Sharq Village & Spa showcases Qatari cuisine
Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, is reviving an interest in traditional Qatari cuisine, with Qatari head chef Sheikha Ahmad M. Almeer sharing her knowledge of local food to the hotel's executive chef Hassan Abdallah and his team.
The hotel’s signature dishes include machbous, consisting of fragrant rice, meat and vegetables, and shrimp jerish, a seafood and groat plate, seasoned with cinnamon and turmeric.
“Exploring local gastronomy is an unceasing delight, as the Qatari cuisine offers an innumerable collection of long-kept recipes to be discovered,” Abdallah said.
Based on traditional Arabian ingredients, yet with prominent Indian and North African influence, Qatari gastronomy includes staple food items such as seafood, rice, nuts and dates. To ensure authenticity, Sharq Village & Spa selects local ingredients and spices such as saffron, cardamom and cinnamon from Doha’s heritage quarter Souq Waqif.