Sep 29, 2011

Golden Oryx – Ruwi

Golden Oryx (Telephone 2470 2266) is a fine dining Chinese/Thai restaurant located in Ruwi. It is one of the most ancient restaurants in town and remains as one of the most popular around.

Golden Oryx is much bigger than what it seems like from the outside with a huge ground floor seating area and some more seats upstairs too. The place looks a little bit old fashioned and dark, it also seems to attract an older crowd and families more than anything else.

The Golden Oryx has separate Chinese and Thai sections on its menu. We only tried items from the Chinese section during this visit. For the starter we had a portion of Drums of Heaven (2.600) which is basically fried chicken wings prepared in a chinese way. It was nice and came with a great dip, but it still didn’t have enough meat on the chicken for my liking.

For the main course we had a Lobster in Chili Garlic Sauce (RO 10.800 – pictured above) which had sliced pieces of lobster cooked in Chili Garlic sauce. We also had a portion of Drunken Prawns (RO 8.000 – not pictured) which was basically prawns cooked in some sort of spicy soya sauce.  We also had a portion of the “Singapore Chaw Mein” Noodles which were thick noodles with vegetables. I enjoyed the prawns and lobster, though I wasn’t exactly blown away by them. I wasn’t a big fan of the noodles which I thought was a bit greasy.

We didn’t have time to try any of the desserts, but the Golden Oryx had a collection of them that include toffee apple and fried ice cream. It is worth noting that Golden Oryx has previously had an alcohol license, but they have not been successful in renewing it and therefore doesn’t serve alcohol at the moment.

In total we ordered 1 starter, 2 main courses, 1 noodles, 2 fresh juices, and 1 large bottle of water. Our bill came to RO 32.940.

I thought that the service at Golden Oryx was good, the waiters were friendly, but it took them a long time to bring us our juices and they were unusually warm. I thought that the food at Golden Oryx was good, but not really memorable, especially for the price we paid for it. I am not sure if I will be going there again any time soon.

Have you guys been to Golden Oryx, what do you think of it?

  • Urvi Lakhani

    I haven’t been there in a really long time. But you should have tried the fried ice-cream. It’s the only thing I remember having there because it was perfect. Plain vanilla ice-cream with a perfect crisp coating, drizzled with chocolate and strawberry sauce. Maybe next time 🙂

  • Albarood

    They have mangolean food upstairs too

  • Rochelle Maxwell

    I have been many times to Golden Oryx but a majority of the times I go there because I have won the crossword puzzle in “the Week” (or rather my mum likes to fill it out and then she adds our names to it). But yes so the winner gets a RO 20 voucher from Golden Oryx (these days its La Mer). But otherwise I do not think I would go there only because its not worth the money you spend. They do have a decent ambience and the staff are polite and friendly.

  • Melts

    I haven’t been there but I heard from some one that he has enjoyed the food and service.. I may go very soon as I love chaines food

  • Aahk19

    The fried ice cream is PERFECT????

  • SwooN

    Following numerous positive reviews, my family and I decided to try out the restaurant in November 2011. We had really been looking forward to a true authentic Chinese food experience, but when the dishes arrived it turned out to our worst dining experience in the Middle-East – ever! If you are looking for asian food, we would much rather recommend Noodle House in Muscat City Centre – or if you’re heading towards Dubai…do not miss Singapore Deli in Kharama near Bur Juman Shopping Mall. 

  • Blabla

    Worst food! I think mall food found in chinese spots are better. And crazy expensive..15 R.O for fried rice and chili chicken ..

  • zimbave

    A rip off place! The worst food…

  • Farah

    maybe its worse after they stopped alcohol cuz staff are changed or something? strange it was nice in the old days!

  • Kiwijeeper

    I went in 2011, not impressed, we tried their Thai and Chinese food….very disappointed…
    I have lived in China and spent many months in Thailand…
    The food here s an Indian / Napal version of these cultures…..4 out of 10

  • stuti

    i love the fried ice cream! its a must have.