Top 5: the best restaurants in Doha
Qatar's capital is home to some exquisite fine dining.Neil Churchill August 2, 2015
La Mer at The Ritz-Carlton (main image)
La Mer is a restaurant you book for the view first, and the food second. That's not to say the food isn't divine, but situated on the 23rd floor of The Ritz-Carlton with its floor to ceiling windows, the vista extends out across the Gulf's coast and onto the city's skyline.
A joint seafood and steak restaurant, La Mer has some chic interior design to go with its contemporary cuisine. The Wagyu beef with foie gras and black truffle, seafood tortellini or the reef and beef - lobster and a 120g strip loin - should leave your stomach as content as your field of vision. For something more intimate, book the private dining room, Le Ciel, or finish your night with drinks in Level 23 - the restaurant's upscale bar. Visit: ritzcarlton.com
Hakkasan at the St. Regis
With branches also in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Hakkasan group has embedded its roots firmly in the Gulf. Doha's venue at the St. Regis maintains the classic interior styling the chain has become known for, fusing traditional Chinese design with modern aesthetics. Inside may be enticing but Hakkasan's outdoor terrace is not to be sniffed at. A very unique setup in this architectural city, lush greenery borders comfortable seating with open air views.
The Ling-Ling Lounge is what you will require for private parties or work events. As has always been the case though, the food is Hakkasan's crowning glory. Good luck choosing between the black cod with XO sauce, Peking duck with Royal Beluga caviar, Wagyu beef or silver cod with Sha Cha and truffle - to name just a few of our favourites. Visit: hakkasan.com
Gordon Ramsay at the St. Regis
As if stepping into a Georgian Townhouse in Mayfair, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has not only captured the sense of London's poshest district, but he's created a menu that is filled with wonderful British classics. Start with a drink in The Conservatory before walking into the avant-garde restaurant, filled with vivid colours and creative styling; we warn you that romance will inevitably be in the air.
Better still, arrive in style with one of the hotel's Rolls-Royce cars delivering you directly to the restaurant's private lift for a champagne welcome. Pan-roasted wild sea bass with truffle sauce, blue lobster on rock salt or butter truffle guinea fowl are all on the 'standard menu'. Egg yolk ravioli and cold seared langoustines are on the 'menu prestige'. Visit: gordonramsaydoha.com
Market by Jean-Georges at the W Doha
Hoarding awards since it opened its doors in 2012, Market is a funky and modern restaurant with a bustling atmosphere. It's cuisine of high-end European and Arabic food with a twist has proven extremely popular ever since Jean-Georges Vongerichten brought his chain of restaurants to the city. The restaurant is designed in several small areas, giving it a more intimate feel than if it was one big open space.
Hundreds of jars filled with spices and aromas are scattered throughout the venue, that, along with the close proximity of tables, helps to create the concept's 'market' feel. The menu is balanced between fine dining and the higher-end of casual, including some fantastic sushi and gourmet options. Be sure to book in advance - like all good markets, this one is busy on a weekend. Visit: marketdoha.com
Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor at Meliá Doha
With a branch already in Meliá's Dubai hotel, it wasn't a surprise when Meliá Doha opened its own Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor earlier this year. The intimate restaurant, with its white tablecloths and wooden finishings, showcases its 'art on a plate' presentation, fusing food with entertainment. The outdoor terrace offers fantastic views of Doha's West Bay, while the interior has a stylish avant-garde interior.
On the menu, Kapoor's trademark of contemporary dishes with strong traditional influences laden the menu, including the tandoori wasabi lobster, tandoori balchao prawns and Kandhari crab aur jungle scallops. There are also a number of vegetarian dishes on the menu, including a vegetarian kebab and spinach and green pea patties with mascarpone cheese lava. Visit: www.melia.com