In hot pursuit of the World Cup buzz, Doha is awash with openings and activations, from hotels and cool new eateries to exciting culinary pop-ups. Mondrian Doha is now home to a new Bottega Di Carna pop-up, at the hands of Dario Cecchini, or ‘The Greatest Butcher in the World’, as he’s also known. The menu is rooted in Italian classics with Dario’s rebellious spin - including crudos, handmade pasta, wood-fire steaks and fresh fish - with an open kitchen, tableside and trolly service to add to the theatre.
One of Doha’s best-kept secrets is YOTTO by Cipriani, a newly-opened restaurant in the North Beach Development on Diplomatic Street centred around Moritsuke, the Japanese art of presenting food, where it ‘makes art, not sushi’. Prawn tempura, delicate sashimi, caviar, salmon teriyaki, ramen, sweet matcha dessert and yuzu sorbet are served against minimalist Japanese décor, for a dinner (or lunch) that promises to taste, look and feel richly authentic. The opening follows YOTTO’s first location within Cipriani in Abu Dhabi, with Doha chosen as the brand’s first exclusive standalone venue in the region.