This beautiful restaurant off the lobby of the Grand Hyatt serves wonderful Italian dishes. Service is excellent, warm ciabatta is brought to your table when you arrive, this is served with little dishes of extra virgin olive oil and a puddle of balsamic vinegar - yummy....
The restaurant features a distinctive domed roof with a painted sky effect. The chefs work in an open kitchen at the back of the room so you can see your dish being prepared. Child friendly but still a perfect place for a cosy dinner.
Prices for 3 with wine approx 37 rials
Well worth it
Favorite Dish: The prawn risotto was luscious and creamy and pronounced to be the best he had ever tasted by my husband. The pizza margarita proved to be a great hit by my daughter. For me the fried semolina served with a fruit coulis was the best pudding ever tasted! A blind eye is turned to locals wishing to dring alcohol.
Ali had been working hard tidying up our temporary house and we had not been eating out with our usual frequency. So, come one Thursday night, I decided that we deserved a treat. Having looked at the wafer thin restaurant listing section of Oman Today, I selected Olivo's as a candidate for our custom. It was Ramadan and the listing stated that there would be entertainment and excellent buffet and a la carte food. We hop into the merc, as befits a visit to a 5* rated establishment, and off we pootle round to Al Khuwair.
We stroll through the empty lobby (tiny by Dubai standards) trying to find the allotted venue. After stumbling into the venue, we stood around to be greeted. A few minutes passed by before someone deemed to attend to us. I introduced us and asked to be directed to the table I had booked. This brought about a look of puzzlement the one that is instantly recognisable in the Middle East as: "I don't know what you are talking about but I am not going to say it." After pointing out the buffet, and being told firmly that I had booked a la carte, the waiting person, after trying to tell us that we would have to wait until 20.00 for a la carte, led us to the poolside table. I should have known that the 'entertainment' would be of the highest quality: A massive TV, more at home at outdoor rock concerts, belting out Lebanese satellite TV music videos at a volume also commensurate with an outdoor concert. Top class stuff! Right - time for the menu. Not bad. Decent selection.
Favorite Dish: We both go for fish dishes (the specifics escape me now). 15 minutes later (during which time I lost count of the number of times I heard the word 'habibi' in each song on the TV) our dishes arrived. Mine looked OK but Ali's was not what she ordered plus it was cold. We call over the young Philipina waitress and point this out. She decides to take it back leaving me with my meal to continue alone. My meal was passable; not great but acceptable. 10 minutes later, waitress reappears with a sorry looking plate of fish, rice, and soggy "grilled vegetables" that had more oil on them then the supertankers moored offshore could carry. Ali was not a happy diner. My big night out was going badly awry. Anyway, we finally got the manager involved. Now, one's expectation would have been that, after this debacle, we should have eaten for free (not because we were trying to pull a scam); but, no we had to negotiate that the cost of Ali's main course be removed from the bill.
Well punters, suffice it to say that we will be crossing Olivo's off the limited Muscat dining list.
Some Omani foods are:
Kahwa - a strong bitter drink flavored with cardamom.
Halwa - a sticky sweet made with brown sugar, eggs, honey, and spices
Lokhemat - deep fried balls of flour and yeast
Maqbous - saffron rice cooked over red or white meat
Aursia - mashed rice flavored with spices
Shuwa - spiced meat slowly cooked in an underground oven for days
Mashuai - spit roasted kingfish over lemon rice
The Restaurant was recently voted the best place to eat in Oman, and also voted as having the best ambience. We can see why!
The menu is extensive because it is divided in to four groups - Arabic, Western, Asian and Indian. You can pick and choose from a huge selection of starters and mains, and everything we tried was beautiful to look at and to eat!
You can choose to sit outside in the softly lit courtyard area, or you can sit inside and watch the meals being prepared in the four 'show kitchens' - the tables are arranged around these, so for the chefs it must seem like they are working in a goldfish bowl!
If you're staying in the hotel remember to book your table for the evening when you leave breakfast! The Restaurant has become the place for local people to come to celebrate birthdays or just to eat and it gets very busy, especially outside.
Favorite Dish: Where to begin!!
Pistachio Crusted Crab was wonderful, the Fish Tagine was flavoured with morrocan spices and was mouth-watering.
The King Prawns in Chedi Sauce was a favourite.
Puddings were just as good - the Strawberry Crepes were recommended to us to share (we would have loved a sweet each but we just couldn't!) - Amazing, whilst the Lemon Tower was tangy and melted in your mouth! Heaven!
Not really a restaurant, but even better! At the end of each course we would go somewhere 'exotic' for our 'fuddl', or picnic. This is a picture taken at Seeb in 1975. Can you spot me haha!(enlarge the photo please.
Favorite Dish: Some of the students would go to the local market and purchase vegetables and meat - usually chicken or mutton - and produce a delicious meal. This was usually washed down with coke or Seven-Up. For afters fresh fruit or melons.
Omani halwa (sweet) is famous at home and abroad as a symbol of traditional Omani hospitality. It is usually served in Omani homes before drinking Arabic Coffee.
The Main ingredients which go into the making of halwa are: starch, eggs, sugar, water, ghee, saffron, cardamom, nuts and rose water from the Jebel al Akdhar. The ingredients are mixed in proportions and quantities known only to skilled halwa maker and cooked in mirjal (large cooking pot used especially for halwa) for a time of not less than 2 hours.
The cooking can be done over a gas or electric sove, but the perfected method is over a wood fire made up of samr wood, known for its durability, smoke and odour free properties.
After cooking, the Halwa can be preserved for more than four months without losing its quality and without the need for refrigeration or preserving agents
The Kargeen is a little difficult to categorize. It's hard to say whether it's a restaurant, a coffee house, or a bistro; the food ranges from French onion soup and Salade Niçoise to homous and mezze. They serve pizza, but they also serve Chicken Tikka... What it gets down to is that they're most likely to have something on the menu that you'll like...
The Kargeen we go to -- and there are three of them -- is just possibly the most attractive "watering-hole" in the Capital Area. Built in the courtyard of the Madinat Qaboos Shopping Centre, the oldest (I think) of its kind in the city, you sit under large tents on benches and on cushions covered with Bedu woolen weavings among potted palms, frangipani trees, ironwood trees, and bougainvillea. In some ways, it reminds me more of a funky restaurant on Bali or Java than it does an Arab-run restaurant (The owner is a Bahraini woman, who is, I'm told, married to an Omani.).
Favorite Dish: Perhaps the best thing available on the menu is an amazing Chocolate Fudge Cake smothered in a spectacularly delicious chocolate sauce.
In terms of savory dishes, I find the Onion Soup to be excellent, the Salade Niçoise is first-rate, and the kofta kabob is as good as I've ever had anywhere in the Middle East. It's worth ordering for no other reason than to experience how it's served: inside a pita that has somehow been baked around the kebab on a stainless steel platter (See accompanying photo)
Situated not far from the Sheraton Oman in Ruwi , which we used as our marker when driving to Ruwi . The restaurant is basically situated in the business / banking district and is accessed up a small flight of steps .The interior is extremely cosy and all tables are covered with freshly laundered linen . Seating is comfortable and there are areas suitably intimate for couples or suitable for families . I believe there is a special room for large families or for parties .Not previously being partial to Indian cuisine I can only say that my next visit to Muscat will involve as many visits to Woodlands as possible . Everything is authentic , wonderfully spiced . The predinner table breads etc were divine as was my Chicken Masala and my wife's Korma .
Favorite Dish: All the dishes are exceptional
This is the rather sumptuous-looking Intercontinental answer to the hotel coffee shop. Marble, wood, Maroccan tiles, and thick damask table linens are everywhere. Clearly, no expense was spared when this restaurant was put together. The atmosphere is quietly, though casually, elegant.
Favorite Dish: For my money, the seafood offerings are probably the best, especially the giant prawns (shrimp). The buffets groan with superb terrines and oh-so-complicated meat and fish mouses in aspic, mini-lambchops, bits of this and that en croute, stunningly carved vegetables and melons, the whole gamut of "fancy" food is on offer here.
There are a lot of nice fish restaurants, where the people are proud to show you your fish before grilling it. Especially in Sur, you can find some great addresses.And not expensive...
Favorite Dish: But my favourite dish, i ate at home...An indian friend used to cook for us...it was a real miracle; we had to eat on banana leaves!! (no dishes!!LOL)
It was hot and spicey..but damn good!
Well, we are lovers of a combination of Arab and Pakistani food (the latter incorrectly clustered with Indian food) and will find out the best places even if we are a total strangers in the land. In order to distinguish Pakistani restaurants from Indians, look for names like Pak-Arab, Pak-Oman, Sindh-Punjab, Frontier, Afghan, Karachi Darbaar, Karachi Deli and so on. Also, Pakistani restaurant have middle-eastern flavor to them
The restaurants may be small, but the food is great.
Favorite Dish: We almost always go for Arabic Hammoos and Mushawis (bbqs), Sindhi Chicken Biryani (spicy rice) from Pakistan's province of Sindh, Chicken Karahi, nihaari, Frontier Grills, Chapali Kababs, that is, meat, meat and more meat - grilled, tandoori, bbqed, does not matter.
thats will depend on your budjet, we have here in Mustat differnt style of resturants. for me i like the arabic ones. u can find some of good resturand at Alkhwair at the front of Radison Sas Hotel. or u have another choises in Alqurm near to the shoping centers.
There is plenty of nice restaurants in the city of muscate which offer sea food but also more arabic specialities, but i didn't hear about any particular famous one.
The restaurants of the Albustan paace are very very good.
This a Picture of the city of Muscate.
All the hotels have fanatstic buffets every night including seafood, Indian, Omani. They are very cheap about £10.00 a head. Alcohol is expensive.
Favorite Dish: (1)Sea food
(2)Try to make this wonderful salad ..................
2 small (4 inch) pita breads,
8 leaves romaine lettuce - rinsed, dried, and torn into bite-size pieces,
2 green onions, chopped,
1 cucumber, chopped,
3 tomatoes, cut into wedges,
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley,
1 clove garlic, chopped,
2 tablespoons sumac powder,
1/4 cup lemon juice,
1/4 cup olive oil,
1 teaspoon salt,
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper,
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place pita in oven to crisp (about 5 to 10 minutes). Remove from oven, break into bite size pieces and place in large bowl.
Add lettuce, green onions, cucumber, tomato, parsley, garlic, sumac, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and mint. Toss until evenly coated. DELICIOUS!!!!
There are so many restaurants: Arabs, Asians, and Europian restuarants. I like to eat at Pizza Hut (Italian) and Omar Al-Khayam (Arabic. There are some local resturants for Omani Dishes and Sea food.
note: the attched picture from Grand Hyatt Hotel (Muscat).
The taste and the atmosphere (colors, smell, decorations....etc.)
Favorite Dish: I like the Pizza of see food
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