Doha in Qatar is a fascinating destination for foodies and culinary experts. Mixing modernity with tradition, the restaurant scene here offers numerous choices from Michelin-starred restaurants and experimental cuisine to mouth-watering street food.
Below, we pick the best culinary hotels in Doha, hotels that offer an exciting mix of Arabic and multicultural dining, as well as gloriously luxurious accommodations.
1. InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa
InterContinental Doha Beach & Spa is a luxurious five-star hotel located on Doha’s longest private beach, in the swanky area of West Bay Lagoon. Known as one of the most iconic hotels in the city, InterContinental Doha offers panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and the glamorous Doha skyline, boasting one of the city’s most sought-after locations. The hotel lies just minutes from major attractions, including downtown Doha, the unique Katara Cultural Village, Doha Golf Club for a round of tee times, and the must-visit Souq Waqif.
Embark on an incredible culinary journey in one of the hotel’s 14 award-winning restaurants and bars, including the world’s largest Belgian Café; the perfect mix of people, drinks, and music at the ultra-chic Parisian Lounge Manko; exquisite Peruvian dining with Gastón Acurio at La Mar; lavish buffets at Coral all-day dining; or authentic Greek-Mediterranean cuisine at Mykonos.
A firm restaurant favorite here is La Mar, featuring the acclaimed cuisine of chef Gastón Acurio, where diners can explore the authentic and diverse flavours of Peruvian gastronomy. Known for its rich flavors and diverse influences, look forward to authentic cebiches, fresh seafood, and charcoal-grilled meats paired with signature-handcrafted cocktails such as the classic Pisco Sour. This elegant beachfront setting offers stunning and panoramic views of the Doha skyline.
Our personal favorite restaurant in Dubai is the gorgeous, newly opened, Novecento French-Italian restaurant at InterContinental Doha, with its fantastic outdoor terrace that is pictured above. It mixes the elegance of a decorative brasserie with casual beachside dining. This uniquely stylish venue includes a restaurant, lounge, and terrace all in one, offering a twist on French cuisine and the heart of Italian. To start your day, try the French viennoiseries, decadent pastries, or cakes by celebrity pastry chef and Valrhona ambassador Dimitris Chronopoulos. This venue is also the perfect location for an evening drink or cigar al fresco, whilst listening to the sounds of the resident pianist.
2. Mondrian Doha
Located in a bustling entertainment and shopping district, Mondrian lights up the stellar Middle Eastern city with a vision of contemporary style and sophistication. The first restaurant by Chef Morimoto to open in the Middle East, Morimoto Doha is inspired by ancient Japan and a key landmark in the city of Nara.
Morimoto is adorned with energetic and graceful artworks by Japanese painter, Hiroshi Senju. Experience luxurious dining in a 16-seat sushi bar or the main dining area surrounded by rose-gold studded columns. Behind the sophisticated, hidden mirror doors, find two private interlinking dining rooms for exclusive dinners and business meetings. The menu ranges from Lobster Sushi Rice Risotto to Waygu Filets.
3. Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha
Nestled between desert sands and the vibrant buzz of the city, Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha, welcomes guests to an authentic oasis of indigenous scented gardens.
For high-end cuisine, the Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha offers acclaimed restaurants, lounges, and bars in Doha featuring inspired cuisines, brought to life by Michelin-star Executive Chef Pino Lavarra.
The restaurant to pick is Veritas. Executive Chef Pino Lavarra welcomes you to Veritas for an authentic Michelin-starred experience. Pick and choose from the selection of refined dishes or let the chefs guide you through a journey of Italian flavors. The dish to pick is Chef Lavarra’s signature dish, the Qatari-inspired Madrouba, in his own unique way.
4. Mondrian Doha
Making a dramatic entrance that reflects the Qatari sunset, acclaimed chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck brings his sophisticated American restaurant, CUT, to Doha. With inspired dishes and high standards, Justin Yu, the Executive Chef at CUT by Wolfgang Puck, delivers only the finest selection of beef, produce, and locally-sourced ingredients- cooked simply and presented beautifully.
5. Sharq Village and Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha
Parisa, which literally means “Angel”, is the authentic Persian specialty cuisine restaurant that serves traditional dishes, cooked and served in a contemporary style. The sea view restaurant at Sharq Village & Spa overlooking Doha Bay is the perfect backdrop for memorable dining experiences in an elegant, yet stylish ambiance. The interior design with its color scheme purple and grey is complemented by an exclusive décor reflecting Persian tradition.
Executive Chef at Parisa Souq Waqif is Ali Reza. His Persian specialty dishes are a creative combination of tradition and authenticity. Chef Ali Reza takes great pride in the food he creates, and each of his dishes represents Tehran’s history, along with rich flavors.
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