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Discovering the Magic of Ramadan at Argan Restaurant

Discovering the Magic of Ramadan at Argan Restaurant

Lately, Doha’s dining scene has been a battle of superlatives. It seems that everybody has embodied that “Go Big or Go Home” attitude.  While the usual playing field among Iftar and Suhoor buffets are lavish, over-the-top spreads that may seem overwhelming, one restaurant tries to stand out differently. Recently named at Fact Dining Awards 2017 as the Best Moroccan Restaurant in Doha, Argan Restaurant banks on their credibility to offer authenticity both in their menu and overall experience with a rather intimate and laid back set up. Are you ready for a unique Moroccan dinner to break your fast this Ramadan?

I recently joined an exclusive Media only Suhoor event at Al Jasra Hotel (Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels). I’ve been fond of boutique hotels and its restaurants as it offers a more subdued but charming ambiance. Al Jasra is not an exemption. This Ramadan, Al Jasra invites families, friends, and colleagues to experience the one-of-a-kind souq environment every night with their unique buffet offerings. With the finest flavors from around the world, they guarantee authenticity and that exquisite Iftar and Suhoor experiences.

Ambiance

The chic interior seamlessly blends the rich Arabic flair with contemporary touches making it modern and minimalist.

The chic Majlis center houses the Moroccan Tea Station.
Plenty of seats for everyone.
The rustic touches on seats and the over-all minimalist style is very well appreciated.
Long tables are also available for big groups of guests.
An interesting take to get some mood lights.

Don’t let the limited space fool your eyes as there are plenty of seats for everyone. They even a separate kid’s play area.

Keep the kids busy while you enjoy the feast.

Food

As it promises that unique dining experience, the spread offers a more Moroccan/Arab-centric spread ranging from hot and cold appetizers and salads. I was elated to see more Moroccan dishes that I haven’t tried before and some familiar ones. Among the appetizers, I had heaps of the mussels with tomatoes and the couscous salad.

Dried fruits and Bread Station
Bread sticks anyone?
An impressive spread of Moroccan appetizers and salads.
Mussels with tomatoes
Daring enough to try something new?
Moroccan corn salad.

Popular Arabic mezzes are also available such as moutable, hummus and baba ganoush. I recommend trying Zaalouk (Tomato and Eggplant Salad) to tickle your taste buds even more.

Salad and Mezze Station

An array of hot foods is also available with traditional choices from fish to curries.

Hot Dishes station.
Kibbeh

 

 

The staple: Oozy.

The highlight of the entire spread is, of course, the flavorful Moroccan Tajine dishes. The sight of these clay pots and the aroma that fills the room sets the mood for a hearty Moroccan gastronomic adventure.

Various aromatic spices adorn the Moroccan Tajine Station.
Tajine pots waiting to reveal the sumptuous surprise.
Don’t miss out on Seffa Medfouna (first from right).
Mouth-watering stew.
The popular lamb and aubergine tajine.

From Moroccan couscous to a lamb stews, Argan surely proves to everyone that the merit as Best Moroccan restaurant is definitely well-earned. Don’t miss the equally tasty Seffa Medfouna before you call it quits.

Ramadan beverages and desserts are absolute treats to clear the palette and end the evening on a sweet note.

Ramadan Quenchers: Jalab, Peach, Tamarind and Iced Tea
Mint and Cucumber refreshment.
Dessert Station for that sweet tooth.
Umm Ali
Kunafa

Before you leave, have a sip of the famous Moroccan tea by the posh majlis. This has to be one of the best Moroccan tea I’ve tried in Doha.

Fresh tea ready to be brewed.
Fresh mint.

Price

Iftar Buffet is priced at QAR 150 per person including beverage. The buffet is open from 6 PM to 8 PM. Suhour costs 100 QAR per person including beverage and is available from 9 PM to 2 AM. Kids below 10 years old may eat for FREE. Shisha Lounge is open from 6 PM to 2 AM daily.

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience this Ramadan or looking for a quick fix for that Moroccan food craving (sans the 9 hour flight), be sure to head to Al Jasra Boutique Hotel and give this feast a try.

For reservations, you may call +974 4433 6666 or email res.vswq@minor.com

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