Summer has announced its arrival and it’s a lot frankly. For those staying here in Qatar here is your Summer 2022 Doha Dining Hit List – where to drink and dine right now:
Shisha and pizza at Iconoview
Occupying the penthouse of the office building that snakes around the Holiday villa is a surprising new venue. Iconoview is a restaurant with a very impressive menu of pizzas, pastas and grills, with a slight Arabic/Turkish bent. Starters hovver around QR60 and mains from QR120 and include a very more-sih seafood pizza studded with plump prawns and scallops as well as a Game of Thrones worthy grilled platter for two to three people from QR360. It’s dry but they do have shisha as well as private rooms for karaoke and a huge terrace with unique views across to Thumama stadium. This is the kind of venue we need outside of West Bay and The Pearl and I am here for it.
Must order: the slow cooked beef cheek and the impressive seafood pizza (no frozen marinara mix here)
KBBQ and KPop at New Yee Hwa
Those of us who have been here long enough to remember when Yee Hwa was Moon Palace will when they moved to their Al Kinana Street digs will love the new spot. And it will also attract a legion of new fans. Located in Doha Souq Mall, it’s an instagram delight with cherry blossoms and cosy booths all fitted with BBQ plates. The menu is the same as the other spot (which remains open) as are their popular daily offers (all you can eat sushi and BBQ is my favorite) but the presentation has been amped up.
Must order: all you can eat BBQ but also checkout their desserts.
Seafood feast at Rositas
Rosdita’s seafood proves that an ocean catch feast doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Just opened in Al Sadd, they are serving up generous seafood pots stuffed with crab and mussels (QR150) as well as whole baked or steamed fish and more. I loved the Rosita style pasta (QR38), served with squid ink noodles and as well as salt and pepper seafood (QR35).
Must order: The sea bass with peri peri sauce
Spanish style seafood for days Lobito De Mar
In tis gig sometimes you will go to a preview night and be impressed yet a venue falls short on subsequent visits. No so with this latest spot in the Dani Garcia empire. Marbella-inspired seafood runs the gamut from a “porterhouse” of tuna carpaccio (belly and all for QR140) served with runny fried eggs to emulsify as the sauce through to a show stopping creamy lobster rice for QR435. Delicately fried baby squid with its own ink is a platter of funky, briny goodness (QR55) while a prawn salad comes kitsch luxe in a hollowed out pineapple (QR95). The light and bright dining room with views of the water is the perfect ambience.
Must order: Any of the rice dishes – a previous favorite was the ribeye paella
Hotpot delight at Dragon Restaurant
Down a construction-riddled street (Mathaf street) just behind the Qatar National Museum you will find this hidden Chinese food gem. Go early for the hotpots which are served in individual pots (from QR108) cooked on your table. Choose from one our five broths and a range of seafood and meat options and let your chopsticks do the talking at the sauce buffet (QR5 per sauce but they are generous). Other options include decent dumplings (QR16 and up for a basket) and a range of seafood and tofu options.
Must order: the hotpots are unbeatable
BBQ dreams at Time Out BBQ and Smokehouse
Umm Salal Mohammed you changed. This independent spot is serving up proper BBQ and is perfect for a night in. Order the smoked brisket (Qr90/QR160) and short ribs (from QR95), smoked hard with the “bark” (produced by combination of the spices rubbed on the meat and the smoke from the smoker – science y’all) and “jiggle” in the meat. Salads are QR35 each and are family size portions and all sauces are made in-house. Tacos start from QR28 for a generous portion of three. This is great, home style food prepared with love and care.
Must order: Go hard with the brisket
Meat sweats assured at Brazilian BBQ Night at FS Doha
On the subject if BBQ, this terrific Thursday night deal at Elements at the Four Seasons Doha combines the very best of South American food in one place. Brazilian style beef including pichana as well as a range of salads, seafood and ceviches. The food is fresh and plentiful without being overwhelming and even the desserts are themed. they also have a baked potato station and frankly where has this been all my life? It’s QR295 for the food package with local water AND it’s on The Entertainer. Those wanting to sample their selection of cocktails and wine/beer can opt for the additional alcohol package for QR190.
Must order: head straight for the steaks but make a detour at the make your own ceviche bar.
While you are here:
There it is, your Summer 2022 Doha Dining Hit List – where to drink and dine right now. With a slew of new hotels set to open around town pre FIFA, expect lots of action on the dining front. For Eid al Adha offers, check out I Love Qatar and Marhaba for the latest. They do a better job than I could on the latest offers.
Some happenings around town and things to watch out for: