We did it. Made it to 2018 relatively unscathed. It seems my 2018 has started with breakneck speed – with new projects brewing, new opportunities, new travel plans. But with a new year also comes a new opportunity to try eating and drinking somewhere different in Qatar. Here’s my list of where you should be spending your hard earned dining riyals this month (and as usual, there’s a couple of surprises!).
Speaking of surprises – this one may shock the hard core foodies here. And believe me I was a skeptic – cosigning it to the same dubious dining schematic as fast food restaurants. But a recent visit forced me to sheepishly re-evaluate Firstly, all food is made from scratch (except bread and spices), and frankly it shows. Yes, the servings are huge just like the menu – more leftovers for all! I loved the shrimp scampi, the avocado toast was fresh, spicy and tangy and I threatened to lick the plate barely containing the chicken costoletta (thin breaded chicken fillets in a lemon sauce). My suggestion, leave your food snobbery at the door and enjoy the good eats, big servings and friendly service.
Order: Chicken Costoletta, avocado toast and luau salad. Of course, their cheesecakes are also crave worthy.
I checked this place out after some forceful recommendations from fellow foodies. While I think the fries could have used a bit more time in the hot oil (and because of the branded wrapping were a little soggy), the burgers were encased in a proper potato bun and have the right amount of fat to meat ratio. Another bonus is they come with a raft of free toppings (pickles, jalapenos etc) to choose from as well as your choice of cheese. The space is fun and family friendly and unlike a lot of burger places, you can watch your order being cooked thanks to their open kitchen.
Order: Mooyah style burger and give the hotdogs a try.
A recent visit to this underrated outlet of the hotel reminded me of why this is one of the best breakfast options in the city (winter only of course). Their international breakfast platters are things of beauty and very shareable at QR70 to QR80 each. Combine that with an airy outdoor area and views across the bay, and this is hard to beat.
Order: The Australian platter – vegemite and all.
Situated on one of the most frustratingly busy commercial streets in the city, this is an unlikely comfort food haven. The menu is short and sharp, focussing on the famous Nepalese momos (Chinese dumplings’ thicker, meatier Himalayan cousins) which come with an addiciive spicy sauce and some other basics including thali sets and of course thukpa (a soothing noodle soup). The interiors are charmingly Instagrammable and the service very sweet.
Order: Steamed or fried chicken momos (ask for extra sauce – you will want it on everything).
So folks, Life on the Wedge is off and running for 2018. Let’s hope it’s even more delicious than last year!