Team Y takes to the Muscat Hills Resort Restaurant & Bar for some outdoor dining that excels, and delivers on the birthday dinner.
At Y, we love a bit of al fresco dining. And as the weather has become more manageable as autumn draws in; eating out, quite literally, is one of our guilty pleasures after a long, hard week.
But if we can dine alongside a commanding view of the coast and derive that sense of Oman’s open space at the same time, then so much the better.
So it was the Restaurant & Bar at the Muscat Hills Resort that my fiancée and I chose for our feast for the senses.
The resort’s beachside terrace restaurant is a delight to look at: minimalist, matt-white, square dining tables are placed in symmetrical sequence, with simple but comfy ‘director’ chairs. Overlooking you are canopies festooned with bamboo canes, and the floor is a natty wooden beamed affair. It all looked a little bit English colonial to us; like Raffles in Singapore, if you will. So, it was an auspicious start.
We were shown to our seats by an attentive waiter, and as we perused the menu, the sea-breeze was relaxing, the view outstanding, and so was the company. The perfect recipe for a good night out, in fact.
Unfortunately, it started raining shortly after we had taken our seats. Raindrops started peppering the pristine white tablecloths on the terrace tables, so we had to move indoors.
Never mind, it was my birthday weekend and we were in buoyant moods. Now the menu consists of some exquisite Arabic and Mediterranean fare.
For starters, we selected some grilled halloumi, with sun-dried tomatoes to share, which we picked at contentedly as we sipped our apertives.
These were a couple of generous mocktails, with a zingy flavour (fruity or dry? Couldn’t tell!) and with a kick as good as any from any Flamenco dancer.
But, the birthday boy wanted cheese burger and fries, didn’t he? Well, to each his own and I was another year older so gourmet comfort food is OK in my book.
My beef patty was thick, succulent, brimming with bovine flavour; with crisp lettuce, lush tomatoes all topped off with wonderfully silky cheese; all encased in a substantial bun that even I couldn’t get my mouth round in one go.
My fiancée plumped for the spaghetti aglio e olio, which was a bit strange as I had thought she hates anything to do with garlic.
But no, she chose the onion and spice version, which came generously sprinkled in Parmesan cheese. Its spice quotient was subtle without being overpowering.
Yes, it’s the simplest and loveliest of Italian pasta dishes and here it was done to perfection.
According to her, the pasta positively tingled, and was drizzled rather than slathered in an exquisite creamy sauce.
We both had had generous portions so were really too replete to consider a pudding.
But of course, a bit of birthday cake was clearly in order.
We had to go for the chocolate fudge option. After two titanic tranches were placed in front of us, we dug in and tasted a delectable fondant fusion of sweet cocoa and caramel that just tripped off the tongue.
The service was excellent, the staff friendly and informed, and the venue splendid yet simple; inside and out.
The venue also hosts parties on the beach, and we would certainly be up for attending some of those; weather permitting, of course.
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