Duke’s Bar Qurum, near beach

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19 Sep 2018 Posted By Y Magazine

Opening Hours 12:00pm to 1:00am

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Lobby Level, Crowne Plaza Muscat

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Ramee Guestline Hotel

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Dinner for two: RO 29.82




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    We’re located at Lobby Level, Crowne Plaza Muscat. Call in at +96824660660

    Team Y unwinds at this sporty speakeasy that’s a stalwart staple with its hit-the-spot pub fare and poolside views. 

    For pub-loving expats, nothing hits the spot with the reminiscent ambience and taste of home quite like an Olde English-style lounge. A platter of fish ‘n’ chips or a curry, the game on the big screen and the sound of laughter and chatter in a place where everybody knows your name. And Duke’s – the Cheers-style taproom at the Crowne Plaza Muscat has been a favourite haunt of many members of such a crowd. 

    With the hotel newly re-opened after extensive renovations that began back in May, we were eager to check out what was new at the beachfront property since the refurb. The ground floor has had an open, airy facelift with modern furnishings and colour palette at their new lobby lounge. Duke’s however, (also located on the ground floor) remains the same, and – let’s be honest – why mess with a good thing? To its loyal patrons Duke’s is Duke’s and its rustic trappings are part and parcel of its charm.

    Step outdoors, however, onto its newly-refurbished terrace and you’ll truly see what’s new at this Muscat icon – a sprawling, enlarged terrace; for starters. A vibrant seating area with added splashes of colour complements the unbeatable sunset view out over the water, as the sun’s rays trip over the lips of the two new elevated infinity pools, which are the crowning jewel in the property’s outdoor facelift. 

    New poolside restaurant/lounge, The Edge, welcomes the weekend sun-worshippers while those craving some comfort food off the menu at Duke’s can climb a short flight of stairs to a banquette seating area hanging just below the main terrace, where they can avail themselves of the restaurant’s offerings without entering the premises in wet flip-flops or bathing suits.

    The perfect spot for an after-work meet-up, the outdoor terrace is prime real estate – though the humidity on this late afternoon is still a tad too much for us so we opt for a table indoors, with an excellent view to the outdoors and a Premier League match on the big screen. 

    It’s quiet for a late Saturday afternoon but it’s an eclectic mix of clientele – diehard footie fans, post-brunch zealots, and families with children making the most of the fresh air out on the terrace. Bellies growling, we’re ready to tuck into some proper pub grub – although with an extensive range of offerings, Duke’s menu runs the gamut from classic down-home comfort, to more refined repasts. 

    We select off the ‘Afternoons’ menu, served daily from 3pm to 6pm, opting for the classic beef burger (with fried egg and cheese extras), and the tenderloin steak sandwich. It’s typical pub-fare for the hungry masses. What isn’t typical is the size of the portions. The steak sandwich is a foot-long hoagie while the towering burger teeters to contain its toppings. Suffice to say there’s no chance of leaving here hungry…

    The oversized buns we could do without but the patty is juicy, dribbling and cooked to perfection. The cheese is gooey, the fried egg runny – and the whole shebang deliciously artery-clogging. Served with a side of thick-cut chips, pickles and coleslaw, it ticks all the boxes for keeping ‘hanger’ at bay. The coleslaw was perky but there could have been more of it – and the chips…well…let’s just say as tasty as they were, they would have been tastier had they been served piping crispy-hot. 

    It’s a similar verdict for the steak tenderloin footlong – although it comes with a topping of tooth-squeakingly-satisfying grilled halloumi…the strips of steak are, well, a bit on the tough side. After a shaky start to the second sandwich, we go for an all-star finish with a colossal slice of New York cheesecake, overflowing with blueberry compote. Each bite is light and sugar-dusted – and fantastically calorific. 

    While the Crowne Plaza Muscat revels in its newfound look and vibe amid a summer’s worth of renos, Duke’s remains a staple on the F&B scene – proving that the time-tested and true will always have a place at the table.

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    Duke’s Bar
    Lobby level,
    Crowne Plaza Muscat 

    Opening hours:
    Daily from 12:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m.
    Contact: (+968) 2466-0660
    Dinner for two: RO29.82

    Verdict :

    7/10 Service
    7/10 Food
    8/10 Ambience
    Restaurant and pub serving comfort food classics

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