FOOD AND DRINK

Business Traveller - - TIME OUT IN... DOHA -

BRUNCH SPOTS

Fri­day brunches are a Doha in­sti­tu­tion – pop­u­lar venues in­clude W Doha, and Opal at the St Regis, one of three Gor­don Ram­say of­fer­ings at the prop­erty (tel +974 4446 0000; opal­by­gor­don­ram­say­doha.com). The St Regis’s range of restau­rants also in­cludes an im­pres­sive branch of mod­ern Can­tonese chain Hakkasan.

LO­CAL DIN­ING

One of the best spots for lo­cal dishes is Souq Waqif, where great op­tions in­clude Shay Al Shoomos, Al Mat­bakh Rooftop Grill and Al Mour­jan. Bet­ter still, try the branch of Al Mour­jan on the Cor­niche, where the bay views are al­most as spec­tac­u­lar as the Le­bane­se­in­flu­enced dishes (tel +974 4483 4423; al­mour­jan.com).

IDAM

Cel­e­brated French chef Alain Du­casse’s 60-cover restau­rant, Idam, boasts an en­vi­able spot atop the Mu­seum of Is­lamic Art, and has an in­te­rior de­signed by Philippe Starck. The sump­tu­ous menu sees Mediter­ranean-style dishes lifted by Mid­dle East­ern touches. Closed Mon­days and Tues­days (tel +974 4422 4488; alain-du­casse.com/en/restau­rant/idam).

NOBU

From the stylish in­te­ri­ors to its trade­mark Ja­panese cui­sine, Nobu at the Four Sea­sons Doha im­presses on many lev­els. It’s a pop­u­lar spot for cock­tails, not least dur­ing happy hour, which takes place from 6pm to 8pm daily ex­cept on Satur­days, and the packed ladies’ nights on Mon­days (tel +974 4494 8888; foursea­sons.com/doha).

CITY CEN­TRE ROTANA

Var­ied op­tions at the five-star ho­tel in­clude Teatro, for fu­sion food en­com­pass­ing Chi­nese, In­dian, Ital­ian, Ja­panese and Thai cuisines; Misk, for Le­banese cook­ing; and the Cheers- in­spired Bos­ton’s bar (tel +974 4445 8888; rotana.com).

Top: Opal by Gor­don Ram­say Mid­dle: Idam Bot­tom: Nobu at the Four Sea­sons

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