Deja vu – seems like it was just last week when we had this discussion. I know you all have your own places you are planning to hit, but here are the places I can’t wait to eat out at when 28 May comes around.
Five five star hotels were allowed to open their restaurants for in-house guests as a way to test their processes before the big opening.
But for 28 May, phase one (at this stage) will mean:
- Outdoor dining is allowed at 30% capacity for all restaurants, and 30% indoor (for vaccinated clients only) capacity for restaurants that are part of the Qatar Clean program
- Maintain shopping malls’ capacity at 30% and the closure of food courts (except for pick-up and delivery), while children under 12 years will not be allowed.
So where to head first? Well, I have my list. Some old favorites and some new and sure to be VERY hot spots – but definitely something to suit everyone! Here’s my list of five places to eat out in Doha from 28 May.
This spot just keeps getting better and now it’s summer, they have enclosed the sea view terrace so you can enjoy the South American influenced food in comfort. The menu has evolved so much over the last 12 months and I am expecting more surprises from this experienced and daring kitchen team.
Marina Terrace at the Four Seasons Doha
Formerly known as the Shisha Terrace, the place has had a revamp and a new energy. While it’s still unlicensed (this is under discussion), the views and the vibe make it the perfect place for a small, vaccinated gathering. The menu has some fresh and fun additions like wasabi rock shrimp, crispy eggplant and homemade lavender lemonade.
Saffron at the Banyan Tree Doha
It feels like we have been waiting an eternity for this already iconic Msheireb hotel to open, but finally it is here. With views to die for and a Royal Thai menu, this is one to put on your “must visit’ list before others catch on. The views look stunning and internationally the Banyan Tree is known for its foodie cred.
EL&N London – Qatar
Boldly calling itself the “most instagammable cafe in the world”, it has brought its special touch to Doha. Msheireb specifically. The place of the all-day brunch, expect long lines and many, many influencers. The menu includes smoothie bowls and eggs in every conceivable incarnation. There are also desserts and cakes to match the Disney-esque confectionary interiors.
With a sexy dining room and a menu of Peruvian favorites, Coya set a small fire under the Doha dining scene before we all locked down again. This place is sure to be booked solid but do give it a try if you can. Be sure to check out the lobster bao with caviar as well as the Pisco cocktails.
It’s exciting to be able to eat out again in Doha but we must remember that the hospitality industry in the country (and around the world), has carried a very big burden during these lockdowns. We need to be patient as well as kind – people need time to readjust even after a shorter break than in 2020.
But, please remember, things can change. Also, don’t forget to ensure your Ehteraz app is up to date and you book ahead – seats will be limited now.