Doha is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Over the past 10 years, the Qatari capital has experienced rapid expansion and received international attention in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup.
There are more than 3,000 restaurants within the city limits. With a large expat population, visitors will be surprised to find authentic foods, from Italian to Indian cuisine.
Here are 8 remarkable restaurants to try when visiting Doha, Qatar.
Located in the Mondrian Hotel, Morimoto is a popular place to see and be seen. The stylish setting and low lighting are perfect for a night out on the town with friends or a date night. It’s a modern Japanese restaurant serving classics like sushi, sashimi, and gyoza. The dishes are also very Instagrammable.
Taste Wagyu beef, Ishiyaki-style, thinly sliced and seared on a hot stone at your table. For dessert, don’t miss the Bonsai, an edible chocolate tree festooned with matcha leaves and dirt that’s almost too pretty to eat.
Shay Al Shoomos
Start your day off right with breakfast at Shay Al Shoomos, a local restaurant in Souq Waqif. He is a favorite of celebrities and royalty alike, with a picture of him Highness Sheikh Al Mouza in the dining room. It is owned by a Qatari woman who reinvented the traditional regag bread recipe in more than 30 different ways.
Similar to a crepe, try combinations like egg and tomato, cheese and honey, or saffron. They come in various forms, from cones to quesadilla-style, and can have sides like baked beans or ground beef. Accompany your meal with turmeric milk or Arabic coffee.
Found in the Doha Marina, this waterside restaurant boasts panoramic views and has indoor and outdoor dining. It’s a hot spot at night, with DJs and mixology events. They have an ice cream brunch on Fridays from 1-4pm.
Head to B-Lounge during lunch for a relaxed meal. Their ceviche trio is fresh and their grilled lamb chops are flavorful. Lobster dumplings with a creamy tom yum sauce are the ideal combination of decadence and spice. They also have a vegetarian menu available.
Easily the most ornate restaurant in Doha, Parisa is a must if you want to dine in opulence. They have a VIP dining room that has hosted the Sheikh himself. They open at 1pm but go for dinner if you want to experience Souq Waqif at night.
The menu is Persian with grilled kebabs, lamb stew and pomegranate dumplings. For dessert, don’t miss the pistachio and saffron ice cream. Reservations are recommended at Parisa.
A DRIFT Come on
ADRIFT Anda is an Italian concept by chef David Myers that is located in Le Royal Meridian on Place Vendome, now the largest shopping center in the Middle East. Part pizzeria, part steakhouse, part trattoria, the restaurant features an open kitchen so you can watch your food being prepared from scratch.
The selection of cold meats is a good appetizer. The pasta at ADRIFT Anda is made in-house and the spaghetti alla carbonara is indulgent, with bits of bacon to enhance the flavors and topped with freshly grated mozzarella. For dessert, don’t miss the panna cotta, with the red nuances of figs in grape vinegar.
A favorite for those visiting Msheireb Downtown Doha, this is the first branch of a famous restaurant located outside of Türkiye. The service at Fiko is fast and efficient. The menu is modern, provided on a tablet with pictures of all the dishes.
Feast on Turkish delight, such as traditional mezze like hummus and atom, lamb kebabs, lahmacun, and baklava. They specialize in craft mocktails, making non-alcoholic drinks seem more palatable than alcoholic ones. Reservations can be made in advance by phone.
Boho Social is a colorful restaurant in the Katara Cultural Village, overlooking the Qatari skyline. They have terrace seating and outdoor spaces with air conditioning and floor-to-ceiling windows to keep your view unobstructed.
Kale Quinoa Salad is a healthy start with mango, pomegranate, char-grilled corn, and a cumin dressing. Harira soup is a Moroccan-inspired dish of lamb and lentils. The grilled jumbo prawns live up to their name and are about 6 inches long. Boho Social’s desserts are an attraction in themselves, from fondant cakes to homemade churros.
There’s no shortage of chocolate shops in Doha, but Chac’Late is a must-visit for those with a sweet tooth. The honey cake is always a hit, layered with honey cream, toasted nuts on top, and chocolate sauce served separately for an extra charge to smother the dish.
Their waffles are loaded with garnishes and they have handmade chocolate truffles that you can eat there or take away. They are gluten-free options, as well as breakfasts, sandwiches, salads and even a chocolate fountain.