The great thing about being a foodie in Doha is that you can always be assured of a new restaurant opening being just around the corner.
I often get asked about rumors relating to restaurant openings and other goings on around this growing scene. So, this is a little round up of some places opening very soon or in the near future so you can pencil them into your dining schedule.
Warning! When I say pencil, you should just pencil. This is Qatar…remember the airport we waited eight years for (then it leaked)?
The most imminent opening is actually tomorrow (Sunday 13 December) – Elements at Four Seasons Doha. Located in the space that was the dearly departed Nustanao, this place has me very excited, namely because it will have a Gin Bar with unusual and specially sourced gins. It will also have a focus on New World wines. The food itself will be Asian, Arabic, Indian and seafood. Combine this with an excellent management team and the Four Seasons excellent foodie track record, and you have a must dine venue.
Taking a cruise along the Corniche and with stunning views across the bay, is the Double Tree by Hilton. Known for the free cookie on check in and being good value, this hotel is in soft opening phase but hosts what I predict will be one of the hottest new outdoor venues in the city. Pure Sky Lounge hosts panoramic views across the city and a very laid back vibe. I may move in.
Whizzing along the Corniche and out to Al Wakra, I am very keen to try Copacabana at Souq Al Wakra. It’s still in its soft opening but this Brazilian grill is getting some decent buzz. And there is something very alluring about eating South American food by the sea.
Back in Doha and a little further off in the distance is the early promise being shown by the much-delayed Shangri-La Doha. With five outlets including the seafood place with a very Australian sounding name, Yabby, and an Argentinian grill, the Chinese venue Shanghai Club is creating some excitement from the dumpling brigade. Rumor is the hotel will open early January, but we have heard that before.
Also on the agenda in January 2016 is Westin Doha which brings with its Starwood and the brand’s excellent food and beverage dining credentials. This hotel will be well located for those of us who are refusing the lure of West Bay and will also host bars and a very interesting sounding Thai restaurant.
This list is not exhaustive. We all know that dining in Qatar has become a moveable feast (and this includes opening dates) and new venues pop up every day. I must say that 2016 is looking very tasty already!.