This unassuming area in Doha has become a magnet for foodies with its mix of international cuisines, food shops and more. You can dine around the world without leaving Bin Mahmoud and it seems that every day a new restaurant or café is opening! It’s home to perhaps the highest concentration of Korean restaurants in the city and that’s just the start. This itinerary takes you to the most interesting places in the area with most located on Bin Mahmoud Street or adjacent Al Jazeera Street but its easy to crisscross the area and go where your tastebuds want! It doesn’t matter where you start your visit, I suggest you start early afternoon come hungry.
Qatar’s growing Russian speaking community has meant a proliferation of eastern European restaurants and cafes. URTA on Bin Mahmoud Street serves Kyrgyz Russian cuisine and has landed on the dining scene with a splash. Start with their soups including the iconic beetroot borscht and order a side of their cheese or meat filled dumplings called dumplings pelmeni and vareniki.
Keeping with the Russian theme, the nearby Afrasiyab restaurant (on also Bin Mahmoud Street) serves Uzbek cuisine. Their signature dish is Palov made rice, carrots, lamb, and onions
Little Korea in Qatar starts on al Jazeera Street with Little Yee Hwa, the sister restaurant of Yee Hwa, perhaps one of the most popular Korean restaurants in the city (and located in nearby Al Nasr). Here you should order the Korean version of sushi, called Kim Ba, pickled radish and other fillings wrapped in seaweed as well as Japchae which are sweet potato noodles with beef and topped with a fried egg.
Pop nearby to Tofu House for their take on KFC, or Korean Fried Chicken with their spicy and sticky Yangyeom chicken wings. You can also indulge in the latest craze to hit the foodie world – bubble tea. Milk and sweet iced tea with chewy tapioca ball
You can take a detour to Thailand with Khao San, also located on the Al Jazeera Street strip. Spacious and bright, they offer a menu of Thai favorites. But it is their Thai style hotpot soup – served with meat, seafood, and veggies to dip into the bubble clay pot – that has foodies excited. Perfect lunch fare!
If Indian food is more your speed Gokul Gujarati, located back on Bin Mahmoud Street, offers crave worthy thalis for lunch and dinner which come with unlimited top-ups. Thalis are an Indian-style meal made up of a selection of various dishes which are served on a platter. It’s a great opportunity to try a range of dishes and you can choose vegetarian or meat options.
Located in a side street is the unmissable Jamal Restaurant. Operated by Mr. Jamal and his sons, this Pakistani eatery is almost legendary. There is a short menu which is posted daily on the white board. When dishes are finished, the whiteboard is updated. You can be assured the Chicken Karahi will feature – a hearty spiced chicken stew – with steaming hot flatbreads to top it up. Next door is a small bakery with a pit oven.
Save room for dessert because Al Aker Sweets is a not negotiable must visit. This Doha institution serves the best Arabic style sweets including the must order, kunafa. This is traditional Middle Eastern dessert made with fine semolina dough, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and layered with cheese, honey, and nuts. Served hot, it is a thing of beauty. At Al Aker you can have your kunafa crispy or soft.