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By Lauren Hill | June 7 2017
By Lauren Jade Hill
As a city that brings together a diversity of cultural influences and exciting innovations, Doha boasts a flourishing dining scene, with a collection of outstanding dining spots by a host of world-renowned chefs. Here’s our pick of the five best restaurants in Doha for a wide variety of culinary styles.
Inspired by the French-born, New York-based chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s concept of making a hotel feel like a home, this restaurant within the W Doha Hotel is designed to have the feel of a family kitchen. Along with this emphasis on comfort, Market encourages creativity by allowing diners to try combinations of flavors, with a variety of spices from the surrounding regions. Within the elegant modern space, guests can dine on dishes such as grilled Omani lobster, slow cooked salmon and champagne mango salad at the bar counter or individual tables.
Located within the gardens of the St Regis Hotel, Hakkasan Doha brings fine Cantonese cuisine to the city, with two private dining areas and the Ling Ling lounge within its decadent space. The restaurant’s award-winning menu encompasses favorite plates such as steamed, baked and fried dim sum, and Peking duck with pancakes, along with specialties like Applewood Peking duck with Beluga caviar. The brunch here is of particular note, drawing daytime diners in every Friday for dim sum and Bellinis.
As the world’s largest Nobu restaurant, this outlet by the famous chef spans 2,415 square meters of space across three levels of its own contemporary structure at the edge of the private Four Seasons marina. Part of Four Seasons Hotel Doha, this setting affords views over the Arabian Gulf, adding to the splendor within the restaurant. Seven entertaining spaces feature throughout the space, from the main dining room up to the restaurant’s rooftop lounge. Here guests can savor the signature cuisine of chef Nobu Matsuhisa, including outstanding sashimi and ceviche, and the chef’s famous tacos.
The first Alain Ducasse restaurant to have arrived in the Middle East, IDAM found its place in the Museum of Islamic Art with décor designed by Philippe Starck. With a name that translates to generosity, the restaurant takes pride in the care and attention it places on guests. The menu here brings refined Mediterranean dishes together with Middle Eastern influence. Try specialties like farm veal with purple artichoke and zaatar condiment, and marinated red snapper with citrus.
Fusing entertainment with dining, Nozomi is the setting for world music performances and contemporary Japanese cuisine. The restaurant lies within the gardens of Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl, commanding views over the Persian Gulf. The restaurant serves a wide variety of sushi, along with marinated seafood, tempura, and meat and seafood that’s been cooked on the Robata grill. Nozomi hosts a lavish brunch each Friday and Saturday.
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