Sawa, Marsa Malaz
Such a beautiful hotel and this restaurant on the lower ground floor had an outside terrace overlooking the Pearl and the beach. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also offers an express lunch on weekdays and brunch on a weekend. The menu is a mix of various cuisines to satisfy most people and the food is superb.
Opal, St Regis
Opal has a shaded terrace that overlooks the hotel grounds and the Pearl. It’s the perfect place to take advantage of the cooler weather over some refreshing drinks and good food. They open daily for lunch and dinner and on a Thursday evening they offer a promotion on wine, beer and cocktails and you can select 3 small snacks for 80QR. With the DJ playing chill out tracks it’s the ideal way to start your weekend.
Elements, Four Seasons
This newish restaurant is one of my favourites. The food is excellent, the service is good and the terrace is lovely. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and also offering a business lunch on week days and weekend brunch. The Saturday buffet for 170QR including water is good value for money.
French Olive, Barwa Tower
Located on C Ring Road a fantastic Mediterranean menu inspired by French and Italian dishes. They have lots of tables inside too where you can drool over the patisserie items or you can sit outside on the patio area. The food is reasonably priced and is family friendly. It’s open from 7am – 11pm.
Spikes Lounge, Doha Golf Course
Open to the public with a large terrace overlooking the course and West Bay, an oasis of green. The menu is made up of ‘pub grub’ such as pie, fish and chips, burgers and pastas. The portion sizes are big so make sure you’re hungry when you go. Spikes also offers an early evening happy hour on drink and a buffet on a Friday.
We hadn’t intended to go to French Olive on Friday morning ( Nonna Zanons was closed) but I’m glad we ended up there, I was very impressed with the food and service. There is ample parking at Barwa Tower and French Olive has indoor seating or an outside terrace – admittedly the view is of C Ring road but it’s still nice to sit outside. It was fairly quiet when we arrived and the menus were brought to us quickly. Carol our server was polite, friendly and efficient throughout the meal.
The menu is a mix of salads, tarts, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, meat and fish dishes – there really is something for everyone. Shortly after we ordered we were brought a variety of breads with olives, a tomato dip and olive oil with balsamic, the bread was very nice. For starters we decided to share calamari, firstly because this was only meant to be a light lunch but secondly I found the starters quite expensive. When the calamari came it was really nicely presented and was crispy, fresh and well seasoned not rubbery or chewy.
For our main course I had chicken pasta in a creamy pink garlic sauce, it was delicious. Big chunks of tender chicken, a good portion of fresh pasta bound in a rich creamy mascarpone sauce – yummy. Gregs pizza was also freshly made – a perfect thin, crispy base with a good ratio of meat / veg to cheese.
By now we were so full we boxed up half of the pizza and pasta and I went for a nosey inside. There was a vast array of beautifully decorated cakes on display, someone with a sweetooth would be in sugar heaven. I contemplated buying some chocolate truffles but felt it was better left for our next visit as we will definitely go back.
Its sometimes rare in Doha to have good service and good food but French Olive seem to have mastered it! Our bill was 350QR for 2 fresh juices, large water, a starter, 2 mains and a tip which I thought was reasonable for a very filling lunch.