• Doha

    The Best Doha Restaurant Dishes of 2021

    Did we expect 2021 to be better? Well yes, we did and mostly it has been pretty much same same but with less COVID. But one bright spot in Doha has been the dining scene which shook off the year that didn’t happen to shine brightly. And, as I do every year, I have rounded up my list of the Best Doha Restaurant Dishes of 2021. There was a lot to like about 2021 as a foodie – a handful of new restaurants, new menus and mostly no Dalgona Coffee. I loved seeing IKA opening its doors and impressing us with its chef-driven South American fare. I was also pleased…

  • Elements - Your essential guide to the best places to eat and drink in Doha in November 2021
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    Your Essential Guide to Eating and Drinking in Doha in November 2021

    November is here and if you get up very early the temperature is in the early 20s! Just kidding! We are at the business end of the year in Qatar – when the weather is glorious and the eating and drinking options in Doha plentiful. Finally dining outdoors doesn’t require a personal AC. And we have some huge events – Arab Cup and the Formula 1 Ooredoo 2021 Grand Prix to name just two. So here is my essential guide to eating and drinking in Doha this November: Riyasat I’ve written about this place a few times, but it’s worth a visit or a revisit. Approachable yet beautifully executed Indian…

  • Hit List

    Where to Eat and Drink in Doha in October

    Hello October! Summer has slipped by and we are now well and truly headed into the business end of 2021. And foodies, let me tell you, there’s a lot to love about the food and drink scene in Doha this month as we head towards the end of the year. Let’s get right to it: Ika This newly opened chef-driven restaurant is giving a bit of a well earned buzz to the dining scene right now. Helmed by the former head chef at Toro Toro, the menu spans the continent of south America from Peru, to Argentina and everywhere in between. Expect fresh, clean flavors, a bit of showmanship (everyone…

  • Hit List

    Your February 2021 Doha Dining Hit List – Best Places to Eat and Drink this Month

    February is here and it feels like Winter never really happened? Your February Doha Dining Hit List is here and I feel we all need to make the most of the few cooler days we have left! And honestly, it feels a little like deja vu as we see our COVID-19 case numbers rising. So with this list comes some words of caution – wear your mask. Practice social distancing. Be sensible! Here are my recommendations for where to eat and drink in Doha this February: 1. The Cellar It’s been a long 10 months but The Cellar at the newly rebranded Hyatt Regency Oryx is back open and serving…

  • Food

    Where to Find Specialty and Unique Food Shops in Doha

    Need to find that unique ingredient? Or maybe something that reminds you of home or that trip to Italy (when we still could travel!)? There was a time when you had to wait to travel or ask a friend bring in that special vinegar or sauce. Not any more. In some cases you can thank COVID-19 – some suppliers opened their doors to the public during the lockdown. In other cases, specialty food shops across Doha are popping up all over the city offering a range of items and in many cases, home delivery or through Whatsapp. Here’s my a few from my little black book of great food and…

  • 10 Places to Dine in Doha When the COVID-19 Restrictions Are Lifted on 1 July
    COVID-19

    UPDATED: 10 Places to Dine in Doha When the COVID-19 Restrictions Are Lifted on 1 July

    Let’s be honest. There is only so much banana bread, sourdough starter and dalgona coffee one person can handle in a lifetime. It has been a long three months but things are finally starting to open up. As part of its four phase plan, to return us to some sense of normality, restaurants will be able to open on 1 July with heavy restrictions. I’ve spent a lot of time speaking to all of the big players, and some small businesses about their plans. What is clear is that a lot remains up in the air – it’s not as easy as flipping a switch and many new measures need…

  • COVID-19

    What Will Doha’s Dining Scene Look Like Post-COVID-19?

    We all joke about rushing the barricades and beating down the doors of our favorite cafes and restaurants (after the beauty salons of course) when they finally reopen. But what will Doha’s dining scene look like after the dust settles? As we begin to eat out again when restaurants reopen, the question will be less about the food, and more so about what steps the restaurant has taken to ensure the health and safety of diners. One thing is certain, it won’t be the same. But how will it have changed? 1. Fewer outlets The sad reality is, many smaller (and maybe some bigger players) won’t be able to survive…

  • COVID-19,  Home Delivery

    Five Independent Doha Restaurants Doing Home Delivery

    This post is dedicated to the independent Doha restaurants and cafes who are still putting together out the great food and keeping us fed and watered. It seems like we have been doing this self isolation thing a very long time. And perhaps we have. There is no denying times are tough for many and the hospitality industry has been doing it tougher than most. In my view the businesses in this post serve great food as well as importantly follow infection control measures. And with working long hours in the office(well for me anyway) all of them have also been a lifesaver. So for when you just can’t make…

  • Life on the Wedge Your February Hit List - Where to Eat and Drink in Doha this Month
    Hit List

    Your February Hit List – Where to Eat and Drink in Doha this Month

    And here we are – my inaugural 2020 Hitlist – where to eat and drink in Doha in February. After the longest January in the history of Januarys, there is a lot to be excited about! New happy hours, new restaurants and a couple of surprises – here is the list you have been waiting for… La Bodega Negra Hot off the plane from London’s Soho, this Mexican joint has won me over with its atmosphere and well executed food. It’s located adjacent to the less than swoonworthy HuQQA at the St Regis Doha. When I say this place is about the “vibe”, I mean it. The bar area is…