Friday Nights have a new destination! You can now experience a buffet of the best Levant cuisine on Mashawi Night at Crossroads Kitchen in the Marriott Marquis City Center Doha every Friday night from 7 pm – 11 pm.

Crossroads Kitchen is a cozy restaurant with an open kitchen, plenty of comfortable seating and an amazing view of downtown West Bay. With floor-to-ceiling windows spreading across the entirety of one half of the restaurant, plenty of luscious green plants, and elegant open-bulb lights hanging from the roof; Crossroads Kitchen creates the perfect ambiance to lounge and enjoy bubbling conversation with friends and family.

The ambiance is only enhanced by the performance of a duo of talented musicians who serenaded us with lively beats and made the night even more memorable!

For just QAR195, the offering of food is incredible. As we ventured around the restaurant and explored all the different tables and stations of different foods, we saw all the authentic Levant offerings that we were promised – like a fresh grill station with all the classics, live carving stations, mixed mezzeh options and more.

To begin our journey in to Levant cuisine, we had to start with the cold mezze. There were two huge stations packed with salads, dips and mezze – and another whole table just for the bread! The first table featured Arabian favourites like Turkish Labeneh, babaganoush, and falafel salad, which we quickly loaded on to our plates. I would highly recommend the Arugula with fried halloumi cheese – it was light but packed with salty flavour. Mashawi night did promise the best Levant cuisine but with a twist and that is reflected in dishes like the quinoa tabbouleh, which I have never seen before and are unique to Crossroads Kitchen.

The next station featured a mix of international and Arabic dishes like a fresh tomato mozzarella salad, a spinach salad and onions and pine nuts, stuffed vine leaves, olive salad with chunks of yellow and red baby tomato. And what Arabian buffet would be complete without a heaping bowl of creamy, tangy hummus.

After our cold mezze, we decided to warm our stomachs with a piping hot cup of lentil soup served with fried croutons and a generous squeeze of lemon.

That, of course, opened the door for more hot dishes like the cheese fatayeh, falafel, kebbah at the hot appetisers station. Next to that was a station dedicated to the perfect chicken shawarma served with pickled vegetables and tahini sauce.

Another original ‘twist’ from Crossroads Kitchen came in the form of the zaatar and cheese pizza, and the Arabian style pizza. Both were packed with Levant flavours but with an international flare.

Next, we dived in to the main courses. There were meaty options like the fish harra, lamb okra stew, and the butter chicken, or you could choose from a variety of vegetarian dishes like the chickpea curry and the pasta with tomato sauce.

The highlight of the evening for me was the Mix Grill Station. It featured all the highlights of Arabian cuisine – Turkish chicken kebab, spicy lamb kebab, tandoori kebab, beef shish kebab and more!

There was even a whole grilled fish splashed with lemon, and grilled chickens served with roasted potatoes, carrots and mixed vegetables.

As the evening began to wind down, we decided to explore the dessert table – and there was A LOT to explore. The entire central table was packed with sweet treats like sweet cheese Qatayef Asafiri, and the Tulumba Tattles, Turkish candied pumpkin and chocolate, date and walnut cake.

If you fancy something more savoury for dessert… there is also a cheese platter with brie, goats cheese, swiss chesse, crackers, grapes and blackberries.

Mashawi Night is not a night to rush – with so many dishes on offer you’ll find yourself going back time and time again.

About Mashawi Night:

  • When: Fridays, 7 pm – 11 pm
  • Price:
    • QAR195 per person including soft beverages
    • QAR295 per person including selected beverages for two hours

For reservations, call 4419 5510 or WhatsApp +974 6643 6890.

Author: Charlotte Wright

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