Qatar Food Trail: In search of delicious Kanafeh

 22 Feb 2017 - 15:34

Qatar Food Trail: In search of delicious Kanafeh

By Mohamad Bwary | The Peninsula

Doha: When it comes to Arabic sweets there are hundreds, if not thousands, of option all around Qatar.

So to authoritatively identify the best place for Arabic sweet is going to be controversial. But in the interest of foodies in Qatar we did a little research and asked around to find the best Kanafeh in town (also spelt Kunafeh or Kunafah. Again depends on who you ask).

The recommendation you get for Arabic sweets depends on the nationality of the person you ask. But when it comes to Kanafeh, majority of the people we asked were unanimous in their choice of Al Nashama Restaurant & Sweets, an old sweet shop tucked away in busy Al Muntazah.

They have one of the best Kanafeh or kunafah in town. A few other shops popped up during our survey, but those were a tad less tasty and a bit more expensive than Al Nashama. But we are sure there could be dozen others we are not aware of. Anyway this is good place to start the hunt for a good Kanafeh.

Al Nashama has been making the most delicious and fresh cheese Kanafeh in town for decades at a very affordable price. Generations of sweet lovers swear by their Kenafah Nabulsia and Kenafah Khishna. We also liked Kunafa bel Qeshta (Bain Narain), with cream not the usual cheese. 

Kanafeh is popularly known to have originated in the Palestinian city of Nablus, hence the name Kenafah Nabulsieh. Nablus is still renowned for its kanafeh, which consists of mild white cheese and shredded wheat surface, which is covered by sugar syrup.

Some other sweets worth a try are Lebanese Nights (Layali Lubnan), Harissa (semolina cake), Halawet El Jibn and Othmaliye.

They have a dine-in facility, which is very basic and décor is very unappealing. Then you are not here for fine dining. Unless you are a purist and want to consume your Kanafeh fresh and hot, it’s better to take it home and share with friends and family.

Just in case if you don’t know what we are talking about then kunafeh is a cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup with a tinge of rose water garnished with crushed pistachios, found in most Arabic countries and is best eaten fresh. 

You can see a lot of cafes selling only Kanafeh in many Arab cities like Amman and the one you get in Al Nashama tastes almost like the one you get in a Amman cafe.

If you go

Must try: Kenafah Nabulsia and Kenafah Khishna
Other notables: Lebanese Nights (Layali Lubnan), Harissa (semolina cake), Halawet El Jibn and Othmaliye.
Price: Very pocket friendly. They charge QR7 for a small plate, QR13 for medium and QR20 for large. If you want to indulge go for 1kg at QR50.