Could Doha Become Middle East's New Foodie Hot Spot?

Guests on Lip Smacking Foodie Tour Enjoying A Meal

Foodies, take note! Dubai may have the Middle East's culinary crown right now, but celeb chef Richard Sandoval thinks that Doha, the capital of Qatar, could nab it in a few years. 

According to Hotelier Middle East, Sandoval was recently in Doha to refresh the menu at his signature restaurant Pampano, which is now four years old. (The new menu is scheduled to be launched in August, incidentally). Qatar, the chef said, is bringing in new talent, and could expect a foodie boom within a few years. 

Specifically, Sandoval noted the increasing popularity of high-end Mexican cuisine, and compared it to French fare's evolution. "Mexican food in the last 15 years in the US was seen as very Tex-Mex," he said. "We are bringing the evolution that has started in the US [to Doha] and showing a different style of authentic Mexican cooking.”

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