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    Omani BBQ

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 15, 2004

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    not for the faint of heart

    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

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 15, 2004

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    traditional coffee, with dates

    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

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 11, 2004

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    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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    Don't Miss the guys @ Al Hawassna Petrol Station: Best Street Vendor

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 10, 2004

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    Nowadays, I'd take these guys sandwitches over Mcdonalds and all the unoriginal fast food junk.

    This is cooked on the spot, great bread that you can smell calling out your name, they'd make anything you ask them to make and even name it after you if it becomes popular (hence the Hamooda and Abood sandwitches)

    Their always crowded, and always make the effort to come all the way to your car to collect an order and bring it to you

    Favorite Dish: Hot Dog sandwitch, with mayo+ketchuo+french fries inside

    CCH (Criossiont Cheese & Hot Dog)

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    Samarkand: Oasis by the Sea: Samarkand

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 10, 2004

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    This is the BEST indian cuisine in Muscat- the food is absolutely great, very saucy just the way I like it

    The resteraunt is tiny (a room, part of an international array of resteraunts in the Oasis by the Sea compound) and accommodates around 30-40 people max

    More expensive than Indian resteraunts in Ruwi, less expensive than the other 'higher class' Indian resteraunt in the area (Mumtaz Mahal)

    It's right the ocean

    Favorite Dish: Naan Bread
    Coconut and chicken massalla with nuts, some rice on the side
    Lots of coke-a-cola

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    the best italian in town: O Sole Mio- Muscat

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 9, 2004

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    Calamari

    The italian chef is really good, good food. Sometimes there's live music, which can be a bit nice yet annoying considering the place isn't that big.

    Favorite Dish: Starters: Calamari with tartar sauce, Mozzarella fritas, mussells in red sauce

    Main: Four cheeses pasta, Spicy penne pasta, pizza's are ok.

    Dessert: Not great. I suggest you have your dessert somewhere else.

    Drinks: their fruit cocktail is nice. I usually just have a coke.

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    Local Cuisine

    by peaceness98 Updated Aug 7, 2004

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    food market

    Try:
    1. Ibn Ateeq behind the Shell Petrol Station in Al Khuwair, facing the main road, behind Muscat Holiday Inn - for traditional Omani and Yemeni food. A three-course meal costs under R.O. 2.000 per person- Tel. No. +968-603225

    2. Ofair - local food, next to Ibn Ateeq- three meal course per person around RO 4.000. Tel. No. +968-693965

    3- New Local Omani Cuisine place (Can't remember it's name for the life of me)- behind the Sultan's Palace in Mutrah/Sidab area.

    4- Sablat Al Bustan- nice ambeince, more expensive.

    Favorite Dish: 1- Khabeesa (sweet)
    2- Khubuz Rikhal (bread)
    3- Fresh grilled fish
    4- Mashakeek (grilled meat/chicken on skewers)

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    Al Bustan Palace Hotel: Sablat Al Bustan

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 7, 2004

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    Sablat Al Bustan- Omani nite

    A bus drives you through a road lit by torches, and after a short distance you reach the Sabla (area of gathering in local Omani dialect)

    You'll find a traditional set up, complete with tents, swaying palms, the fragrance of frankincense and sweet smell of rose water. Live folk dances are performed including the traditional sword dance. Women can have their hands and feet decorated in henna

    Unless you know locals who can invite you over for dinner, i recommend trying this place out- not just for the food (because home cooked is always better) but because of the ambeince.

    If Al Bustan (a 5 star hotel) is too expensive for your budget, try visiting the newly opened Omani Cuisine Restaurant in older Muscat, near Sidab (and near al bustan), right behind the Sultan's Palace.

    Favorite Dish: -rice with meat, chicken, grilled fish.
    - bbq's on a stick (Mashakeek)
    - Shwaa (a local BBQ which is spiced and covered with banana leaves then dug under the earth to cook in the heat of the earth for three nites- much tastier than it sounds). One of my personal favourites, and you normally only eat it in celebrations.

    - local bread (such as Rikhal), and possibly some popular Indian bread (Chapati, paratta)

    -Omani Qahwa (i.e. coffee, very bitter) complimented with Omani dates and Omani Halwa {local sweet)

    - Fresh Laban (Yoghurt drink)

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    Normally served with Omani Qahwa (Coffee): Omani Halwa (Sweet)

    by peaceness98 Written Aug 7, 2004

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    Halwa

    Famous Omani Cuisine Include the local sweet known as Omani Halwa.

    This is well known for it's unique taste throughout the Arabian Penensula, and is frequently ordered by other gulf residents.

    It's made of water, white sugar, brown sugar, wheat starch, a dash of rose water, saffron, cardamon, almonds and nutmeg.
    The best Halwa's are either made by locals working from home, or you can try the ones made by the 'Barka Halwa Factory'

    Fresh made Halwa's can be bought from the factory in Barka (around 40 min drive from Mutrah), or you can find ready made ones in stall's in City Center Mall near the airport.

    Other places to taste Halwa in include:

    1. Al Bustan hotel - Al Sebla
    2- any of the local cuisine restaurants (Ofair, Ibn Ateeq)

    Favorite Dish: I preffer the dark halwa with nuts.

    Depending on the quality and size of course, prices range from RO 3.000 to RO 80.000 more or less.

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    Kargeen: Kargeen Cafe- cool place

    by peaceness98 Updated Aug 6, 2004

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    Kargeen Logo

    Although there are 3 branches, the best one is the Kargeen MQ location

    They have an outdoor seating which is lovely at nite

    It's a coffeeshop but has lots of main dishes..so you can call it a restaurant if it makes you feel better.

    Favorite Dish: Falafil & Lebneh pastry
    Club Sandwitch
    Chicken Caeser Salad with extra croutons and parmessan
    Philli Sandwitch

    If you do hookah/waterpipe, lots of people ask for 'Sheesha'

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  • various: Omani food

    by mccun Written Mar 24, 2004

    The local food in Oman is really Indian Curries and so forth. There are other apparent authentic Omani restaurants but I've yet to find one that isn't like an Indian restaurant. There is the some what traditional food like "meat on a stick" that you can buy almost anywhere. consider yourself warned the next day you won't get off the toilet!

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    shwarma stand: falafel sammies

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Jul 3, 2003

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    the chef

    The tables were clean and service was good.
    There was typical Middle Eastern food - hummus, tabbouleh, falafel, mutabel, foul, shwarma etc.
    Yummy fresh juice - lemon, mint, orange, pineapple, strawberry

    Favorite Dish: Falafel sandwich - can't beat all the yummy veges and nice crisp falafels.

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    Limited but good

    by MNRR Written May 13, 2003

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    Depends on your price range, for expensive there is the Majan at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel, super continental cuisine, with good service and just the place for a special night out. If you like Chinese, the food at the Golden Dragon in Medinat al Sultan Qaboos is delicious - the cook comes from Mainland China. The Tuscany at the Grand Hyatt Hotel for Italian food, but I like O Sole Mio near the Intercontinental Hotel for a relaxed atmosphere, although the food can be too rich and creamy. If you are looking for local fast food, forget the big Macs and go for the Shawarma, a pitta bread sandwich with chicken or lamb with tahina - delicious and CHEAP! I just discovered Jenin (attached to the Ramada Hotel) for lebanese/palestinian food and the price is very reasonable.

    Favorite Dish: The Golden Dragon does a super fish dish, bass sweet and sour. The Automatic Cafe for Shawarma.

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    The "New Restaurant": Local restaurant in Mutrah

    by georeiser Written Jun 14, 2010
    The New Restaurant, Mutrah Muscat
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    I don't know if "New Restaurant" is a new restaurant, but is has good local food and an open flames grill. You can sit both inside or outside.

    Favorite Dish: Grilled chicken in spear and fried rice with spice.

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    Gulf fast food & Juice Centre: Another fastfood in Mutrah

    by georeiser Updated Jun 14, 2010
    Gulf fast food & Juice Centre in Mutrah
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    Gulf fast food & Juice Centre is just beside the Fast Food N Juice Centre. Is it the same restaurant chain?

    Favorite Dish: Fastfood in the western way. The place has a whole menu of fresh juices and fastfood.

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