Feb 8, 2013

360 – Ghala


360 (Telephone: 2459 0398 – [geolocation]) is a restaurant and luxury shisha lounge in Ghala. The location of 360 is a bit unusual, it is on the penthouse of a building called Al Nahdha Towers in Ghala, the huge building with the blue light outline on top that can be seen from the Sultan Qaboos Road. The easiest way to get to 360 is to drive to Al Athaiba Bridge next to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and then take the Ghala service road running along the Sultan Qaboos Road going towards Seeb. You simply drive on that road until you see the building with the blue light on top and turn towards it. Al Nahdha Towers has a branch of Bank Muscat below. 360 is located in the other side at the penthouse.

360 - Dinning Hall

The seating area of 360 is huge, the restaurant has circular indoors hall and has two outdoors dining areas. A lot of attention has been paid to the details and lighting making the place look really nice. We sat outside in the non-smoking area and it had a nice view of the Sultan Qaboos Road and Athaiba. 360 is a bit annoying because they insist that you have to make a booking before you come, but when we arrived at night barely anybody else besides us was at the restaurant. The place is still relatively new and it is not clear what kind of crowd it will attract. 360 has a special shisha section, but we sat in the other section as we do not smoke.

360 - Chicken Wings

The menu of 360 is too long and has something from every single cuisine you can think of. There are technically three menus, the main menu, the snacks shisha menu, and the sushi menu. I am not sure if you can order from the snacks shisha menu when dining inside, and I believe that sushi is only served at night. There is also a teppanyaki station for live Japanese grills. We had a difficult time selecting our food because the menu(s) were way too long. We ended up taking a variety of starters and sharing them to try out different things.

360 - Calamari

The first item we got was a portion of Buffalo Chicken Wings (RO 4.000), I liked the dressing and taste of the wings, but I thought that they were not meaty enough for my liking. We then got a portion of Calamari Fritti (RO 3.000) which came as a plate of fried calamari and sweet and sour dip, I enjoyed this dish more and thought that the calamari was well done and not oily at all.

360 - Sushi

We ordered a plate of Crispy California Maki (RO 8.000) which I thought was really great, the sushi was crispy and had a nice spicy kick to it even without the need to use the wasabi. I liked it a lot. We also had an Ensalad Caesar Salad (RO 2.000) which I thought was nice, but not exactly very memorable. We had no issues  with it.

360 - Salad360 - Strawberry Cheesecake

For the dessert we had a Strawberry Cheesecake (RO 4.000) which I thought was nice and rich in flavor, but a tiny bit too cheesy for my liking.

In total we ordered 2 starters, 1 salad, 1 sushi roll, 1 dessert and 1 large bottle of water. Our bill came to RO 25.425.

I thought that the service at 360 was alright, our food didn’t take a lot of time to arrive and came as ordered, but we weren’t offered chopsticks with our sushi and had to specifically ask for it. It was also a bit difficult to get someone later to take our dessert order and our dessert took a really really long time to arrive.

I still thought that we had a good overall experience at 360, the food was good and I really liked my sushi a lot. The outdoor view is also great at night when the weather is nice and can make up for a very relaxing evening.

The feedback I have heard about 360 has been mixed so far, I personally enjoyed my time there, has anybody else been? What do you guys think of it?