At this time of year, some of us love nothing more than a bit of roast turkey with all the trimmings. But where can such a delectable dinner be found in Muscat? Adam Hurrell has a few suggestions…
There are a variety of options to choose from when it comes to selecting a seasonal lunch or dinner. There are also a variety of price ranges, so regardless of your festive funds, there’s no need to miss out.
The Chedi Muscat will be offering a sumptuous multi-course seasonal feast at a Christmas Eve dinner (December 24). It costs RO60 per person. For reservations and more information, call 2452 4400 or email email@example.com. Advance bookings are strongly recommended.
The award-winning Al Khiran Terrace restaurant at Al Bustan Palace will be offering multiple options for its Christmas Day brunch. Starting from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, choices will range from a traditional Christmas dinner right through to seafood, while Santa is also scheduled to drop in with presents for the kids. The brunch is priced at RO34 (soft drinks) and RO55 (including bubbles and selected beverages) for adults, and RO17 for children. To book, call 2479 9666.
The Grand Hyatt Muscat hotel is offering two different options on Christmas Day, with a “Jingle Bells” Christmas brunch including a glass of bubbly at the Mokha Café for RO39, or an Italian Christmas lunch with a glass of bubbly at Tuscany for RO42. For more information and reservations, call 2464 1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Father Christmas will be visiting guests both young and old in the Dhow area by the Marina at Shangri La’s Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa between 3pm and 4.30pm on Christmas Day, while parents will be spoilt for choice when it comes to their dining options. Al Tanoor will be offering a traditional buffet lunch for RO18 and a buffet dinner for RO20 (add RO10 for unlimited house beverages). The contemporary Samba restaurant is offering a family Christmas buffet for RO18, while the stunning beachside Bait al Bahr will be serving a four-course seafood Christmas dinner for RO25 (RO9 for children). Meanwhile, Capri Court will be offering of a four-course Italian-themed Christmas dinner for RO25 (RO9 for kids). For bookings, call the hotel on 2477 6666.
Musandam Café & Palm Lane Garden at the InterContinental Muscat has a Christmas Day brunch planned from 12.30pm with plenty of fun throughout the day, including a visit from Santa. It costs RO30 and special beverage packages are available. Call 2468 0000 for details.
Golden Tulip, Seeb, is planning a traditional Christmas lunch on December 25, with Santa in attendance Tickets are RO18 and the festivities will take place from noon until 4pm at Le Jardin. 2451 4444
City Seasons Hotel Muscat is hosting a special Christmas Day brunch in Seasons Restaurant from 11.30am–3.30pm. They will be serving an international menu as well as traditional favourites. Prices are an exceptionally reasonable RO15 per person.
Recipe: Mince Pies
Possibly one of the best things about this time of year is the humble mince pie. Bring a bit of festive flair to your household with this easy recipe
● To make the pastry, dice the butter and rub into the plain flour. Mix in 100g golden caster sugar and a pinch of salt. Combine the pastry into a ball and knead briefly. The dough will be fairly firm, like shortbread dough.
● Preheat the oven to 200˚C/Gas Mark 6. Line 18 holes of two 12-hole patty tins, by pressing small walnut-sized balls of pastry into each hole. Spoon the mincemeat into the pies.
● Take slightly smaller balls of pastry than before and pat them out between your hands to make round lids, big enough to cover the pies. Press the edges gently together to seal.
● Beat the egg and brush the tops of the pies. Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack. To serve, lightly dust with icing sugar.