7 Spots to Enjoy Iftar in Doha that Aren’t a Buffet

Let’s face it, hotel and restaurant iftar buffets are fun for the first few days of Ramadan in Doha, but the novelty soon wears off. But these five places are offering something outside of the Ramadan iftar buffet bubble and definitely worth your consideration this month. From a new fine dining spot causing a buzz; a surf and turf option and two places to enjoy a fabulous Indian feast.

I’ve dined at all the Doha restaurants mentioned below over the past couple of months (some more than once!) and all highly recommended.

1. Ramadan menu at The M Doha

This is approachable fine dining and a good opportunity to try Chef Justin’s food. The spread changes weekly but includes tiny morsels to break the fast, inspired by Ramadan food traditions from Asia. This includes a tiny sweetened ming bean donut, date and goat cheese Swiss roll and mango lassi. The set menu features their popular heirloom tomato stracchino (cheese) salad; grilled whole sea bream and more for QR295 for each guest. The menu will change regularly in case you need another reason to return.

Details: QR295 pp from sunset to 2am

M Doha Ramadan Menu

2. Ramadan menu at Nobu Doha

A long time favorite Ramadan offering of mine, this year’s doesn’t disappoint. Featuring some of the best loved dishes from their menu, you can dine in or do “Nobu to Go” with it. Plates include their iconic black miso cod; sushi rolls and Nobu style Caesar salad. At four courses for QR275, another great way to try the menu.

Details: QR275 pp from sunset. Can also order to go from their website.

Nobu’s sushi counter

3. Hakkasan Ramadan Menu

Another one I Iook forward to each Ramadan is Hakkasan. Possibly the most consistent restaurant in Qatar, their Ramadan menu includes s wild mushroom soup; a trio of their famed intricately made dim sum and BBQ char siu ribeye beef. Priced at QR308 per person, it also includes two fruit blend drinks.

Details: QR308 per person from sunset.

The famed Hakkasan dim sum

4. Jamavar Ramadan Menu

Another consistently great performer (and under the radar I think) and excellent value for money is Jamavar at the Sheraton. Their iftar set menu available from 6pm to 8pm is a very reasonable QR195 considering the quality of their offering.

Details: Set menu available for iftar for QR195

Jamavar’s Indian food is among the best in the city

5. Izu at Mandarin Oriental

This place just keeps getting better and as with the other menus, this is a great chance to try their menu for a non-traditional iftar. The mezzanine location overlooking Barahat Msheireb is also great for people watching.

The details: Open from sunset, a la carte and some special dishes

Izu’s mezzanine dining room

6. Burger and Lobster Iftar Menu

This new place at The Pearl Qatar does what it says on the tin – literally surf and turf. Their iftar menu is QR365 and includes lentil soup, fattoush, beetroot salad, lobster biryani and Umm Ali to finish. Lobster biryani? I’m in!

The details: four course iftar menu for QR365

7. Ramadan menu at Riyasat

Priced at at very reasonable QR155 per person, the Riyasat iftar offering is a veritable feast. It includes samosa chaat, their famous (and very lush) take on a classic butter chicken and iconic haleem (slow cooked lamb). This is in addition to some tandoor delicacies; biryani and dessert. Highly recommended.

The details: QR155 per person for iftar perfect for sharing

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  • Looking for a Ramadan staycation? Salwa Beach Resort has some excellent offers right now.

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