Jwala Restaurant in a nutshell:
Doha’s newest Indian restaurant, Jwala restaurant, has been open for less than four months and is already giving its more established competitors a run for their money. With a menu brimming with delicious Indian street food favourites, a relaxed and cheerful vibe and a relatively pleasing bill at the end of proceedings, there isn’t much not to love about this Medina Centrale-based restaurant. If I wasn’t so indecisive I might even go so far as to say that it’s becoming a firm favourite amongst the plethora of dining destinations on The Pearl.
Why is it worth it?
If there’s one word to sum up Jwala restaurant, then authenticity is it. A warehouse-style building is dressed up to look like a rustic Indian street market, with little nods to Bollywood in the murals adorning the walls. Traditional live music is played by the resident band every evening (and if you’re lucky, they might let your toddler join in!).
The menu is eclectic and varied, with some staple Indian favourites, as well as some regional specialities such as a lightly spiced Goan Prawn Curry with coconut and an Amritsari Macchhli, which is fried fish in a yoghurt-based curry, with spinach and onion pakoda (fritters).
The drinks menu is also quite exciting in itself, but this time I decided against exploring it in favour of sampling an old-time favourite: mango lassi.
What are the best dishes?
Jwala restaurant provided my first introduction to Pani Puri (yes, I have evidently been living under a rock!), and I was delighted by the soft crunch of the crisp ‘puri’, followed by the contrasting texture and mouth-watering taste of the filling consisting of chick peas, tamarind, coriander and potato chaat.
The Kadai Murgh, a mild chicken curry is packed with flavour, with sweet tomatoes, onions and peppers and a delicate peppering of spice.
The Biryani was warming and comforting, laced with spices and nuts and providing an ample portion for two to three people.
What will it cost me?
Starters: QAR 32 – 86
Mains: QAR 42 – 89
Opposite Nandos, Medina Centrale, The Pearl Qatar, Doha
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