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Doha hit list October 2022: Hot, new and just-reviewed restaurants and offers to check out, right now

We are literally counting the days now until the kick off of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and honestly I can’t wait. Here is my freshly pressed Doha hit list for October 2022 – what’s hot, new and just reviewed restaurants and offers you need to check out now. Scroll to the end for what to look forward to in coming weeks.

Tex Mex Classics are back at Paloma Doha

Paloma has something for everyone – a menu of fun and fresh Tex Mex classics, margaritas the size of your head and even a live band. After closing for two years thanks to COVID-19, it’s back just in time for the silly season. Go for the nachos and stay for the epic cheese pull of the queso fundito with mushrooms and chilis. Margaritas are excellent but I also love the eponymous Paloma with tequila and grapefuit.

Must order: The prawn fajitas – a sizzling tangle of flavors and textures.

Unlimited Friday brunch for under QR100 at Holiday Villa

Yes, it can be done. A Friday brunch for under QR100 per person including unlimited Chinese tea. D’Chopstix is a favorite of the Chinese and Malaysian community and this brunch is a nice entree into their menu. The QR99 brunch which runs from 12pm on Fridays includes freshly made teppanyaki, dumplings and maki rolls. I am a semi regular here and love the tender beef teppanyaki as well as the stir fried radish cakes. Casual and laid back, the menu is a small slip of paper where you mark off your dishes.

Must order: the soup station includes a coconut curry noodle soup – so rich and warming

Sophisticated drinks at Four Seasons Doha Library Bar

The OG of hotel bars in this city, back in the day it was standing room only on a Thursday. This beauty has been given a makeover but maintains the comfy, clubby interiors and excellent cocktail list. I loved the inclusion of zero proof cocktails to the menu (as opposed to mocktails which are there too). Cocktails include a fresh take on a negroni, infused with coffee. The food menu has also had a refresh, check out the avocado tempura fries and a fall apart tender beef short rib for more substantial fare. A note – it is smoking in here, but the outdoor Study bar opens very soon.

Must order: the gin cocktails and the perfectly poised trio of pulled beef sliders

While you are here:

There it is, your Doha October 2022: Hot, new and just-reviewed places and offers to check out, right now. With a slew of new hotels set to open around town pre FIFA, expect lots of action on the dining front. Some happenings around town and things to watch out for:

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