Meatlicious BBQ

A seafood diner with a misleading name
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Time Out Says

Doha can be a confusing place at times and shop names are often victims of mistranslation. In this noble spirit of lacking clarity is the peculiarly named Meatlicious, a restaurant serving a menu made up almost entirely of seafood dishes and a logo with a lobster in the middle.

The décor is rather generic. Brick walls are plastered with posters and plaques glorifying the mighty lobster and various fishing trawlers that have never been anywhere near Doha. It’s smaller than you would think and it is almost full when we arrive. Seating is cosy, so watch out for seafood shrapnel from the tables beside you.

Name and décor aside, the staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable when it comes to picking out your dishes. The backs of their T-shirts read “Eat with your hands” and they wear hats with cute furry crab claws on them.

Meatlicious’ specialty is the customised catch. You can choose from a range of fresh seafood including shrimp, crab, lobster, mussels and langoustine. Your favourite catch is then doused in the sauce of your liking. We pick a garlic black pepper shrimp combination and hopefully, our selection of medium spice is as much as we can handle.

The shrimp is bagged, shaken and stirred with our chosen flavours and poured onto an enormous plate. We are thankful for the plastic bibs and gloves. Meatlicious also gives all diners an array of utensils including a hammer and scissors for the tougher items on the menu. The shrimp itself is a delight. The garlic doesn’t overpower and there is just enough kick from the pepper to bring out the flavours of the fresh shrimp. We also try the chicken tenders and the wings, both of which taste quite fresh and not frozen. These are more measly than sinewy but the sauce is a refreshing blend of tangy and spicy. The blue cheese dip is an excellent accompaniment to cool off.

Vegetarians might be stuck with the admittedly tasty Cajun corn and fries which sadly aren’t cut fresh.

Meatlicious is a fun restaurant that’s low key and reasonably priced. Set against the upmarket restaurants in Porto Arabia, this is a great choice for a sociable meal that won’t break the bank.

A seafood diner with a misleading name

Affordable seafood eats in a nice restaurant at Porto Arabia

By Time Out Doha staff  | 01 Jan 2019

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
Dress CodeCasuals
Show number 5029 9660
Doha, The Pearl-Qatar, Le Crosette 25, Doha, Qatar

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