That escalated quickly! It’s March already and frankly I am still unprepared. Luckily there are some great drinking and dining options around Qatar to ease me into the stark reality of a new month. This month’s list focuses mainly on outdoor venues – we all know summer is fast approaching so lets enjoy this while we can. Here’s where you should be dining out in Doha this month:
A longtime cult favorite which I have recently rediscovered. It’s on the list because of the well executed Italian and crossover classics but also for its sublime outside dining area.
A rarity in Doha, this tree fringed venue is dreamy and the perfect place to enjoy the dwindling days of cooler weather. The food does what it says on the tin – but for me it’s really about that terrace. You would never guess this restaurant was just a stone’s throw from one of the most manic streets in the city!
Must order: The seafood spaghetti is a pescatarian’s dream and the mushroom risotto earthy and satisfying.
The big Daddy of Doha brunches has upped its game…again.
We all know brunch is an expensive proposition in Doha now because of the tax hikes. So hotels offering brunch have to work harder to make it good value for diners.
With 17 live stations including fresh seafood (including one cooking bowls of steaming mussels to order), Mexican, Chinese (where you can watch the chef create your meal via a go pro strapped to his head) and Arabic and Indian grills.Other favorites were a Peking duck station and a cheese room (yes a room). Drink options are many and varied – there is a roving margarita cart as well as one serving three kinds of sangria. You can also prop up the gin bar or just choose wine, beer or sparkling.
Brunch is QR540 with alcohol and the set up works well for big groups as well as couples (and there is a kids club).
The price is QR540 including alcohol but in terms of bang for your dining buck – this brunch is hard to beat
Must order: the Peking Duck and the Indian curries. Actually, everything. Pace yourself
This could be one of the best kept secrets in Doha’s dining scene – and I don’t say that lightly. Located poolside at the St Regis, this Lebanese restaurant recently started serving breakfast.
Grab an outside seat on the terrace and order from the short and sharp menu of Middle Eastern breakfast classics. The shakshouka has a great hit of spice and their famous hoummous (which takes three days to make) is creamy and moreish. You can indulge in shisha (if that’s your poison) and dishes are well priced (QR35 to QR40) and they even have set menus.
Must order: The fatteh with meat with its mix of textures and flavors is comfort food in a bowl.
With two new hotels opening in Doha this month, there is bound to be more to indulge in. also keep an eye out for my updated guide to the best brunches in Doha – coming soon! Happy March Madness!