When we think of Doha, we think of all things luxury, glistening, and extravagant. Little does one know that Qatar has much to offer when it comes to simple eats.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team is here with a list of findings of Doha’s hidden foodie spots (in alphabetical order) that are a must-try; for every foodie that shares the sentiment of true love for food.
How about a warm chapati oozing cheese with a crunch of Omani chips and tinge of heat? The simplest yet most comforting item that is a must-try when one visits Souq Waqif is the stall that has an open kitchen entertaining many viewers to a process line of chapati making.
Breakfast on the go, lunch grab or snack time; this egg sandwich cuts it for any time of the day. Warm, cheesy, filling; best described as a hug on a plate.
Hunting for juicy and tender kebabs? Look no more! Tucked in the back alleys of Old Salata, Al Jazeera Kabab serves barbecue meat with simple sides such as yoghurt dip, garlic sauce, flat breads and jarjeer leaves.
A must-try menu item at Al Omra Patisserie and Bakery is the classic Fatera which is layers of soft pastry holding together a filling of feta cheese, eggs, herbs, and green chilies (if you wish), making for a scrumptious juicy bite that leaves you reaching out for another piece until it's all gone.
Serving authentic Lebanese food to the foodies of Doha; Beirut Restaurant is a crowd-pleaser. Be sure to try their silky creamy Hummus, crunchy Falafels, flavourful Muttabbal accompanied by fresh onions, green chilies, and warm Khubz (Arabic bread).
A cozy hub hidden along the busy street of Al Nasr, serving delectable Indian street food to be devoured in seconds. While everything on the menu is worth a taste; the Kacchi Dabeli and Chicken Cheese Toast are ones that should not be missed.
The last time we checked Shawarma was an Arabic dish, right? Chicken House thought otherwise. They bring to you a Mexican spin on a simple shawarma with their Mexican Chicken Shawarma making it even more delicious than it already is. If you have a taste for heat, this one is a must-try for sure.
Set by the sea near Doha port, this little spot is an old-school lounge for many and a board gamer's favourite. A must-try when stopping by is the Chickpea soup also known as “Neckhi”. A bowl of boiled chickpeas soaked in a flavoursome broth served with a side of dry spices to be sprinkled on and a wedge of lemon to give it that tinge of tanginess.
We all know that samosas are a favourite nibble but finding just the right one to satisfy those tastebuds is a struggle. Hidden in the coastal city of Al Khor, Just Samoosa offers some of the freshest samosas with a variety of fillings; veg, non-veg and sweet. Yes, you read that right- sweet samosas it is! The assorted box will give you a chance to try many of them; along with sides of chips and chutneys to dip into.
Unaware of what to call it best; de-constructed shawarma, open shawarma, an Arabic pizza? But what's in a name after all, when it tastes so good. A must-try item is the popular Wahsh; every bite of this flatbread, loaded with Shawarma meat, and topped with Tahini and other ingredients makes for an oriental dream.
Muttabaq & Saj will leave you wanting a bite of everything on their menu with the array of options they have as fillings to go along with their light and crispy bread. For a savoury taste the Chicken Mutabbaq should be your item of choice.
Looking for a juicy, messy, stuffed shawarma? This is the place to go; meat flavoured to taste, topped with all accompaniments, and generously drizzled with garlic sauce, this shawarma will touch not just your stomach but your heart as well.
Petra Restaurant never fails to impress with their high-speed putting together of Shawarmas and Falafel sandwiches. While you wait for your order, your eyes are bound to catch sight of the Falafels that are freshly fried in their live kitchen which is a showcase for all. Every bite oozes freshness and is a classic love for many who have been in Doha for long.
A restaurant located along the busy street of Matar Qadeem that serves Sri Lankan and South Indian specialties. Amongst the many dishes they serve, the one must-try is their famous Chili Parotta. A spice lovers dream, this bread-based dish tossed in curries and vegetables along with the meat of your choice will surely leave you craving for more. Be informed that this is an evening-only special.
If you’re looking to visit Souq Waqif; don't leave without stopping by the bustling Shujaa Restaurant. The succulent pieces of kebabs that ooze flavour, covered in a bed of warm bread and dipped into their classic side serving of yoghurt and jarjeer leaves to crunch on make for a must-have meal.
If you are looking for a warm comforting munch, South Madinat Khalifa Bakery is worth a drive-by. While the goodness of the baked goodies aroma is enough to get you hungry, their Chocolate Pastry will give you even more reason. Warm Nutella wrapped in a crisp and thick bedding of baked pastry; your sweet tooth will thank you for the treat.
For those who know Doha inside out; Al Salihiya Tea Stall is fondly known as Taxi Restaurant. A spot that fulfills all your hunger needs with the simplest of meals. Wholesome sandwiches, flakey parathas, and flavour-rich curries accompanied with their famous "Karak"; look no further.
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