In my mother’s words, you eat like a king at the start of the month and then like a normal person at the end because your wallet is empty. Not true, mom! Well, maybe she's right. However, you don’t have to survive on Maggi till you get the blessed message that your salary's come in.
Besides, cooking on a daily basis is not something we all love. We just want food that we don't have to cook and pay a ridiculous amount for.
Good food doesn't cost a lot anyway. And yes! These places exist in Doha. We live in a country that caters to all types of foods as well as all budgets. That's the beauty of Qatar.
Keep in mind that these are not places you can dine in at. And, parking might be an issue. So, your best bet is a takeaway. You can call and order ahead of time so you can go and pick up your order without any hassle.
I'm from Lahore and we Lahoris love Chanay (Chickpea curry). This relationship is on another level, one you can only hope to achieve. But, you can start working on it by eating Chanay served with hot Puris (unleavened deep-fried bread) for breakfast. And, Delhi bakery is the talk of the town for its Samosas served with Chanay. So, you can eat a couple of those for dinner as well. I'm telling you, writing these articles is hard work. You have to resist all these temptations. Ah! Samosas!
Location: Delhi Bakery
Timing: Sat-Fri, 6 am - 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm - 10 pm
Phone: +974 5534 3938
Best Dish: Chanay with Puris; Samosas
If you've been to Souq Waqif and not had these, well you've definitely been missing out. Melt in your mouth chicken and mutton kebabs served with piping hot bread and garlic sauce are the perfect ending to a tiring day roaming around the Souq. Don't forget to get some extra as takeaway, so you can add them to salads and sandwiches the next day. And voila, your lunch is sorted.
Location: Shujaa Restaurant
Timing: Sat-Fri, 4 pm - 12 am
Phone: +974 5586 7897
Best Dish: Chicken Shish Tawook
Shaheen is famous for its fish. They dip it in a flour batter and then fry it till golden brown. They serve Pakistani cuisine that tastes delicious as well, and is super cheap, but it's their fried fish that's a favourite and you'll see it in everyone's order. Their menu includes Chicken Karahi (Chicken Dry Curry), Biryani and Chana Dal (Lentil stew), all costing less than 10 QR.
Location: Shaheen Restaurant
Timing: Sat-Fri, 11:30 am - 2:30 am
Phone: +974 4442 5540
Best Dish: Fried Fish
Thattukada is roadside hawker food where these spicy curries are cooked. And Doha Thattukada takes you back to your childhood when you would run out the door to grab something from the nearby Thattukada because dinner at home was all vegetables. They have a lot of options like Chicken Pepper, Chicken Dry, Beef Kerala, Beef Thattukada, etc.
Location: Doha Thattukada
Timing: Sat-Fri, 6:30 am - 12:30 am
Phone: +974 3363 8922
Best Dish: Beef Thattukada
Masala Dosa, Paneer Dosa, Plain Dosa, Mysoore Dosa. Welcome to the land of Dosas! A land of crispy flat rice bread filled with your favourite Masala (curry), served with Coconut Chutney and Sambar (a delicious mixture of lentils and vegetable). In case you don't like Dosa, the restaurant also serves Idli (savoury rice cake), Vegetable Biryani and different types of rice.
Location: Top Star Vegetarian Restaurant
Timing: Sat-Fri, 4:30 am - 11 am, 12 pm - 11 pm
Phone: +974 5526 8299
Best Dish: Masala Dosa
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