Copper Restaurant Muscat, Oman

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04 Oct 2018 Posted By Y Magazine

Opening Hours Sun-Sat, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

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Sayh Al Malih Street, Qurum

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Dinner for two: RO31.5



American, Fast Food, Sea food

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    We’re located at Sayh Al Malih Street, Qurum. Call in at +968 2456 4292

    Team Y checks out an eatery with edgy chic and an ethos of food stripped down to basic ingredients with big flavour.

    Don’t be fooled by the candy-apple red Johnny Pag Pro Street cycle up on blocks that greets you when you enter Copper Restaurant.

    Or the sky-blue model just to the left next to the cash register – you haven’t stumbled into the wrong place. It’s all part of the ambience.

    Open since 2015, this stand-alone standout draws in hungry patrons with a menu promising simply-crafted dishes with an emphasis on simplistic; flavoursome ingredients conceptualised in new ways and beautifully presented.

    It’s early in the week – a Sunday night, in fact, when we pop by for an early dinner.

    While the restaurant is quiet to begin with, folks soon start trickling in – many with instruments in hand for the weekly Open Mic night that’s about to kick off.

    Live music with a spot of food? Don’t mind if we do.

    Copper’s is one of those restaurants that we found out about through word-of-mouth – try and get a table on the weekend, it’s that popular. As we’re led to our booth next to the performance area, it’s clear that as much effort has been invested into crafting the look and feel of the space as has gone into the menu.

    Decked out in industrial tones with raw wood and pallet materials, exposed (copper!) pipes and garage-style lighting with funky graffiti wall art – it’s a culinary chop-shop where good things happen. Flavoursome things; things that begin with an order of their Prawn Popcorn and BBQ Big Wing starters.

    The waiters are friendly and the service was spot-on for the most part. Copper touts itself as a locale where ‘urban living’ meets ‘nourishing food’, with all dishes freshly-prepared (as they should be, we say!).

    The lightly-battered Prawn Popcorn came served in a martini glass on a bed of homemade coleslaw dusted with sesame seeds. Sweet and piping-hot, their honey glazes were cut with a squeeze of lime and the gushy morsels went down a treat. These are perfect for sharing but we won’t blame you if you want to keep them all to yourself.

    The BBQ Big Wings were a bit of a surprise. Char-grilled and dusted with sesame seeds and fresh jalapenos, at first glance they looked somewhat dry. Until, at first bite, we got a succulent soupçon of peri-peri kick underneath the crispy-smoke of the char. We were taken aback by how simplistic yet completely moreish they were, and the basket was demolished in short order.

    Copper is known for its tempting all-day breakfast menu, and some markedly unique menu items – poke bowls anyone? Or how about an Omani shuwa burger or pizza? We stick with some can’t-go-wrong favourites – Chicken Parmigiana and Char-Grilled Rib-Eye; with one of their signature Fresh Big Salads to share: roasted beetroot, in fact.

    Portion sizes were ample to the point of overly generous and our vibrantly-coloured salad arrived at the table in a bowl large enough for an entire family to share.

    It was a textural experience of crunchy-crispy beetroot tendrils; coupled with roasted beetroot cubes, creamy, salty feta, pistachio nuts, mint and a piquant honey-mustard dressing that balanced it all out nicely.

    The mains were equally gargantuan – with the waiter explaining to us that the rib-eye cut was not available that evening and would we like to swap it for a T-bone instead.

    A caveman-size slab of perfectly charred, medium-rare beef came on a wooden slab, fat dripping and crisp all at the same time. Served with a side of crispy potato latke, pan-roasted mushrooms and wilted bok choy, Bearnaise sauce and fries; it epitomised indulgence.

    The Chicken Parmigiana was also a winner. Not overly heavy with the crumbed batter, it was coated with a generous spread of tomato relish, melted mozza and a side of sweet potato fries. It was comfort food at its best. Our only feedback would be that the tomato relish on top of the chicken that should have been the flavour-driver of the dish could have had a bit more ‘oomph’. It also came with a side salad of the same variety that we’d just ordered in a full-sized portion – which the waiter should have flagged as we ended up taking most of the salad home with us for leftovers.

    Overall, Copper Restaurant is punching well above its game with gold-level standards of service and quality and a variety of cuisine that sticks to what it knows best – freshness and flavour, plain and simple.

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