Fast Forward: Iftars in Oman

31 May 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

As the Holy Month of Ramadan is upon us, Iftar is a time to relish sharing food with our family and friends. Here, Alvin Thomas reveals some of the best deals around to ensure that eating during this joyous time is no feast of burden.



It is that time of year that begets giving and expressing love for one another.

This period is also marked by fasting and abstinence, during which time we must refrain from eating or drinking from the hours between Fajr and Maghrib.

During Ramadan, it is a must for Muslims not to consume food, drink alcohol or other liquids or even smoke cigarettes during the day.

After sunset, however, you can break your fast and eat and drink. Over time, the breaking of the fast – better known as Iftar – has become a symbol of Ramadan and is often a time for social gatherings in the evenings, when families, friends and even colleagues get together to enjoy a delicious feast.

We take a look at some of the venues in Muscat offering unique dining experiences that you and your loved ones will relish and cherish during the Holy Month.


LAVAL Restaurant & Lounge


If spending time with loved ones over a traditional meal at a picturesque location is what you want, then head straight to LAVAL Restaurant & Lounge. You can choose to spend your evening in a private setting or join the experience in the main dining room among contemporary and elegant surroundings, where you can also hear live music. The restaurant will feature a sumptuous Iftar with a selection of dishes from across the Middle East, including traditional hot and cold mezze, freshly baked breads, salads, soups, extensive main courses, Arabic desserts and a specially crafted beverage menu.

LAVAL Restaurant & Lounge

Hours of Operation:

Iftar and Suhoor; 7 days a week.

Fri-Wed: from sunset to 2am

Thursday: from sunset to 3am

For Reservations:

+968 2450 5112, +968 9699 4365

www.lavalrestaurant.com;

www.facebook.com/lavaloman;

www.instagram.com/laval_oman


Iftar at Sea


How cool would it be if you could break your fast at sea? Well, with SeaOman you get to enjoy a delicious Iftar buffet with 10 of your loved ones on one of Oman Sail’s catamarans while you sail past Muscat’s stunning coastline at sunset. The cost is RO25, and bookings require a minimum of six people. But you will need to book early to avoid any disappointment.

SeaOman

Hours of Operation:

6 to 8pm

Days: June 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24

For Reservations:

+968 2427 4201

www.facebook.com/DiscoverSeaOman;

www.seaoman.com


Grand Iftar


If you’re looking to indulge in a delectable buffet of Oriental-Arabic food and Laban, head to the “Al-Majlis” tents at Mokha Café at the Grand Hyatt Muscat. Of course, to make life easier for you, the tents are air-conditioned and you can also experience a traditional Arabic band while you break your fast. You can also liven your spirit at Suhoor with your family and friends with flavoured shisha and sweet delicacies. Prices start at RO20 per person. Oh, and before we forget: the hotel will also give you 40 per cent off on your room bookings (Thursdays to Saturdays).

Grand Hyatt Muscat

Hours of Operation:

6.45 to 9pm (Iftar) and 9pm to 12am (Suhoor)

For Reservations:

+968 2464 / 1234 (ext: 1140)

muscatdining@hyatt.com


Dine in Style


This Ramadan, enjoy a flavour-filled Iftar at the Courtyard in the Sheraton Oman. To keep things close to their traditional roots, you can dine at a Majlis complete with authentic drapes. To round off your Iftar, you will also get to experience live cooking stations serving authentic Arabian delights and juices. The cost for all this grandeur will be RO19.5.

Sheraton Oman

Hours of Operation:

Sunset till Maghrib prayer time

For Reservations:

+968 2237 7777

reservations.oman@sheraton.com;

www.sheratonoman.com


Ramadan at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah


Drive away from the city to the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa to escape the clutches of work. While you’re there, why don’t you try out the traditional Turkish and Moroccan Iftar and Suhoor dining at the Layali Ramadan Tent in the Sablah area? Meanwhile, you can also explore the resort’s other Ramadan offers, which include discounted rates for massages and body scrubs. A minimum spend of RO6 on food and beverages, not including shisha, is required during Suhoor in the resort’s Layali Ramadan Tent.

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Hours of Operation:

Sunset till 10pm (Iftar) and 9pm to 1.45am (Suhoor)

For Reservations:

+968 2477 6565

events.slmu@shangri-la.com,

www.shangri-la.com/muscat/barraljissahresort


One for every occasion


While most restaurants maintain a set theme for Ramadan, Layali Ramadan by the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) will bring to you a place where you can interact with different crowds while you dine. There will be something for everyone – family, corporations, children, sports enthusiasts, friends, ladies and even shoppers. Food will be catered by by the InterContinental, and the cost for the experience is RO17 per person.

Layali Ramadan

For reservations and details:

+968 2423 3800

(call between 8am and 9pm)

Dates:

June 1 to June 24

layali@omanconvention.com;

www.omanconvention.com


Ramadan at its best


Craving grills, Arabic bread, hummus and other Oriental-Arabic dishes? Head to the Seasons Restaurant and experience the best dishes for your Iftar and Suhoor. The restaurant’s array of desserts should also have you coming back for more than one. All of this will set you back RO14 per head. Children below the age of six eat for free!

City Seasons Muscat

For Reservations:

+968 2439 4825 / 9929 8366

www.cityseasonshotels.com


Park Inn


Hot and cold mezzehs, Arabic grills, mouth-watering biriyanis and a range of ouzis and desserts are all on offer at the Park Inn Muscat and Park Inn Duqm for Iftar. If you are hosting more than 20 people, you can avail yourselves of the terrific Sama Terrazza rooftop lounge. This venue is definitely worth visiting if you’re looking for a quick bite. The offer costs RO10 per person.

Park Inn

For reservations and details:

+968  2450 7888 or +968 2208 5700

meetingevents.muscat@rezidorparkinn.com; info.duqm@rezidorparkinn.com


Souq Café


If what you require is some quality time with your family then think no more: the Al Falaj Hotel will offer you and your family a brilliant night out, with their 50+ dish buffet. The hotel provides a special family package for RO20, which should suffice for two adults and two children.

Al Falaj Hotel

Hours of Operation:

Iftar and Suhour.

For Reservations:

+968 2470 2311

fnb@alfalajhotel.com


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