Where: Between Towers 27 and 28, Porto Arabia, The Pearl
Cost: 18QR per ice-cream (well worth it!)
When Mr T and I first met I was still new to sushi, sticking exclusively to California rolls and the only fish he would eat was tuna from a tin. Fast forward seven years later and there is nothing we love more than finding a great Japanese restaurant to enjoy some delicious sushi.
Whilst living in Kuwait our favourite way to spend a weekend morning was using the gym and pool at the Holiday Inn followed by lunch in their Japanese restaurant Sakura. We started by just enjoying the basics, teriyaki chicken and edamame and over time became a bit more adventurous with our choices.
When we lived in China there was a phenomenal selection of Japanese food. We found a lovely little hole in the wall around the corner from our apartment and it was a weekly event. We were even lucky enough to visit a friends restaurant whose fish came in each morning fresh from Japan. It was our one regret not visiting Japan whilst in China but we will get there soon.
The past two years living in the UK, sushi became our London treat. Where we lived there was the odd fast food sushi and Waitrose sometimes did it well, but nothing was as good as Eat Tokyo. So any trip to London included a visit to Eat Tokyo. Little T had his first visit when he was ten months old and luckily for us, he loved it.
Now in Doha we have been pleased to find an authentic Japanese restaurant, a short tuk tuk ride away, walking distance when it gets a bit cooler. Junko was just the kind of place we like. It was slightly pricey but we never mind paying a bit more for good quality. For our first visit we ordered all of our standards: miso soup, cucumber and avocado maki, spicy tuna rolls, green salad, chicken katsu and agedashi tofu. We also tried the salmon skin roll. Everything was delicious! We over ordered in our excitement but that was ok as we had some tofu and rice for lunch the next day. Not only was the food fantastic but the staff were great, especially with Little T. We will definitely be going back.
I’m sure there are many more sushi options in Doha and we are looking forward to exploring these in the foreseeable future!