The Australian-inspired Copper restaurant is a quirky new restaurant that serves up delicious food in an incredible dining space, says Merge 104.8’s Chris Fisher.
One of the things I love about social media is knowing what’s going on around Muscat and beyond. And thanks to Instagram and a new follower, I discovered that Copper Restaurant was opening in Qurum.
It’s only been open since April 1 but that didn’t stop me from heading down there with some good friends from Dubai, who were visiting Muscat for the first time.
Walking into the large dining space, I was struck by the design – kind of industrial chic that was revved up a few notches by three insanely cool, very shiny Johnny Pag motorbikes sitting on pedestals, one of which is at the entrance.
The Australian-inspired restaurant is cleverly split into three sections. One dining area is immediately to your right and faces a large window while the other two are separated by what looks like a fused chain-link fence. However, this has been modernised to give it that chic, industrial look. One of the areas is open plan, with tables and big booths while the other is a little more casual and features high tables and stools.
I was also impressed by the lighting: large Hollywood-style chrome spotlights were dotted about while four strips of wavy neon lighting take you on another journey and lead you into Totem, a clothing store that is connected to the restaurant. I also love the fact that the designers have used recycled materials, such as wood and corrugated iron, to give it that urban look.
We were greeted immediately by a friendly waitress, who asked us where we’d like to sit. We chose one of the booths, which gave us a good view of the dining room and the open kitchen – great culinary entertainment that always fascinates me.
We were there for breakfast, which is served until about 11am. It was a good-sized menu and not overwhelming in its choice.
The Omani eggs tempted me initially, which came with tomato, relish, chilli, coriander and sourdough bread. Instead, I chose the salmon and poached eggs with spinach, sourdough and hollandaise sauce.
My dining companion, Mel, plumped for the fruit and muesli, which came with vanilla-infused yoghurt, house grains, honey and seasonal berries, while her daughter Eloise, seven, had the waffles with caramelised bananas, candied pecans, vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce. Like all kids, she found a great way to have ice cream for breakfast!
For drinks, Mel and I each had a latte and Ellie had a fresh apple juice, which got the thumbs up.
I loved the simple presentation of my salmon and poached eggs, which were done just how I like them – medium.
It was a very colourful dish, with the bright yellow of the yolks contrasting with the verdant green of flat-leaf parsley and sitting atop the salmon and sourdough, which added another great, crunchy element to the dish.
Mel’s muesli was a delicious mélange of berries, grains and yoghurt presented simply on a long wooden board and allowed her to add as much as she wanted to the muesli. It was a fun, interactive touch. “Berry, berry nice,” Mel declared!
Eloise’s waffles were every seven year old’s dream. The ice cream was slightly melting from the warmth of the caramelised bananas and toffee sauce. So it’s safe to say she loved them as there was nothing left on her plate for me to sample.
I loved Copper so much that I returned alone the following Friday just to try the Omani eggs that I’d decided against on my last visit.
Served in a large oblong baking dish with sourdough bread on the side, the eggs had been cooked beneath the relish, tomatoes and chilli. I think it had been baked, but what I do know is that it was delicious.
There was a nice kick from the chilli and the infused spices, while the warm tomatoes added a sweet, tangy touch. It was the first time I’d tried Omani eggs and they are something that I will definitely order again. And again.
Copper is a fun and funky hangout for all ages, offering friendly service, a great ambience and fabulous food. I’ll definitely be heading back there soon.
Sayh Al Malih Street, Qurum
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 8am-10pm; Thursday-Saturday, 8am-11pm
Tel: 2456 4292
Breakfast for three: RO20
9 / 10 Service
10 / 10 Food
8 / 10 Ambience
A cool restaurant for all the family
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