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Posted On: 10 November 2020 07:30 pm
Updated On: 10 February 2022 11:38 pm

Unique international cuisines you need to try in Qatar

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With Qatar being a melting pot of cultures and different nationalities, this means that the dining scene is also diverse. Although popular cuisines (Arabic, Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian, Japanese, Filipino, Thai, etc) are a dime aplenty and easily found, there are also lesser-known cuisines you can find and are worth trying.

So, if you’re interested to try more cuisines and expanding your gastronomic knowledge, be sure to go on a foodie journey with these restaurants in Qatar!

Azerbaijani - Nakhchivan

Unique international cuisines you need to try in Qatar
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Experience a harmony of culinary techniques and flavourful ingredients at Nakhchivan — the first Azerbaijani restaurant in Qatar offering authentic cuisines that you must try! Savour Azerbaijan’s traditional dishes like the Shah and Ovruste Pilaf, Saj Ichi, and the all-time favourite Dolma (vine leaves stuffed with minced lamb meat, rice, and herbs, served with yogurt). For dessert, Azeri Pakhlava is recommended. Everything at Nakhchivan will sure please your eyes as well as your taste buds!

  • Contact: +974 3329 8960
  • Location: Souq Waqif - near Traffic and Immigration Department
  • Instagram: @nakhchivan.qatar

    Ethiopian - Lucy Restaurant

    Unique international cuisines you need to try in Qatar
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    Try Lucy's Specialty Dishes which are the restaurant's special take on traditional Ethiopian dishes - Lucy Special Beef Tibs, Lucy Special Kitfo, Gored Gored, and Lucy (an array of beef, chicken, and lamb with vegetarian dishes and arranged on a tray).

    Georgian - Al Terrace

    Unique international cuisines and restaurants you need to try at least once in Qatar
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    Treat your tastebuds with Georgian cuisine at Al Terrace! You can try their selection of comfort food like its national dish Khachapuri — a soft oven-baked bread stuffed with special Georgian cheese and topped with egg, and their broth-filled Khinkali dumpling. Want to try more? Order a platter of Pkhali, Nigvziani, Badrijani, and Lobio Nigvzit served with Georgian cornbread Mchadi.

    Read: 5 reasons to visit the newly opened Georgian Restaurant Al Terrace

    • Contact: +974 7047 3687
    • Location: Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel, Souq Waqif
    • Instagram: @alterracedoha

    Korean - Maru

    Unique international cuisines and restaurants you need to try at least once in Qatar
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    For a taste of Korean tradition, head on over to Maru! Nothing like their authentic Korean-style tabletop BBQ with fresh ingredients cooked and grilled right in front of you. Must include brisket rolls (Chadolbagi) or prime short ribs fillet (Galbisal). Don’t forget to try the world-famous Korean dish Bibimbap and ask about their beetroot water kimchi (Dongchimi).

    • Contact: +974 4460 3099
    • Location: 1st Floor, Al Nour Plaza Luxury Suites, West Bay
    • Instagram: @marukoreanbbq_qatar

    Nepalese - Royal Nepali

    Unique international cuisines and restaurants you need to try at least once in Qatar
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    For a taste of Nepalese cuisine with ingredients locally sourced from Nepal, visit Royal Nepali Restaurant. From Momos (Nepalese dumplings) to Thukpa (noodles), you'll experience the distinct flavour of their traditional dishes. Also, try Thali and Nepali Chowmein.

    South American - IKA

    Unique international cuisines and restaurants you need to try at least once in Qatar
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    IKA is all about exploring a variety of South American dishes to help you experience that ‘intense Latin’ flavour! Don't miss to order their tacos and indulge in their Arepas — a Venezuelan mozzarella corn-pancake topped with sour cream and manchego cheese. For your main course, you can try their Duck Cazuela and Peruvian Ceviche.

    • Contact: +974 3359 3043
    • Location: Ground floor, Aleph Doha Residences, West Bay
    • Instagram: @ika.doha

    Sri Lankan - Salamath

    Unique international cuisines and restaurants you need to try at least once in Qatar
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    Taste some of Sri Lanka's delicious cuisines at Salamath Restaurant. Try the tasty fried sprats Haalmesso Baduma that you can pair with Dragon Rice. Most selling also is their variety of Sri Lankan-style biryanis.

    • Contact: +974 4466 2419 (Matar Qadeem), +974 4427 7993 (Barwa Village), +974 4464 9171 (Salwa Road)
    • Location: Matar Qadeem, Old Airport
    • Instagram: @salamath.qatar

    Ukrainian - Desert Rose Cafe

    Unique international cuisines you need to try in Qatar
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    While the restaurant also offers Arabic and international dishes, it's the Ukrainian menu you have to try. Try the "Instagrammable" Chicken Fricassee With Potato & Rose, Golubci, Banosh with Feta Cheese and Mushroom, Derynu, or Chicken Kyiv. Their Homemade Napoleon cake is also a winner.

    RELATED: Check out 5 reasons why you have to dine at the Desert Rose Restaurant

    • Contact: +974 5525 9646
    • Location: Al Jomrok Boutique Hotel, Souq Waqif
    • Instagram: @desertroseqr

    Uzbek - Afrasiyab Restaurant

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    Enjoy authentic Uzbek meals at Afrasiyab. Try the Kuza Shurba (Clay Pot Soup), Manti (dumplings), or Palov - a signature Uzbek dish made from rice, carrots, lamb, and onions served with a green salad.

    • Contact: +974 5040 7865
    • Location: Ibn Mahmoud Street, Doha
    • Instagram: @we_afrasiyab

    Vietnamese - The Rice Room

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    Craving for a steaming bowl of Pho? Head to The Rice Room to try their Vietnamese dishes. Pho is available in chicken, beef, vegetable, or seafood. They also serve fresh and fried spring rolls as well as other staple Southeast Asian dishes.

    • Contact: +974 5525 4423
    • Location: Gulf Mall
    • Instagram: @thericeroom

    Originally written by Darlene Madrid, updated by Marivie Alabanza

    Have you tried any of these restaurants? Got a hidden gem you want others to try? Let us know in the comments so we can add it!