Foodies in Doha, unite! There’s a new lunch spot in town and it’s a fiery Pan Asian delight. Yes, Hwang restaurant in InterContinental Doha The City is now open for leisurely lunches Sunday through Thursday from 12noon to 3pm. The venue is offering up a special bento box menu starting at a cool QR75 (awesome, right?).

Hwang’s new lunch menu enables diners to choose their favourite options from three starters, three main courses and three desserts. The menu, which changes every two weeks, includes items such as Thai vegetable salad, chili shrimp, chicken teriyaki and Asian-style wok chicken as well as banana tempura and pandan crème brule for dessert. Each bento box also includes a choice of rice or noodles. The different courses are arranged in separate compartments and served in a beautifully crafted wooden lacquered bento box. This style of serving lunch embodies a long-time tradition, hailing from the 8th century. During this time, it was customary for Japanese people to carry dried rice, also known as onigiri, in bags, as the dried rice was easy to consume later on its own or after adding hot or cold water.

The word “bento” originates from a Southern Song Dynasty slang term meaning “convenient.” Hwang’s normal a la carte and beverage menu will also be available for those who want to savour its wonderful variety of cuisine from eight different Asian countries, including Hwang’s signature shabu-shabu cooked at the table in an authentic hot pot. So, who’s up for a tasty lunch?

GO: Hwang Restaurant is located on the first floor of of InterContinental Doha The City.          Call 4015 8888 for reservations and more information.