It seems like only a few months ago that I wrote that I had been in Doha for one year… now two years have passed.
Looking back over some of the posts I have written since moving here, I realise that I’ve avoided talking about food or eating out in Doha. There are plenty of people who write about their meals, recorded with a photo of each course and comments on the quality/ambiance etc of the restaurant.
We’ve eaten at a range of places, including various Friday brunches at the 5-star hotels to home delivery from the various local ethnic and chain restaurants. At the top end, it is very expensive. Take-out and home delivery is reasonably priced and saves on the effort of home cooking.
What I believe offers the very best value are the ‘Business’ or ‘Express’ lunches. For the most part a three course meal at some of the best restaurants will cost less than 100QR (£17 or $27). I can recommend La Spiga where we are today, or Market, both at the W, as probably having the best food, and unlike may of the other establishments, the Express lunch is also available on Saturday.
If I’d remembered to take photos of the food before I started eating, you could see each of the three courses, however here is the menu. Although they call it express, our lunch took around an hour and a quarter… it was neither rushed nor did we have to wait too long between courses.
I am now twenty-four months older than when I arrived and a few kilos heavier. The additional age is unavoidable, but the extra weight is down to the availability of restaurants in the city… the ‘Doha Dozen’ is a phrase referring to the pounds/kilos that most expats gain in Qatar.