Last night we went to the Ramadan Tent Suhoor at the Grand Hyatt Doha. Ramadan tents pop up all over Doha during the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan offering Iftars (the breaking of the fast meal) and Suhours (the early morning meal meant to sustain you for the whole next day fasting). We arrived at the Grand Hyatt at 10pm for the opening of Suhour at their Ramadan tent. We found it to be the perfect place to enjoy this special part of Qatar’s Islamic culture. Here’s why:
The atmosphere from the moment you step inside the hotel is fantastic. You are greeted by a red carpet lined with beautiful blue lanterns that guide you down the stairs and towards the Ramadan tent. The lounge was very busy when we arrived and filled with the aroma of shisa, and a band was playing delightful local music which added to the atmosphere.
The tent itself is not as overwhelmingly large like some of the other Ramadan Tents in Doha which I enjoyed as it gave it a more intimate setting. I particularly liked the seat decorations – ties of Al Sadu weaving which gave a really nice local touch. We loved the location of the specially erected tent overlooking the beautiful Arabian Gulf and the touches of local culture on display throughout!
The most important component when speaking of your Suhoor meal – the food. I can say the food here did not disappoint. We started with a selection of Arabic food: hummus, fattoush, baba gannoush, kibbeh, shakshouka, labneh – the list could go on as this section was particularly extensive. All of it was cooked to perfection! We also ordered some kebabs which arrived fresh at our table. Now living in Doha, we have become somewhat kebab connoisseurs and have to say that their Shish Tawouk was one of, if not, the best we have eaten. It was juicy and flavourful and we would have quite happily sat there and eaten only this but had to save space for the rest of the treats on offer!
For mains, I decided to stick to the Indian curries which were nicely but overly spiced. Hubby continued his quest to try all the Arabic food on offer at the Grand Hyatt. All of it was excellent but a special shout out must go to the Paneer curry and the Quzi – whole roasted lamb sitting on a bed of saffron and cashew rice! What’s not to love!
Also on offer was an extensive selection of international cuisine from penne pasta through to grilled salmon and mash potatoes. Personally we like to stick to more regional staples following the “when in Rome” ethos!
I’m so glad that I didn’t check out the desserts before eating the rest of my meal. It was one of the most extensive dessert selections I’ve seen in Doha, and that is saying something. There was a live crepe cooking station, an ice cream bar, a chocolate date pyramid and a range of western and arabic delights. If you have a sweet tooth then this is definitely the suhour for you.
Overall we had a fantastic night at the Ramadan Tent Suhoor at the Grand Hyatt Doha. As we were on the first night it was a little quiet but I would recommend booking if you choose to go later in the month. Iftar can be a more popular meal, largely due to the time however if you want a more relaxed dining experience whilst soaking up the atmosphere of a beautiful Ramadan tent with local Qatari touches look no further than the Grand Hyatt Suhoor!
Suhour at Grand Hyatt costs 220QAR and is served from 10pm-1am daily. They also offer a lighter Sohour tray priced at 111QAR.
We were guests of the Grand Hyatt on this occasion. While the food was free our opinions were not bought!
If you would like information about Ramadan in Qatar why not check out our Essential Guide! And why not check out our family staycation at the Grand Hyatt review 2016!
Have you been to the Grand Hyatt during Ramadan we’d love to hear your experiences!