Monday, May 20, 2019

Travel Blog – Doha Food Diary – Eating Out in Doha Qatar

10 Foodie Days in Doha by Vikram Karve 

TRAVEL BLOG – DOHA FOOD DIARY – PART 1  

Welcome Home Meal in Doha Qatar  


First Meal in Doha at Daughter's Home - Pure Vegetarian Food - Dal Rice + Chapati + Mutter Paneer + Shrikhand (Son-in-Law had lovingly brought Shrikhand which I love so much
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Day 1 

Visited the fascinating Villagio Mall and had dinner at the Doha Branch of the world famous PF Chang's Restaurant. The food was delicious. We had a sumptuous dinner comprising Buttery Red Shrimp, Sesame Chicken, Mongolian Style Meat, with Sticky Rice, followed by Tiramisu for Dessert. 


Buttery Red Shrimp



Sesame Chicken



Mongolian Style Meat



Dinner Plate 
Buttery Red Shrimp, Sesame Chicken, Mongolian Style Meat, with Sticky Rice




Dessert - Tiramisu



Tiramisu with Strawberry - lovely plating 



PF Chang's Restaurant - Villagio Mall Doha Qatar

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Day 2 

We visted Souq Waqif traditional market of Doha and we had dinner at the legendary Morrocan Cuisine Restaurant Tajeen 

I enjoyed their signature dish - Lamb Tajeen(Tagine)with Prunes Apricots Almonds and Dry Fruit topped with Boiled Eggs - cooked and served in traditional earthenware pot with Breads. 

The Tajeen was most delectable - succulent meat which released its fruity flavour as it melted on my tongue - and plenty of prunes, apricots, almonds and dry fruit enriching the scrumptious flavoursome gravy - one of the best lamb dishes I have ever tasted. 

We enjoyed a "smoke" of Fruit Flavoured Shisha too. 

Then we had Turkish Ice Cream (served with jugglery - see Video below) followed by the iconic dessert Kunafa at the famous Al Aker Sweets 

A deliciously sweet ending to a delighful evening. 



Tajeen Cafe(Morrocan Cuisine)Souq Waqif Doha Qatar



Lamb Tajeen(Tagine)with Prunes Apricots Almonds and Dry Fruit topped with Boiled Eggs - cooked and served in the traditional "Tagine" earthenware pot and eaten with freshly baked Breads.


Apricots and Prunes add a distinctive flavour to the Tajeen 


Tajeen is easily the tastiest "stew" I have ever eaten. A "Must Eat" when you visit Doha Qatar.  



Enjoying Apple Flavoured Shisha


Ice Cream Served Jugglery Style 



Juggler Turkish Ice Cream Vendor 



Delicious Kunafa at the famous Al Aker Sweets 


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Day 3 

Visted Mall of Qatar - a landmark shopping, entertainment and food destination in Doha. 

After an evening of browsing and shopping - we had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory 

I savoured a Shepherd's Pie after a long time - it was excellent - minced lamb meat - mashed potatoes - and vegetables - a fulfilling dish. 

Also relished a Chicken Madeira Sautéed Chicken Breast Topped with Fresh Asparagus and Melted Mozzarella Cheese Covered with Fresh Mushroom Madeira Sauce and Served with Mashed Potatoes - the most popular chicken dish of The Cheesecake Factory Very Tasty - Absolutely Lip-Smacking. 

My Pure-Vegetarian "Better Half" had to make do with a Margerita Pizza

When one goes abroad and eats out - pure vegetarians have limited eating options - and - it is the same in Doha, Qatar - where the eating-out options are primarily non-vegetarian. 

We had the highly recommended Chocolate Milk Shake - and - for Dessert - we had - what else should you have in a "Cheesecake Factory" - of course - Cheesecake - adorned with Strawberry and Cream. 

A very yummy and satisfying meal indeed. 



 




minced lamb meat - mashed potatoes - and vegetables 




Sautéed Chicken Breast Topped with Fresh Asparagus and Melted Mozzarella Cheese Covered with Fresh Mushroom Madeira Sauce and Served with Mashed Potatoes




For Pure Vegetarians 



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Cheesecake - adorned with Strawberry and Cream



Chocolate Milk Shake 



"Al Fresco" Style Dining at Mall of Qatar 

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Day 4 

Visited the lovely Al Wakrah Family Beach. 

After a stroll and some relaxation on the beach - browsed the Foodie Streets of Souq Al Wakrah and decided fo have dinner Al Fresco Style at Al Koufa Cafe  






Kebabs, Kofta, Grilled Chops served on sticks with soft fresh bread - Authentic "No Frills" Food


Hummus (a thick paste made from ground chickpeas and sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic etc) for Pure Vegetarians 

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Day 5  

Visited the fascinating Museums of Qatar (National Museum of Qatar and Museum of Islamic Art) - strolled on Doha Corniche - followed by browsing and shopping in Souq Waqif. 

Then - a Seafood Meal at Al Bandar Fish Market followed by Kunafa at Al Aker Sweets. 

 

Shrimp Biryani 
(Arabian Style with Rice and Shrimps Separate)


Kunafa at Al Aker Sweets

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Day 6 

Dinner with Friends at Turkey Central Restaurant Doha  



Delightful Evening with Wonderful Friends 



You can see your food being made 
Bread (Khameeri Roti) being baked in Oven 



Meze (for Vegetarians)


Platter of Kebab Kofta Grilled Meats covered with Freshly Baked Spicy Breads and Smoked Eggplant 



Kofta (Kafta) Kebabs


Grilled Meats with Breads 


"Frugal" Plate of a Vegetarian




View at the Entrance of Turkey Central Restaurant - Fresh Breads Being Baked in the Oven 

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Turkey Central Restaurant Doha Qatar

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Day 7 

I spent the entire day browsing books in the fascinating Qatar National Library - the best Library I have ever visited. 

The Library has an excellent Restaurant.

I relished delicious fish and chips for lunch - crisply fried fresh Hamour Fish with french fries and sauces.


Fish and Chips with Dips


Fresh Hamour Fish was Delicious


Fleshy Tasty Fish 

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Day 8 

Visited the beautiful artificial island township "The Pearl Qatar" 

Had Lunch at Applebee's at Medina Centrale 



Boneless Chicken "Small Eats" 


Savory Chicken Portabello 


Fiesta Lime Chicken


Fiesta Salad (for Vegetarians)




Green Apple Sangria Fruit Drink 

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Day 9 

Indian Breakfast at Aryaas The Pearl Qatar 


Idli Sambar Chutney 



Kheema Dosa (Non Veg)

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Day 10 

After a fascinating sunset Dhow Cruise in the Sea off Doha and lovely walk on Doha Corniche waterfront promenade - we had delicious Lebanese Cuisine at Bulbul StreetFood Restaurant Tornado Tower West Bay Doha Qatar. 


Menu 



Kafta (Kofta) in Pomegranate


Rotisserie Chicken



Beetroot Humus (for Vegetarians)




Yours Truly Foodie Vikram Karve enjoying his Food 

Dear Reader: 

Hope you liked my Doha Food Diary. 

Doha is a wonderful place to visit. 

I am going to write detailed Travel Blogs on my experiences and about all the places I visited in Doha Qatar during my memorable 10 day visit in April 2019. 

VIKRAM KARVE
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