Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes brings the very best from Texas to the Sultanate while providing US Southern-style service, finds Alvin Thomas.
I don’t generally use the term “Christmas in my mouth” that often. However, the food at Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes certainly had me saying just that.
To understand why, I’ll just have to back up a bit. Last week, when asked to do the Taste Test, I had no idea where I would end up for lunch.
I’m not the sort of guy who spends hours deciding where to dine but joining me on my adventure this time was my best friend and foodie, Jijin Thomas.
He immediately suggested we try out the new burger shack – Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes at Panorama Mall, in Baushar. He had heard of it via an online food review forum on Facebook.
We headed straight for Mooyah but the outlet appeared to be empty, as was the mall.
However, greeting us with a big smile at the counter was Mooyah’s manager.
At his suggestion, we ordered two of Mooyah’s “special” burgers alongside a tray of hand-cut fries with aged cheddar cheese, and a limited-edition Maltesers shake.
We quickly found a booth, and decided to do some research into Mooyah since we’d never actually heard of the outlet before.
And that’s when we discovered that the brand actually originated in the Texan city of Plano, and that the chain boasts 72 outlets worldwide (so much for fast-food knowledge, Jijin)!
By now, we could hear our patties sizzling on the pan and we were eager to dive in.
First to arrive were our cheese fries. To my astonishment, I found them to be the best fries I had ever had.
The portions were very generous but I found myself slapping Jijin’s hand when he leaned in to share the fries. I really liked them that much.
The fries were crunchy despite the layer of cheddar cheese. I even found them to be freshly cut, as some of them still had their skins on.
This added to their overall flavour and they also tasted better than fries from most other fast-food outlets.
Our burgers were the next to come. Again, they were very generous portions of burgers, stuffed to the brim with two very-well-done patties of fine Texas-beef and lined with a layer of cheddar cheese and caramelised onions; garnished with more aged cheddar and barbecue sauce before finally being encrusted within two beautifully baked buns.
And boy! They tasted as good as they looked.
The large size meant we were searching for a “point of attack” (as Jijin called it). But none of that really mattered once we indulged ourselves.
The beef was very succulent, with just the right amount of flavour. It didn’t feel too chewy, either.
The thick layers of cheese and the caramelised onions kept things in check but that didn’t stop us from making a mess of our burgers.
The manager came to our table to explain how we had to have our burgers: to ease in by slowly pushing down on the edges of the burger and forcing the meat out.
Needless to say, after that, the burgers didn’t last very long on our plates.
We were absolutely raving about how good they were. Jijin even made sure he uploaded a picture of the burger on Snapchat and Instagram.
Jijin ended his meal by saying: “I may have booked myself a ticket for a cholesterol check-up but this meal was totally worth it.”
Last to arrive was my Maltesers Milkshake. Yet again, it was the manager who delivered the drink to my table.
He explained to me how the shake makes use of 100 per cent full-cream milk and chunks of Maltesers, and nothing else.
It did taste good but in my view it needed to spend a bit more time in the blender. There were chocolate chunks at the bottom of my cup and I had to resort to picking them out with a fork after I had finished the drink.
On the whole, both of us really enjoyed our meals, and have vowed to go back to Mooyah again.
It’s a shame that more people don’t know about this outlet. Next time, I’ll be bringing more friends. I’ve been dreaming about my Mooyah burger ever since. Maybe I should set it as my screensaver.
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Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes
1st Floor, Panorama Mall
Tel: 2423 0003
Opening Hours: 12pm-11pm
Lunch with drinks: RO7.9
8 / 10 Service
9 / 10 Food
9 / 10 Ambience
Scrumptious food and a service to match.