Cila at Alwadi Doha – MGallery Hotel Collection has recently revealed an enticing new menu that invites diners to savour a unique gastronomic experience. “Cila” means “intelligent and wise” in the Arabic language which is a fitting representation of the restaurant’s approach to blending traditional Middle Eastern flavours with innovative culinary techniques.

Cila pays homage to the rich food culture and traditions of Qatar and the Middle East in general. With a stunning interior inspired by traditional dhow boats, this restaurant takes diners on a voyage through time, blending old-world charm with a contemporary twist.

The restaurant’s ambiance immediately transports you to another era, evoking memories of seafaring traditions and the spice trade. It’s a setting that seamlessly blends history and modernity, creating an inviting atmosphere for diners.


The adventure began with the Signature Mezze Platter, an assembly of flavours that included creamy hummus, rich walnut muhammara, and velvety avocado hummus, all perfectly paired with freshly baked bread. The Potato Harra, with its tempting blend of Harrisa paste, garlic, lemon and parsley was a fiery delight for the senses.

The Tempura Vine Leaves, a unique twist on a classic dish, offered a satisfying crunch and a delightful rice filling. The Lobster Rocket Salad, combining the succulent poached lobster tail with vibrant bell peppers and the zing of sumac and green apples, was a revelation. Lastly, the Fattoush Salad, with its fresh and zesty notes, was a refreshing interlude before the main courses.

Main courses

We had the Grilled Seabass served with a citrusy lemon butter sauce, which was a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to freshness. The tender, flaky fish practically melted in the mouth.

However, the undisputed star of our meal was the Tomahawk Steak, marinated for a remarkable 12 hours and cooked to a perfect medium. The first bite was an explosion of flavours that transcended the ordinary. The steak’s texture was a marvel in itself, boasting a tender, juicy quality that one can only dream of in a perfectly cooked steak. The medium doneness was spot-on, allowing the meat’s natural flavours to shine through. Paired with creamy mashed potatoes, perfectly grilled vegetables and sautéed mushrooms, it was an experience to savour.


The grand finale of our culinary journey was a trio of desserts that showcased the sweet side of Cila. The Crème Brulee was an exercise in perfection, with its delicate caramelised crust giving way to a velvety custard. The Chocolate Fondant, with its gooey center, was a chocoholic’s dream come true. The Halawet Aljeben, a delightful fusion of semolina and cheese dough adorned with pistachio berries, was a symphony of textures and flavours.

Each dish we were served from Cila’s new menu was carefully composed to surprise and delight the palate. The Lobster Rocket Salad and Tempura Vine Leaves stood out as delightful innovations, while the Tomahawk Steak was nothing short of a culinary masterpiece. Whether you’re a long-time patron or a first-time visitor, the new menu at Cila is a must-try. It offers a gastronomic adventure that is as intelligent and wise as its namesake.

If you’re interested to visit, Cila at Alwadi Doha – MGallery Hotel Collection is open daily from noon to 11 pm. For reservations, call 4009 9999.

Author: Maria Anicas

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