And just like that…it’s December. For those seeking a little more dining action than mince pies, turkey and tired tinsel, have I got some delicious and diverse dining out treats for you. From farm to table to luxurious sushi, here are the best places to drink and dine in Doha (and around) this month according to Life on the Wedge…
Fast becoming one of the the most chilled places in town, Hudson Tavern has spiced up its comfort food menu, which now offers more variety and bang for your buck. Tex mex and burger lovers should rejoice. Their fish taco is crunchy and spicy goodness while their new “Towering Inferno” burger is two patties, japanenos and a firey sauce one a proper potato bun.
Special mention also for the bulgogi starter – lush Korean style sliced beef served between lettuce leaves. the atmosphere is fun, the in house DJ spins retro tunes and it’s just a great place to hang out (yeah I said that).
Must order: The fish tacos and classic fish and chips
Hudson Tavern, Mondrian Doha,
In terms of foodie cred, this hotel is beyond underrated. Outside of the West Bay bubble, the Crowne Plaza punches above its weight, with an excellent Brazilian restaurant. But its all-day dining venue, Aramede is also a winner.
Their Friday brunch has been revamped – with a wider selection, churrassco beef and chicken cuts from Rodizio, a live band and an outdoor BBQ. Where this brunch excels is their seafood selection – lobster, prawns, crab and more all cooked to order. Throw in a roving cocktail cart and I may move in.
Must order: The lush lobster BBQd to perfection and the momos.
Crowne Plaza the Business Park, 4408 7777
Great for a day trip or to show visitors, this unique place is open again for the season. While the kids and visitors may love the zipline and bikes in the park and the novelty of the world’s most pampered cows in action, I love the restaurant. Located at Al Khor, the restaurant highlights produce from the dairy as well as Qatari and Arabic cuisine. the menu runs from the expected – meat shwarma and locally made labneh to the unexpected – mango hummous and potatoes and meat kibbeh. You can also hit up the fridges for freshly made cheeses and milk to take home.
Must order: Mango hummous – don’t knock it until you try it!
4. Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor
Possibly one of the more underrated celebrity chef restaurants in the city, this Indian outlet at the Crowne Plaza West Bay is worth a second look. While the interiors scream airline lounge, the food is another story. Thoughtfully presented, the dishes are familiar yet also innovative. The butter chicken is silky and a little sweet thanks to the addition of mango. The South Indian style prawn curry is lush and creamy, served in a hollowed out coconut. A recent visit made me wonder why I had left it so long between dinners. Service is knowledgable and passionate about the food.
Must order: the prawn curry and the samosa chaat – for a taste of north and south.
Many people tell me that I write about Nobu a lot. I guess I do – I’m a regular and a paying customer and I think it’s one of the best restaurants in Doha. As a diner and someone who writes about food, I also like how the restaurant’s team doesn’t rest on their laurels – coming up with offers that both enable new customers to try their menu while also keeping regulars happy. their Saturday Sushi Omakase is a great example of that.
Just 10 spots are offered every week and you get to sit at the sushi bar in the action. The menu changes weekly depending on the fish delivery and the chef. It’s QR600 for 13 types of sushi (believe me you will leave full) plus soup and three starters.
Must order: It’s chef’s choice and this changes weekly. My advice is to be open to what they offer and try something new!
Nobu Doha, Four Seasons Doha, 4494 8600
That’s all folks! Keep a watch in coming days for my annual “Best Eats of the Year” post (some surprises are promised)!
PS by popular demand I have added map links to each restaurant – just click the name in the listing!