You definitely get a sense of entering a little pocket of Marrakech when you arrive at the doors of Tangia.
The opulent décor, the hand-made, embellished dresses of the staff and the heady aroma of North African spices made us feel miles away from Doha.
While it was a quiet Monday evening, the sensuous environment and traditional live music created a warm and inviting ambience.
On the waitress’ recommendation, we decided to begin with some traditional harira soup. My friend opted for the lobster variation, while I went for the meat option.
While we waited for the soup, we were presented with an assortment of mezze, including aubergine and olives marinated in spices, hot harissa, traditional salad and some seriously delicious bread.
We were then given two large crocks of hearty harira soup, served with dates. The combination of savoury and sweet was a pleasant surprise.
For mains, I chose the recommended chicken tagine, with a side of couscous and vegetables. The chicken was spicy and succulent, falling off the bone.
My friend went for roast salmon, which came as a generous sized portion, with coriander, onions and fresh tomato, paired with saffron rice.
We finished with homemade almond-based Moroccan sweets, served beautifully in a wooden box, and some loose fresh mint tea, which arrived in ornate golden teapots.
While there’s a number of Moroccan restaurants in Doha, the cuisine combined with the attentiveness of the friendly wait staff make Tangia well worth the visit.
INFO: Open daily 12pm-12midnight, Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, Sports Roundabout, Sheikh Jawaan St, 4434 3333, email@example.com, www.wyndhamgrandregency.com/dining/tangia