5 New Muscat Restaurants That Are Rocking It

17 Oct 2018
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

When you’ve put in a long day and need to kick back, relax, and enjoy a good nosh up, here are five new eateries that let you do just that.

We’ve all been there: after a long day at work, you scamper home only to find yourself with the onerous task of preparing a meal for you and yours.

It’s no walk in the park either. Sometimes, all you want is a relaxing supper with your loved ones and one that means leaving the saucepan and pasta spoon alone, even if it means having a NATO summit-like debate about where
to dine.

If, like us, you have explored every nook and cranny of Muscat’s food scene then you’ll need some inspiration. And that’s exactly what we have for you here.

This week, we take a gastronomic adventure into the heart of the capital city to find the hottest and latest eateries to keep you and your loved ones’ taste buds satisfied.

1) Zale Beach Club & Lounge

When it comes to dining with a view, there’s no beating the Zale Beach Club & Lounge. Not only is its proximity to the azure waters of the Arabian Sea and the never-ending coastline a calming setting for dining, but its food is second to none. Zale offers multi-cultural cuisine, with the magazine-style menu serving up everything from succulent burgers (yes, we’ve tried them out), chargrilled fish, and some healthy salads for health watchers. If that’s not enough to set the mood for the evening then let the talented mixologists take over and invent a beverage to sip on while the calm sea breeze takes you to a state of nirvana.

Cuisine: International

Location: Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Al Mouj

Contact: 2498-5000

Opening hours: Mon-Sun – 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

2) 3RD Street Donuts

No lies: no one in Oman does doughnuts better than the folk from 3RD Street Donuts. Simply writing about it makes us want to sink our teeth into the frosty crust of a ‘Nutella Bomb’ and watch the melted chocolate gush from the insides. Leave all your shame at the entrance door, too; for there’s no better way to enjoy a doughnut than with your hands. After you’re done exploring their wide variety of doughnuts, you can try out their thick shakes or their specially-brewed coffees. Give this eatery a shot: you won’t regret it..

Cuisine: American

Location: Behind The Sultan’s School, Seeb

Contact: 9306-6666

Opening hours: 2:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

3) Lebanese Village Restaurant

There’s a saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Sadly, restaurants here try to reinvent the wheel (figuratively, of course), leaving us with inconsistent dishes for those crucial moments when all you really need is a nice slice of tender chicken to munch on. That’s where the Lebanese Village Restaurant steps into the picture. Consistency, it seems, is the only way this restaurant sees it. Aside from its overly conspicuous name, the chefs are all trained to bring the best of Lebanese food – hummus, shawarmas, grilled fish and meat – to your table with a smile. That said, the locale (which is in the environs of the Dolphin Village in Baushar) is quite upscale, too; meaning you’ll find yourself enjoying the view as much as you relish the food.

Cuisine: Arabic, Mediterranean

Location: Dar Al Atta office near Dolphin Village

Contact: 9911-3344

Opening hours: Noon to midnight

4) Tuk Tuk Taxi

Travelling in a tuk tuk (a rickshaw) on a balmy evening in a crowded Indian city cannot be put down as anyone’s finest moment. However, this restaurant – which, as its name suggests, is inspired by the yellow tuk tuks from Mumbai and it is definitely turning heads. Its décor isn’t even its strongest suit but its food is. Classic North Indian food blended with Western cuisine makes this restaurant a must-try for anyone visiting the Muscat City Centre. The zesty flavours of paneer marinated in Kashmiri chilli and served as quesadillas will have anyone’s palate titillated.

Cuisine: Indian, American

Location: Muscat City Centre

Contact: 8006-6800

Opening hours: 10am to 11pm

5) Takara

Japanese food at its best, and we’re yet to find another Asian restaurant that serves up sushi and broth like Takara does. Opened earlier this year, this eatery, located in the InterContinental Muscat, earns bragging rights to some of the most scrumptious fare but also offers a relaxing atmosphere with its Japanese-inspired soft lounge music. That said, the menu also offers steaks, kebabs, and noodles so you’ve got it all covered for the kids. 

Cuisine: Japanese

Location: InterContinental Muscat

Contact: 9759-4809

Opening hours: 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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