This cool Italian lounge with gorgeous views is a super spot for a family Christmas. The “Giorno di Natale in Famiglia” brunch is an à la carte offering with exclusive dishes and a warm, festive atmosphere.
QR320 (with soft drinks), QR440 (with selected beverages). Noon-3.30pm. Antica Pesa, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, www.anticapesadoha.com (4035 5011).
You would expect one of Doha’s finest steakhouses to serve up a top traditional Christmas meal. There is a sharing feast concept with à la carte offerings served in fine St. Regis style.
QR295 (with soft drinks) QR395 (with selected beverages), full non-refundable payment required before Thu Dec 15. Noon-4pm. Astor Grill, The St. Regis Doha, West Bay, www.stregisdoha.com (4446 0105).
A pre-Christmas escape to a Brussels Christmas market may be beyond possibility, but the InterContinental Doha’s Belgium-style hangout can make up for that. A Christmas choir and a Santa visit are highlights, while a turkey ballotine stuffed with wild mushroom and truffle mousline work out foodie muscles.
Prices à la carte. 7pm-2am. Belgian Café, InterContinental Doha, West Bay, www.ihg.com (4484 4919).
Even Olympians need a cheat day occasionally, so this Aspire Zone-facing restaurant and brunch is a place to enjoy live cooking stations and a decent-value brunch.
QR190 (with soft drinks), QR95 (kids aged 6-11), free (kids under six). 12.30pm-4pm. Blue, Mövenpick Hotel Al Aziziyah, Aspire Zone, www.movenpick.com (4445 5535).
Coral All Day Dining
This lively brunch will feature plenty of traditional festive treats alongside music from the InterContinental’s resident band Soul Shake. Kids will love the visit from Santa and the haul of gifts he brings with him.
QR420 (adults), QR210 (kids aged 6-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Coral All Day Dining, InterContinental Doha, West Bay, www.ihg.com (4484 4919).
Santa is coming to brunch and he’s bringing kids’ activities, a playground and toys for little ones. Thanks Santa – join us for a mince pie?
QR200 (adults), QR100 (kids 6-12), free (nannies and kids under six). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Cosmo, Millennium Hotel Doha, Jawan Street, Al Sadd, www.millenniumhotels.com (4424 7777).
There are three courses and a lot of buffet to get through, as well as a visit from Santa himself. A dedicated play area for kids and a turkey carving station sound like the stuff of future Christmas legends.
From QR295. Noon-3pm. Crossroads Kitchen, Marriott Marquis City Centre, www.marriottmarquisdining.com (4419 6134).
The Marriott is calling Christmas brunch The Big Day and has ticked, more or less, every box on the festive list. That includes a choir, bouncy castle, games and tables full of Christmas roasts, desserts and drinks.
QR350 (with soft drinks), QR450 (with selected beverages), booking and payment required 48 hours in advance. Noon-3pm. Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Aboud Street, www.marriott.com (4429 9499).
More feliz navidad than Merry Christmas, there is a strong Spanish theme at this casual à la carte brunch. There will be live entertainment and more tapas than turkey, plus a happy hour deal later in the afternoon.
QR395 (with soft drinks), QR495 (with selected beverages), QR150 (kids aged 6-12). 12.30pm-3.30pm. El Faro, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, www.kempinski.com (4035 5011).
If reindeer and sleighs flying through the air are not enough fantasy for you, then a visit to this quirkily decorated buffet specialist in The Torch will add a little more magic to the day. Festive foods and an oversized brunch await.
QR220 (adults), QR105 (kids aged 6-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Flying Carpet, The Torch, Aspire Zone, www.thetorchdoha.com (4446 5600).
Several restaurants combine to create this mega-brunch, which brings together Il Teatro, Elements and Arabica, as well as the amazing beach terrace. The Friday brunch here was the recipient of our 2016 award for Best Brunch, so we expect their Christmas Day to be just as, if not more, spectacular. There will be many traditional dishes and international bites to sample, plus a play area for kids.
QR550 (with selected beverages), QR680 (premium package), QR280 (kids aged 5-12). 12.30pm-4.30pm. Four Seasons Hotel Doha, West Bay www.fourseasons.com (4494 8600).
Head here for traditional favourites with a few modern touches, and plenty of festive spirit.
QR220 (with soft drinks), QR290 (with selected beverages). Noon-3pm. Hyde Park, Radisson Blu Doha, Salwa Road, www.radissonblu.com (4428 1555).
Whether you are a) Brazilian, or b) wondering how South Americans celebrate Christmas, this is a party brunch for you on December 25th. Not a snowman in sight, but you can see live music, party packs and a big dose of Brazilian flair.
From QR325. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Ipanema, Marriott Marquis City Centre, www.marriottmarquisdining.com (4419 6134).
La Spiga by Paper Moon
We think this is the best Italian restaurant in all of Doha. So, for the best à la carte Italian food this Crimbo, get along to West Bay. There will be music from Doha Jazz and we dare say there will be some festive spin as well on both food and entertainment.
QR250 (food only). Noon-4pm. La Spiga by Paper Moon, W Doha, West Bay, www.laspigadoha.com (4453 5135).
Market by Jean Gorges
Under the auspicious guidance of triple-Michelin star-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, you can expect this W Hotel buffet to be a foodie tour de force, plus there will be some funky live jazz along with thetraditional food.
QR350 (with soft drinks), QR450 (with selected beverages). Noon-4pm. Market by Jean-Georges, W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay, www.marketdoha.com (4453 5135).
There will be a buffet table, there will be a choir, there will be a Santa and there will be a performance from the Bouzouki Band. But more than all that, there will be Christmas cheer and merriment. Expect traditional Christmas food like roast turkey, as well as live carving stations for lamb and beef, plus plenty of Greek mezze, and traditional festive desserts like Melomakarona. Oh, and Santa has gifts.
QR295 (with one selected beverage), QR145 (kids aged 6-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Mykonos, InterContinental Doha, West Bay, www.ihg.com (4484 4919).
New York Steakhouse
A four-course set menu of Christmas fare is a festive treat, and comes with a brunch atmosphere at this highly-regarded steak restaurant.
From QR295. Noon-3.30pm. New York Steakhouse, Marriott Marquis City Centre, www.marriottmarquisdining.com (4419 6134).
The St. Regis
The celebrity super-chef himself might not be in the kitchen on Christmas Day, but Opal by Gordon Ramsay is teaming up with neighbouring Vine for a Christmas edition of their famed Grand Brunch out on the terrace. There will be plenty of live music (we’re sure they will play Jingle Bells) and a kid’s corner.
QR555 (with soft drinks), QR655 (with selected beverages), full non-refundable payment required by Thu Dec 15. 12.30pm-4pm. Opal by Gordon Ramsay, The St. Regis Doha, West Bay, www.stregisdoha.com (4446 0105).
Okay, bouncy castles and face-painting might not have been part of your festive traditions growing up, but they will be for your children. There will also be a memorable visit from Santa to occupy little ones, while adults make the most of the traditional festive buffet which features everything from live carvery stations to elaborately decorated Yule logs.
QR495 (with soft drinks), QR595 (with selected beverages), QR150 (kids aged 6-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Sawa, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar, www.kempinski.com (4035 5011).
Westin brunches have quickly become quite legendary since the hotel opened this year and we expect a touch of glamour to be served with the festive-themed fodder.
QR320 (with soft drinks) QR395 (with selected beverages), QR160 (kids 6-12). 12.30pm-4pm. Westin Doha, Salwa Road, www.westindoha.com (4492 1555).
Best-known for the themed nights throughout the week, this Mövenpick buffet spot is looking as seasonal as the name suggests, with lashings of chestnut stuffing, rosemary potatoes, cranberry sauce and turkey. And sprouts, don’t forget the sprouts. Special family activities are planned for younger kids.
QR275 (food only), QR137 (kids aged 6-12), free (under six). Noon-3.30pm. Seasons, Mövenpick Hotel, Al Salata www.movenpick.com (4429 1111).
The Time Out Doha Highly Commended Best Brunch will be one of the party destinations of Christmas Day, as DJ Santiago Vittorelli will be supplying the beats that Father Christmas himself is turning up to enjoy. Expect plenty of traditional Christmas dishes alongside a buffet of international cuisines.
QR299 (with soft drinks), QR499 (with selected beverages). 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Grill, Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay, www.doha.grandhyatt.com/doha (4448 1234).
There are a few surprises promised at the Al Jawhara Christmas brunch, but even if they don’t transpire there will definitely be Christmas log, roast beef and turkey, plus a host of activities for kids.
QR255 (with soft drinks), QR355 (with selected beverages), QR455 (premium package), QR128 (kids aged 6-12). 12.30pm-3.30pm. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay, www.intercontinental.com/dohathecity (4015 8888).
Way up of the 47th floor, there is always a touch of “wow factor” about this impressive hangout. For those not in the know, this is Doha’s revolving restaurant and Christmas Day could be the special occasion you have been waiting for.
QR280 (with soft drinks), QR140 (kids aged 6-12). 12pm-3pm. Three Sixty, The Torch, Aspire Zone, www.thetorchdoha.com (4446 5600).