We went out one night while in Doha to the Souq Waqif for a Persian dinner – I highly recommend Parisa for superb Iranian food in Qatar.
Parisa – Great Persian Food in Doha’s Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif feels old and is in fact the oldest souq in Doha, but it has been rebuilt and is actaully not that old at all. Even so, as you make your way through the winding corridors of shops selling anything and everything, it feels like you are stepping back in time.
The concierge staff at the Four Seasons Doha highly recommended we tray Parisa for dinner, which is located in Souq Waqif and offers Persian cuisine (and is technically part of the Ritz-Carlton Sharq Village, though we did not know it at the time).
We found the restaurant on a fairly busy promenade with the Al Fanar mosque and Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center towering nearby.
The dining room felt very much like being in Iran and the hospitality was quite warm as well.
Dinner began with a lovely assortment of raw vegetables and Maast-o Khiar (yogurt with cucumbers) with freshly-baked bread.
We ordered a couple appetizers including Kasha Bademjan (fried eggplant with walnut, onion, sundried yogurt, and mint dressing) and Kurt Anar (pomegranate meatballs).
Then for our main course, served family-style, we ordered lamb, beef, and chicken kebabs with saffron rice and vegetables.
No alcohol on the menu…we had fresh-squeezed fruit juice instead.
Prices were not cheap, but everything was delicious and we left quite satisfied.
Living near West Tehran (Beverly Hills, CA) and West Yerevan (Glendale, CA), I routinely enjoy great Persian and Armenian-Persian food in Los Angeles. Even so, I love it wherever I am in the world and we quite enjoyed eating at Parisa in Doha’s Souq Waqif.