Turkish Palace: Turkish Food & Sea Food
A Turkish restaurant offering excellent food at very low prices.
It has the best food in town (not only my opinion) but also that of others who tried the place.
They offer authentic Turkish Cuisine, owned by a Turkish family.
They also offer excellent seafood.
In winter they have an outdoor area far from the noisy and cold air conditioning inside.
Very much enjoyable during evening times.
All the staff Turkish staff speaks OK English, and there is a Philippina waitress who speaks good English as well.
Favorite Dish: Try the
Adana Kebab (not listed in the menu).
Green olives salad
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Al Tajin Steakhouse: Steak was good, but...
The Al Tajin is often referred to as the best steakhouse in Muscat which maybe true, but for my money it falls short of being a great steakhouse. The choice of meat is limited and the menu gives no indication of size. The Australian tenderloin I had was nice and juicey, but not that tasty and was at best 200 grammes. I would have preferred something twice that size.
The other main menu item is lobster.
The menu is unusual in that it has several all inclusive options. So decide what you want to pay (my tenderlion cost 22 OMR) and for that price you get your salad bar starter, main course and desert inlcuded PLUS unlimited drinks including beer, wine and house spirits.
When they take your order you have fill in a pre-printed card to specify what meat you want, what sauce, what side dish etc and then hand that to the waiter.
The ambience of the place is such that you may feel like you have been sent back in time to the 1970s.
If they updated the decor and increased the choice of meats, with an al a carte option I would consider going back.
Favorite Dish: Steak was OK.
Mumtaz Mahal: The best Indian in town
The Mumtaz Mahal has won numerous rewards and is generally regarded as the best in Muscat.
I have had better Indian food, but I would go back to the Mumtaz Mahal.
It sits on top of a small hill in the Al Qurm district, its green sign clearly visible from the main highway to the airport.
Note that they do serve alcohol.
Favorite Dish: The tandoori lamb was very nice as was the lobster tikka massala.
The Restaurant: Cuisines from 4 continents in one restaurant
Although staying at the Shangri-La Al Husn hotel we tried the The Restaurant in the Chedi as it often gets rave reviews. The idea is not that new really - it is similar to food courts in many shopping malls in the USA - of course it is more luxurious and expensive than those food courts, but for me the principle is much the same. There are basically 4 kitchen areas covering Indian, Thai/Chinese, Moroccan and "Western" dishes. I had the lamb sheek kebab which was very nice and the Austrailian lamb chops which were OK, but not the best I have tasted. The white wine was not cold enough, although they did keep topping up the ice in the ice bucket. Also for me I did not like the ambience that much which is more than likely why I came up with the comparison to the food court.
I am afraid it is a case of, been there, done that and won't be back.
Darcys Kitchen: Brunch Delights
This place is an excellent place to go for brunch after a night out on the town. It is located in one of the richest yet most beautiful places in the city. It is only 300 M from the Ocean making the cafe outside a wonderful place to relax during the winter.
Favorite Dish: Anything but the clubhouse is great.
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Al Boom: Great Fish Food
The Al Boom restaurant is the name of the great restaurant in the Marina hotel. It has some fantastic food with the steak being a personal favorite not to mention the lamb chops. The views are stunning at night and the waiter David (from Goa) is great.
Favorite Dish: Steak and Potatoes
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green mountain restaurant: the best seafood meal ever
The green mountain restaurant is located inside the sheraton hotel in ruwi. Wednesday night it's their famous seafood buffet night - it's not cheap - but the amount and variety of food you can get is priceless.
Starters and desserts are amazing - first and second courses good - but they can't match the previous two.
Favorite Dish: What did we not have? We tried to taste almost everything... i can safely say that we tasted every single starter (often more than once), and fell in love with the sushi and sashimi, the tunafish, the salmon carpaccio, the crab meat, the praws (in all sizey and tastes), the lobster tails and yes... the oysters and iranian caviar, too. And all the other fish whose name I do not know in English. As for desserts... I fell in love with the chocolate fountain... I guess I coated everyhing in chocolate.
tuscany: overpriced indifferent italian food
For sure it was not a clever idea to look for an italian restaurant in muscat - but the hyatt hotel was right in front of hours, so we went for a walk there... we were curious to see the famous turning statue in the lobby. Then we saw the restaurant... Tuscany... we read the menu: it sounded tempting - we decided to have dinner there. All I can say is that food was indifferent (read: overcooked pasta) and expensive, while some of the people working there were at least unprofessional. There was a mistake on our bill not once (it can happen), but twice.
Favorite Dish: We had gnocchiin saffron sauce: a sad experience. They tasted more like glue than saffron. The lemon sorbet with limoncello was better, except that the bowl were they placed it could not contain the limoncello... suspicious.
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Marjan: Malaysian noodles by the pool
I like Marjan a lot - it's a poolside cafe/restaurant at the Grand Hyatt in Muscat. They play some decent music, the service is good, and it's altogether very relaxing when you've had a hard morning in the gym, or soaking up the sun, reading your book etc. You can watch your food being cooked (but really, who bothers with that? I prefer watching the other punters, but I'm a woman so it's required behaviour). The menu isn't vast, but its varied, and neither Steve nor I have ever ordered something and been disappointed. and we eat there a lot.
Favorite Dish: My personal fave is the seafood and chicken Noodles, called Mie goreng, which they very kindly cook with no spice in it for me, but extra spicy for Steve, who probably has no taste buds left since he's burned them all out eating hot chillis in the same way I'd eat smarties.
The tuna and veg pitta is good too. Lots of the dishes come with fries, which is a bit of a shame, because they're completely irresistable and sort of make the hour in the gym a waste of time. ah well.
I have to mention the pot of tea as well. Its HUGE and fabulous and they even get you low fat milk if you ask for it.
D'Arcy's Kitchen: Good food AND Digital radio too
Here's a nice little eatery, tucked away in Shatti al Qurum.
It's nice and fresh looking inside, pale blue American chintz, spotlessly clean and (oh merciful heaven) Virgin Radio on the Digital system playing at a sensible volume. Lots of outdoor tables too, popular with the local gents. The menu offers general cafe/diner choices at sensible prices and the food is pretty good too, served by smiling, friendly (but tiny!) staff.
You might be tempted by Starbucks and Costa Coffee which are both within spitting distance of Darcy's but if you want something to eat, its worth a go.
Can't remember but next door to Intercon Hotel: Local music most nights
This place was great because if you weren't hungry when you get in there, you can sit in the bar sipping one of their gorgeous cocktails and browse through a snack menu which is fantastic food and the best way to eat it is as a Tapas style.
Favorite Dish: It's cheap and it's delicious, fill your boots!
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D’Arcy’s Kitchen: Cozy Place and Yummy Taste
It’s a cozy restaurant in Jawharat A’Shatti shopping mal, Shatti Al Qurum. The restaurant serves American and Italian food. They have yummy spaghetti, pancake, juices, etc. They serve breakfast start at 8.30 AM.
I love the restaurant decoration. Dominated by yellow and blue color, beautiful art of ceramics and a bunch of friendly servers have added taste to my yummy meals.
They also take delivery order.
Favorite Dish: Spagetti, Pancake, Cookies, etc, etc
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Amazingly delicious bbq's here
my favourite (as mentioned in local restaurant tip) is the Shwaa.. meat that's spiced up with herbs and covered in Banana leaves and dug under ground to slowly cook for 3 days
Favorite Dish: Shwaa
Meat or chicken on Stick (Mashakeek)
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Arabic coffee shots: Omani Qahwa
Make you sure you try Omani Coffee (Qahwa) if in Muscat-
You'll find the better quality ones at residential places (people are very friendly if you ask), or just try it at one of the local cuisine restaurants (see my tips)
I'm not a fan of bitter coffee, but everyone who enjoys a good esspresso would like this.
Favorite Dish: Flavoured coffee (spices)
because it's so bitter, locals normally have it with Omani Halwa or with dates
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Pizza Express: Pizza Express
This isn't the Pizza Express that you've seen in London or Dubai (this is an omani fast food restaurant)
Now, if you're in Muscat and feel like having a Pizza, I really won't recommend Pizza Hut.
Pizza Express is cheaper, and tastier.
They also do home delivery, but it isn't free and in selected locations.
Favorite Dish: Pizza with mushrooms, sweetcorn, black olives
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