Apr 13, 2012

Asmaki – Al Hail

Asmaki (Telephone: 2454 7100 – Map) is a grills and sea food restaurant located in Al Hail. The restaurant can be found on the service road next to the Sultan Qaboos Highway, if you are coming from Muscat and going towards Seeb, the restaurant would be to your left, right before the turn that takes you to Caledonian College and the Sultan’s School.

Asmaki has a nice seating area that is spacious and sleek. I went to it on a week day early in the evening and the place was not crowded at all. The few tables that were taken were occupied by couples and families.

Asmaki is Al Hail’s answer to the madly popular Turkish House restaurant in Al Khuwair and seems to have a very similar menu. For the starter we had a mixed appetizer (RO 1.200) which had hummus, lebneh, tabouleh, and a couple of other things, and a portion of rocket salad (RO RO 1.900). The mixed appetizer came with a bag of lebanese bread. I thought that the starters were nice, but I was not a big fan of the bread, which even though it was not bad at all, it was generic lebanese bread bought from some bakery.

For the main course I ordered a portion of chicken kebab (RO 2.800) while my friend ordered grilled lobster (RO 9.900). I thought that my chicken was great, it was well marinated and well cooked. The portion was also perfect and I enjoyed it. My fried liked his grilled lobster a lot, too.

We did not try any of their desserts, but we tried some of the juices which were served by the juice bar Toot, and they were simply phenomenal.

In total we ordered 1 starter, 1 salad, 2 mains, 1 bottle of water, and 2 juices. Our bill came to RO 18.800.

I thought that the service at Asmaki was great, the food we had was good and came quickly and exactly as we ordered it.

Even though I still think that Turkish House is the best restaurant of its category, but Asmaki is a worthy contender and is surely worth a visit by anyone living in Seeb.