I love authentic desi food and miss it dearly in Qatar. Now you would say there are so many Indian/Pakistani restaurants, but most of them are altered in taste (spice-o-meter) to fit in with the masses – result: desiness lost!
Nonetheless, there are a few that remain my favourite but not as authentic. The only place so far that has come close to being original is Zaoq located at Salwa Road which is bubbling with people and never disappoints with their food. The restaurant sign says it’s Pakistani but has a lot of Indian/mughlai touches. I would say it’s a mix between the two countries.
‘You’re addicted to this place’ – a friend told me recently. Well, my answer was why not? This place deserves nothing less than an addiction. Their trophies speak for the fan following when recently they won 2 Qatar Choice Awardsas the favourite new comer and favourite cafe in just about 6 months from their opening.
Now you would wonder what’s so special about this Café – it doesn’t sell Latte nor Americano!!! It brings the authenticity of the Indian streets to the gourmet food world of Doha which is so rare to find or even to deliver outside Hindustan (the patriotic Indian in me is in full spirits just now). Zaffran Café started in full throttle end of 2013 and my initial visits were great with generous hospitality. To make sure this was consistent, I visited at different intervals and I was a fan forever.