Wahaj Restaurant, located at 21 High st in Katara, is one of the most popular dining destinations in the area. This is certainly a result of the charm and authenticity of Wahaj but also due to the immense talent of chef Marcel. At Wahaj, the culinary team works with determination to capture every guest’s imagination. That is why Wahaj offer everyone who walks through the doors the very best in traditional Mediterranean dishes. With a unique blend of elegance and sophistication, Wahaj Mediterranean Brasserie is known to deliver a casual dining experience like no other, right at the heart of 21 High st.
Chef Marcel’s says that among multiple restaurants one could choose from, his personal favourite is Wahaj and it’s not hard to see why. The menu offerings at Wahaj are incredibly diverse, ranging from Asian dishes to Italian, steak, fresh menu items, desserts, and much more. Last year, Chef Marcel revamped the menu by adding many Asian dishes inspired by Japan, from raw fish to freshly made sushi rolls, and a wide variety of other exciting dishes which are a testament to Chef Marcel’s mastery of his craft.
Chef Marcel’s expertise in Asian cuisine is evident in several of his creations at Wahaj. For instance there is a variety of sushi rolls on the menu which diners are not likely to find at other locations. Not only are the combinations unique but also the restaurant uses the freshest ingredients to ensure pure, fresh taste. Despite the focus on Asian cuisine, Chef Marcel has also brought his own unique twist to classic dishes that are favoured by many. The steaks at Wahaj Restaurant are popular and they are perfectly cooked to order. The pasta dishes are known to burst with flavour and the Pizza range has its own twists in flavor.
One of Chef Marcel’s specialties at Wahaj is his culinary showmanship. He is an expert at creating incredible food presentations for menu items such as beautifully presented new pasta creations. The new sushi bowl on the menu is served with a smoke show. These presentations are both visually stunning, and enhance the dining experience by adding an element of surprise and excitement.
Besides the exceptional dining experience offered at the restaurant, diners rave about the food, the atmosphere, and the service. Whether you’re in the mood for Asian-inspired cuisine or classic dishes with a twist, the culinary mastery at Wahaj is not to be missed.
Marcel Finsterer is a chef who has made his mark on the culinary world. Ali Bin Ali Hospitality is proud to call Chef Marcel one of their own. As the Chef De Cuisine for all ABA Hospitality brands located in 21 High st – the ultimate shopping and relaxation luxurious hub in Qatar – Chef Marcel is responsible for ensuring the highest standards of culinary excellence. He has demonstrated his skills by creating dishes that are both stunning and delicious. His passion for cooking and his commitment to using the freshest ingredients have earned him a reputation as one of the best chefs in the industry.
Chef Marcel’s career began in Spain. Subsequently, his travels across multiple culinary capitals across the world enabled him to develop an impressive range of experiences and skills in Asian cuisine. As a professional whose journey began in Spain where he learned the art of cooking, Innsbruck, Munich, the Caribbean, and Dubai are among the other diverse locations that have influenced Chef Marcel’s career. Additionally, working at some of the world’s best Japanese Izakaya restaurants has also positively impacted his career. These experiences have resulted in the extensive training he has received in the traditional techniques of Robata, Tempura, and Sushi, using the freshest products from all over Asia. His most recent stint prior to joining ABA Hospitality was at an upscale Japanese Izakaya restaurant located in Mayfair, London where he worked as a sous chef. The restaurant specialized in modern and traditional techniques of Japanese and Asian cuisine. While his entire career has enriched his expertise, Chef Marcel’s experiences – particularly in London – has allowed him to perfect his craft and become an all-rounded chef.
Marcel’s philosophy reflects that of Pierre Gagnaire, who famously said, “The cuisine, it is all about putting generosity before rigour and pleasure before lucidity.” That is why he is committed to creating experiences that go beyond just the taste of the food. His focus is on creating a fully immersive experience where his guests can relax and enjoy the meal while also appreciating the art of cooking, its flavours and traditions.
Chef Marcel’s love for cooking is evident in every dish he creates for the restaurants under ABA Hospitality umbrella. As a true master of his craft, enriched by his expertise in Asian cuisine has made him a valuable asset to ABA Hospitality, where he continues to be a true inspiration to all aspiring chefs.
Chef Marcel will be developing a series of features that will soon be published, where he will outline the signature dishes he has created for each of the ABA Hospitality brands.
Wahaj, Qatar’s Mediterranean Brasserie was excited to offer a special edition Suhoor set menu to its guests for Ramadan 2023. Located inside Galeries Lafayette at 21 High st, Wahaj is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious indoor or outdoor meal while taking in stunning views of its beautiful surroundings.
At Wahaj, chefs are determined to capture every guest’s imagination by offering only the very best in traditional Mediterranean dishes. From the first bite to the last, diners will experience authentic flavours that will leave them wanting to return.
The Suhoor set menu at Wahaj was carefully crafted with a selection of traditional Mediterranean dishes that tantalized taste buds. With a delectable mix of cold mezze and also a mix hot mezze, guests kept reaching for more.
Scrumptious mains were also a part of the Suhoor offering. Arabic braised chicken with saffron rice for those who prefer rice as a staple and a full Wahaj Mix Grill option for those who wished to enjoy a greater variety of flavours. Arabic desserts formed another aspect of the Suhoor experience and provided a sweet finish to every meal. In addition to all this, there was also special edition Ramadan drinks to savour such as Qamar Al Diine and Jallab for diners to try.
Wahaj’s beautiful outdoor area set in a garden was the perfect place for guests to enjoy an outdoor ambience with a unique blend of elegance and sophistication.