All posts tagged: Qatar Restaurants

Donburi with a side of Kaizen – Wagamama Ezdan Mall

I’ve always liked Wagamama dishes (except for the ramen) especially their curry. So, imagine my happiness when I was invited there way back for the launch of their revamped menu, following the guidelines of Kaizen. But what is it? To make it short, Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement.  By incorporating it in their restaurants, they have minimized the menu to the bare essential info , making it less confusing what to order. And the new food offerings, I must say, are delicious. Here are some of the highlights of that night: Their starters: edamame, gyoza, mushroom onigiri and chili squid. The mains: Teriyaki donburi (my favorite!). Look at all that food 🙂 The steamed hirata bun. This one is amazing, I can eat ten of it in one go.  The desserts: Banana katsu: my ultimate favorite dessert from Wagamama. The chocolate wasabi cake. It was good but I can barely taste the wasabi in it.  So, if you don’t have any ideas on where to eat this weekend, why not head over to …

Breakfast: Moon Marina – Dar Al Salam Mall

“Where do we eat?” My hubby automatically gives me the task of deciding where to eat. Ugh, I dread this question everytime my family and I are out. So many restaurants come into my mind that I can’t decide on one. We just came from the Industrial Area to get our car fixed.  Dar Al Salam came into mind as it was on our way back. But which restaurant? Then I distinctly remembered seeing Moon Marina, a restaurant offering a mix of Qatari and international dishes, which opened last year and I’ve yet to visit. So there, we went. With all the breakthrough of different cuisines here in Qatar, it’s nice to see that there are establishments who are promoting the Qatari way of cooking. What was once an obscure cuisine in its own country and can mostly be found at homes, Qatari cuisine is now slowly making itself known to expats and tourists alike. Ambiance The inside of the place is simple with clean designs and pastel colored chairs to contrast the stark white …

Breakfast at Eggspectation – Medina Centrale, The Pearl Qatar

Friday food ritual for many people in Qatar can be categorized into two: breakfast or brunch. As my family prefer early morning breakfast, we usually head out from home at around 9:00am. Too early on a weekend? Nah, and the restaurants here are a testament to that. Three weeks ago, we decided to try out Eggspectation. We were expecting it to be fairly busy so we took our sweet time going there. Arrived at around 9:30 and man, what greeted us there was like lunch time on a weekday. It was full to the hilt with a 15-minute waiting time. The place was bustling and the staff were zooming in and out like busy bees. Exactly 15 minutes later, we were seated and our orders were taken. So, given the crowd that they had, we were expecting that the food will take time.  But we were so happily wrong, it arrived in less than our waiting time.  Hmm, things were looking good. Ambience The place has a very nice buzzing vibe. The interiors are spacious …

Patisserie Breakfast at Luxe Lounge- Westin Hotel

Luxe Lounge is one of my go-to places for a long coffee break here in Qatar.  Hush ambiance, comfy seats, good food.  What’s not to like. Ambiance Both indoor and outdoor seats are composed of soft, cushy chairs so you can cross out comfort in your list. The outdoor seating is perfect for the weather these days. Surrounded by lush greenery, I sat for three hours in that area and enjoying my coffee and donuts. Like a police on a stake out. Food As it is a patisserie breakfast, don’t expect too much. They have different kinds of croissants, donuts, cookies and bread. That’s about it. Oh, and it includes refillable coffee and/or tea. Price QR 59 for the buffet with refillable coffee/tea. Returning? Definitely. Is it worth it? It depends on what you’re looking for, really. If you’re looking for a breakfast with the whole shebang then I would suggest a different restaurant for this. But if you eat light in the mornings and/or planning to busily type away on your laptop or read …

Breakfast buffet at Al Terrace – Souq Waqif Botique Hotel Al Mirqab

Yesterday was one of those rare days that my schedule was a bit light, so I decided to explore a restaurant that I haven’t been to yet. But with the gazillions of options here in Qatar, I was left scratching my head on where to actually go. Aimlessly driving, I found myself in the vicinity of Corniche. And as you know, Corniche is more or less synonymous to Souq Waqif. And there I went. Randomly walking the streets, I checked Zomato for the options and decided on Al Terrace, a Lebanese restaurant at Hotel Al Mirqab which is part of Souq Waqif Botique Hotels. I initially thought that the restaurant was still closed but lucky me, it was just empty. For QR50 for the buffet, I just went on ahead and braved the unknown. The place itself has a spacious indoor and outdoor area. The indoor though was too dark for me, it made me feel like it was still 5am. Still the interiors were inviting, showcasing a picture gallery of Qatar’s past.   The …

Review – Quick and Cheap Eats: Shades Café and Eatery (Doha Tower, West Bay)

I had a scheduled brunch date with my friend, whom we shall call Miss Independent, and was racking my brain on which restaurant should I bring her to. My criteria were: Somewhere quiet Preferably with a view of nature Somewhere with shaded outdoor seats Reasonably priced It was no mean feat, with the multitudes of restaurants that meet most or all of the above. As I was thinking about it, I checked my schedule for the day and saw that I had to meet with Ms. Hala later in the afternoon. Then, I remembered one Zomato Meet-up (in Qatar, Ms. Hala is synonymous to Zomato and vice versa) invite a few months back (which I wasn’t able to attend) at this little place with a garden view called Shades Café and Eatery located at the Doha Tower (you know, that infamous bullet-shaped tower). So off we went. Parking was a bit of a problem, so we had to leave the car somewhere and walk our way to the café. We arrived and the place, oh the place.  The only thing missing were the sounds …

Cheap Eats Review: Tofu House – Bin Mahmoud (near the Indian Supermarket)

My eldest sister is a big fan of everything Korean; soap opera, food, appliances, skincare, anything you can think of! So, it wasn’t a wonder that she has been urging me to visit Tofu House for quite some time now, and we finally got the chance last week. Located at one of the old towns of Doha, the restaurant looks non-descript and blends perfectly with the shops beside it. Except for the large signage bearing its name, you can easily pass it by.  The place is small with only one table on the ground floor and sits about 30 persons max at the 1st floor. And boy, it was packed! We were the 4th in queue and there were about 5 after us. It’s good though, a packed place mostly means that they have a patronage which also means they serve good food. It’s bad because the waiting time is bound to make you cranky. We finally got our turn to sit and wasted no time ordering. Food was served within 15 mins., which was …

Greener Eating: A refreshing garden dinner by Qatar Living and Chef’s Garden

(Super late post, sorry!) I always get excited when invitations for food bloggers events come my way. It means that I’ll be meeting old and new acquaintances. But most of all, I also get the chance to discover restaurants I haven’t visited yet. This time, I was invited by Rochelle Zonnenberg (http://questandmark.com) of Qatar Living to join their garden dinner at the Chef’s Garden Restaurant and Café. Going there was quite a task as I’m not familiar with area. It’s located near QNCC, beside the Al Shaqab Academy. Got lost three times and felt a bit cranky from the traffic, it all dissipated when I arrived at the place. The restaurant was a like breath of fresh air, literally. It’s all about the space; the high ceiling,  the space between the tables, minimalist design, every little details just worked. It has an understated elegance that makes you go “ooooh” the first time you see it. If simplicity is beauty then this restaurant takes the cake. So, bravo the one who spearheaded this concept and the …

Shakespeare & Co. – Pier G, The Pearl Qatar

   Overall Review Stepping inside the restaurant, you’ll be greeted by the ornate decor, colorful, puffy seats and pillows, fringed lamp shades and table covers; it’s like being inside Marie Antoinette’s boudoir (not that I’ve been in there myself).  Right off the bat, we were met by the staff with genuine smiles and greetings. We asked to be seated in their private dining area which was empty that time (what a treat!).  Oredered Food: Crispy calamari – QR37   It’s okay, tastes like any fried calamari I’ve had from other restaurants. Spaghetti Frutti di Mare – QR49  This dish was very nice. The pesto tasted fresh and light. The sauce was very tasy and generously sprinkled with parmesan.    Pizza Margherita – QR41    Thin crust, fresh tomato sauce and full of cheese. What more can you ask for?  Customer Service Review The staff are very courteous and helpful, attending to your every needs and wants from the moment you step in to the moment you step out. Price  QR 70 per person (approx., exc. drinks) …

The French Olive – Barwa Al Sadd

Overall Review Located in one of the busiest streets of Doha, this restaurant still curiously makes you feel as if it’s hidden away outside of the city. And once you step inside, it just gets better. From the gorgeous tree trunk table as a centre piece of the interior decór to the floor tile patterns, everything whispers elegance without overwhelming guests.   Now for the food. What can I say? When you go to a beautiful restaurant, you automatically expect to be served visually and gustatory stimulating food. And boy, they didn’t disappoint! Every food item was a star on their own right. Perfectly cooked, delicately  seasoned, plated beautifully. Although the prices are a bit steep, I felt that it was definitely worth it for a special occassion or just random foodie splurge. Food Ordered: Arancini (Deep Fried Rice Balls) It was heavy enough to be enjoyed as a main course. Crunchy on the outside, soft rice,cheese, and mushroom inside.      Calamari Fritti Just your usual fried squid. I mean you can’t go wrong with it …