Tuck into the chef’s special chicken seekh biriyani or gobi manchurian, and you will blissfully slip into nostalgia. Team Y stops by the newest eatery in town to get a whiff of the lip-smacking signature dishes that whip up homely pleasures
The new eatery in town is impressing gastronomes with its signature dishes and offering plenty of truly flavourful options. Run by a young enterprising couple, the restaurant seems set to capture every foodie’s imagination.
The tastefully decorated restaurant located near Polyglot Institute in Wattayah has already made a mark for itself by serving unique dishes from India, China and, yes, Oman.
So, what makes the food at Samsara so delectable?
First of all, the masalas and other ingredients used by the chef are made in-house. Not just that, the spices are sourced from indigenous regions. Besides, the menu is dotted with exclusive dishes most of which you may be hearing for the first time. But the icing on the cake is that the food is delicious and literally feels like it is home-made retaining the authentic flavours and aromas.
Do the chicken butter masala and gobi manchurian finally have competition? The answer is yes. And what is giving these popular choices a run for their money on the Samsara’s menu is dishes like the cooker the kukkad and honey chilly baby corn mushroom. And, there are plenty of other dishes that will overthrow the common favourites in most restaurants. While vegetarians must try appetisers like the beet bora, pesto kebab or dahi ke kebab, non-vegetarians can relish the katori chicken, pan-seared crunchy fish or the outstanding crispy chicken.
Tossed in chef’s special sauces, dishes like the matar baingan, methi moong ka milan, paneer tamatar koot, chicken saalna, kosha mangsho, meen gassi, maccher jhol and ginger sauce chicken are served for the main course. While it serves a variety of breads, the Italian herb naan is worth a try. The chicken seekh biriyani and chicken awadhi biriyani, the chef’s signature dishes, make the rice items a tad different from the usual fare.
The restaurant also serves the popular Omani dish chicken and mutton shuwa marinated with the choicest of the spices, wrapped and slow-cooked for hours in a special setting inside the restaurant.
Don’t forget to quench your thirst with a range of mocktails that are whipped up by the talented juice makers. The restaurant serves some interesting mocktails like the paan thandai and fresh watermelon mojito along with plenty of other drinks. Yummy desserts include the ‘nut’ilicious crème, a variety of kulfis, Banarasi paan ki kulfi, among heaps of other options.
The restaurant also offers banquet services in its well-equipped party hall and customised outdoor catering services.
Samsara is offering a sumptuous iftaar buffet for RO5.900. The dishes on offer the day we made a visit were the dahi bhalla, hawain salad, cucumber mint salad, tabouleh, fattush, hummous, mutton seekh kebab, fish koliwada, Arabic chicken, fish tikka, chicken reshmi kebab, tawa chicken, chicken tikka masala, mutton handi, chicken penne in white sauce, veg diwani handi, chicken hakka noodles and ghost dum biriyani, among others. A dinner buffet is also available for RO4.900 after 9pm till after midnight.
For the real foodie — for whom a destination is defined by the food they serve and the service they offer— there are a few places in Oman that are must-visits. Samsara is one such.
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