Ramadan Kareem readers! I have lost count of the number of times I have already been asked which is the best Iftar/Suhoor in town this year. It is a question that is really hard to answer not only because I haven’t been to every single one to give an informed answer, but also because it’s entirely subjective. I have given a brief write-up of the Ramadan tents I have been to in the first week and I will continue to add to this over the next 3 weeks. In the interests of transparency please note I am invited to all of these events. Feel free to follow my IG stories, twitter account and Facebook page for more ‘live’ information.
Four Seasons Doha – 4494 8888
The setting – Located in the Al Mirqab ballroom the Ramadan tent is spacious and elegant creating a relaxing ambience. Decorated in royal blue and gold with an Arabic feel, I much prefer the design this year. It is also family friendly with 2 play areas for children.
The food – an array of international and Arabic cuisine from hot and cold mezze, ouzi, sushi, roast meats, seafood, dim sum, two huge tables with desserts,and chocolate fountains, an ice cream stand and of course the much talked about chocolate shawarma.
The price – Iftar 235QR (discount for children) Suhoor 270QR
Intercontinental Doha The City – 4015 8700
The setting – Located in the Al Jawhara ballroom this huge space has been cleverly transformed into a beautiful oasis using reds and golds and local fabrics to give an arabic feel. There is a buzz in the air and its quite informal making it a hit with families and large groups.
The food – an array of arabic dishes with some international cuisine on offer too. From hot and cold mezze, salads, pastries, lamb leg, a pasta station, mixed grill, shawarma plus cheeses, a variety of desserts, ice creams and the healthier option of fresh fruit.
The price – Iftar 195QR (discounts for children) Suhoor 195QR / Suhoor dessert buffet only 115QR
Doha Marriott – 4429 8888
The setting – Playing on the hugely popular Street Food theme the live food stations are set up outside the main restaurants, each section identified by the country flag. A fun addition are the 3 camels which greet you on arrival and make for a great photo opportunity.
The food – the theme is ‘Streets of Arabia’ and the focus is very much on arabic cuisine with the addition of some international dishes. From Sudan to Egypt, Qatar to Lebanon you’ll be spoilt for choice. There is also a selection of salads, breads, seafood, roast meats and soups plus desserts and ice cream.
The price – Iftar 185QR (discounts for children) Suhoor 139QR
Marriott Marquis – 4419 5000
The setting – Located in the stylish Wanassa tent the calming whites and golds create a light, bright atmosphere. If you want to splash out you can reserve a majlis for a more private, exclusive experience.
The food – a huge range of traditional arabic dishes plus international cuisine. From shawarma, ouzi, curry, sushi, roast meats, hot and cold mezze through to cakes, pastries, fresh fruit, cheeses and a fun turkish ice cream stand – the choice is vast!
The price – Iftar 210QR (discounts for children) Suhoor is a la carte
Sheraton Grand – 4485 4444
The setting – Located at Al Majlis the arabesque design certainly has the wow factor. Using rich red and golds it is very elaborate with a stage at the front for live music.
The food – from traditional Qatari and arabic dishes, salads, hot and cold mezze, sushi, plus live cooking stations offering dim sum, pasta and shawarma there’s a lot of choice. Also a large selection of arabic desserts plus chocolate fountains, cakes, pastries, ice cream and cheeses.
Price – Suhoor 200QR (discounts for children) Suhoor + shisha 250QR
*please note Iftar is served in Al Hubara not the Ramadan tent and is 225QR*