Dining out in Doha

16 Aug 2014

For any business traveller, tourist or newly moved expat, finding the right place to eat in a new country can be an experience on its own. While it’s a great idea to sample to local cuisine in order to gain a better understanding of their culture and traditions, something one just craves for a familiar flavour. There is a variety of food that is available in Doha, ranging from Middle Eastern to Lebanese to Continental to Indian. There are large luxurious restaurants and even small eateries that serve up some delectable delights.

If you are more the adventurous kind when it comes to dining out and want to sample the cuisine of the region then you should try the Arabic, Lebanese or Turkish restaurants. Some suggestions are Kebab King, Istanbul Sultan and Souq Waqif. Qatar has a sizeable South Asian population and thus the choices in Indian food are plenty. From food stands to five star restaurants, Indian cuisine can be enjoyed at many different places around Doha. There is also a good selection for Asians who would like Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisines.

For those of you who would like to venture to a fancier place then The Grill at Grand Hyatt and St Regis offer scrumptious brunch spreads that are both delicious and envious. If you would like to grab a sandwich or a burger, then there are few and far between places that offer good food. J &G Sandwich Cellar and Fuddrucker’s are a great place to pick up sandwiches and burgers. Italian cuisine is available in abundance and for those craving for a bite from home there are a selection of restaurants like Ciao and Lo Dolce Vita.

The Souq Waqif is a large market place that has the widest variety of restaurants. It is the best place for a foodie and has some unique places that offer authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. Damascus and Al Adhamiyan serve Syrian and Iraqi food respectively and offer some unique dishes. While the food on offer is good, it is also important for expats to understand that Qatari people do not eat pork for religious reasons. They are also against consumption of alcohol. Before venturing out and looking for the food, it is important to understand the local sentiment and culture and their influences on dining.

Doha offers food for as low as $10 and also the much higher priced brunches. But the good news is that there is something for everyone at every price.

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