For those of you who haven’t already remembered – Thursday is Mother’s Day – and to celebrate Rumaitha Al Busaidi takes her mum to dinner at Aama’s steakhouse.
My mother is a traditional Omani woman who defines being social by either inviting her friends and family over to dinner or opting to visit them at their homes. The idea of going out and having a full-blown, fancy meal with her daughter isn’t something she does very often. So, for an early Mother’s Day delight, I decided to treat her to an evening at Aama’s – which is one of the Arabic words for mother. (How thematic is that?)
Firstly, if you’re a vegetarian, this isn’t necessarily for you. As the name suggests, this restaurant is all about the meat. That said, Aama’s is the place to go if you want great steak. My mum is a carnivore, so I couldn’t think of a more perfect joint (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun).
Anyway, just in case you didn’t know, this pretty cool, laid-back place lies in the heart of Madinat Qaboos, right next to Al Noor Plaza. Initially, the home of the New York Deli, this steakhouse has fast gained a reputation for its chilled ambience.
The décor is ‘kinda’ quirky thanks to the strange blend of Americana and traditional Omani artifacts. Expect to see framed khanjars alongside bikes, guitars and other random items.
Nonetheless, it is pretty spacious and not too crowded – which is perfect for mum, who understandably hates people eyeing up her food and earwigging her conversation from neighbouring tables. The subdued lighting added to the sense of privacy, while the music kept things light, bright and beautiful.
The menu is compact and the choice of steak on offer, small – but that suited us both. Indecision is always the sequel to any menu that reads like War and Peace.
We both decided on having the rib-eye steak, grilled to a delicious medium to well done with a side of jacket potatoes, vegetables and a couple of glasses of soft drinks to wash it down with.
To be honest, I was pretty much dreading how mum would react to the steak as she tends to be more critical than the harshest of Parisian chefs. Reviews on the Internet have been mixed about the food, with some saying it’s a bit hit and miss while others praised it. But, lo and behold, one bite incited a huge smile from my mum. Her verdict was that it was really good – which to the rest of us means ‘amazing’ and other gushing adjectives.
It was a decent portion and we were so full that we couldn’t even manage to squeeze any of the delicious-looking desserts into our stuffed bellies. But I guess that’s always the risk when two petite women, even ones with big appetites, order steak with all the trimmings.
We both had an enjoyable evening. However, what made it all the more special for me was spending it with someone I love and admire. Spending quality time with my mum always rocks!
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Address: Aama’s Steakhouse, Al Bashair St, Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos, Muscat
Average dinner price (for two): RO15[/styled_box]