american food

Among the American fast food chains in Doha are McDonald's, KFC, Hardee's, Arby's, Burger King and Dairy Queen. Pizza places include Pizza Hut, Little Caesar's and Pizza Inn. Many of these are located in the major shopping centres or at the intersection of C-Ring and Salwa Road. Though known by the locals as Ramada Junction, due to the Ramada being there, most Westerners jokingly refer to it as "Cholesterol Corner" due to the high number of fast food and other restaurants within a block or less of it.

There are also more upscale American chains, including TGI Fridays in the Landmark and Villaggio shopping malls, Applebee's, Chili's, Fuddruckers, Bennigan's and Ponderosa Steakhouse.

Finally, Starbucks are very common in the malls around Doha

middle eastern food

Turkey Central on Al-Mirghab St. offers good, cheap Middle Eastern fare. The portions are large try the Mixed Grill or Shish Tawooq and the appetizers are excellent, particularly the chili labneh. To get there, turn right off C Ring Road just after TGIFriday's if you're heading away from City Centre. Across the street from Turkey Central and a little further east toward TGIFriday's is a good small Thai restaurant, Thai Snack. For Persian food, try Shebestan on al-Sadd Street just east of C Ring Road. Many good restaraunts in the Souq Waqif, or old Souq, are also worth trying. Perhaps the best include Tagine Moroccan food and Le Gourmet, particularly good for sheesha and a cup of tea. These are not as inexpensive as Turkey Central but have good atmosphere.


Doha is home to a large Indian population. As such, the city centre is full of small Indian restaurants.

There are many other excellent Indian restaurants in Doha. Recently opened is "The Garden Village Restaurant Doha" recommended for its good ambience and nice Indian Village model interior. This is located opposite Yaarmuk Petrol Station & Nissan showroom ahead of Al Ahli Hospital while going from Ramada signal.


Best Fish a little further down Al-Mirghab St. sells good local fish dishes at reasonable prices, and has just been redecorated inside. The Grilled Hammour with garlic butter is recommended. For the best fish in town at upscale prices, try the Fish Market at the Movenpick Hotel.