Nov 19, 2009

Abala – Bareeq Al Shatti

Abala

Abala is a continental restaurant in Bareeq Al Shatti (Telephone: 2469 5903). It is located right next to the food court inside the mall. I think it opened earlier this year, was closed for a short while very recently, but is now open for business as usual.

Abala

Abala

Abala is all glitz and glamour. Everything from the tiles on the floor, the chairs and all the way to the cutlery napkins are super stylish. Abala also has some seating outside the restaurant for those who want to enjoy the nice weather of the winter. We went early in the evening while a big match was taking place, so the place was empty.

Turkey Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

The menu at Abala is very extensive and serves everything from soups, salads, and nachos, to burgers, risottos, steaks, and pastas.

We were undecided between having Calamari or the Turkey Bacon Wrapped Shrimp (RO 3.5) for the starter, we ended up having the shrimps, which came out as four pieces of shrimp wrapped in a small slice of turkey bacon. It tasted alright, though the *dip* below the shrimp tasted better than the shrimp itself.

Club Sandwich

For the main course I had a club sandwich (3.5) which came with chips. The chips felt as if it was precooked earlier and then reheated just before it got served to me. It was dry and cold. I didn’t like the sandwich itself either, the toast was very dry, almost burnt, and the filling was a bit too salty for my liking.

Chicken Risotto

My friend had a risotto with chicken and mushrooms (RO 3.5), he asked them to change the mushrooms  with dried tomatoes. He thought that his dish was “acceptable”.

Citrus Splash - Abala

For the drinks we had a Citrus Splash mocktail (RO 1.9) and a She Said Red mocktail (RO 2.1), I had the She Said Red, which had orange juice, strawberry juice, and pomegranate juiced mixed with crushed ice. We really liked both of our drinks and thought that there were the highlights of the visit.

The service at Abala was really good, everyone seemed friendly and our food came really fast. Not sure if it is always like that or just because nobody was dining at the restaurant at the time we went. In total, we ordered 1 starter, 2 main courses, 2 mocktails, our bill came to RO 16.

We did not like the food at Abala, I did not think that the starter was special at all and I really didn’t like my main course. I cannot really recommend this place. Has anybody else been here? What do you guys think?

  • hiranya

    Abala is a continental restaurant in Bareeq Al Shatti – TRUE! It is an exclusive continental restaurant.
    Abala is all glitz and glamour. Everything from the tiles on the floor, the chairs and all the way to the cutlery napkins are super stylish. – TRUE!!!! It is a glamorous restaurant/café.
    The menu at Abala is very extensive and serves everything from soups, salads, and nachos, to burgers, risottos, steaks, and pastas. – TRUE, Where everyone from any corner of Oman in spite of their nationality, age and complexion.
    Shrimps wrapped in Turkey bacon – True…the dip is amazing…that's their specialty, it is only 4 pieces – False! That is why they call it a starter. I would suggest that you all need to try the honey fried Calamari next time.
    For the main course I had a club sandwich (3.5) which came with chips – I believe it's fully worth, Abala French fries is my daughters favorite and I am a regular customer of Abala and i disagree with this. Their food is always fresh. Club sandwich is supposed to be a dry sandwich and looking at the picture you've taken, I don’t think it was burnt.
    Risotto – Again is mouth watering and I’m sure sun dried tomatoes would've been a good option; I would like to try the same next time i visit.
    We really liked both of our drinks and thought that there were the highlights of the visit – TRUE! Janice is the only person who knows the secret recipe of the juices and Alfi on Coffees.
    The service at Abala was really good, everyone seemed friendly and our food came really fast. Not sure if it is always like that – 90% of the time 🙂 it is fast.
    In total, we ordered 1 starter, 2 main courses, 2 mocktails; our bill came to RO 16. – FAIR DEAL!!!!!
    We did not like the food at Abala, I did not think that the starter was special at all and I really didn’t like my main course. I cannot really recommend this place. Has anybody else been here? What do you guys think? After visiting once you cannot come to a conclusion as such. Starter/ Club Sandwich – wouldn't have been your favorite but it is of many others who visit Abala.
    I suggest you to visit Abala for once more, when you’re in a good mood and you will know the difference.
    I suggest all of you who read this should visit Abala to know the truth 🙂

  • Thanks for your comment Hiranya. I am not exactly sure what the deal is with this true and false feedback, but thanks for passing by.

  • Ahmed

    Abala is an all Omani (Not a franchise) café with great setting and good food. I especially like the Omani touch of the pictures with the taxi and L? cars on the wall (they had chips Oman and mountain dew before the recent change).
    Place
    The place is very hip with a modern design and is not ruined with loud music like so many places like can be. The owner has gone to great lengths with the details in the café and as soon as you enter you’re wowed by the place. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
    Food
    While the food and drinks are on the expensive side, it's almost to be expected now from cafes of this calibre.
    Personally I've tried the sea food risotto and the Veal Cordon Bleu; both magnificent. The dips they have are bold and fill your pellet with storm of tastes. You really need to order the right thing for you. People who are used to Kabsa and Qabooli will find it hard to accept this kind of cuisine. I’m the type who’d try anything once and I’ve discovered a lot of great eateries in Muscat.
    Overall
    I would recommend you give Abala Café one more try I’m sure you wont regret it.

  • Dhofari Chick

    I've been to Abala mainly to have dessert twice. I ordered the Sticky Date Cake and it was absolutely amazing, I would totally recommend it.

    For drinks I had a Shirley Temple and She Said Red. Amazing, would recommend it also.

    I have not tried their main meals or starters, but I would like to the next time I visit.

    I also ordered their Red Velvet cupcake, it' was horrible, probably the worst cupcake I've tried, it was dry and it wasn't even chocolate flavoured, nor vanilla really, it was basically just sugar.

    Abala has an amazing ambiance and atmosphere, the decoration is very detailed and unique.

    Overall, I had a great time in Abala and would go again, I thought the pricing was slightly on the expensive side, however i was fully worth it.

  • Dhofari Chick

    I've been to Abala mainly to have dessert twice. I ordered the Sticky Date Cake and it was absolutely amazing, I would totally recommend it.

    For drinks I had a Shirley Temple and She Said Red. Amazing, would recommend it also.

    I have not tried their main meals or starters, but I would like to the next time I visit.

    I also ordered their Red Velvet cupcake, it' was horrible, probably the worst cupcake I've tried, it was dry and it wasn't even chocolate flavoured, nor vanilla really, it was basically just sugar.

    Abala has an amazing ambiance and atmosphere, the decoration is very detailed and unique.

    Overall, I had a great time in Abala and would go again, I thought the pricing was slightly on the expensive side, however i was fully worth it.

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  • guest

    Abala is the worst restaurant I’ve been to in Oman. I’ve been here for two years and I’ve eaten in many places around the country, but I’ve never been as disappointed as I was with Abala. The service was terribly slow, the food expensive, cold, bland, and presented in an awful way. I went there on a Wednesday night with a group of friends. We were told it would take fifteen minutes for our food to be ready. It took between 50 and 80 minutes for the different dishes to arrive. Some people had finished eating before others were even served. Never again!

  • Ran

    I love that place! especially the decor 🙂

    the food was great

    only disappointment: some foods got discontinued…eventhough some people go there just for it such as the pistachio cake 🙁

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