Recently an Arab gentleman asked me, “What do Hindus from India eat?”
I was taken aback, is he referring to the beef ban in some parts of India, which is causing a lot of heartburn for steak lovers like me.
No he was asking a genuine doubt as he is getting some “Hindus” from India on official visit and they are vegetarians. He has already come to the conclusion that all Hindus are vegetarians and can’t think of any food to offer for lunch.
I told him they eat all kinds of “vegetables”, well most of them. I didn’t want to make him suffer more by elaborating that some Hindus don’t eat onions, garlic, ginger etc…
He was surprised and reacted like I was speaking mandarin. “And’” he pressed further.
I had to clarify to the gentleman that vegetarian DON’T eat meat, fish or egg. Let me be clear here that we are talking about a typical Indian vegetarian, because I have seen fish eating ‘vegetarians’.
Once I was invited for dinner at a well-known city hotel and the lady sitting next to me informed the host that she is a vegetarian. When the pre plated dinner arrived, I had a nice grilled salmon on my plate and she had some mushy veg dish. Looking at the fish on my plate she said: “I said I am vegetarian. I didn’t say I won’t eat fish.”
“Excuse me.. you mean to say fish is vegetarian!!!!”
Yeah many vegetarians from western countries don’t eat meat… but they are okay with fish and egg.
Some of the Arabs have problem with understanding the idea of pure vegetarianism as the variety of veg dishes available in Arabic cuisine are very limited. They have lot and lots of veg appetizers, salads etc. but very few main dishes. But one can easily survive on the veg mezze and bread.
Coming back to the story the gentleman took me the corner of the room and asked in hush tones, “so they eat only salads for lunch and dinner.”
That’s when his good looking assistant came to my rescue and told him that there are many Indian restaurants nearby and all of them have lot of vegetarian dishes. He relaxed only after she assured him that she will take care of organizing the lunch
Even though he was relaxed there was a tinge of confusion on his face. Maybe he was visualizing about sharing the vegetables with the visiting ‘Hindus’.
This made me search for a list of Indian vegetarian restaurant in Qatar and got this nice link where all veg eateries are listed…
Check this out if you need to give meat a break…
Now you have a chance to taste one of the most famous dishes in the world - Black Cod in Miso by Chef Nobu - right here in Doha. Giving a fillip to the food scene in Doha, Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa opened 26,000 square-foot contemporary restaurant Nobu Doha, his largest outlet in the world, at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha on Arpil 17.
Other than his most known Black Cod Miso, the menu have ‘new-style Japanese’ dishes like the Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno and Lobster with Wasabi Pepper Sauce.
How much will a meal cost is not known yet as I am still waiting for a free invite ;-) ... But it will surely be on the higher side as the deadly combo of a celebrity chef and a five-star hotel usually have a draining effect on the wallet.
Multiple Michelin star winner Chef Nobu is no stranger to Qatar as Qatar Airways has been serving some of his signature dishes in business and first class as part of their Culinary Ambassadors programme.
After completing a rigorous apprenticeship at a sushi bar in Tokyo, Nobu took off to South America - first in Peru and then in Argentina. There he fused his traditional Japanese style with local ingredients and came out with the much celebrated Nobu Style. Because of this some pure bred Japanese chefs consider Nobu as more of an American chef than a Japanese one.
Nobu currently has 32 restaurants in 28 different cities around the world, spanning across five continents.
The circular three-story restaurant resembles an ornate coiled shell. The dining and lounge spaces include a 134-seat interior dining area; 10-seat sushi counter; two private dining rooms; a White Pearl Bar & Lounge and a Black Pearl Bar & Lounge and a 38-seat roof top lounge with both indoor and outdoor seating options.
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