Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Doha - The Best Eateries on Offer
One thing we love about Qatar's busy metropolis Doha is that we can find somewhere to eat no matter when we get the munchies. Morning, noon or night, the city that rarely sleeps offers a host of fantastic eateries, with foods of every type and combination, from all over the globe to satisfy every craving and need.
Another thing we love when it comes to eating out is a good recommendation. There's nothing better than getting a good tip for somewhere to eat and for it to become your new favourite, which is why we also love the annual fact. DINING AWARDS Qatar.
The fact. DINING AWARDS
The fact. DINING AWARDS are hosted by FACT Magazine, a cultural lifestyle magazine for the Middle East. The magazine, which offers a monthly low-down on news, events, and happenings across the Middle East, with major features and reviews on local businesses, products and people, hosts the annual awards to celebrate the culinary scenes in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar.
FACT, known across the region as the dining authority, searches to find the top eateries, across almost fifty categories, in each nation every year. Two awards are available per category, one for the ‘favourite’ and one for the ‘best’ places to dine. The ‘favourite’ awards are presented based on an online public vote, and the ‘best’ awards are decided via a panel of judges.
So, without further ado, let’s find out which culinary crowns for breakfast, lunch, and dinner have been bestowed in Qatar by FACT in 2023:
2023’s Finest Eateries for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day - it’s a shame most of us tend to grab something quick and easy in the morning as we struggle to get to work, school drop off, or elsewhere first thing. However, when we do get time to sit down and eat breakfast properly, it's a real treat to have breakfast made for you and served with a smile. So where should we head for a well-deserved morning meal in Doha? Try the following FACT recommendations:
Twisted Olive - Burj Tower, Al Corniche, Doha (Best Breakfast)
Image: Twisted Olive
If you are looking for an elegant oasis amid the bustling city for breakfast, then The Twisted Olive is a perfect venue. Located on the ground floor of the Burj Doha, an iconic cylindrical-style office block in Doha's West Bay, the cafe's open-air courtyard is a calm and green oasis to start a busy day.
The Twisted Olive's tranquil setting, inspired by nature, and its lush green conservatory garden, will make you forget that you dine in the heart of the city's business district. Indeed, you'll need to keep track of the time; it's very easy to relax into the eatery's vibe and lose hours over their superb breakfasts! Prepare to feast on breakfast delicacies, the old classics, such as freshly baked croissants, breakfast plates and bowls, eggs benedict, french toast and omelettes, decadent choices, such as Turkish clotted cream and honey, and many dishes with inventive flavour twists, such as Banoffee French toast and steak and eggs Benedict. We love the buttermilk fried chicken and French toast with candied Jalapenos.
Location: Twisted Olive near DECC Metro Station on the Red Line
Hours: Sunday to Saturday, 7 am - 10 pm
Contact: +974 4425 2727
Email: [email protected]
Pura Vida Qatar - Al Maha Island, Lusail (Favourite Breakfast)
Image: Pura Vida
Pura Vida Qatar is a new eatery on Qatar's latest leisure and entertainment destination, Al Maha Island. Located in the heart of the island's high-end dining district, Pura Vida has an enviable waterfront spot looking across the bay to Lusail Marina and the awesome Katara Towers, which are ablaze in gold, rest and orange in the sunrise. And the view is only improved by the restaurant's ambience and breakfast menu.
Para Vida has a very relaxed vibe, with natural decor and colouring - a white-washed building with beige and cream fabrics adorning wooden chairs and tables inside and out, woven wicker lampshades and plant pots, and wooden decking, with a planted wooden trellis providing shade from the sun - very reminiscent of a Mediterranean taverna. The menu focuses on fresh, simple, healthy and organic plates. It delivers a delightful array of breakfasts, from topped sourdough toasts, breakfast plates, sandwiches and wraps, eggs (boiled, scrambled, sunny side up, poached, baked…), acai bowls, overnight oat and granola bowls, all washed down with a dizzying choice of superfood smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. We love the sourdough toast with charred fruit, whipped ricotta, homemade granola and drizzled honey!
Location: Pura Vida Qatar - nearest Metro Station on the Red Line - Lusail
Hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 8 am - 11 pm, Thursday to Friday, 8 am - 12 am
Contact: +974 5106 6600
Doha is full of lunch options for eating out, especially in the city's busy commercial district. And though we don't always stop for a proper lunch during life's hectic working hours, if you do have an occasion to take a beat and have more than a lunchtime snack or sandwich, try these FACT recommendations for a top-notch business meal:
Toshi - Millennium Plaza, Suhaim bin Hamad Street, Doha (Best Business Lunch)
Image: Facebook - Toshi
If you love Asian food, Toshi at the Millennium Plaza will tickle your taste buds. This pan-Asian eatery brings genuine flavours from across the Far East, including China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. You can order food from live cooking stations and watch expert chefs rustle up your dishes at a Teppanyaki grill, Wok-show kitchen or sushi and sashimi counters.
Toshi is perfect for business lunches; stylish and elegant, the decor oozes a professional air. And the mouthwatering menu and immaculate service help to cement the atmosphere and lend a feeling of comfort and indulgence. Choose from satay, tempura, spring rolls, soups, sushi, sashimi, nigiri and makimono to noodles, curries, grills, wok-fried and teppanyaki dishes - the choice is endless. We love the wok-fried Szechuan beef or the chilli lobster if pushing the boat out.
Location: TOSHI Authentic Asian Cuisines near Al Sadd Metro Station on the Gold Line
Hours: Sunday to Friday, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm / 6:30 pm - 11 pm
Contact: +974 4041 6911 / 6999
Email: [email protected]
Saffron - Banyan Tree, Msheireb, Doha (Favourite Business Lunch)
Image: Facebook - Saffron Doha
Staying with Asian cuisine for lunch, Saffron at the Banyan Tree offers first-class, authentic Thai food incorporating traditional cooking methods and recipes (from those used in Royal Palaces to regional favourites) elevated by contemporary culinary techniques, flavour twists and creative serving styles. And with a beautiful setting to boot (wooden floors, sunset orange furnishings, huge ornate columns styled to look like mythical dragon scales, mirrored ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows providing views over the busy city below), it's no wonder that this eatery has won fact. awards several years in a row as one of Doha’s favourite restaurants.
The business lunch at Saffron runs from Sunday to Thursday, 1 pm - 4 pm every week. Guests can opt for a two-course or a three-course meal (QAR 95/110 per person) and a host of flavourful starters, delicious mains and tempting desserts. Our favourites include the Goong Sarong Buer Tod - crisp rice noodle wrapped prawn with a sweet mango chilli sauce - a piece of art as well as a taste sensation, the Massaman Curry with chicken and chestnuts, and, to finish, the delectable coconut ice cream.
Location: Saffron Doha near Al Bidda Metro Station on the Red and Green Lines
Hours: Sunday to Saturday, 12:30 pm - 11 pm
Contact: +974 4410 3310
Email: [email protected]
It is always nice to have options for dinner; after all, we don't always want to cook at home, and for evenings out or special occasions with friends and family, it's great to have a choice of eateries that suit all tastes, budgets and festivities. Doha has a vast range of restaurants for evening dining; sometimes, it's hard to know which options to choose between. However, the fact. awards helpfully have plenty of recommendations. We love their ‘New In Town’ categories for fine-dining and casual dining for the latest great eats out:
LPM Restaurant - Al Maha Island, Lusail (Best New In Town Fine Dining Eatery)
LPM Restaurant is another new eatery at Qatar's latest leisure and entertainment destination, Al Maha Island. A beautiful location morning, noon or night, LPM's waterfront position looking across to Lusail City and the city's marina is especially spectacular in the evening as the sun sets. The restaurant itself, serving French Mediterranean cuisine, is reminiscent of venues along the Riviera of France's southeastern coast. Inside the diner, the decor is light and neutral, with fine linens and white china, though 20th-century art adorns the walls giving a splash of colour. Outside, shaded terraces with climbing plants, olive trees, and comfy, easy chairs provide the perfect spot to view the cityscape beyond the bay.
The food is typically Mediterranean - fresh sunkissed ingredients prepared to order. The a la carte menu offers an array of dishes, from salads, tapenades, burrata, carpaccio, escargot (snails) to Gnocchi, Arrabiata, Risotto, marinated and grilled fish and meat, and salmon en croute, all served with gratin dauphinoise, pomme frites or haricot verts. And to finish, dishes such as creme brulee, gateaux, sorbets and mousses are designed to leave you feeling thoroughly sated. We love the yellowtail carpaccio with guacamole and citrus dressing, the tiger prawns marinated with green chilli and coriander, and the glorious warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream.
Location: LPM Restaurant & Bar - nearest Metro Station on the Red Line - Lusail
Hours: Sunday to Saturday, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm / 6 pm - 11:30 pm
Contact: +974 4420 9888
Email: [email protected]
The Rider - Fuwairit Kite Beach, Fuwairit (Best New In Town Casual Dining Eatery)
While Doha has a plethora of great eateries, it's nice to get out of the city occasionally, and The Rider at Fuwairit Kite Beach is definitely worth the journey! Newly opened in 2022 as part of the new Hilton resort, built especially for the surf beach, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and its seafront location has some serious beach bum vibes. Open, airy and decorated in natural hues, the restaurant features comfy chairs and couches, vibrant graffiti on the walls, retro mopeds, and VW campervans transformed into drinks refrigerators and laptop workstations, swings hung from the high ceilings, and is bedecked with surfboards and other surf paraphernalia. If you want to chow down in a chilled, summer energy-style hangout, then The Rider should be on your list!
The menu at The Rider is full of California-inspired healthy cuisine; think superfood salads, poke bowls, grilled fish and meat, and an array of veggie dishes. However, you can also dine out on artisan burgers and local dishes, and if you fancy getting your feet wet, you can always opt for a kite surfing lesson while you're there!
Location: Fuwairit Kite Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, accessible by car
Hours: Sunday to Saturday, 8 am - 10 pm
Contact: +974 4030 1555 (Hilton) / +974 3990 2420 (FKB)
For more information on which eateries in Doha and beyond are award winners at the fact. DINING AWARDS Qatar 2023, check out the FACT website.
And for more FACT recommendations for dining experiences in 2023, check out the following articles:
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