• 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…

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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…

  • Doha

    Five Places to Eat Out in Doha from 28 May

    Deja vu – seems like it was just last week when we had this discussion. I know you all have your own places you are planning to hit, but here are the places I can’t wait to eat out at when 28 May comes around. Five five star hotels were allowed to open their restaurants for in-house guests as a way to test their processes before the big opening. But for 28 May, phase one (at this stage) will mean: Outdoor dining is allowed at 30% capacity for all restaurants, and 30% indoor (for vaccinated clients only) capacity for restaurants that are part of the Qatar Clean program Maintain shopping…

  • Hit List

    The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Doha in March 2021

    March is a funny month – that awkward bridge between Winter and Summer. This time last year…well we all know what happened then. On a more optimistic note, this year March is also the final full month before Ramadan and frankly, it’s a feast for foodies. This month’s list is probably more diverse than in previous months. I’m aware it’s easy to fell down a five star guilded rabbit hole here in Qatar. It’s also a solid mix of places I have been invited to try and those I pay for myself – it’s important to be transparent but also make more of an effort to get back into my…

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    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…

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    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
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    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…