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Dining in Doha: Khazana

“There’s this new Indian restaurant not to far from here,” said my good friend, Texas Grammy, as we left the Souk Waqif Hotel. “Let’s just walk around and see if we can find it.”

We always love walking around in the souks. We used to back when it was “off-limits”, considered a dangerous place for Western women to be. We always figured if we dressed modestly and kept kind of quiet, we wouldn’t have any problems – and we never did. We rarely saw other Western women down at the Souk Waqif then, but mostly we went early on the hot summer mornings, so we didn’t see much of anyone except the veiled and abaya’d women who shopped there regularly.

We walked around, noting the changes, but eventually had to admit defeat – we couldn’t find the restaurant. As we wandered, we started asking people. You know how once directions take more than like five turns, you can’t remember them all? So we would go one or two turns, then ask again. The last time, the sweet shopkeeper’s assistant walked us all the way there. It was actually only about a block from the hotel, but in the opposite direction from which we had walked.

It was worth the walk!

Khazana is a green oasis in the middle of a dusty souk area.

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It’s built in one of the historical buildings, so they had to preserve all the original walls and windows. It means there is not one huge dining room, but several small, intimate dining areas:

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We ordered fabulous foods, and most of them I didn’t get a chance to photograph; we were busy chatting and busy catching up and having such a good time! But the food is FABULOUS. Fresh. Tasty. Spiced just enough to capture your interest, not enough to blow your brains out.

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The service was attentive and charming, without being overly intrusive. The tea was excellent. Everything about the meal was refined and delicious – the food, the setting, and the excellent service.

We were told that the restaurant was there because the Amir of Qatar wanted it there. He is a man of excellence, and he wants excellence for Qatar. We asked if he dined there, and the waiter looked around, and his eyes gleamed, and then he whispered “we are not allowed to say.” He had a great big smile on his face as he said it, full of pride.

I would dine there again, in a heartbeat. I am betting we will need reservations the next time. 🙂

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February 14, 2009 - Posted by | Doha, Eating Out, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Local Lore

21 Comments »

  1. amazing. oh, what a breathtaking place, and the food (or at least the appetizers) looks so carefully constructed.

    What a gem – and a treasure of an experience!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | February 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. You will love it, Little Diamond. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. Never knew there was something this interesting in Doha!!

    Comment by Purgatory | February 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. LLLOOLLL Purg, interesting as in food photos!

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 14, 2009 | Reply

  5. Now thats more like it! The place looks homey and the food looks yummy

    Comment by Ansam | February 15, 2009 | Reply

  6. Mmmmmm….remembering the shrimp curry. What a great day we had in the souk!

    Comment by grammy | February 15, 2009 | Reply

  7. I think you would like it, Ansam, the furnishings are much more tailored and serene (the food is equally wonderful 🙂

    Grammy – I remember! What a sweet day, altogether. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 15, 2009 | Reply

  8. looks yummy the dishes. sanjeev kapoor is a big name, back in india. Very popular chef! not sure if he has started an outlet there, or they have ‘borrowed’ his name! 🙂

    Comment by onlooker | February 15, 2009 | Reply

  9. I think this is a legitimate outlet, as they have all his cookbooks for sale. The food is excellent!

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 15, 2009 | Reply

  10. He has a popular show on cable as well. Its called Khana Khazana, loosely translated “Food Treasure”

    Comment by Mathai | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  11. Finest Indian restaurant in the entire Middle east. I am yet to come across such a place with great food and service. The food starts with an interesting yet unique idea with different poppadums from India and some superb chutnies. The pallette cleanser after the Kababs, Lemon lassi is amazing just the right lemony flavour to a simple lassi and finally i couldn’t believe that to end the meal you have a digestive tea which is a great concoction of green tea with mint and ginger, cannot get more innovative than this. Keep up the great Indian cuisine banner flying high up in the air Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

    Comment by harryboy | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  12. LLOOLL, I think I have just been commented by Khazana’s publicist – or agent!

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 17, 2009 | Reply

  13. Hi Freiends,

    Can some body help me with the location of this restraurant??

    I will be comming from the bank street and then i will take left turn from the Alfardan exchange signal..then…how to go!! please lelp me..!!

    Regards,

    TG

    Comment by TRINANJAN | September 6, 2009 | Reply

  14. Trinanjan – don’t turn left at the Al Fardan building, make the next left. It should take you in front of the Souk al Waqif. There is a parking lot on your right; you can park there. Look at the Souq al Waqif hotel – to the right is a street, then another block of buildings. The Kazana is to the right of the next block of buidlings. Just walk up the street from where you are parked and you will see it.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 6, 2009 | Reply

    • He buddy,

      Concerned of spending on Water, carry a water bottle from home.
      Raj

      Comment by Raj | December 9, 2012 | Reply

  15. I would not recommend this place to anyone , the spring water costed me around 20 riyals and they increase the spice in the food so you want more water which leads to more $ for the store. Cleverly done, but very stupidly planned, none of my friends or family are going there ever again. If you want to reply comments about how I’m wrong be my guest, your just trying to back up the restaurant, but you know it’s true.

    Comment by SMG | December 23, 2010 | Reply

  16. Hey TG, you spelled friends and help wrong. Bro that should go onto failbolg.com .

    Comment by SMG | December 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Actually, SMG, I’m more interested in content than spelling or grammar. Many of my readers are writing in their second or third language. I am in awe of their attempts.

      I actually prefer lower key restaurants for Indian food, but I found my experience there totally lovely, first class. Expensive, yes.

      Comment by intlxpatr | December 23, 2010 | Reply

  17. we went in last week of march2013 for dinner at ur place in doha. place is nice but too costly. moreover the vegetarian subjees like bhendi etc which we ordered was not at all prepared like indian subjee. moreover there r no buffet lunch as available in at yellow chillee-bahrian of sk. I do not know why. there r plenty of other hotels in Doha where u get cheaper and good quality food. wished not to go again at kk.

    Comment by dinesh | April 10, 2013 | Reply

    • Dinesh, we would give anything to have REAL not-dumbed down Indian food again. And the prices at Kazana are only high in comparison to Indian restaurants in Doha; compared to here, they are reasonable 🙂

      Comment by intlxpatr | April 10, 2013 | Reply

  18. http://www.mystayindoha.com/

    Comment by santhi | October 29, 2018 | Reply


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