5 burgers to try in Doha

There are times in your life when all you want is a big, juicy, dirty burger. Luckily in Doha there are many places that will satisfy your desire. These are 5 places I recommend you could go to get a good burger, I’m not saying these are the best or that this is a definitive list, just some places I go back to regularly. In alphabetical order…

Aroma, Kempinski

This restaurant is famous for its Signature Camel Burger and a few weeks ago when we went for a business lunch it was on the menu. It was presented really nicely with various condiments and polenta chips. The camel meat is quite hard to describe a bit like game but with a sweet, spicier aftertaste which was delicious and not too heavy. This is definitely a great place to try a camel burger in style. Go on, be adventurous I dare you!

Burgeri – Aspire Park

This industrial styled restaurant within Aspire Park offers a variety of burgers and sides at pretty reasonable prices. You place the order yourself and you’re given a buzzer which sounds when your order is ready for collection. The burger here was freshly cooked to order, hot and juicy but not overly greasy. Although I liked the burger here the real winner for me was the sweet potato fries which I’d go back for time and time again.

Champions, Marriott Marquis

Champions is one of our favourite places to go on a Thursday night when we just want to relax with a few beers, meet with friends and play pool. I know some people don’t like how smokey it is but I think it’s got better recently. Without doubt if I got a burger here was the Bistro Burger. A delicious beef patty served a little pink with a generous helping of blue cheese, Brie and onion relish. I absolutely loved it. However, it was a casualty of the menu revamp so my love has now switched to the yard of sliders – soft shell crab, cheeseburger, southern chicken and short rib beef. Great for sharing!

Market, W Hotel

Regular readers know that we go to the outlets at W Hotel a lot. The business lunch menu at Market offers outstanding value for money in terms of quality, quantity and service. The cheeseburger is pretty much a permanent fixture on the menu and it never fails to disappoint. It arrives looking like a tower and the obvious debate of eating with your hands or using a knife and fork always arises. The beef patty is served pink with melted cheese, onion rings, tangy dressing and a plant pot of fries. A refined burger indeed.

Shake Shack, Gulf Mall

We’ve been to the outlet in Villagio a few times but now we know there’s one closer to us at Gulf Mall calling in here could be a habit. Bright, funky and welcoming with an open kitchen this place specializes in burgers. Again, you order yourself and when the buzzer goes off you go to collect. This is one of the more greasy burgers we’ve had but in a (very) good way especially when paired with the crinkle cut fries. The patty is packed with flavour and almost melts in your mouth. So good it’s hard to stop at one..!

Where do you go when you get a burger craving?!

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Market by Jean-Georges, W Hotel

I feel I’m one of the last people in Doha to take advantage of Supper Club at W Hotel. On Thursday, to celebrate the start of the long weekend, we went with friends to experience ourselves what I’d heard such glowing reports about. I arrived a little later than everyone else and they were keen to order and get stuck in!

 For starters 3 of us opted for crispy shrimps with a honey and mustard sauce and one person chose the tomato soup. When our starters arrived I was surprised at the portion size, lots of evenly cooked, crispy shrimp with a smokey, sweet sauce which had a bit of a kick to it and some soft creamy avocado as a contrast.The tomato soup was nicely presented with sourdough and cheese in the bowl and the rich, thick soup poured at the table. For our main course we ordered one fusilli with mushrooms, one parmesan crusted chicken and two salmon with potato purée . All of the mains were well cooked and were presented with care, again all were large portions. The salmon which I ordered medium was cooked to perfection and the purée was smooth and creamy. The shredded sprouts added a bit of crunch and the black truffle emulsion brought everything together. Everyone’s clean plates spoke volumes!

For dessert the lemon tart was an absolute winner. Light, crisp pastry and a tart – but not too tart – lemon filling with a caramalised sugar topping and a small scoop of ice cream. A perfect way to end the meal.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our food and priced at for 100QR for 3 courses (20QR extra also gets you a glass of wine) it’s an absolute bargain for the quality of the food and portion sizes. Market always has a lovely ambience and on Thursday there was a nice mix of families, couples and friends starting their weekend. Service throughout was friendly and efficient but my one gripe is that plates were cleared before everyone had finished. It drives me insane but I know it’s not an issue for everyone.

Our meal cost 750QR for 4 X 3 courses including a glass of wine each, 1 cocktail, 1 additional wine, an asperol spritz, 2 diet cokes and a tip.

Supper Club is available in all three outlets at W Hotel, Market, La Spiga and Spice Market,  every day 5pm – 7pm (excl Friday). If you haven’t been you really should go.

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Market by Jean-Georges, W Hotel

We seemed to have had a W Hotel themed weekend after spending Thursday Happy Hour and Friday Brunch in Spice Market and then going to Market by Jean Georges for lunch on Saturday. The express lunch at Market is great value at 98 QR for 3 courses and there is a good choice of dishes for each course to suit the majority of people. I like the design of Market, its bright and modern with clever use of dividers to break up space. It was a bit odd however that they filled all the tables in one section and it felt a little cramped, it would have been nice to be more spaced out as the restaurant wasn’t full.We quickly placed our orders and were given a lovely basket of warm, fresh bread. I think a good bread basket is the sign of a good meal to come and we soon finished it. Luckily our starters arrived before we could devour any more.

My tomato and mozzarella salad with basil and balsamic was a good size, the mozzarella was thick and creamy and it was well seasoned. I did find a couple of the tomatoes slightly under ripe, they were a bit hard. Greg ordered the calamari with lemon harissa dip and it was delicious. The calamari was crispy, not too oily and the dip had a lovely kick to it.

As this is an express lunch service was swift, our plates were quickly tidied away in preparation for our mains arriving. Whilst we were waiting the server came and explained the new ‘ Supper Club’ menu being offered every day ( except Friday) 3 courses for 100QR 5pm – 7pm and the ‘ Gin o Clock’ offering unlimited Gin Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 7pm for 120QR. These promotions sounds great and I am sure we will be back to try it out! Soon our mains courses arrived. My salmon with mash was light, fresh and cooked perfectly and the mash was creamy and not too heavy, the shredded sprouts gave texture. Greg’s cheeseburger was huge…… really huge. It was the kind of burger you need to cut in half before you tuck in! He had asked for it medium rare but the middle was a little too rare for him so he left a little bit but other than that it was delicious.

We were feeling rather full by this point and probably wouldn’t have ordered dessert if it wasn’t included in the lunch offer. My salted caramel ice cream sundae with popcorn was lovely though I would have liked the ice cream to be a little saltier – it was a huge serving but I battled through and finished it. Greg ordered the banana cake with ice cream and as he was so full already he found it a little heavy and did not finish it all (the latte he ordered probably didn’t help!)

Overall we really enjoyed our lunch, as I said its excellent value for money when you consider the quality and portion size. It is particularly good if you are in a hurry as service is prompt but not rushed. The bill came to 280QR for 2 express lunches, a bottle of water, a latte and a tip. Highly recommended – just make sure you’re hungry and have no plans to eat later in the day!