DOHA FESTIVAL CITY, THE country’s newest entertainment, retail and hospitality destination, welcomed a new branch of the foodie favourite – Nando’s! The flame-grilled PERi- PERi chicken restaurant is the first dining outlet to welcome visitors at the newly opened ‘casual dining’ area on the first floor, adjoining VOX Cinemas and what will be the cuttingedge Family Entertainment Complex. In its 16th year of operation in Qatar, this is the ninth restaurant located in pockets across Qatar. Nando’s, the South African restaurant chain with over 1000 restaurants world-wide, of which 40 are in the region, is famed for its flame-grilled PERi- PERi chicken and its warm and ambient interiors inspired by its Afro-Portuguese heritage.
The new Nando’s at Doha Festival City will also be home to 31 bespoke pieces of art, sourced specifically for the restaurant from up-and-coming South African artists, to complement the bold design that is synonymous with the brand. Trevor Hill, General Manager, Doha Festival City Mall, said: “Our new casual dining area is set to welcome several new outlets over the next few weeks, but we are delighted to be kicking it off with Nando’s which we know is a popular crowdpleaser here in Qatar. The restaurant design as per Nando’s trademark also has unique quirks that can only be seen here at Doha Festival City – including the beautiful pieces of art – which makes the restaurant a real feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!”
GO: VISIT WWW.FESTIVALCITYDOHA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.
SEPTEMBER SEES MORE AMAZING deals at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara and we’re excited to share some of our favourites with you! Check out the unbelievable Island Brunch at Azraq restaurant. Explore world cuisines at this weekend paradise brunch. Every Friday and Saturday, indulge in everything from sushi, seafood and barbecue grills to Italian, Indian, American and Arabic delicacies. In-house guests pay QR250 per person, including luxury boat transfer; visiting guests pay QR300 per person, including luxury boat transfer and it’s QR175 for children aged five to 11-years-old.
Why traipse through an airport to sandy shores when a beautiful pure-sand private beach awaits at this stunning resort? Bask in turquoise waters, sample great food and enjoy the fantastic weather just 25 minutes from mainland Doha. For QR350 per person you get Pool and Beach Access; credit of QR200 per person to enjoy a meal at any of the restaurants; credit of QR50 per person for your choice of any recreational activities and luxury boat transportation to and from the resort. How awesome does that sound?
GO: CALL 4040 5131/32 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.
TRIPLE THREAT: THE ST. REGIS DOHA WINS BIG!
The St. Regis Doha, one of Qatar’s finest 5-star addresses, has been awarded three accolades at this year’s World Luxury Restaurant and Spa Awards 2017.
AL SULTAN BRAHIM walked away with the award for Best Lebanese Restaurant in the region, whilst Hakkasan took home Best Chinese Restaurant in the region; and Remède Spa has, once again, received the World Luxury Spa Award as Country Winner for the Best Luxury Urban Escape. The prestigious ceremony for the awards was held in Hanoi, Vietnam and gathered the crème de la crème of the luxury wellness and fine dining industries. The World Luxury Restaurant & Spa Awards inspire excellence and ignite healthy competition in the luxury restaurant and spa industry. Voting is based on the complete food and spa experience combined with aspects of service excellence, quality and menu choices. Votes are predominantly cast by guests, but also by industry professionals that approve and support the nominated establishments.
Mr. Tareq Derbas, General Manager of The St. Regis Doha, said: “We are extremely proud to have received these prestigious awards. We are delighted to have been internationally recognized as a benchmark in the hospitality industry and we will continue to build on the success that we have achieved,” he added. “These accolades are a testament to the dedication of our teams and we hope to remain the leading restaurants and spa in Doha far into the future.”
The original Al Sultan Brahim restaurant was founded in 1968 in Jnah, on the coastline of Beirut by three El-Ramy brothers. Visitors to the award winning Al Sultan Brahim at The St. Regis Doha can savour legendary Lebanese cuisine prepared by Chef Wael Jaafar, who trained with the master team at Jnah. Furthermore, The St. Regis Doha features the renowned Hakkasan, offering guests a world-class culinary experience, and setting the bar high for the Middle Eastern culinary scene. Overseen by Head Chef Lai Min Wei, the menu is a modern interpretation of authentic Cantonese cuisine, using the finest ingredients and expert techniques. The hotel’s Remède Spa includes 18 treatment rooms, hydro pool, steam room, a pedicure and manicure room with cuttingedge technology chairs as well as a relaxation room. The exclusive spa is a mystical sanctuary for the mind, body and soul offering a comprehensive menu of facials, massages and body treatments. Three well-deserved awards for a fabulous hospitality giant in Doha – congrats to The St. Regis Doha team!
GO: CALL 4446 0000 OR VISIT WWW.STREGISDOHA.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.
MOVIE MAJLIS EXPERIENCE
Unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed before, Novo Cinemas is raising the bar for luxury entertainment with the launch of its spectacular Movie Majlis Experience at the Mall of Qatar, and we can’t wait for you all to try it out!
THE ULTRA-EXCLUSIVE CONCEPT, Movie Majlis, is only available in the cinema’s ATMOS theatre which features the world’s best surround-sound system to further enhance the immersive viewing experience. The ATMOS screen has its own carefully-curated schedule of movie screenings, ensuring that guests can watch the latest releases with the highest level of luxury and service. Ahmed Al Mulla, COO Entertainment, Elan Group, said: “Novo Cinemas is a pioneer in the development of luxury cinema innovation. We are delighted to be expanding our VIP screening options, further cementing us as leaders in exclusive, bespoke entertainment solutions.” Guests will enter the Majlis via their very own private entrance where their personal butler is ready to ensure their comfort and enjoyment. Inside the theatre there are five spacious twoperson suites, complete with full size dining table for guests to relax and dine on a delicious meal whilst enjoying the latest in movie entertainment.
In addition to a welcome drink and snacks, VIP film-goers can select a four-course meal from a specially designed menu featuring classic dishes from both the East and the West. Guests will be able to choose from tasty appetisers, sumptuous mains and tempting desserts. The Movie Majilis defines the standard for luxury cinema in Qatar once again, building on the reputation Novo already holds as one of the region’s top leaders in premium entertainment experiences through the launch of the 7* cinema concept at The Pearl and the Mall of Qatar. CEO of Novo Cinemas, Debbie Stanford Kristiansen, said; “The launch of the Majlis experience at the Mall of Qatar reaffirms Novo’s position as the leader in luxury entertainment. We are constantly striving to enrich our cinema experience for our customers and believe the Majlis is the perfect offering in the Qatari market for those wishing to elevate heir viewing a movie to an occasion to be savoured and shared.” The Movie Majlis experience at the Mall of Qatar is priced at a very cool QR475 for the two-person luxury suite inclusive of food and drinks. It’s time to start dropping those birthday, anniversary and date night hints!
GO: VISIT WWW.NOVOCINEMAS.COM FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.
JOURNEY THROUGH ASIA
MOUTHWATERING TASTES IS WHAT life’s about this month as P.F. Chang’s takes guests on a food adventure through China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and Thailand with its limited-time menu that celebrates a Journey Through Asia. The menu showcases the mastery of P.F. Chang’s’ chefs, whose expertise in high-temperature wok cooking brings out the full flavour of each ingredient for an authentic experience. Jim Dunn, P.F. Chang’s Vice President, said: “We say Journey Through Asia because this menu truly represents our passion for the wide variety of flavours, textures and colours of Asian cooking that we want to share with our guests. Featuring original new recipes inspired by the region’s most popular trends and innovative cuisines, these dishes transport guests to new places where they can experience Asia with their loved ones without leaving their own hometown,” he added.
Try everything from China’s Fire Cracker Chicken to Vietnam’s Duck Summer Roll, Korea’s Kanpung Sau Shrimp and Thailand’s Tom Yum Chicken & Shrimp Soup. P.F. Chang’s also introduces new blended summer refreshers to perfectly complement the limited-time menu; Passion Fruit Cooler, Strawberry Mojito, and Berry Blast are all refreshing concoctions to keep you cool! To enjoy the full adventure, P.F. Chang’s founder Philip Chiang, suggests that guests order several appetisers and entrees to share, in the Asian tradition of combining a dish from the sea, one from the land and another from the sky, paired with fried rice or noodles. Sounds delish!
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DOHA’ FOOD COMMUNITY IS given one more reason to rejoice this month as Jwala, a contemporary Indian restaurant in Megapolis, Medina Centrale is coming to take the culinary scene by storm! Jwala represents a creative combination of classic and contemporary Indian Street food. Its menu reflects the cultural diversity of the country’s cuisine, influenced by a modern take on traditional Indian favourites. Jwala’s dining experience promises a tasteful journey through the world of Indian flavours and spices, all complemented with the perfect blend of authenticity and innovation, accompanied by vibrant street art and interiors setting the ideal stage for a relaxed and joyful dining experience.
Experience The City THE SQUARE, INTERCONTINENTAL DOHA THE CITY
Launching on September 7, every Thursday you can enjoy some of the tastiest food the cities of the world have to offer right here in Doha. This fantastic new interactive Thursday evening dining experience lets diners immerse in the flavours of five different cities, with a varied choice from week to week. You can even suggest the cuisine from a city of your choice – just leave a note on the City Suggestion board! Starts at QR215 for food only with various beverage packages available. Served from 6pm to 11pm.
CALL 4015 8888 FOR MORE INFO.
Bring Your Bibs, We’ve Got Ribs… SANTA MONICA BREAKFAST CLUB, GRAND HYATT DOHA
We all deserve a cheat day once in a while, but what about a cheat month? Get your hands dirty at SMBC as the venue brings you an eclectic mix of American, Korean, Chinese and Indian style ribs to ignite your taste buds. The carefully mastered recipes are sure to leave you craving more of the meaty madness. It’s time to relax, unwind and get stuck in. Available daily from 12noon to late – prices are a la carte.
CALL 4448 1240 FOR MORE INFO
The Burger Hunt, HUNTERS ROOM & GRILL, THE WESTIN DOHA HOTEL & SPA
Join in the hunt to find the best burger in town! Tuck into the juiciest meat as Hunters takes you on a culinary trip from Mexico to the US and back to the Middle East in an attempt to give you the biggest, most creative burger menu that Doha has ever seen. Available daily from 5pm to 8pm for QR75 with a side.
CALL 3359 8514 FOR MORE INFO.
Sakura Sundays SAKURA, RADISSON BLU HOTEL, DOHA
When the Japanese food cravings come calling, there’s one place in town to satisfy the taste buds and fill your bellies. Enjoy a lavish Japanese buffet with a selection of crispy tempura, assorted sushi and sashimi and flaming teppanyaki dishes along with the warm hearty Miso Soup. Available on September 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 6pm to 11pm. QR170 per person for buffet only and QR220 per person with selected vino and hops. ✤
CALL 4428 1555 FOR MORE INFO.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Doha has been given a new lease of life to offer the city’s most contemporary and new indulgent spa experience.
THE UNIQUE SENSORY EXPERIENCE at The Ritz-Carlton Spa is inspired by the secrets of the sea and the pearls of the Arabian Gulf, paying homage to Qatar’s traditional pearling heritage and Doha’s revered ‘Pearl’ development. This culturally immersive spa experience includes seven secluded treatment rooms and a new fitness centre that boasts state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength equipment by Technogym and a designated private ladies section, all with the stunning view of the opulent marina. The all-new Tuscany marble and mosaic tile wet areas offer guests a true moment of pampering and delight by exclusive ESPA products and treatments, curated specifically for The Ritz-Carlton Spa.
The contemporary design dazzles with Mother of Pearl walls, swirled tile floors and the pallets of neutral shades enhances the new Ritz-Carlton Spa journey. Staffed by a large team of professional therapists, the spa treatments are available daily from 9am to 9pm with over 30 unique services to choose from, featuring the signature Pearl Body Scrub, a personalised journey with the combination of natural crushed pearls and natural sea salts with rich minerals and calcium to soften, smooth, and renew your skin. There’s no better time to escape the humidity and get yourself pampered than now!
GO: CALL 4484 8000 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION.