The "upscale, casual and authentic" Levantine restaurant has opened at Hilton Doha the Pearl Hotel & Residences, and will be the "contemporary home of soulful Levant cuisine in Qatar", it has been announced.
The opening is "particularly apt for a restaurant where sharing is an everyday culture and where a spacious terrace provides for a superb open-air gathering experience", according to a press statement.
The restaurant will have its full opening on the first day of Ramadan.
Levantine will serve daily evening Iftar and Suhoor and menus will be changed on a weekly basis to ensure variety for returning guests.
Iftar guests will enjoy a wide variety of traditional Ramadan favourites, from lentil soup with condiments to cold mezze and salad, hot mezze, and a live cooking station choice of a whole lamb ouzi – the "ultimate in Ramadan sharing cuisine" – or meat, fish and vegetable grill selections.
The dessert choices are "extensive and tempting" with a particular Ramadan feel and include the ever-popular Umm Ali, favourites from the Levant as well as international selections, and can be rounded off with fruits, dates and nuts.
All Ramadan juices, laban and water are included.
The Suhoor fare begins with dates, fruit, laban and Qamar al-Din before moving on to cold mezze and salad, a choice of cold cuts, a cheese platter with distinctively Levantine favourites, halawa, hand-crafted bread and pastries, yoghurts, popular hot Levantine breakfast-style dishes and a range of desserts.
Levantine’s distinctive menu is a result of collaboration between the hotel’s own expert culinary team and Lebanese celebrity chef Joe Barza. Guests can eat indoors or outdoors amid the fragrant aromas of live, theatre-style cooking of Levantine favourites, including flash-charcoal-grilled spiced meats, seafood, fish and vegetables, spit-roasted lamb and chicken, and fresh bread baking.
The upscale Levantine lifestyle is also reflected with the terrace service where Moroccan tea is served, paying tribute to Maghreb traditions, the statement adds.
“In keeping with true Levantine traditions, this restaurant is the perfect setting for families and friends to get together during Ramadan and celebrate their connections and the sharing spirt of the holy month over really good food,” said Hassan El Wahidi, the hotel’s general manager. “Levantine will appeal to diners of all ages, with all food preferences and from all walks of life. With a great ambiance and a celebrity chef in the midst of it all, this is one dining outlet the guests surely won’t want to miss out on.”