There are plenty of places offering iftar in Doha this Ramadan that won’t break the bank. And yes, I admit dear foodies, a few are even may actually be in hotels…
From traditional iftars through to something a little more out of the box, you can find an offering for every budget this year. To make it even more cost effective, check out both The Entertainer and MyBook for two for one deals and you can often find Ramadan offers on QGrabs (this is not ad for any of them, just a friendly reminder they can offer great value).
These are the top places to enjoy some tasty iftars and still have change for suhoor!
Five star fun at Seasons Restaurant at Movenpick Doha
This is my pick of the pocket-friendly five star hotel iftars and the hotel consistently delivers great food without the drama. For just Qr99 per person you get the full Movenpick iftar buffet experience with all the Ramadan favorites like shwarma and roast lamb and a few surprises like freshly made sushi and more. Suhoor is QR75 per person.
Asian flavors at Mama Rozie
My forever foodie crush are offering family iftar sets (for four people – order one day ahead) for a brilliant QR180. Their daily Ramadan specials include their legendary fried kaoy teow noodles for QR30. They open daily from 2pm for takeaway and from iftar for dine in. Whatsapp 70456262 for more menus.
Cafe classics Meesh Cafe
Six years down the track and this OG cafe still keeps the patrons fed and watered for very reasonable prices. Their iftar box is designed for two to three hungry folks and includes soup, sandwiches (among the best in town in my sandwich loving opinion – the chicken banh mi is great) and warm and cold drinks. You do need to give 24 hours notice for the boxes but the cafe is open from sunset.
Fast and fresh IKEA Qatar
Say what you want about our Swedish mates at IKEA, they know how to feed a crowd in a flat pack sized, cost effective manner. And I do appreciate their event-based and seasonal menus. Ramadan is no exception. Their iftar menu includes roasted chicken with oriental rice soup and salad for QR35 as well as Dawood Basha (Arabic meatball stew) with soup and salad also for QR35.
Family friendly Chilis Qatar
Another dependable and family friendly option is Chilis. I admit to being a fan of their Tex Mex options (the crispy veggie fajitas are on regular rotation in my household). This Ramadan they offer a main and salad for QR58 or QR78 delivery or dine-in after sunset. Family friendly and as mentioned, always does what it says on the tin.
Take a trip to the Med at &deli
This terrific cafe/deli in City Centre Doha is winning fans like me who keep going back for their fresh and thoughtfully prepared takes on classic Turkish and Greek dishes. While it may be located within shouting distance of a certain hypermarket, the interiors are spacious and calm. Their iftar menu is three courses with starters including stuffed vine leaves, mezze and a soup of the day. Mains include a choice of entrecote of beef and veggies on skewers or corn fed chicken marinated with honey mustard. And yes, there’s baklava for dessert. This is available for QR90 for one or QR160 for two people.
Azeri style at Nakchivan
Heading to the Souq to enjoy the extended cooler start to 2022? Sample some Azeri food at this gem of a spot. Their dine-in set iftar menu is QR130 per person and includes salads, soup (including Dovga, one of the most famous dishes from Azerbaijani cuisine, a soup traditionally made from plain yoghurt and herbs) and an iftar plate of white cheese, dates and veggies. We then head in the Caucasus with your choice of a main including their tender beef kebab or dosheme or ovruste pilaf studded with nuts and fruit Desserts include Azeri paklava (baklava) and drinks are also on the menu. Take my advice and head upstairs for a birds eye view of the rolling Souq action. what I especially love about this place is the service – engaged and helpful.
Keeping it real at Nandos Qatar
Speaking of chicken, I do love myself a cheeky Nandos and the beauty of this place is that it’s just as good for delivery as it is dining in. Consistently fresh and well presented, their iftar offering this Ramadan is like a greatest hits from their menu – an espetada (you know, the one on the skewer), plus a half chicken, hoummous, pita bread plus sauces for QR120. Yeah, I am a fan-do of Nandos but they do put a smile on your face.
An Indian Affair at Dalchini
I ate here a few months back and found the food approachable yet inventive, generous and very well executed. I don’t know why this place isn’t more popular. Their iftar offering is available from sunset until midnight an includes an arrival drink, a selection of Indian salads and snacks for the table to start. Also on the menu is mini tacos including a very alluring sounding duck Chettinnadu version and one promising a jackfruit marsala. There are also tandoor style grills, gravy-based mains including a crowd pleasing butter chicken as well as breads and rice. All for a very reasonable QR159 per person.
So dear foodies, stand by for another Ramadan-related post in coming days including where to find a tasty iftar for under QR50. In the meantime you can find all the latest foodie news and reviews:
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