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    D’Arcy’s Kitchen: Cozy Place and Yummy Taste

    by Rinjani Written Nov 22, 2004

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    D'Arcys, Qurm, Muscat

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Nice View Coffee Shop & Restuarant: Service with a smile here

    by lynnehamman Written Dec 8, 2011

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    Called 'Nice View' Coffee Shop- not so sure about the view!
    However, we had a delicious meal here one hot evening, and the friendly service made up for the lack of a view.
    The food was typically Eastern- we had Beef kebabs, a selection of salads, chips (?) , and freshly baked Pita Bread with a selection of middle eastern dips. The Hoummous was particuarly good.
    Finished off with some ice cream and mint tea.
    Well worth a visit.

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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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    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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    Kargeen Caffe': A MUST try!

    by tamerinho Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Among the coolest and trendiest hangouts in Muscat.
    It is an open air restaurant/Caffe', with a couple of medium sized indoors halls.

    They have a very rich menu fll of varieties, from Kebabs, to Rice, to Pizza to extravganza Salads and juices.

    The service is unique, and the waiter/waitresses are dressed in an old Arabic/Ottoman Turkish traditonal way.

    Portions are quite big, and out door setting is really cool.

    In addition to normal tables, they have what they call "Arabic sitting" which some sort of wooden benches covered with carpets.

    They also offer excellent varities of Tea in addition to Shisha (water pipe for those who are interested)

    Favorite Dish: I tried so many dishes there, all are excellent.

    Try also the Yemeni Tea (tea with cloves), very tasty.

    Enjoy.

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    D'Arcy's Kitchen: Greatest place for a brunch

    by tamerinho Written Feb 23, 2008

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    One of the coolest places in town, and located in the most elite area of Muscat.

    They have an outdoor setting in addition to an inside hall.

    D'Arcy's is the perfect place for a quick brunch, or even a relaxed meal. They have a very rich menu starting from snacks with cold cuts, pastas, burgers, and innovative dishes.

    I tried many things and everything is really worth a try as they are extremly tasty.

    It is open daily from 8:30 am till 11:00 pm but last order is 9:45 pm.

    All the staff is Philippino, and they are very nice, just double check your bill when you are there on a crowded day/evening as sometimes involuntary miscalculations are done when giving you the bill.

    Favorite Dish: Try the Club Sandwich and the Dosso Dosso Italian sandwich.

    Also try their fruit cocktails.

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    Darcys Kitchen: Brunch Delights

    by JohnniOmani Written Jun 8, 2006

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    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

    by JohnniOmani Written Jun 8, 2006

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    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

    by call_me_rhia Written Dec 24, 2005

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    the chocolate fountain

    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.

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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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    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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