• Qatar

    Mid-Year Report Card 2022 – The Qatar Dining Scene

    Summer beckons, kids are graduating, and for many vacations await so this means it’s time for my Mid-Year Report Card 2022 – The Qatar Dining Scene. For those new here, the Mid-Year Report card is my annual check-in about the the Qatar dining scene – what’s great, what’s leaving us a little cold, like the AC in malls. It’s also a chance to look ahead to what’s happening and what we can look forward to. What I’m Loving New Coffee Spots! Juan Valdez at Katara and the soon to open Toby’s Estate are great examples of the move away from the fancy coffee we’ve seen pop up around town in…

  • Hit List

    Your May 2022 Doha Dining Hit List – Where to Eat and Drink in Qatar this Month

    Hello May! You’re here and looking glorious. And with Ramadan behind us, the Summer stretching ahead, it’s time to explore some of the ever-expanding options around Doha this month. A new Aussie bar, revisiting a couple of old favorites and a shiny and fun Teppanyaki joint – something for everyone. So here is your May 2022 Doha dining hit list – the best places to eat and drink around town this month. Read to the end for some upcoming events and openings to take note of. Isaan Friday Brunch I tried to remember the last time I ate at Isaan and let me just say, it has been some time.…

  • 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…

  • Hit List

    October 2020 Dining Hit List – Where to Drink and Eat in Doha this Month

    It’s been a long and hard minute folks but here it is – your October dining hit list – where to drink and eat in Doha this month. From a luxe afternoon tea to fish and chips and also to a place where you can devour dumplings for breakfast – it’s all here! If you are looking for a happy hour to take the edge off the New Normal, check my list of top Doha happy hours here. 1. Afternoon tea at IDAM With arguably one of the most glorious locations for any restaurants in Qatar, IDAM’s afternoon tea is equally a thing of beauty. they have added savory items…

  • 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,  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…