Off to a hungry start for 2019? Here are our five top picks of palate-pleasing restaurants in Muscat you shouldn’t miss a meal at!
From hole-in-the-wall hotspots to restaurant newcomers and upscale faves, we’ve rounded up our appetites to introduce you to some truly tasty contenders on Muscat’s foodie scene that will have you queuing up for a table (or a takeaway!).
Cheap and cheerful, it does what is says on the tin. It’s no wonder this Qurum staple is as popular as it is – and good things come in small packages at this tiny restaurant. But don’t worry if the tables are full as they also do a super-quick takeaway.
Serving up a hearty taste of authentic Thai, you’ll find a dinner menu with a la carte options to satisfy even the most hardcore Thai food lover, prepared in a homely style. The unbeatable price-point just adds to the flavour.
Must-try: Their sharing-style Tom Yum Mor Fhai – a steaming hot-pot of rich tamarind broth plump with prawns and redolent of lemongrass, and their Beef Massaman Curry served over jasmine rice – fiery, sweet and filling!
Location: Near Mars Hypermarket, Al Qurum
Timings: 11:00 a.m.-3:50 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., daily
Contact: (+968) 9898-2257/ @THCornerRestaurant (Facebook)
Let’s be honest – who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? Now Muscat foodies can get their sunny-side-up fix round-the-clock at this new restaurant now cracking, frying, scrambling and poaching in the Ghubra area. Billing itself as the capital’s first café dedicated to eggs, here you’ll find more than just your bog-standard Eggs Benny. Offering up eggs in every guise; from breakfast ‘pizza’ to a classically hearty full-English. Any way you crack ‘em, we’re lovin’ it.
Must-try: A fragrant fry-up of their Indian specialty – the Rajas Spicy Fried Egg atop an aromatic bed of fiery-tossed onions, tomatoes, veggies and rice.
Location: Behind Aster Al Raffah Hospital, Al Ghubra
Timings: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., daily
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org/ @theeggspresscafe (Facebook)
The perfect spot for that Thursday night happy-hour or weekend dinner and show with friends, Privé Gastro Lounge at Al Qurum Resort ticks all the boxes. This upscale eatery offers fantastic beach views – perfect for sundowners – live music and DJ and open mic nights, VIP tables, and a menu that boasts solid international cuisine and molecular gastronomy and beverage experiences.
And, if you fancy a midday break with a view – they’ve got a stellar lunch service that will have you contemplating whether or not you really have to go back to the office. Totally lush.
Must-try: Their unbeatable business lunch. More-ish mains such as Red Thai Prawn Curry and Chili Cheese-Crusted Cobbler, washed down with the likes of a sumptuous slice of Strawberry Cheesecake – all for just RO6 plus tax.
Location: Al Qurum Resort, beachside next to Jawarat Al Shatti Mall
Timings: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., daily
Contact: (+968) 2495-3890/ email@example.com/ @priveexperience (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook)
This doyen of futuristic dining may just leave you scratching your head in disbelief because, yes, you’re reading this right – it’s Muscat’s first restaurant staffed by robots. While we’re not sure how well this newly-opened outlet will fare in the long run for those craving the table-side manner of human contact – it’s definitely worth a trip to check out the novelty of it all!
And with an international menu offering Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern, and European fare; come for the food, stay for the technological touch.
Must-try: Their Mini-Slider Burgers with chips are a hit that goes down easy with the fast-food faithful, and they do a pretty decent Spag Bol too.
Location: Al Khuwair
Timings: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., daily
Contact: (+968) 9695-5666/ www.robotorestaurant.theempiresoft.com/ @robot_restaurant (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook)
Forego your cuppa joe at the city’s plentiful big-box chains and seek out this lovely Italian original, brewing up bevvies to keep the Qurum area caffeinated on the regular. In addition to some powerful percolating, it also serves up a truly Italian-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner menu so you can sup while you sip. Think piping-hot pies, towering sandwiches, oozy cheesy pastas, and sinfully decadent desserts. The staff are also incredibly friendly and helpful, and the service prompt. Tutto bene, we say!
Must-try: Their death-by-chocolate Mud Pie is pretty much the be-all and end-all of desserts, while their thin-crust prawn pizza is simply ooey-gooey yum!
Location: Sayh Al Maleh, Badr Al Qurum Building, Qurum
Timings: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., daily
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org/ @linoscoffeeoman (Facebook)/ @LinosCoffeeOman (Twitter)/ @linosoman (Instagram)