Jun 23, 2007

Guest Post – Review : Flavours Al Athaiba

This post has been submitted by Amjad Hayder, a high school student in Muscat, he keeps a blog that he updates regularly at http://amjad248.blogspot.com. Please feel free to share your recipes and reviews with the rest of the Omani Cuisine community by emailing us at contact@omanicuisine.com.

The other day my friends and I went to this new restaurant in Athaiba called Flavours. This is a new international cuisine restaurant in Muscat owned by PFI group. It is located off the the Sultan Qaboos Road next to the Mazda showroom in Al Athaiba.

We went there for lunch at around 2pm. The customers we saw were mainly employees from different nationalities having their lunch break probably coming to Flavours for its special buffet offer for lunch.

The atmosphere at Flavours is great, it is a spacious restaurant with two additional halls, one for families only and the other for ladies only. There is a billiard table and some internet facilities for anyone feeling like hanging out in Flavours.

Flavours serves different types of meat or chicken rice meals and sandwitches. Their menu has a variety of items for desserts such cream caramel and fruits. They also serve Baskin Robin’s ice cream.

The prices at Flavours are very reasonable. Their special rice and curry buffet is served for 2 riyals only! All their other menu items are also of a similar reasonable price as well.


(Photograph by Amjad)

I liked Flavour’s food and prices, but I did not like their waiters. The majority of their staff are Indian, they have one Omani woman and one Omani guy at the counter. I hope that you do not get me wrong, I have nothing against other nationalities, but I got really annoyed by the waiters who did not seem to feel like serving us. We were a group of ten and we stayed for a bit in Flavours, it was quite apparent to us that the waiters were irritated by our stay and one of them stood waiting for us to finish eating to collect the dishes from us.

Disregarding the attitude of the waiters, we had a great time at Flavours: great food, great atmosphere and reasonable prices. If you’re looking for these things, do not hesitate to have your lunch after work/college/school at Flavours Restaurant or even having a dinner there with your family or friends.

  • muscati

    The problem with Flavours is the horrible location. And not only is it located in an industrial area away, the outside of the restaurant isn’t very visible. The biggest sign on the building is for a poultry company.

    I’m glad you’re recommending it, but I still can’t see myself going out of my way to try it out.

  • Hakunmatata

    I bet that u were noisy thats y they were unhappy hehe.

  • Blue Chi

    I did not really like Flavours when I tried it, the waitress persuaded us not to order anything from the menu and have the buffet instead because she said ordering from the menu would take a very long time. There was not a lot of variety in the buffet, it was not bad, but just not what we wanted. We might’ve enjoyed it more if we ordered something from the menu.

    There is something wrong with their floor, my chair was slipping every time I made any movement, it was not comfortable.

  • Ahmed

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  • muscati

    They opened a second location earlier this week in the CBD area in Ruwi.

    These people must have money to burn the way they keep choosing the worst locations. Restaurants always go bust in the CBD. Even Subway went bust there. CBD is pure shawerma and sandwich area. During the daytime the bank workers only order sandwiches and never go out for meals. And in the night time the area is deserted.

  • Ahlam

    I’ve heard alot of people talking about flavours…
    They say its food is good..
    I never had a main course there but I went once with my friend and sis for a dessert because it was on our way..
    I asked for a chocolate cake and honestly, I thought it was cooked a month ago.. I called for the waiters and each waiter ignores me when I say this cake is very dry and very bad…
    Until at last one of the waiters called the supervisor, the supervisor called the chief and the chief tasted the cake and really found it bad..
    They asked me to take anything else, I said no thanks..
    Since that day, I don’t think I will visit it again…
    I really was not satisfied with their costumer service…

  • muscati

    drove past other day…its shut down

  • muscati

    drove past other day…its shut down

  • ren

    the waiters are all Srilankans and not Indians anyways it's closed down

  • ren

    the waiters are all Srilankans and not Indians anyways it's closed down

  • Muscati

    Now it is closed down in Atheiba. It was a good restuarant. This was a decent family restuarant. Problem with some of the local guys is when they go to restaurants they shout and make noice on the tables. No decent waiter will like that.. If you behave like a gentleman I think you will be treated well.

  • Thanks for letting us know about this. I was really never a fan of their food, not sure about the atmosphere though I'm not surprised that it would be a noisy place because they did have a small arcade-like section of the restaurant.

  • Thanks for letting us know about this. I was really never a fan of their food, not sure about the atmosphere though I'm not surprised that it would be a noisy place because they did have a small arcade-like section of the restaurant.

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