What’s so special about L’WZAAR?
Giving you the full ocean-to-table experience, right by the beach in contemporary Katara, this is where you want to dine in Doha. Once you’ve spotted the most alluring fish or crustacean in our counter (charged by weight), you can decide how you’d like it cooked – in Mediterranean, Far Eastern, Arabic or Japanese style. Our waiters can then guide you through the selection of starters, salads, soups and drinks. The dining room is buzzing and vast, so you might be seated on fuchsia floor cushions, on cream leather banquettes, or on stools up at the bar - and while some tables have sea views, others invite you to keep a watchful eye on the slick open kitchen.
Our local fish and shellfish is hauled directly from dhow to counter-top on a daily basis, but we also go to great lengths to import the finest foreign varieties: our salmon, mussels, clams, scallops, sea bass, tuna, mud crabs, cockles and oysters arrive twice a week from Europe, and we make sure they travel from source to plate with as little fuss as possible. All of these offerings are all lined up in the market area, all shimmery-gilled and bright-eyed, so you can pick your dinner. The daily list is made up of 47 items, among which Emirati favourites include sherri fish, hammour and safi.
If you’re planning to impress a loved one or host a dinner party, you can pick up a couple of beauties to prepare at home – you’ll be charged by weight as you would in the restaurant. Just ask if you need help filleting.
Savour the full flavour of your surroundings by opting for regional fish: our locally sourced varieties taste best exactly as they come - order your favourite, and test the freshness for yourself.
This French dish is as luxurious as seafood gets: the lobster meat is mixed with a creamy, cheesy, mustardy sauce, and then stuffed back into the shell to be browned in the oven.
The fresh water eels are teamed with perfectly cooked vinegared rice. Our chefs press the sushi rice into their hands to create a rectangular mound, and the eels are draped across the top.
A forgotten heritage
In a pre-oil era, Doha was a modest, glitz-free fishing and pearling village. Qatar’s economy depended on the endeavours of Man and his Boat right up until the early 20th century, and sea-based trades were the main sources of income. Fishermen and divers passed skills and methods down through generations, while others learned to fashion intricate tools and build strong, elegant dhows to carry crews of men and their spoils. The traditional boats still bob out on Doha’s horizon, but these days they’re powered by engines, rather than sea breeze. And much like fishing, boat building remains an industry of tradition and a source of great local pride – you can still see craftsmen in action at boat yards near the port.
THE PERFECT CUT
Ever wanted to know how to clean a squid or fillet a bream? Our chefs’ failsafe tips should prevent you from wasting a morsel.
Filleting is one of the trickiest skills for a cook to acquire, so your first attempt might not yield maximum fishy flesh. Let our experts guide your hand – all you’ll need is plenty of patience and a very sharp blade.
On top of our extensive seafood selection, we have a menu of starters, sides, sushi and desserts, which is available here. For the full picture, you’ll have to pop in at lunchtime and feast your eyes on the display.
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We are proud to announce that TimeOut Doha has awarded L'wzaar as the "Best Seafood Restaurant in Qatar" with the Doha Restaurant Award 2012.
Their judgment: "Sold by weight, this is the pick-your-own-adventure of seafood spots, and we love it. The calamari is thick, crispy and perfect, the sushi is tangy and interesting and the seafood is always fresh with numerous options to please just about anybody. But our fav? Hands down, the fish and chips. A thing of beauty, deep-fried." We are delighted to hear about Doha TimeOut’s appraisal, and hereby invite all of you to try by yourself what this buzz is all about.
Do you have a friend or family member with excellent taste, and want to treat them to a lavish lunch or dinner? You can buy gift vouchers from us in increments of 100 QR - just come into the restaurant at your convenience.
Look the part in your own L’wzaar t-shirt or apron
Try our british classic:
With proper Chips!
Locally sourced hammour fillets are fried in light-as-air batter, and served with chunky chips. It’s certainly the most comforting fish supper in Qatar.
To meet the frequent requests of all our international guests, we designed the L’wzaar website to be 100% compatible with Apple’s iPad. Need to know today’s Catch of the Day? Want to book a table for lunch? Just wondering what we’ve been up to? Now you can do it all at the swish of a finger.
One of the all-time great nutrients, omega-3, is the name given to a family of unsaturated fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies. Its benefits are impressive – it boosts brain power, keeps the heart healthy, sharpens vision and strengthens bones. It’s what the pros call a ‘good fat’, which means it also helps the body to absorb vitamins A, E, D and K - all vital for healthy skin, heart and circulation. Two to three doses per week will ensure you glow.
Tel: +974.4408 0710/11
Fax: +974.4408 0722
Katara Cultural Village
Lunch: 12.00 to 14.30 (Sun - Wed)
12.00 to 15.30 (Thu, Fri and Sat)
Dinner: 19.00 to 22.30 (Sun - Wed)
19.00 to 23.30 (Thu, Fri and Sat)