Al Khawd Restaurants
Dosteen's is an old favorite watering-hole for people, whether locals, Pakistanis, other Arabs, or western expats, who live in and around Seeb and Al-Khod. It's convenient to get to, being no more than a kilometer away from the Seeb Roundabout on the service road that runs parallel to the Sultan Qaboos Highway. For westerners, it's a treat because the clientele is so mixed that you get a real sense of just how amazingly cosmopolitan the town is. You're apt see Omanis in traditional dress, the odd Gulf Arab in dishdasha, ghutra, and ighal, Sudanese men with 3 meter long turban, Sikhs in colorful turbans, and Indian or Pakistani women wearing saris or kameez/shalwar.
Favorite Dish: Rather than having the usual Chicken Tikka, chicken or lamb biryani, rice pulao, I generally opt for something like chicken kedai, which is made of pieces of chicken braised in a spicy sauce consisting of ghee (clarified butter), corriander leaves, tumeric, cinnamon, cumin seeds, and fennugreek -- plus a few others, I think... This is served in a kedai, which looks like a mini-wok, some 9 inches in diameter. It comes sizzling from the stove sitting on a hot pad woven of date palm fronds. It's all very exotic, very tasty, and very cheap...
When I noted down "less than $10" below, I had to chuckle. The Chicken Kedai is only 800 baizas, which is a bit under $2.00. The other evening we went out with some friends -- 8 people in all -- and the total bill came to a shade over US$21!Related to:
- Budget Travel