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Where to Eat and Drink in Doha in October

Hello October!

Summer has slipped by and we are now well and truly headed into the business end of 2021. And foodies, let me tell you, there’s a lot to love about the food and drink scene in Doha this month as we head towards the end of the year.

Let’s get right to it:

Ika

This newly opened chef-driven restaurant is giving a bit of a well earned buzz to the dining scene right now. Helmed by the former head chef at Toro Toro, the menu spans the continent of south America from Peru, to Argentina and everywhere in between. Expect fresh, clean flavors, a bit of showmanship (everyone loves some dry ice), and expert cooking. They have a Thursday ladies night with unlimited Sangria and platters of snacks as a well as a Friday brunch. The dining space is best when filled to be honest but the food is worth it. I’ve eaten there twice in a month – it’s that good.

Must order: Tuna tataki, short rib tacos and grilled chicken thighs.

Bayt Sharq

This little gem has been a bolt from the blue for me. Nestled on the shores of the Corniche, the restaurant is housed in an old Qatari family home. Serving up Qatari favorites all delivered family style and meant to be shared, the complex houses small private dining cabanas around a pretty courtyard. There is a small museum, majlis and private rooms as well as a historic store. The experience starts with traditional Qatari dates and coffee – setting the scene for a fabulous meal ahead. The food is filling, flavorful and beautifully presented and they open for breakfast at 8am and serve lunch and dinner through to 11pm. It’s the perfect spot to learn more about Qatari food and hospitality as well as a must-go for visitors. Just go – it’s a real experience. Bookings are recommended.

Must order: seafood machboos and the desserts!

Noodles at Mosaic

The Mandarin Oriental is kicking it out of the culinary park in 2021. To compliment the already diverse main menu in their signature restaurant, Mosaic, they have introduced a short sub meu of classic noodle dishes. With favorites from Korea, China, Japan and Singapore, dishes range from QR50 to QR60 and can be ordered on their own or as an addition to your main menu choices. I love the Singapore style laksa, wit all its coconut creaminess and spicy kick but do check out the Korean noodles. You can order these dishes on their own or in addition to your main menu choices.

Must order: The Singapore Laksa and the Korean sweet potato noodles

Chill Out Brunch at Banana Island

A change is as good as a holiday – and this brunch is like a mini daycation. Hop on board the boat to Banana Island and forget the city for a day – well a Friday. The brunch itself features dishes from across their resort restaurants plus a few surprises along the way (the dessert rooms are stunning). At QR350 for adults including the boat ride, you have the option to leave Doha at 12.30pm or 1pm and return at 4pm or 5pm. There are special rates for kids, this is a family friendly affair with a play area as well. The view is relaxed and the food is spot on. Bookings essential.

Must order: The Shabu shabu station was my first port of call also crispy chicken burger

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