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Because of Qatar's limited agriculture, many staples have to be imported. Consequently, local cuisine has been strongly influenced by Iran, India, and the Levant. Locally caught fish are plentiful and used widely for many recipes, including machboos, a traditional Qatari stew. Pork is not allowed in Qatar and all the meat is halal (prepared in accordance with Islamic law) Luckily for visitors, there is a wide variety of places to taste Middle Eastern cuisine and a few for Qatari dishes.
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Doha, Qatar
Al Liwan Restaurant, located at the Sharq Village & Spa, is the only restaurant in Doha offering a Saturday brunch buffet devoted to Qatari food. The dishes prepared by the Qatari home chef includes: lamb hares, shrimp mashkoul, chicken madrouba...
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Doha, Qatar
Café Asherg, located in Souq Waqif, is a no-frills hang-out place popular among locals. The menu, like the atmosphere of the place, is simple: Hummus, Baba ganoush, tahini, kofta, Shish tawouq, liver and a limited variety of sandwiches are all it...
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Doha, Qatar
Al-Mourjan, the only restaurant on the corniche, offers a wide selection of gourmet Arabic food. With an impressive spread of hot and cold mezze appetizers, raw meat dishes, local and Lebanese seafood delicacies, Al-Mourjan serves dinner in the...
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Doha, Qatar
Shay Al Shoomoos, located in one corner of Souq Waqif, is a restaurant owned and actively run by Shams Al Qassabi, a Qatari mother of five. Shay Al Shoomoos’ specialty is Qatari food. Their menu includes hot plates of baid o tomate (eggs and...
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Al Sadd St, Doha, Qatar
Al Majles Al-Arabi restaurant has two locations: one, next to the Landmark Mall and the other tucked away in the busy streets of Doha's Al Sadd - among the electronic and clothes shops. Al Majles Al Arabi Restaurant's decor is simple and...
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PO 22138, Katara Cultural Village, Near to Amphitheatre, الدوحة، Qatar
Khan Farouk Egyptian restaurant, located right in the heart of Katara Cultural Village, is the kind of place where a reservation is a must. The restaurant is always buzzing with activity, music, smells, and the cadence of the Egyptian Arabic. Khan...