A delicious iftar under QR50 in Qatar? Yes my foodie friends it can be done. Like many who have contacted me, I’ve been surprised at the general prices for iftar this Ramadan. This is a combination of sticker shock from the two year COVID-19 hiatus and a general indication of the rising prices globally. Knowing so many people are seeking value for money, I thought a look at what iftars can be bought for QR50 was worth exploring.
These are some great options to suit all kinds of cravings – not always traditional – I found while doing the rounds in the last few days and from places I know and trust. You can order these for eat in, pick up or delivery – just check the links mentioned.
Always dependable and always arrives hot and tasty. Their iftar meal boxes include a starter, main dish, fruit and sides from QR15 and QR25 for premium iftar box with extra sides, a curry gravy and bread. We love their chicken biryani.
OK yes, so I may be a little obsessed with this place that hails from NYC. Especially the Lusail food park location that is by the promenade (they have their own seating area facing the water) and a perfect spot for a stroll and some dinner. Their Ramadan specials include a terrific combo meal with a choice of their chicken sandwiches with fries and a drink for QR45. They also have a range of milkshakes and special drinks like a very tart lemon/mint to cool you down.
Servings are generous and everything is freshly cooked to order. I suggest the honey garlic sandwich for a sweet/savory kick also their chicken tender boxes with honey mustard sauce. Fries are of the skinny persuasion with a light dusting of salt. Open from 4.30pm (sunset for dine in), they also have kids meals from QR28.
Located in the Qatar Petrol Station in Duhail, their iftar box is a doozy. Three dips, snacks, salads, rice, mixed grill, fruit and sweets for a very reasonable QR48.
A friend took me to the Matar Street branch of this Indian eatery a few months ago (one of three branches) and I loved the simple Keralan dishes, packed with flavor. They are also well known for the chai! Their iftar kits include biryani, fruit and snacks, appam and a chicken curry for just QR25.
Fun fact – I visited Pakistan a few years ago and it’s one of the most interesting countries I have been to. Pakistani food is also sublime and very underrated. Spice and Sizzle is a favorite and this Ramadan they have a few platter options priced under QR50. Platter one has mutton shami burger, chicken mandi, samosa and pakora and channa chaat (chickpeas FTW!) plus accompaniments for QR40. The next one up is a very reasonable QR45 and includes mutton reshmi kebab and chicken tikka. I always find the food here great quality – definitely one for your list.
Not your traditional meal for iftar, but Ninja Ramen’s steaming, soothing bowls of noodle soup are the perfect way to break the fast. Forget the other pretenders folks, this place is the real deal. Open from 6pm to 2am throughout the Holy Month (closed on Mondays),they have also introduced some new toppings for their ramen including nori seaweed and bamboo shoots. the menu has also seen the addition of Miso Ramen for our veggie friends and fellow travelers. Ramen are priced between QR35 and QR38 with two free toppings. My regular pick is the Tori Paitan with char sui chicken and fried garlic – with a drink I still have change of QR50. Bookings are essential and there is no delivery.
This one was a surprise – they have a range of iftar menus and one is a very reasonable QR48. This includes leek and potato soup, salad, hoummous, a chicken mandi (chicken and rice) and dates, yoghurt and water.
Again not a traditional iftar restaurant, but I think the Venezuelan arepas (a delicious cheesy bread made out of cornmeal and stuffed with fabulous things like cheese, meat and chicken) and other snacks are the perfect post fast meal. The small cafe and store is on Salwa Road (they also have a location in Q Mall and Rawdat Al Hamam) and is unassuming from the outside, but once you taste the arepas, empanadas and taquenos, you may wonder where they have been all of your life. Arepas start from QR30 and up and empanadas Q25. Wash down their their famed coffee.
And so, that’s the answer to the question – a delicious iftar under QR50 in Qatar? Yes my foodie friends it can be done. There were some hotels offering great deals through services like Q Grabs – but do check the conditions and the available dates – Entertainer and MyBook and check my post here for some other options.
So dear foodies, stand by for another Ramadan-related post in coming days plus some long awaited restaurant reviews. In the meantime you can find all the latest foodie news and reviews: