Doha Festival City is sprawling, bright and shiny – and a phenomenal place to visit when you’re hungry. With more than 100 eateries set to open, you’ll be spoiled for choice and able to refuel (repeatedly) during your shopping trip. We’ve scoured the length and breadth of the humongous mall to pick out the best of the bunch, because everyone knows that culinary therapy trumps retail therapy.
The guys at 800 Degrees recognise that pizza isn’t just an indulgence, it’s a necessity, and often one that is required urgently. Luckily, you can have your pizza cooked and ready to eat in just 90 seconds, for times when the need is particularly strong. Simply choose your toppings and watch the whole thing being made right before your eyes in the open kitchen. How long you take to devour it is completely up to you.
Rest your tired feet with a stop off at Aimee’s and a nice cuppa to get to ready for round two (or three, or four) in the shops. The café is all pastel hues and dainty tableware, but don’t let that deceive you. The menu includes everything from fried shrimp tacos to Cola barbecue ribs that call out for being ripped into, as well as a selection of cakes and an interesting angel hair cloud dessert.
ThEATre by Rhodes
A nacho-combo meal just doesn’t cut it for some people, and after sampling THEATRE by Rhodes, we can safely say that we now fit into that category. The concept brings a whole new meaning to dinner and a movie. Enjoy a sit-down meal in the restaurant, or have fine food served to you in the adjoining theatre while you enjoy blockbuster films in a reclining seat with your own blanket and pillow. The menu is the creation of Michelin star Chef Gary Rhodes, and includes everything from pizza, to mezze selections, meat skewers and ice cream sundaes.
The Cheesecake Factory
Its cheesecake is world famous, and the burgers are pretty legendary too – and all for good reason. Portions from this US import are absolutely huge, but you’ll be more than willing to give them a good shot once you’ve sampled the mouth-watering wares. There’s even a Skinnylicious menu, with dishes under 600 calories, including Thai lettuce wraps and lemon-garlic shrimp with angel hair pasta. Whatever you choose, make sure you leave room for the star of the show. The hint is in the name.
For more information visit www.dohafestivalcity.com.