nachos, and other cooked meals, such as pretty decent fish and chips dish for those with an appetite.
Ritz Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8506).

Habanos
One of the classier spots in town, this bar is ideal for people of any age to come and chill in a typical lounge bar surrounding, with an impressive selection of cigars on show and to purchase. The bar food menu is small but mighty, with a mix of seafood, ribs and chicken dishes, as well as a cheese board and a few dessert options. There’s a band in the evening to play smooth lounge music as well.
Ritz Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

Jazz at Lincoln Center
First and foremost, you have to pay 100 riyals to enter, but you do receive a complimentary refreshment. That said, this is a great spot for a couple to chill out and enjoy some high end bar food. Wait for the live jazz, and you’re in for a treat with the moody lighting and relaxing chairs and sofas making it ideal for a wind down, with an exciting menu to match. Service is hit-and-miss, but if that’s not of your concern, book for a rather special evening.
The St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

Rose & Thistle
British pub grub, plenty of noise and a good football match. Sounds good? Then come to Rose and Thistle! The food is actually very good, too, with a small selection at very reasonable prices. Four choices of salad, “finger bites” that are actually more than that, curries, burgers and a selection from the grill comprise the menu. It is a little dark but the selection of refreshments are ideal to have a nibble and enjoy your favourite team play.
Horizon Manor Hotel, Jabr bin Mohd St. (4445 5470).

The Lounge
Set in a suave and swanky surrounding and with a piano beautifully appointed in the corner, this is a place of sophistication to come after work. The menu is as varied as you would need, with some “speciality” meals, including the camel burger, and the refreshments selection is extensive. A little bit dark though for those that like a different bar atmosphere.
Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay (4405 3325).

Trader Vic’s
There is a great selection of refreshments, a super décor and wonderful views to embrace here. But the food should not be discounted altogether. A small menu with nibbles, sushis, sides, main dishes and sandwiches mean you can relax and fill yourself up in the colonial vibe bar. The Japanese and Hawaiian theme of the menu is also pretty cool, if a little expensive. There will be flaws but, for bar food, it’s well worth a visit, or ten.
Hilton Hotel, West Bay (4423 3118).

Brunch
Budget
Business Lunch
Café
Chinese
Contemporary European
Family
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Latin American
Mediterranean
MENA
Newcomer
Romantic
Seafood
South East Asian
Steakhouse


Brunch

Winner
Four Seasons brunch
The Four Seasons brunch is divided into two: Nusantao, which is the pan-Asian brunch and Il Teatro, which is the Italian and international brunch. The service here is superb. The activities for children of different ages are well-thought out. The atmosphere and the view of the sea are picture-perfect. Peculiar cuisines such as frog legs, as well as a dedicated vino and chocolate room, help to create a superb brunch experience.
Four Seasons, West Bay (4494 8888).

Highly commended

La Veranda
After the revamp of the Sheraton, the La Veranda brunch has also transformed into one of the best brunches in town. The All’ Italiana offers both à la carte and buffet. While the salad, seafood and steaks are to-die for, the fresh pasta and the oven-baked pizza are also not to be missed. Let’s not forget the band, a sea view sitting area, outdoor barbecue, and bouncing castles for children.
Sheraton Doha, West Bay (4485 4444).

Vine
With a stunning view of the Arabian Gulf, a huge children’s play area, a live reggae band/DJ playing the coolest old school tunes, a massive buffet and all set in the magnificent St. Regis Doha, the Vine brunch is an ideal setting for a picturesque Friday with the family, with good food to match, serving a comprehensive buffet.
The St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

Other nominees:
La Varenne
If you are looking for the most sophisticated à la carte brunch then this is the place to be. The dishes are well presented in sharing platters. The service is unquestionably outstanding and the servers know the menu well, including knowing exactly what refreshment to pair your dish with.
Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0680).

Market by Jean Georges
The award-winning restaurant knows exactly how to retain its usual cosy atmosphere while bringing in a more upbeat feel to the venue. Live jazz music and a huge buffet adds to the occasion. Market by Jean Georges offers one of the widest and most delicious selections of dishes and some specials, such as its famous sushi and slowly cooked salmon.
W Doha, West Bay (4453 5353).

Opal
One of the few à la carte brunches in town, the best part about this brunch is the order of how you are served the 20 dishes on the menu, starting from the breakfast combo of scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict and croque monsieur down to the salads, chicken wings and prawns. Expect almost everything for mains – chicken, fish, Wagyu burgers and more. Despite the seemingly never ending starters and main courses, the six kinds of desserts should not be missed either!
St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

Spice Market
One of the most popular in town, this selection of Southeast Asian cuisine hits the spot, with a fun and trendy atmosphere emanating throughout. Loyal supporters of the brunch are bewitched to return week-on-week and the live music makes a very positive contribution to the atmosphere.
W Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5000).

The Grill
One week you could be dressing up as Amy Winehouse, the next week as a Harley Davidson biker – the themed brunches at The Grill add to the fun vibe of this comprehensive and popular brunch. A wide selection of seafoods, salads and chefs cooking live, it is one of the trendiest spots in the city and ideal for those that like to let their hair down and have a good time.
Grand Hyatt, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).

The Lagoon & Porcini
This brunch lives up to The Ritz Carlton’s brand – elegant and with a relaxed atmosphere for both adults and children. The Lagoon brunch is so popular that on many occasions seating has been extended to the Italian restaurant – Porcini. While the Lagoon brunch has the large buffet and is perfect for a family brunch for all ages, Porcini includes à la carte options from its regular menu and is an ideal setting for an adult afternoon.
Ritz Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

The Marriott Brunch
‘Endless buffet’ is the best description of the Doha Marriott brunch. One of the biggest in town, it offers international cuisine from a selection of Doha Marriott’s different outlets – Salsa for Mexican cuisine, Taj Rasoi for Indian cuisine, and Asia Live! for Asian fare. With such a selection of food and a Mexican band moving around and serenading the diners, the atmosphere may differ depending on which outlet you choose to sit.
Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8888).

Budget

Winner
Turkey Central
Fast Turkish food at it’s best – if you haven’t been, you're missing out on a classic Doha experience. Despite moving down the street to a new location, this ultra-popular eatery seems to have retained all its charm – a bustling, if Spartan dining room with fast, efficient service. And then there’s the food. The two dozen different mezzes are legendary in taste and portion size, best consumed with the breads piping hot from the oven. Kebab lovers beware, this place is addictive.
Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street (4443 2927).

Highly Commended

Oriental Kitchen
You’d have to come to this Najma treasure once a week for a year to try everything on the menu. The Chinese Malaysian dishes are served with little fanfare but plenty of flavour. The butter prawns and fish head curry are among the best sellers, along with the dozen tofu dishes where bean curd is fried, steamed and braised to perfection. Here’s an insider’s tip: book a table and order ahead to cut down on the long waiting time.
Al Khalidiya St. (3336 3279).

Other nominees:
Al Sultan
A sandwich counter by the entrance of this Lebanese restaurant displays the tantalising fillings that go into a grilled wrap, from soujouk sausages to fried shrimp and grilled meats. For table service, head upstairs where, during lunch, canny diners can get a three-course meal on budget. There’s even a Friday brunch spread at bargain prices.
Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street (4441 4067).

Baan Thai
Baan Thai is smart, spacious and stylishly appointed. The double-storey shop lot in the suburb of Muaither features large dining rooms with authentic carvings and tasteful décor. All the usual Thai favourites from green curry to tom yam and fish cakes are brilliantly spiced and expertly cooked. You can enjoy a perfectly balanced meal for a modest bill, but there are tantalising specials with concomitant prices. So if your budget can stretch, your dining experience can also be enhanced.
Furousiya St, Al Rayyan (3351 5591).

Habesha
Away from the Ethiopian enclave in Muaither, this gem in Doha serves mega-portions of 50-cm injera bread with a wide array of dishes. The tibs (meat cooked in spices then served in a clay pot with charcoal embers beneath to keep warm) as well as beye ayinetu (vegetable medley) are consistent crowd-pleasers. Everything is made to order, so service is less than brisk. Be prepared: the menu is meat orientated with only one vegetable dish and no desserts.
Ibn Seena Street, Al Muntazah (6679 0019).

J.G. Sandwich Cellar
An English café in Doha! Decked out like an old-fashioned tearoom, this is the place to come for hearty British classics. One of the best fish and chips in town and the steak pie and mash with onion gravy will always satisfy the hungriest of diners. Check out the wide range of hefty sandwiches and desserts. As you’d expect, tea and coffee are drinks of choice here and breakfast is served all day.
Umm Ghuwailina (4435 7559).

MRA
Having rapidly grown into a chain in just the past year, MRA still gives great food at affordable prices. The southern Indian breakfast breads and a generous lunchtime buffet are definite highlights. Not buffet hungry? You can still order from the lengthy menu and stay on budget, but it’ll be hard to resist the awesome counter of Indian sweets.
TV Roundabout, Al Markiyah (4442 2073).

North East
A diamond in the rough, North East restaurant is well-worth hunting down. An exhaustive menu will take you as long to read through as you took to find this eatery tucked away in a nondescript alleyway. With chefs and servers hailing from Beijing, this is as authentic as Chinese cuisine gets. The homemade dumplings are irresistible, with meat, chicken or vegetarian fillings, boiled or fried to your liking.
Al Salata, small road between Al Aaliya St and Al Muthaf St, behind the new Qatar National Museum (7788 6176).

Afternoon Tea
Bar food
Business Lunch
Café
Chinese
Contemporary European
Family
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Latin American
Mediterranean
MENA
Newcomer
Romantic
Seafood
South East Asian
Steakhouse


Business Lunch

Winner
La Varenne

La Varenne continues to up the ante for eating well in the city. The lunch menu, refreshed weekly, incorporates market fresh ingredients. Those under a time crunch can still embark on a gourmet experience with the hors d’oeuvre and dessert trolleys featuring visually spectacular selections that are wheeled to the table and ready to serve. Yet the showstopper must be the macarons, as well as homemade ice creams and sorbets – with different flavours each day, of course.
Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0685).

Highly commended
Market by Jean Georges
The one that started it all. Market by Jean-Georges is credited with pioneering the concept of business lunch in Doha, and it hasn’t missed a beat since. Chic yet casual, this is the W Doha landmark patrons return to, bringing friends and visitors alike, for contemporary food and brilliant service in a restaurant with buzz. Signature items such as the creamy tomato soup, steamed shrimp salad with avocado and salted caramel ice cream sundae are mainstays of the menu for a quick lunch that packs a punch.
W Doha, West Bay (4453 5373).

Other nominees:
Anvil Rooms
Oft-mentioned for luxurious steaks with an intimate dinner setting, The Anvil Rooms has also become a destination for lunch. No surprise that the deal for a steak, side and drink at a fraction of à la carte prices draws the crowds, a healthy mix of business folk from Tornado Tower and those celebrating an occasion. And though it’s not included in the lunch special, dessert here pretty is impossible to pass over.
Tornado Tower, West Bay 499 0685).

Aroma
Fancy a camel burger? It’s the signature dish of the Kempinski and a mainstay of the business lunch menu. For that reason, Aroma offers plenty of intrigue when entertaining out-of-town colleagues and clients. The predominantly European items on each of the three courses change each month, but healthy options are always featured to cater to the calorie-conscious. Aroma also throws in coffee or tea to cap off the meal – a welcome, notable touch.
Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay (4405 3325).

La Spiga
La Spiga oozes Milanese chic. Part of the Paper Moon brand from Italy’s fashion capital, the restaurant is tucked into a small corner of the W Doha, where space is of a premium. Still, there is enough room for an outdoor terrace and a modest bar, anchored by a spherical pizza oven gleaming in gold. The express three-course menu captures highlights from the kitchen and can be served within 30 minutes.
W Doha, West Bay (4453 5135).

Opal
Aptly named the power lunch, efficiency is the name of the game. Service is brisk, and diners are informed from the get-go that the three-course meal can be served within 45 minutes or at a more relaxed pace if desired. The food distinctly unfussy – classical techniques and familiar flavours are given a gourmet flourish, and portions are perfectly suited for a light yet filling lunch. The outdoor terrace offers a terrific alternative when seeking to conduct business with a more resort feel.
St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4406 0016).

The Cellar
Often seen as a private, evening destination, the restaurant takes on a different character by day. Sunlight fills the dining room, making it an ideal location to do business. The express lunch promises a three-course meal in 60 minutes or less, which is delivered with model efficiency and aided by the ready-made desserts on display. Service is brisk without being hurried. But a quirk lies in the selections offered, as the express menu does not incorporate the restaurant’s tapas or Spanish cuisine.
Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwailina (4405 3325).

Yum Yum
Yum Yum fills the niche for those seeking a delectable European meal on the old side of town. During lunch, a three-course menu is structured similarly to the dinnertime à la carte carte, but at a fraction of the price. The offerings of classic French dishes, coupled with regional favourites change regularly, an added draw for diners to keep returning.
K108 Hotel, Ibn Abdul Muttaib St., Old Al Ghamim (4433 3000).

Café

Winner
W Café
This place epitomises what a café should entail. A modern, clean and crisp ambiance and a clever layout so even if just a few people are frequenting at the time, it still has a bustling vibe and an excellent menu to boot. Serving an array of nibbles, salads, main courses and some super sweets, along with a luscious selection of macarons, this trendy café is an ideal spot to take the laptop or just sit back and relax.
W Hotel, West Bay (4453 5000).

Highly commended
Al Jalsa
Inside, the bright marbled floor, sumptuous sofas and elegant décor make it a beautiful retreat. Outside, the view of the pool and surrounding areas are also pleasing. If you miss breakfast, no worries, the afternoon and evening menu is vast, that’s if you’re not there from 2.30pm-5.30pm, when afternoon tea is on the cards. There is a strong variety of Lebanese dishes, as well as normal finger food and a fantastic tea and soft drinks selection to match.
Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud (4425 6666).

Other nominees:
Anima Lounge
There’s something rather refined about enjoying a bit of breakfast while looking at some art, which makes the Anima Gallery & Lounge a hot spot for people to visit. The menu, a tablet, gives us healthy options, an all-day breakfast menu, soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as fresh juices and makes it a perfect retreat both to sit inside and admire the art, or sit outside and appreciate the view.
La Croisette 30, The Pearl (4002 7437).

Chac’Late
If you like chocolate, you need look no further than Chac’Late. The neatly appointed dessert café has a great array of waffles, chocolate drinks and, of course, a chocolate fountain. The ambiance is enjoyable and the lions that pour chocolate a neat and stylish accompaniment to the café. For those who want something other than chocolate, other drinks are available, but the food is all about being sent to cocoa heaven. There is also a nice outdoor seating area by the amphitheatre for cooler climes.
Katara Cultural Village (4408 0733).

Gourmet House
Right… you’ve got a meeting you want in a café setting – this is your place. Ambience is unimaginative but clean, crisp and very contemporary. The Siam passion cake is also an absolute winner. Not too many tables here, so even with just a few guests, it does feel nice and busy. A decent selection of breads, sandwiches and a good variance of cakes are available, as well as bizarrely cheap doughnuts.
Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay (4405 3333).

La Patisserie
You’ll probably smell this cosy café long before you see it. Buttery pastry and chocolaty desserts keep emerging from the kitchen, filling the intimate space with the glorious scent of freshly baked products. Pastries, cookies, cakes, truffles and macarons are among several colourful treats displayed under cloches and in glass cases. The outdoor tables along the walkway afford a comfortable spot to soak in the hive of activity in Souq Waqif across the street.
Al Bidda Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel, Souq Waqif (4433 6666).

MIA Café
The first choice to make is whether to sit in the café in the atrium or outside in the park. This is, of course, usually dictated by the weather. The inside café offers a fantastic view of West Bay and a few selections of food created by IDAM by Adam Ducasse upstairs, with the menu on a simple-to-use IPad. There are a good selection of teas and coffees, as well as mocktails and the usual. The menu is high-end for a café, but there are also selections of salads and sandwiches available, of a good standard.
Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (4422 4444).

Quick Bites
Plenty of colour and a great café vibe to this place. Generally busy, with a warm and friendly environment, and blues and oranges permeating the café. The tortilla soup is what myths are made of – epic! This is an ideal and spacious area to bring friends for a coffee, and is family-friendly too. The menu is extensive and the pizza selection ideal for those who have an appetite. Sandwiches, burgers, grills, salads, pastas, soups and a breakfast menu all make this a great place to come.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

Afternoon Tea
Bar food
Brunch
Budget
Chinese
Contemporary European
Family
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Latin American
Mediterranean
MENA
Newcomer
Romantic
Seafood
South East Asian
Steakhouse


Chinese

Winner
Hakkasan
Doha’s address for hip. It’s where Chinese cuisine is gussied up for a cosmopolitan palate, so goji berries and black truffles flirt with bak choi and Wagyu beef. The bar area, bathed in iridescent ultramarine lighting, is the talk of town. There’s a sultry gateway to the main dining area, separated into niches and nooks with wooden lattice. Reservations are highly recommended, for the place is hopping, even on weeknights.
St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4406 0170).

Highly commended
Chi’Zen
Tasty food, tasteful décor and exceedingly reasonable prices. The dining room is a vast space of blacks and reds, intimately sectioned off in parts with wooden lattice, sporting mini chandeliers and paper lanterns hung in alternating patterns from the ceiling. The open kitchen with its woks and dim sum steamers is a joy to watch, as it sends out a stream of dishes, some extremely traditional while others veering towards a Western take on Chinese cuisine.
Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwailina (4402 3484).

Other nominees:

Chopsticks
Dim lights, plush carpeting and brocaded fauteuil chairs in black and red give the immediate impression of an old-world banquet hall. Though Chopsticks bills itself as a restaurant for Far Eastern cuisine, the overall feel is unmistakably Chinese. Décor aside, the bulk of the menu is devoted to Chinese dishes such as Peking duck, pak choi and rice noodles. Best part, the heaping portions are perfect for sharing – in true Chinese tradition.
Wyndham Grand Regency, Sadd area (4434 3333).

D’Chopstix
The Chinese food at D’Chopstix has a more Southeast Asian flair, reflecting the hotel’s Malaysian origins. For this cuisine, the offerings are among the most extensive in town, with dim sum, sizzling plates and family-portioned dishes at modest prices. In spite of the ornate décor, service here is quite informal, resulting in a meal that is relaxed and focused more on comforting, fuss-free flavours.
Holiday Villa Hotel & Residences, just off C-Ring Road, Al Muntazah (4408 4488).

Hwang
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever visit Hwang and have a solely Chinese meal. The menu boasts the cuisines of eight Asian countries, and many dishes have cross-cultural flavours as well as cooking styles that add to the dining experience. The signature shabu shabu, a shared meal where raw ingredients are cooked in a communal broth, is given the Hwang twist with a range of soup bases.
InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

Nusantao
An integrated menu of pan-Asian delights means you’ll have to locate the Szechuan chicken and wok greens from among the Indonesian salads and Thai curries. But the signature Peking duck and dim sums get a page all to themselves – a sign that they should not be missed. The same goes for dessert, featuring fantastical flavours such as mango chocolate crème brûlée and ginger cheesecake. For added entertainment, watch the chefs whip up your meal from the open kitchens.
Four Seasons Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).

Ruby Wu’s
Do not be alarmed that Ruby Wu’s shares the same atrium as an Indian restaurant and that dishes from either operation are available wherever you sit. While some might choose to have a Balti with their black pepper beef, purists can still enjoy a thoroughly authentic Chinese meal. Start with a selection of dim sum, then move on to the main fare, which includes such favourites as Szechuan tofu, lamb cutlets and Hong Kong fried noodles. Desserts are not to be missed.
Radisson Blu, Intersection of Salwa Road and C-Ring Road (4428 1555).

Tse Yang
The sophistication of imperial China is subtly captured in the details of Tsé Yang. A magnificent chandelier of swaying tassels is reflected in the beveled wall mirrors set behind geometric lattice of wrought iron. The menus, wrapped in brocade, offer diners a chance to go free fall with a variety of dim sums, stews in stone casseroles, steamed fish served whole, and wok-whipped dishes or to choose chef-prepared set experiences featuring the best of the kitchen’s repertoire.
6 La Croisette, The Pearl (5539 5025).

Contemporary European

Winner
Market by Jean GeorgesF
ive years ago, everyone in Doha was talking about the newly opened Market by Jean-Georges at the W. Today, nothing’s changed. The restaurant remains one of the hottest tickets in town for a guaranteed magnificent time. The business lunch is perennially bustling; Friday brunch is an elegant, sumptuous affair, while waiting lists on weekend nights are de rigeur. The servers, the patrons, the atmosphere – they’re all chic. And the food consistently delivers, from contemporary sushi to perfectly grilled proteins and reinterpreted classic desserts.
W Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5373).

Highly commended
Yum Yum
The location and the name of this restaurant often belie its elegance. Yum Yum is a world away from the sea of cafeterias and take-away shops in the old heart of town. Housed at the top of K108 Hotel, it offers sophisticated, French nouvelle cuisine. The one-page menus at different times of the day offer a modest but considered range of items based on market availability. Smartly decked out in whites and ivory, this is an ideal destination for business meeting lunches, social catch-ups and even intimate celebrations.
K108 Hotel, Ibn Abdul Muttaib St., Old Al Ghamim (4433 3000).

Other nominees:
Al Dana
Al Dana sparkles with memorable, expressive food. Ordinary seafood is turned into an occasion, their flavours enhanced by quizzical, artistic components that are delectable to the last bite. The menu changes to reflect the produce and catch of the season, ensuring a freshness that draws regulars back. The service, exceedingly attentive and warm, is never intrusive, whether one chooses to dine inside or on the winding deck of beachside tables.
Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud (4425 6666).

Gordon Ramsay
TV’s most vituperative celebrity chef lends his signature to this handsome dining establishment at the St. Regis Doha. Replete with a private entrance from the hotel exterior, the restaurant is styled in the manner of an entertaining parlour of a stately manor. Aided by the plush carpeting, servers glide around the restaurant in near silence, appearing intermittently with trays of sophisticated edibles, many on the house: canapés and amuse bouche, a pre-and post-dessert.
St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0116).

La Mer
The epitome of elegance, La Mer pairs old-world charm with new age cuisine. The very freshest seafood is prepared tenderly and presented beautifully, turning each plate into edible art. The restaurant can’t help but ooze romance; with most tables configured for a pair to look out onto a sweeping view of the marina below. An exceptional live pianist adds to the ambience, creating a dining experience suited to the most memorable of celebrations.
Ritz Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

La Varenne
Using natural light as its inspiration, this French bistro transforms throughout the day. Breakfast with crepes and croque Monsieur is smart yet relaxed; by noon, La Varenne is heaving with a handsome business crowd trying a weekly rotating lunch menu. As the sun sets, an aperitif session offers a chance to unwind as the romance sets in for dinner time over Burgundy snails and steak frites.
Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0685).

Maxim
A time machine to an age of classical opulence. Velvet scarlet walls, waiters in tailcoats, and candelabras on every table evoke a style from the turn of the century, and not this past one either. While Maxim offers predominantly French classics from Burgundy snails to Chateaubriand, some dishes have also been modernised for today’s palate. Conversation will be accompanied by live piano tunes. And to cap the evening, each lady leaves with a bloom in hand – talk about old school!
Radisson Blu, Intersection of Salwa Road and C-Ring Road (4428 1555).

The Grill
The all-day dining restaurant at Grand Hyatt Doha takes full advantage of its spacious area by putting on show-stopping events, including lavish themed brunches, Friday night dance parties, convention buffets and breakfast spreads. When The Grill is not hosting private functions, it turns into a venue for modern European food, where ceviche, burgers and grills happily co-habit a small but thoughtful menu. The open kitchens of the restaurant add to the casual, family-friendly atmosphere.
Grand Hyatt, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).

Afternoon Tea
Bar food
Brunch
Budget
Business Lunch
Café
Family
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Latin American
Mediterranean
MENA
Newcomer
Romantic
Seafood
South East Asian
Steakhouse


Family

Winner
Carluccio’s
A great, family-friendly destination. Younger diners are catered for from the off, with their own reasonably priced menu featuring healthy options. Little ones stay busy with a play pack and swift service. Older kids and adults will find generous portions of good Italian food. Pizzas are authentic. Desserts deserve a special mention, with Italian classics, cakes and crowd-pleasing ice cream sundaes.
Parcel 10, The Pearl (6690 1777).

Highly commended
Orient Pearl
Palatial surroundings and food fit for a king. Every Lebanese dish is mouth-watering. The meat is cooked to perfection and the fattoush is worthy of a special mention – fresh, fragrant and crunchy. A homemade plate of biscuits and cakes makes it well worth the trip to the end of the Corniche. If the kids are fussy then order Italian from upstairs. The staff are caring and attentive to families and will give great advice on ordering. Book in advance for a non-smoking table.
Al Corniche Street (4410 6666).

Other nominees:
Burgeri
The menu is short and sweet and on it some of the best burgers in town, with good quality meat and fillings inside classic buns. Vegetarians will struggle. The milkshakes are unique – try the rich and creamy avocado one for a real treat. For an authentic taste of New York choose the cheesecake, which is actually made in the Big Apple. Older kids will like the laid-back diner feel. The location, right on the edge of Aspire Park, is brilliant for younger ones.
Aspire Running Park Trail, Aspire Zone (4449 3958).

California Tortilla
Need to occupy young kids and grab a quick bite to eat? This is the place. Cheap, easy and filling, it’s fast Tex-Mex food. The salads are a surprisingly tasty option and you can spice up your order at the “Wall of Flame,” which offers a huge selection of sauces. Watch your kids play in the “Pinata Playhouse” from the comfort of your table. Top marks to the staff who make fast food feel like table service. Beware – limited and difficult parking.
C-Ring Road, Ramada Junction (4434 4144).

Coral
There's something for everyone, and a lot of it. The all-day buffet takes you from Japan (sushi) to Europe (cheeses, pizza) via the Middle East (mezze, salads, grills). All options filling but lacking in finesse considering the price. Good desserts for chocolate lovers and for those counting the calories, a tasty fruit selection. Under sixes eat free and children aged six to 12 are half price. Great separate area for kids of all ages with games, Playstations and DVDs.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

IKEA Café
On a budget and redecorating? This self-service cafeteria offers Scandinavian classics (Swedish meatballs, grilled or smoked salmon) alongside local favourites (chicken shawarma and curry). A microwave is at one’s disposal, including stations for bottomless sodas and coffee. Even trays are to be returned commissary-style. Facilities for families with babies and toddlers are unrivalled, with play areas, baby changing rooms, bibs and even bottle-warmers available.
Al Shamal Road (4406 2555).

The Italian Job
Two words: singing servers. The draw of dining at The Italian Job is the waiters who occasionally burst into song in between topping up glasses and bringing you pizza. This constitutes the biggest entertainment for the little ones and creates a delightful atmosphere of kitsch fun. But there the family-friendly credentials end. It is logistically challenging to manoeuvre around the tight space, and basics such as bibs and plastic serving ware are non-existent in spite of a rather decent kid’s menu.
Radisson Blu, Intersection of Salwa Road and C-Ring Road (4428 1555).

The Village
Building on the success of the original multi-restaurant complex on Salwa Road, the new branch has quickly become a familiar sight in Souq Waqif. There’s plenty of room around tables for kids to roam and for highchairs and prams. In spite of sheer manpower from the virtual army of serving staff, service can sometimes get chaotic and food items run out. Desserts get a shout out, in particular the mixed baklava and ice creams.
Souq Waqif (3311 1558).

Indian

Winner
Saffron Lounge
There’s a reason why this restaurant fares consistently well in the restaurant awards – it’s excellent. The menu is an interesting concept in itself – a little bit of background on the food from the north, south, east and west of India and the reason for its culinary influences – is both interesting and informative. The setting is beautiful, and the food superb. There is also a significant vegetarian menu and the fact it is run by Michelin star chef Vineet Bathia tops it off.
Katara Cultural Village, West Bay Lagoon (3325 8919).

Highly commended
Chingari
Chingari is a lovely restaurant with a great vibe. The rich red colour, Indian band and overall aesthetic is excellent for dinner, either as a couple or in groups. The food is good as well, with an exciting menu that isn’t your traditional ‘English Indian’ food. Many of the curries are dry curries, excellently spiced, and the chef is happy to cater for all spice levels. Tandoori specials are also part of the restaurant’s forte.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Intersection of C-Ring Road and Salwa Road (4428 1555).

Other nominees:
Asha’s
Owned by Indian singer Asha Bhosle, Asha’s is, in many ways, your typical Indian restaurant. Set in warm surroundings (if not a little noisy with the hustle and bustle of Villaggio), the place serves good Indian grub to enjoy at pretty reasonable prices. The dishes aren’t overly spicy, which can be an appeal or a put-off for the discerning diner, as well as an excellent range of vegetarian options.
Villaggio Mall, Muraikh (4451 7867).

Bombay Balti
It’s slightly odd to get used to, looking at a Chinese restaurant while eating at an Indian one. But the open space at the Radisson is more intriguing than anything else, electing not to section off the two restaurants and to have both of them in a wide space. This really is a safe bet for a curry and a refreshment, with a typical Indian menu and relatively reasonable prices. Somewhere to go with mates, not for a romantic escape.
Radisson Blu, Intersection of C-Ring Road and Salwa Road (4428 1428).

Bukhara
If you want a very good price, decent Indian food, alright service and a good evening all-round, this is the place to come. It’s also a convenient location and nearly always busy. The menu is vast, with a particularly large range of soups and Tandoori dishes available. This is the ideal venue to come in a group and have a good evening with Indian dishes and a similar vibe to what you may get at a British curry house.
Khalifa Tennis & Squash Complex, Al Bidda St., West Bay (4483 3345)/ (4490 9614).

Grill
With elegant lanterns drooping down at every turn, the restaurant is a pleasant spot, mainly frequented by the local populis. An elaborate mix of Persian, Arabic mezze and Indian foodstuff, it is the latter that attracts the palate best. Clay oven dishes, curries and dals are nicely spiced and the service attentive (occasionally overly so). Like all the restaurants at The Village, it is also a popular spot for families.
The Village, Salwa Road, Nasr (4444 4700).

Royal Tandoor
There are numerous Royal Tandoors in the city, but all have a similar look: bright and secluded if you wish with curtains that can close if you want some privacy. This touch is welcome. It’s a typical curry menu and the quality of the staff can vary considerably. Just a warning: if you want some spice, ask for spicy, as medium will not satisfy you.
Royal Tandoor, Souq Waqif, Pearl & Al Sadd. Souq (4432 3244), Al Sadd (4444 2343), Pearl, Parcel 12 (4002 0777).

Taj Rasoi
This is an Indian in the British sense. That, for us, is not a negative at all. The aesthetic is good fun – old tablecloths, slightly irritating Indian music, dark lights – it’s a typical British curry house, and the food is really good! Set menus, soups, salads and starters accompany a vast variety of Tandoori dishes, many Vegetarian options, lamb, seafood and chicken dishes – making the menu as varied as it is tasty.
Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8888).

Afternoon Tea
Bar food
Brunch
Budget
Business Lunch
Café
Chinese
Contemporary European
Italian
Japanese
Latin American
Mediterranean
MENA
Newcomer
Romantic
Seafood
South East Asian
Steakhouse


Italian

Winner
Lo Spaghetto
Lo Spaghetto is packed every day of the week. Tucked away in the hustle and bustle of Al Sadd behind Royal Plaza, it caters to the many who love Italian cuisine without the formality (or price tags!) of the city’s five-star hotels. The chefs do it all from a semi-open kitchen: pizzas, pastas, salads, soups and mains, all cooked to perfection with high-quality ingredients. The restaurant is full of the vibrant colours, freshness and flavours of an Italian home kitchen.
Al Sadd (4434 1601).

Highly commended
Le Vesuvio
Situated next to the amphitheatre at Katara Cultural Village, Le Vesuvio offers two levels of seating. The rooftop space, which can be covered depending on the weather, offers spectacular views of Katara, the beach and the surrounding high-rises in the background. Those familiar with this casual brand from Cannes will notice it is significantly more stylish, but the menu of honest Italian cuisine stays true to its roots.
Katara Cultural Village, West Bay Lagoon (4408 1500).

Other nominees:
Cucina
Exposed brick, wrought iron dividers and tiled floors set the scene for this casual Italian restaurant. A trattoria-style eatery, Cucina focuses on its antipasti and primo offerings of pastas and thin-crust pizzas, hand tossed and baked in the brick-façade oven in the middle of the dining room. A separate dining area styled after a cellar offers a more intimate experience, while the long tables are perfect for bigger parties looking for a celebration meal.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 5000).

Il Teatro
The elegance of simplicity in Italian food could not be more perfectly represented in Il Teatro. Dishes are beautifully presented with wholesome flavours and a respect for ingredients. Appetisers include lightly battered soft shell crab and perfectly seasoned seared scallops, although it is the lobster rigatoni that headlines the restaurant. Don’t load up on carbs, for dessert here is mandatory. Although the interiors of Il Teatro could do with some sprucing up, the food more than compensates for the dated décor.
Four Seasons Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).

La Spiga
The W already holds the reputation of being where the chic and trendy dine; and La Spiga by Paper Moon expands the repertoire of the hotel. A sister of Paper Moon in Jaidah Square, the restaurant’s menu is similar, with offerings such as the signature Paper Moon pappardelle with smoked beef and a veal chop Milanese. But the highlight must be the shimmering bronze oven resembling a disco ball which sends out authentic pizzas.
W Doha, West Bay (4453 5353).

La Veranda
The restaurant has had a makeover, and a very welcome one, with red and white latticed seats and a simple interior to reflect the cosy feel of Italy. The food has improved markedly, as well, with an excellent array of pizzas, pastas, capreses and other Italian favourites. The bread basket is also pretty special, as is the view of the Gulf. Nearly forgot… the tiramisu is a winner, and you may get serenaded!
Sheraton Hotel, West Bay (4485 4444).

Paper Moon
Paper Moon starkly stands out from its surroundings. The modern restaurant is an oasis among the din of traffic and construction in Umm Ghuwailina. A ride up an elevator and one is immediately transported to a world of Milanese chic. The menu is bursting with Italian favourites from antipasti, salads, pastas and main meals. Pizzas are baked in a marvellous oven that is the centrepiece of the whole place.
Jaidah Square, Airport Road, Umm Ghuwailina (4016 6000).

Porcini
For many of the city’s old timers, Porcini once held the torch for premier Italian cuisine in Doha. Today, the restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton remains highly regarded but perhaps less known in a sea of competition. The menu is comprehensive, with innovative hot and cold starters, several options for pasta and risotto and a full roster of mains such as sea bass en papillote and Barolo ossobuco. Heavily carpeted with chandeliers and executive chairs, Porcini is a throwback to the formal dining rooms of yesteryear.
Ritz Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8514).

Japanese

Winner
Sakura
Sakura has your typical, Amercianised teppanyaki station, and we love it! But it also has normal seating areas, a bar area and private dining areas, too, catering for everyone. The fish is perfectly fresh and the chefs know how to make perfect sushi rice, a flaw that can be seen at too many restaurants in the city. The restaurant is vast, with masses of choice of makimono, sushis, rolls, bento boxes, curries and much more. It tends to be busy, too.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Just off C-Ring Road and Salwa Road Intersection (4428 1555).

Highly commended
Megu
Megu is an ideal restaurant to go for a treat. Sitting inside, the ambiance is bright and modern, with the centrepiece a giant Buddha, but, if you can, grab a spot outside, overlooking the waterside at The Pearl. The menu is a fusion of contemporary Japanese and some original dishes, with creativity and artistic flair evident. The prices may be steep, but the food does the talking.
6 La Croisette, The Pearl Qatar, (4495 3876).

Other nominees:
Asia Live!
The Oriental fusion restaurant has an exceptionally pleasant ambiance to it, like you are the guest of an old friend in a house somewhere in the Orient. We believe the best of the cuisines – Japanese, Chinese and Southeast Asian, is the former, with an excellent teppanyaki selection and a rather delightfully battered tempura ice-cream to help it all down. The sushi also tends to be excellent, as is the attentiveness of the staff.
Doha Marriott Hotel, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8499).

D’Chopstix
The Japanese selections at D’Chopstix are pretty extensive to complement the Southeast Asian and Chinese dishes also on show. A section at the back of the restaurant is devoted to teppanyaki and sushi, as half the menu is Japanese. There is also all your normal sashimis and makis on show and worth trying. In spite of the ornate décor, service here is quite informal, resulting in a meal that is relaxed and focused more on comforting, fuss-free flavours.
Holiday Villa Hotel & Residence, Al Manzoura (4408 4888).

Junko Sushi & Dining
Junko, formerly known as Midori (the bill still says this) is where to get an authentic feel of Japanese dining. The interior is relaxed and friendly, with bamboo comprising much of the aesthetic. Its speciality sushi is the Pearl roll with ebi tempura mixed in. Makimono is also available and there is a large à la carte menu on show and a noodle selection for a full variation of Japanese dishes.
Parcel 7, The Pearl (4002 8294).

Neo
This restaurant could solve all your problems. Well maybe not all of them, but culinary ones, nonetheless. There is a good Japanese selection available and the place is bright, bustling and busy, but the main appeal of this restaurant is its diversity. Bring a group of mates and someone is bound to dislike Japanese food. No worries, there are dishes such as pizzas and pastas, as well. On the Japanese side of things there is a large sushi, maki, nigiri and sashimi selection.
Salwa Road, Nasr, right at C-Ring intersection (4432 2539).

Oishi Sushi
This place is popular, and for good reason. You have a choice of dining options; you can sit at the revolving sushi belt, sit on your own or in groups on the communal table, have your own table or book out a private dining room. The options on the menu are immense, and generally of a very high standard. Some of the desserts are sweet on sweet, but that can be the lure, sometimes.
Royal Plaza, Sadd area (4442 8989).

Yee Hwa
Yee Hwa has great, Japanese cuisine. Forget you’re in Doha and for a minute you could believe you are in Tokyo. The restaurant is busy most nights and is simple in its setting and arrangement, but this serves it well. It is good Japanese food served simply, and at the same time, Japanese style. The Nabeyaki udon is particularly delicious, and the friendly and helpful service and decent prices make it well worth a visit.
Al Kinani St, Al Sadd (4441 9898).

Afternoon Tea
Bar food
Brunch
Budget
Business Lunch
Café
Chinese
Contemporary European
Family
Indian
Latin American
Mediterranean
MENA
Newcomer
Romantic
Seafood
South East Asian
Steakhouse


Latin American

Winner
Ipanema
The spirit of carnival lives at Ipanema. This Brazilian churrascaria is the ideal destination for celebratory occasions and large parties, with a live band playing popular samba and bossa nova tunes to keep you swaying. The pasadore servers come round with massive skewers of wonderfully marinated meats, asking diners the preference of temperatures from rare to well done. Even the salad bar is stunning, with soups, succulent fresh oysters, sushi, ceviche and traditional Brazilian sides.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

Highly commended
Latino
Latino has reopened its doors in the newly minted Sheraton Doha, and it returns with a bang. At the helm is a new chef hailing from Argentina who presents a menu chock full of Latin American delights. Steak lovers won’t want to pass on the classic parrillada of ribeye, fillet, striploin and chicken breast – all expertly marinated and prepared. The meal is accompanied by live music, and the Colombian band makes diners want to hit the dance floor to burn off a wonderful dinner.
Sheraton Doha Hotel, West Bay (4485 3000).

Other nominees:
Caminito
Caminito is a welcome addition to the Doha dining scene. Its location in Al Muntazah, one of the older parts of town, makes this Argentinian restaurant stand out in a neighbourhood awash with Oriental cuisine. Options range from coastal specialities such as ceviche and clam chowder to gaucho cuisine, including empanadas and, of course, steak. For those beset with indecision, a tasting menu features the restaurant’s highlights, including a spectacular volcan de chocolate prepared tableside.
Zubarah Hotel Doha, Al Muntazah (4447 0000).

Paloma
Paloma is perhaps one of the more iconoclastic restaurants in town. Its core business is a bar, with tables on the side for those seeking a Tex-Mex meal. Before the sun sets, the seats overlooking the pool area offer a relaxed, resort feel to enjoy a sizzling platter of fajitas. But the ambience rapidly transforms as the bar patrons crowd in, the live band starts up, and people move between the bar and the adjoining Lava Lounge. A caveat, too, that there is an age restriction to Paloma.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Pampano
An anchor of the eating out scene at The Pearl Qatar, Pampano plays with Tex-Mex flavours and presents them with New York flare. A fan of guacamole? Try it with lashings of pomegranate and molasses. Love your tacos? They have lobster ones, too. The emphasis is on coastal Mexican cuisine, so expect fresh seafood with zing. The combinations are different and definitely appreciated, judging by the crowded tables, even on weekday evenings.
La Croisette 1, The Pearl (4495 3876 ext. 1221).

Patagonia
It’s all about the empanadas. Those who haven’t tried these wonderful stuffed pastries from Argentina are in for a treat at Patagonia, where a range of fillings will delight even the most discerning of epicures. The rest of the menu focuses on Argentine steaks, including a speciality of baby goat cooked over coals in an open pit right in the middle of the restaurant. However, parts of the menu are not offered on weekdays, so best to call ahead to make sure they have what you want.
31 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl (4002 2121).

Rodizio
A carnivore’s delight. Rodizio is just one of two churrasco-style restaurants in Doha, appealing to those in the older part of town. An endless stream of USDA-grade beef, Australian lamb, Dutch veal and Brazilian chicken is served tableside by the carving servers called pasadors, who explain each cut of meat before slicing it right onto one’s plate. But the draw has got to be the local hero: Qatari camel, one of 13 different cuts served each night.
Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park, Najma (4408 7788).

Salsa
Radiant colours catch the eye. And a lively atmosphere spills from the Tex-Mex themed restaurant onto the corridors. Salsa has undergone a face lift, and, on first impression, it’s a scene from the Three Amigos. The soundtrack to this scene is a new Spanish band playing an array of instruments and belting out tunes that set the tone for a jovial dinner. Food selection stays true to the restaurant’s Tex-Mex theme, with the signature surf-turf grill of Espada de Mar y Tierra a worthy star.
Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8499).

Mediterranean

Winner
IDAM by Alain Ducasse
IDAM is an experience, beautifully curated like the museum in which it resides. Devote several hours, for dining here is nothing less than an occasion. Ingredients from the Mediterranean and Maghreb are incorporated into imaginative and beautiful recipes rooted in French haute cuisine. The world-renowned camel a la Rossini and signature Alain Ducasse vegetable cookpot are mandatory. Also leave room for the sumptuous breads and desserts and teas rolled tableside on trolleys, signifying the largesse and Arabic tradition of generosity embodied by the word itself: IDAM.
Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (4422 4488).

Highly commended

Mykonos
Mykonos is the quintessential beachside eatery. In spite of a cheerful dining room, most patrons prefer to eat under a canopy on the terrace looking out onto the sea and hotel pool area. The constant gurgle of a fountain, coupled with the soothing sounds from live bouzouki players, recalls a resort in the Aegean Sea. The fare is decidedly Greek, with staples spanning the gamut of zucchini fritters and baked feta cheese to souvlaki and moussaka.
InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

Other nominees:
Agora
A world away from the city’s myriad of kebab shops, Agora epitomises the grandeur and bounty of Turkish cuisine. If names such as tavuk guvec and gavurdagi sound foreign, the iPad menus also provide pictures and detailed descriptions of each dish, all served with a constantly replenished supply of fresh breads. The flavours on the plates distract from an otherwise bland dining room. Despite the décor, Agora lives up to its name as a gathering place – in this case for impeccable food.
Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa, Aspire Zone (4445 5555).

Le Central
Channeling the European side of La Cigale’s Beirut roots, Le Central offers traditional French cooking combined with Mediterranean flavours. The tri-lingual menus in English, Arabic and French provide good descriptors of what’s to come. Perched above the hotel’s popular café and surrounded by windows overlooking an ever-bustling Al Saad, the restaurant is ideal for business meals. The highlight must be the salad bar with offerings so extensive it could be a meal on its own.
La Cigale Hotel, Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Bin Mahmoud, Sadd Area (4428 8772).

Picasso’s
Designed like a neighbourhood hangout for light bites and a few glasses of grapes, Picasso’s is informal and unfussy. The menu has more than three dozen tapas selections, covering seafood, meats and vegetarian dishes. Of particular note are the roasted Catalan vegetables and grilled garlic shrimps. The portion of each plate (particularly the “mini” paella) is more than generous, giving plenty of bang for one’s buck.
Radisson Blu, Intersection of Salwa Road and C-Ring Road (4428 1555).

Sukar Pasha
From the private lounges to the voluminous armchair seats spacious enough for two, everything can only be described as grandiose here. The food, a mixture of cold and hot mezzes along with grills, is more aligned with the Arab influence of Turkish food, but there are still many Ottoman delights involving sujuk sausages, kaymak cream and eggplant puree. The outdoor seating area with views of Katara beach is expansive and particularly popular in the evenings.
Building 31, Katara Cultural Village (4408 2000).

The Cellar
The atmosphere lives up to its name as the venue and the lighting is set up to look like an actual cellar. The iPad menu is trendy with detailed descriptions and images of each item. A great place for business diners and catching up with friends over great food and drinks. Flawless service, reasonable prices, a cosy ambience and excellent food makes The Cellar a good retreat.
Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwailina (4402 3333).

Afternoon Tea
Bar food
Brunch
Budget
Business Lunch
Café
Chinese
Contemporary European
Family
Indian
Italian
Japanese
MENA
Newcomer
Romantic
Seafood
South East Asian
Steakhouse


MENA

Winner
Parisa
A classic repertoire of Iranian food made to exceptional standards. Dishes are infused with saffron, meats are sweetened with fruit, pistachio and dried barberries incorporated for crunch and colour. The grills, stews and starters all compete for attention, capped off by a saffron crème brûleé that is mandatory with every meal. The outdoor terrace offers an impeccable view overlooking the port and West Bay; while the indoors, furnished in brocade and violets, has snug seats ideal for enjoying traditional Persian tunes.
Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud (4425 6666).

Highyl commended
Argan
Argan takes Moroccan cuisine to a different level. Named after the flowering plant native to Morocco, the restaurant incorporates the fragrant oil into its welcome dip platter with warm bread. The restaurant is simply but beautifully appointed and centred on an inner majlis. The lighting surrounding this area is harsh, but this is quickly overshadowed by the food. The salads with chermoula and the various couscous with meat and fruit are all dynamite. Don’t miss out on the harira soup.
Al Jasra Boutique Hotel, Souq Waqif (4433 6666).

Other nominees:
Al Mayass
Tucked away on the quieter end of The Pearl Qatar is this Lebanese and Armenian gem. The mezzes alone make up more than half the menu. While all the familiar Levantine favourites are there, many take on an Armenian edge with the addition of spices and cured meats. The restaurant is particularly popular at lunch when daylight fills the spacious dining room. The few tables outside have a sweeping view of The Pearl and are a great spot to watch yachts sail by.
30 La Croisette, The Pearl (4402 8411).

Al Mourjan
The golden rule of real estate couldn’t resonate more loudly here. Al Mourjan boasts location, location, location. The sole restaurant along the Corniche juts out into the water, capitalising on 180 degree-views. With stunning West Bay scenery, most diners choose to sit outdoors while dhows sail by. The menu offers all the Lebanese standards and a few continental highlights. Despite the elevated prices, Al Mourjan is an unparalleled spot for out-of-towners to visit for a cuppa, some food and the view.
Corniche (4483 4423).

Burj al Hamam
The only restaurant built directly on the promenade of The Pearl Qatar, Burj Al Hamam affords diners a spectacular view of the marina. Tables lined along the ceiling-height windows of the main dining room sit on the edge of the water, while outdoors is an open-air terrace popular for shisha. The menu comprises standard Lebanese dishes cooked with precision – not elevated or deconstructed or re-imagined… just classic. And the restaurant is set up to accommodate large parties, as well.
1 La Croisette, The Pearl (4495 3876 ext. 1291).

Khan Farouk Tarab Café
A slice of old Cairo in Doha, it is decked out in nostalgia – a dining room filled with different alcoves where people play backgammon and a baker whips up trays of fresh flatbread. Diners are serenaded by a live tarab band, watched over by the many pictures of Egyptian personalities hanging on the wall. Diners are here for Egyptian specialities such as grilled pigeon and fatteh. But almost always present on every table is the trinity of koushari, falafel, and foul.
Building 7, Katara Cultural Village (4409 0840).

Layali
Layali serves up some of the most dynamic Lebanese food in town. A paradise for vegetarians, this homegrown eatery headlines mezzes such as pineapple tabbouleh, pumpkin mouttabal and artichoke baba ghanouche on top of many traditional dishes. Three separate rooms offer diners a choice to smoke or be with families. Adding to the relaxed atmosphere is classic melodies from the likes of the incomparable Fairuz. Don’t let the brusque, inattentive service turn you off, for the food is worth a visit.
Lagoona Mall, West Bay Lagoon (4471 8417).

Orangery Café Trattoir
With multiple dining outlets spread across what can only be described as the La Cigale food emporium, it’s hard to know where one ends and another begins. The Orangery has a separate, more casual menu from its adjoining neighbours, featuring classic Lebanese mezzes, grills, pizzas and sandwiches of excellent quality. Still, the highlight must be the plenitude of desserts, ranging from homemade Arabic ice creams to classic French patisseries.
La Cigale Hotel, Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Bin Mahmoud, Sadd Area (4428 8772).

Newcomer

Winner
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).

Highly commended

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).

Other nominees:
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).

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).

Afternoon Tea
Bar food
Brunch
Budget
Business Lunch
Café
Chinese
Contemporary European
Family
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Latin American
Mediterranean
Romantic
Seafood
South East Asian
Steakhouse


Romantic

Winner
Anvil Rooms
Think romantic, and you don’t always think of steak, but the Anvil Rooms has an exceptional knack of incorporating the theme of love with its luxurious black and red décor. It also offers spotless service and a great selection of both side dishes and refreshments. The dim lighting and great city views of West Bay set off an intimate atmosphere. And the steaks and sides are to die for, like you would do for your loved one.
Tornado Tower, West Bay(4499 0685).

Highly commended
Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay is all about luxury! Offering only the best for a romantic evening, you can actually arrive in style in a Rolls Royce, enter the restaurant through a private entrance and be seated in a fancy love chair, and take pleasure in a 5-star meal. (You don’t have to do Rolls Royce thing). This is among the top places in Doha to experience a celebrity chef’s gastronomical influence and have a romantic evening as well.
The St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

Other nominees:
360
Doha’s only revolving restaurant, if you go as a couple there’s a good chance you’ll be seated at a table with rose petals romantically strewn across your table. As you slowly circle (very slowly) Doha’s vast view, there is a musical accompaniment that is a little less romantic, more karaoke style (though Andy Williams does bring more life to the evening). A set menu, salads, soups and appetizers accompany dishes “from the land” or “from the sea,” and there are options for vegetarians, too. There’s a premium water selection for those who want to live life on the edge.
The Torch, Al Wabb Street, Aspire Zone (4446 5600).

Al Dana
As well as serving up succulent seafood, love can well be in the air at Al Dana, with moody lighting and areas where the pair of you can have intimacy. The menu is expressive, forward thinking and colourful. Enjoy some of the most pleasurable seafood in town and treat your special one. One word of warning: they can have parties outside on Thursdays and Fridays, which may lessen the romance.
Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Abboud (4425 6666).

Al Mourjan
James Bond lovers will like this: Al Mourjan has a view to a kill! It offers arguably (or even unarguably) the best view of West Bay, and something to talk about for that romantic evening when you’ve ran out of things to say. The food is Lebanese and you can easily wile away the hours romancing and enjoying the wide range of specialities the restaurant has to offer.
Corniche (4483 4423).

Jazz At Lincoln Center
If music be the food of love, then you have both of these at JALC. It’s bar food, with a difference. Want caviar? It’s on the menu. Want top bubbles…sorted! Want the smoothest and coolest jazz – done! You can also order more standard dishes from a varied menu. The mac and cheese is an inspired choice. The lighting is moody and the jazz is groovy. Although the service is sporadic, the atmosphere is sensational.
St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

La Mer
With views that would take the breath of even the most Romantic of poets (give us a wave, Wordsworth), La Mer encapsulates beauty straight away, and the chic, dark red interior makes for more of a romantic touch. The seafood offerings shout out fine dining, as does the intelligent fusion of ingredients in its dessert dishes. Finally, the singer and pianist (one and the same) is sure to make the evening a complete one. It is a little pricey, though.
Ritz Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

Yum Yum
If you haven’t been to Yum Yum and are driving there then, firstly, you may have to dodge guys randomly walking in the middle of the road. But once you’re there, one of Doha’s finest restaurants makes the stress all worthwhile. Inside, the bright décor doesn’t initially smack of romance, but there are secluded tables for intimacy and the food is beautifully presented and delectable to the last mouthful, transporting you to a magical place. French favourites and regional selections comprise the small but mighty menu.
K108 Hotel, Ibn Abdul Muttaib St., Old Al Ghamim (4433 3000).

Seafood

Winner
Al Dana
A nice, relaxed ambiance, extremely attentive staff and excellent seafood make this one of the spots in town to come. The menu is theatrical, modern and intelligent, serving cuisine to a very high standard, with a choice of the typical fish market concept for main course or specials from the menu, with exquisite detail placed on each and every plate. Leave room for dessert, too.
Sharq Village, Ras Abu Abboud (4425 6666).

Highly commended
Pier 12
Not the most expansive range of choices at this seafood restaurant, but each option is a sound one to pick. You can choose from the popular fish market or just order from a selection of seafood dishes. The presentation for the starters and mains are simple but effective, with the creative flair coming out for the desserts. The seafood is very impressive, and the ambiance one of a dark blue reminiscent of the sea, with excellent staff as sailors. Anchor up.
Radisson Blu, Intersection of C-Ring Road and Salwa Road (4428 1555).

Other nominees:
Al Sayyad
A cosy retreat at the Diplomatic Club, Al Sayyad restaurant has a good selection of seafood dishes available in a bright and friendly circular restaurant, with good views of The Pearl and the Doha skyline, depending where you are sat, to match. The typical Lebanese dishes you would expect complement the seafood platters or fried fish available. The restaurant is popular with locals and the service is very good. There are also televisions, just in case you get bored with the company.
The Diplomatic Club, West Bay Lagoon (4484 7420).

Al Sultan Brahim
The fish market concept is in full swing at this Lebanese restaurant, and the staff are more than helpful in helping you choose your grilled or fried selection. There’s also prices for you to see what you’re spending – you could do all out for lobster or be content with very reasonably priced needle fish; you don’t have to spend an absolute fortune. The aesthetic is bright and beige, which means the simplicity of the place lets the food do all the talking.
St. Regis Hotel, West Bay Lagoon, West Bay (4446 0220).

La Mer
Located on Level 23 and with great views of the city, this romantic hot-spot is certainly not cheap, and not somewhere to go and make a load of noise, but it is a great retreat for a special occasion and a romantic meal for two. The seafood menu is small, which adds a feel of exclusivity and the amuse bouche is bound to get you in the mood for food. The dishes are highly creative and aesthetically pleasing, and the rose handed over to the lady at the end a romantic touch.
Ritz Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

L’Wzaar
It is very rare that this restaurant is not very busy, and for good reason, with numerous fish tanks and a sea-blue tiling giving a seaside feel to it. The market, where you order and buy your seafood in weight, is good fun, and you know the price as they weigh it in front of you. The main disappointment is the fact the restaurant has televisions playing. One would hope the company and atmosphere is entertaining enough, especially as you can easily pay QR300 per head here. That aside, it has an excellent seafood menu and options, and extremely good sushi.
Building 27, Katara Cultural Village, West Bay Lagoon (4408 0710).

Medi
Medi isn’t exclusively a restaurant that serves seafood, but it is best known for its fish and seafood selections. If you don’t fancy seafood then you have an eclectic range of pizzas and pastas to choose from. The fish market is small but attractive, and the bright and large area does make it ideal for families. Prices are a little steep but the quality is there to make it a sound investment once in a while.
The Village, Salwa Road, Nasr (4444 4700).

Afternoon Tea
Bar food
Brunch
Budget
Business Lunch
Café
Chinese
Contemporary European
Family
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Latin American
Mediterranean
MENA
Newcomer
South East Asian
Steakhouse


South East Asian

Winner
Isaan
Isaan never fails to impress. The flagship restaurant at Grand Hyatt Doha sits in a league of its own when it comes to Thai cuisine in the city. The plates arrive tapas-style and are designed for sharing. The portions may be dainty but bristle with big flavours treated delicately. Three open cooking stations add life to the sprawling dining room overlooking the lobby of the hotel.
Grand Hyatt, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1250).

Highly commended
Spice Market
There’s never a dull moment at Spice Market. Lunchtime attracts a business crowd, while the evenings are known for its happy hour with verve. Like its sister restaurants around the globe, Spice Market’s cuisine is chiefly Southeast Asian inspired. There are new twists added to classic favourites, evident even in the ever-popular sushi selection.
W Doha, West Bay (4453 5000).

Other nominees:
Asia Live!
Staying in line with the Doha Marriott Hotel’s hallmark themed restaurants, Asia Live! boasts all the trappings of a Far Eastern eatery. The space feels like the inner courtyard of a pavilion with Oriental rafters and awnings. The eclectic, pan-Asian menu focuses on Japanese cuisine with the sporadic inclusion of Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian and Korean dishes. Thai papaya salad, Vietnamese chicken and beef satay are some of the options that will take you on a culinary journey through Southeast Asia.
Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8472).

Baan Thai
A gem on the outskirts of Doha. Don’t let the location of Baan Thai on a busy stretch in Muaither deter you from a visit. From the food to the service and décor, it’s all authentic. The chefs and servers are from Thailand – even the menus are written in Thai. We recommend coming with a bigger party to share a selection of dishes, including starters, steamed fish, curries, salads and fried noodles. And for those in the Villaggio side of town, Baan Thai delivers.
Al-Furousiya Street, Muaither (4029 8126).

Hwang
Hwang, which means ‘yellow’ in Mandarin, was the colour of the Emperor in Imperial China. It remains symbolic in Chinese tradition, and the pan-Asian restaurant at InterContinental Doha The City takes the inspiration from the origin of its name. Private dining rooms that line the entrance resemble the private parlours of a palace, with contemporary twists. The cuisine of five different Southeast Asian nations can be sampled here, including shabu shabu style hotpots.
InterContinental Doha – The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

Nusantao
Cool colours and spacious seating give Nusantao the feeling of an Asian-inspired spa resort. The menu is divided by method of preparation, so the grills, curries and wok dishes all include the flavours of Thailand and Indonesia mixed in with those from the Chinese and Indian kitchen. Part of the allure of Nusantao is the bright, bustling open kitchen where chefs will gladly walk you through your meal as it’s being prepared.
Four Seasons Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).

Sri Kebaya
Malaysian cuisine may not have the same appeal as its Thai and Indonesian neighbours here in Doha, but those with a hankering for nasi lemak and char koay teow have a refuge in Sri Kebaya. The restaurant is something of an anomaly in Souq Waqif, where you can enjoy a quiet meal despite being on the perennially packed avenue of restaurants.
Souq Waqif (4434 0838).

Steakhouse

Winner
New York Steakhouse
The aroma of grilling steaks wafts from the open kitchen. Steak aficionados can be dazzled by a tasting trio of steaks from the United States, Argentina and Australia. Servers come round with a trolley of meat displaying the various cuts available, describing each knowledgeably while offering suggestions. The clean and classy décor puts New York Steakhouse in the same field as any Manhattan power restaurant.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).

Highly commended
Anvil Rooms
The Anvil Rooms radiates class and refinement – handsome by day, and very romantic in the evenings. There’s even a strict smart casual dress code to match. An extensive array of cuts from Australia and the United States awaits the most discerning of steak lovers. While those seeking alternatives will be delighted by the seafood options, innovative salads and luscious side dishes, the lobster mash and truffle mac ‘n’ cheese are winners.
Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0685).

Other nominees:

Astor Grill
Trendy music, low lighting, and all the excitement of an open kitchen make this steakhouse at the St. Regis Doha an ever lively destination. The theme is casual chic, adopted even in the simple cooking of grilled meats, seafood and burgers. Astor Grill also captures the beauty of comfort food with its rotating selection of daily roasts. The chef’s table comprises bar-like seating with a full frontal view of the kitchen for a close-up, in-action gastronomic experience.
St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0211).

Bentley’s Grill
The intimate restaurant in the Radisson Blu walks the fine line between classic and dated. We stress intimate because of the few available tables to accommodate the many people who flock here for a quality piece of steak. Dine under the glow of low-hanging chandeliers while enjoying the formal service of days past.
Radisson Blu, Intersection of C-Ring Road and Salwa Road (4428 1555).

JW’s Steakhouse
Think Texas big – spacious leather chairs, decorative wooden chargers with bull sculptures and generous portions of food. A global cornerstone of the hotel brand, JW’s Steakhouse bears the signature of founder John Willard Marriott to underscore its American roots. Only USDA Prime Beef is served, wonderfully seasoned for maximum flavour. With live entertainment and an attached bar area, the oldest steakhouse in Doha continues to prove why it’s a force to be reckoned with.
Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud (4429 8218).

Le Grill
Le Grill bears all the markings of being in one of Qatar’s oldest recreational clubs. It holds strongly to the traditional charms of formal dining, where guests are given hand towels to precede and succeed the meal, an amuse bouche is presented to get the appetite going, and there’s even a palate cleanser between courses. The menu is not extensive but very dependable.
Diplomatic Club, West Bay Lagoon (4484 7470).

Le Relais de L’Entrecote
Boasting a rich history rooted in the Paris dining scene, the world-famous steakhouse has found something of a niche in Doha. The conservatory-style space is tastefully appointed, with paper covering the brightly covered tablecloths for a casual, bistro-feel. It offers little choice on its main menu: a salad, 180gm striploin and pommes frittes – meat and potatoes with some greens. But what shines from the meal is its signature sauce, a closely guarded recipe since the very first restaurant opened in 1959.
Croisette 1, The Pearl (4002 8182).

Prime
Prime is so serious about its steaks that diners are even given an option of knives, beautifully displayed in a glass casing typically reserved for trophies and accolades. Also on show is the glass-enclosed kitchen, where the chef expertly coaxes the flames dancing over charring steaks – it’s a vision of absolute wonder. And what reaches the table is of equal merit – skilfully cooked to render condiments unnecessary.
InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

Afternoon Tea
Bar food
Brunch
Budget
Business Lunch
Café
Chinese
Contemporary European
Family
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Latin American
Mediterranean
MENA
Newcomer
Romantic
Seafood

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