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Haashmie Doha
By Haashmie Doha

The best kinds of noshes are the most spontaneous ones. We have compiled a list of the finest eats in town that are pocket friendly and pleasant to taste. These places have been tried and tested by yours truly. Check out these recommendations by Qatar Living and let us know what your favorite places to eat a budget friendly meal or snack are.

As part of our QL Foodie Month, we feature some popular food joints that are high on taste and easy on the wallet.

Himalayan Restaurant

Open 10:30 AM -  11:30 PM daily

Al Wakrah

We can vouch for their momos (dumplings) because that’s what they are famous for. They were so good that we had a second helping.  It's quite cheap at QAR12 for a plate of 10 momos.

The restaurant serves plenty of soups starting from QAR8.

 

Vasantha Bhavan

Open 7 AM - 3 PM, 6 PM - 11 PM daily

AL Ghanim

It's a purely vegetarian place and in our opinion they have THE BEST ghee roast in town. At QAR11, it is like having the cake (ghee roast) and eating it too, literally. Ghee roast is a basically a crispy thin dosa, a South Indian dish. They are known for South Indian dishes, but they also serve some nice North Indian cuisines.

The restaurant has very reasonable rates, starting from QAR5 and not exceeding QAR15.

 

Khosh Kabab

Open 5:30 AM - 1 AM daily

Al Ghanim

This is our go-to place for kababs now. Their lamb chops are the best we’ve had so far.  Our verdict is that it’s way better than what the high-end restaurants are serving (if well-done is the standard) because of all the extra spices they use. The only downside is that they operate in two locations and the competition for seating is quite high. Their rates are super reasonable, with kofta at QAR4, chicken wings and drumsticks at QAR15, lamb chops at QAR1.5, with the succulent taste they boast of, not a bad deal at all.

 

Al Tazaj Fakieh

Open 11:30 AM - 12 Midnight daily

Al Aziziyah

Fans of Arabian cuisine will love this fast food joint. Their portions are generous and for a meal of two people it costs QAR12 to QAR19.

 

Al Tazaj Fakieh

Turkey Restaurant

Open 6 AM to 2 AM daily

Old airport area

Get an authentic taste of Turkey at affordable rates at this restaurant.Their shawarmas cost QAR7, biryani is for QAR8, and their main dishes are generous servings for two for up to QAR25. Our vote lies heavily with their traditional sheesh tawook and shawarma, their barbecue is juicy and grilled to perfection.

 

Bombay Chowpatty

Open 24/7

Old Airport area

Bombay chowpatty is perfect for chaat lovers. Try the desi spicy/crunchy delight at only QAR8.

 

Tea Time

Open 24 hours

Old Airport area

Tea Time is our favorite hangout for any sandwiches/juices/milkshake occasion. Check out their elaborate menu, their burgers start from QAR10 to QAR12 for combos. Enjoy their sandwiches for up to QAR5 to QAR10. They serve beverages, as they modestly state, but the beverage menu is anything but modest. From fresh juices to smoothies to Redbull with fruits, it has it all.

 

Pakistan Sweets

Open 7 AM - 10:30 PM daily

Al Ghanim

This bakery has everything that Pakistanis miss and crave about authentic Pakistani bakeries/snacks.

Priced conveniently for its snacks and breakfast value, our personal favorite is its samosa chaatsamosas, syrupy jalebis and halwa puri breakfast.

 

Chicken’s House

Open 11:30 AM - 12 Midnight daily

Al Aziziyah

Famous for its delectable shawarma, Chicken’s House is a go-to place for a taste of Arabic grill. We tried the celebrated shawarma and it became an instant hit!

 

Kings Café

Open 8 AM - 12 Midnight daily

Fereej Bin Mahmoud

The Kings Café is a popular place to hang out with friends, with delicious sandwiches at QAR4 to QAR7. Don’t forget to try their signature Kings Juicy sandwich for QAR5 with milkshakes and cocktails. A memorable combo indeed.

 

Beirut Restaurant

Open 2 AM - 1 PM, 3 PM - 11:30 PM daily

Fereej Bin Mahmoud

Lovers of Lebanese food will be delighted by their gastronomical experience at Beirut Restaurant. The best hummus in town is found here, at QAR9. You have to try it to believe it.

 

Al Manara Restaurant

Open 11 AM - 12 Midnight daily

Fereej Bin Mahmoud

Al Manara restaurant is a barbecue haven with its tantalizing Chicken Tikka, Malai Kabab, and other delicious combos at very decent prices.

 

Petra

Open 6 AM - 2 AM daily

Al Nasr

Famous for its Arabic grills and snacks, this is a favorite go-to for a quick bite or a fulfilling meal. For those with a penchant for falafel, must try Petra falafels, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Take Away

Open Saturday – Thursday: 6 AM - 12:30 AM

Friday: 8 AM - 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM - 12:30 AM

Al Nasr

Sandwiches, hummus, falafel and shawarma are all hands down our favorite selections from this neat place. We loved their scrumptious sandwiches priced from just QAR5 to QAR15, and shawarma for QAR10. Their cold starters are highly recommended. As the name suggests, it is ideal for takeaway or home delivery.

 

Qutba Restaurant

Open 11 AM to 3 PM, 5 PM to 12 Midnight daily

Al Mansoura

How can we not mention this bundle of delicious joy that reminds us of home cooked comfort food? For Pakistani/Indian palate, this place serves just the right desi taste we crave. Their daily specials are delicious packages from QAR11 to QAR16 per item. Or you can mix and match from their mutton, chicken, barbecue, vegetable dishes. They also have a Chinese selection. After a lovely meal the proverbial cherry on the top is practically the sweet and savory Special Peshawari Kahwa (aromatic green tea).

 

Khan Kabab Korner

Open 12 Noon to 3 PM, 6 PM to 12 Midnight

Friday 1 PM to 4 PM, 6 PM to 12 Midnight

Al Aziziyah

This newly opened restaurant has each dish created with the recipes of chef Zakir, a famous culinary expert and celebrity in Pakistan.

Their Chicken Tikka Boti (boneless) and Kasturi kababs were morsels of pleasure at each mouthful. They offer take away and delivery only for the time being.

 

Gourmet Restaurant

Open 6 AM - 10 AM, 11:30 AM - 3 PM, 6:30 PM - 11 PM daily

Mesaimeer

We tried Gourmet restaurant upon friends' recommendation and were pleased with the breakfast. We devoured a full breakfast of Lahori Channay, Punjabi Paratha, halwapuri, and karak, for four people all under QAR50. They serve lunch and barbecue menus as well which we will surely return to sample.

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By hunk.me88• 3 months 6 days ago.
hunk.me88

Tried most of these restaurants! you can add one more to the list - Bawarchi restaurant at Barwa Village. They serve very tasty biryanis and Haleem(Indian version of Harees) at very cheap and affordable rates.

By britexpat• 3 months 1 week ago.
britexpat

@saem93: That's great.. Why not share your experience of eating at these places - Which is the best in your opinion

By saem93• 3 months 1 week ago.
saem93

I have tried everything other than the gourmet, need to give it a shot.

By Mahorf• 3 months 1 week ago.
Mahorf

good list! What about Falafel-Alakawi? i think it has to be among the list

By muad-db• 3 months 1 week ago.
muad-db

Will try them all this week ... Wakrah is the place for good food

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