Six Foodie Things To Try Before the End of the Year

Listen up people! It’s December in a couple of days ! You heard me! DECEMBER! When did that happen? I demand a recount (on so many levels).

Honestly, it seemed like just yesterday we were sweating through July and praying for less daylight and cooler temperatures.

I’ve just realised there is a whole bunch I promised myself I would do but of stuff I just haven’t done this year:

  1. Revisiting the ABBA Museum
  2. Buying a new car (to be fair I have been saying that since 2012)
  3. Discovering a cure for Man Flu
  4. Finding a consistent supply of Mochi icecream in my vicinity
  5. Making Stretchy Pants acceptable office wear
  6. Single handedly eliminating the Matcha/Nutella/Lotus is My Everything craze

But there’s still time! With a month left until the end of the year, I’ve decided to keep my remaining ambitions short, savory and foodie-themed. So here’s my list of all things tasty I am excited about and you should be trying before the end of the year:

  1. Breakfast Obsessions

It took some time for Doha to wake up to breakfast all day as a concept (breakfast…see what I did there?). But both Eggspectations Qatar and the newly minted Breakfast Club (review to come) are serving up more than eggs over easy all day every day. Worth getting out of bed for in my opinion.

2. Theme Nights and Brunches

I’m not one of life’s joiners, but I do love the occasional theme. And it seems that Doha has gone “Theme Crazy” since the summer months. Whether it’s the Superhero Brunch at Ritz Carlton Doha or the daily line up of theme nights at the excellent and underrated Seasonal Tastes at the Westin Doha on any given night or day you will find something. Other standouts include the Thai Market style brunch at Grand Hyatt Doha and the winter friendly Bohemian Nights every Sunday at Intercontinental Doha and finally Curry Nights at W Doha’s Spice Market. Wine and cheese fiends should also head to Prime at Intercontinental Doha The City for their weekly dairy fuelled blow out.

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Curry in a hurry at W Doha

3. Gin O’Clock

Of course there had to be an alcohol option here! Doha it seems has gone gin crazy and I for one love it. Early adopters in the craze was W Doha with their Gin O’Clock concept of bespoke cocktails and nibbles. Some places like Ritz Carlton’s Picnic Brunch set up their own pop-up gin bar with infused potions to try. Others have taken this and run with it, including Elements at Four Seasons Doha which has developed an enviable cocktail list using small batch gins including one infused with coconut. Yep. Try it then thank me. You can also sample their gin creations on their cocktail cart during brunch. You’re welcome (hic).

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It’s gin o’clock somewhere!

4. Raising the Raw Bar

In the Doha dining scene, you have to adapt or be left behind. That’s why it’s great to see a relatively old school brand like St Regis Doha try something a little off beat. In a country that loves its steaks well done and its seafood left on the BBQ for a while, opening a raw seafood bar is daring. The menu includes oysters,, shellfish, caviar and sushi as well as cocktails and champagne. It’s at the high end of the “big night out” scale, but it’s well and truly on my list to try this month.

5. Paneer and Dear

I’m a hardcore Nandos Qatar fan and not much gets between me and my butterfly chicken. Except maybe…cheese. Nandos has launched a new vegetarian menu, catering to the diverse population here in Qatar. It includes lots of paneer, or Indian style white cheese including in their their trademark Espetata and in fresh and fun skewers with grilled watermelon. While I’m yet to buy into the quinoa salad they are also offering, there’s enough variety (and cheese) to keep me interested.

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Paneer and dear to my heart (photo courtesy of Nandos Qatar because mine are crap)

6. Lulu’s Expansion

Yes, I am that special kind of foodie nerd who gets excited by the opening of a supermarket. But the newest branch of Lulu Hypermarket’s expanding empire is opening before the end of the year in Messila. It promises the usual supermarket fare plus an excellent deli counter (yep…all the cheeses! All the meats! All the olives!) and an expansive section of international favorites (Vegemite!) and gluten free offerings. Catch you in the carpark!

So…there it is! A small and manageable list I am trying to conquer before the end of the year. But I’m still not giving up on my other ambitions for 2016…especially the Man Flu one.

27 Comments Add yours

  1. That coconut gin is the most amazing drink I have had in a long time! Going to hunt it down in the States to give to my Mom as a Christmas present!

  2. Ohhhh I need it in my life more often!

    1. I am game anytime you need a gin buddy!

    1. Thanks Zeke! Hope you are doing well

  3. I am excited for the new Lulu too! And the new Nandos veggie menu is amazing. They have included Paneer and the Quinoa salad is amazing. I even loved the veggie wrap with mushrooms and grilled paneer. Loads of flavors there!

    1. Yes the new Lulu is going to be great. and anything with paneer is going to be a winner for me

  4. Iwan Jones says:

    I have to do the raw bar! Oysters, oysters, oysters!

    1. I hear you! Oysters for the win!

  5. Kathryn says:

    Unless I eat out for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a couple of snacks for the next 5 weeks I still can’t fit in everywhere I want to try! Great post with lots of ideas.

  6. Bunny, Monkey & Me says:

    Cannot go wrong with Eggspectations.
    Will have to try out the others too…

  7. Awesome list you got here Rachel! Was looking for a breakfast place, now I’ve got to try Eggspectations. :*

    1. Am keen for the Breakfast Club too

  8. luckilylenny says:

    What a great list! This one for for the missed bucket list for 2016. Thanks Rachelle! Will try Nando’s first! 😀

    1. Yes it’s worth it even for a carnivore like me!

  9. Clumsy Chic says:

    OMG – I can’t believe it’s already December! There’s so much to do before the end of the year. Time to buy jeans that a size up. Great roundup Rachel, I always go to your site for restaurant reviews.

  10. Mommy Dil :) says:

    So much to eat. So lil time.
    Sigh.

  11. Rouaw says:

    Too little time to fit all those in! Good thing I’m not going home for the holidays (always looking on the bright side!)

  12. yummymummyindoha says:

    Theme night brunches is one for me xxx

  13. Manju says:

    I am an early riser on Weekends. Eggspectations is in my list for a while. Now I should visit Breakfast club as well…

    The theme brunch is already in my bucket list for 2017

    Glad to hear about the Vegetarian menu in Nados.

    Great list Rachel 🙂

  14. Khansa says:

    I am glad that I will only have to try 2 more options – the breakfast, and Lulu. I was afraid when I saw the 6 in the beginning. But, having tried Nandos it’s only two more to try for.
    And, then there’s always next year!

  15. Flying Food Ninja says:

    I love a post like this about food… something that isn’t just a restaurant review. Always looking for good food ideas/places to try ❤

  16. Great post as always – I am a big fan of your round-ups. Lots of ideas in here, but very little time to try them all…better get going!

    Polly xx

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