Doha - Eating
For those who want to sample the local cuisine, the Balhambar Restaurant is the only one in Doha to serve classic Qatari food. Otherwise, the Arabic food served in Doha’s restaurants tends to be Lebanese, Syrian or Egyptian.
Chingari is located in the Ramada Hotel and serves Indian tandoori cuisine served on low tables amid exotic decor. Live Ghazal musuc provides a background to the meal.
Al Kariss is a new restaurant with traditional rustic Arab-style decor, situated in the recently refurbished Souq al Waqif. Serves lovely Armenian and Lebanese food within a good price range.
Sakura is a teppanyaki and sushi bar where you can watch the chefs at work acrobatically as you eat. Serves a vast range of sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki.
With a beachfront overlooking the sea and a terrace for alfresco dining, Al Sayyad is a signature restaurant at The Diplomatic Club. They serve international and Mediterranean seafood and grills.
Tajine is a vibrant Moroccan restaurant with lively Arabic music and hostesses dressed in traditional costumes. The restaurant serves Moroccan food prepared and served in a tajine and a range of grilled foods.
Al Mounir Restaurant
Family-run Lebanese restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere. Try a traditional meal of hummous with savoury lamb and seasoned rice. Also serves shwarmas to take away: grilled slivers of lamb or chicken, mixed with salad and tahini sauce and rolled in a thin slice of Arabic bread.
The menu ranges from American-style sirloin steaks to Arabic barbeques. The Arabic section is in the form of a tent with a marble fountain.
Best Fish Restaurant
Doha has a wide range of seafood and international food. Popular choices are fried hammour with rice or french fries, garlic shrimp or grilled lobster. The fast food chains such as Chillis, Taco Bell and Ponderosa all have outlets centred around the Ramada junction on the corner of the C-Ring Road and the Salwa Road. Alcohol is served only in restaurants within the major hotels.