May 5, 2008

Japengo – Shatti Al Qurum

Japengo - Shatti Al Qurum

Japengo is a new Japanese restaurant located in Shatti Al Qurum area on Shari3 Al Hub (Love Road). It opened three days ago. Unlike the what the name suggests, it is not cafe, but a proper dine-in restaurant. The Love Road was hit badly by Cyclone Gonu and it has not been fixed yet, Japengo is the first restaurant to open up there and there aren’t enough proper parkings yet around, but people seem to somehow find a place to just stop their cars and come in. The place was busy today when I went to it.

Japengo

Japengo is pretty big from the inside and has additional seats outside from both sides of the restaurant. There are some allocated tables on which smoking is allowed inside, the restaurant is pretty big so the non-smoking section should not be disturbed by it, but still, there is no separator or barrier between the two sections (I did not know where one starts and the other ends).

Japengo

Japengo was opened less than a week ago and more than half of its menu items is not available for serving yet. You are given the full menu with all the unavailable items indicated with an x mark. A point worth noting is that Japengo is not your average Japanese restaurant, as it seems to have a lot more than just sushi. The menu has an appetizer section, salads section, sandwiches section, sushi/ sashimi section, sushi rolls section, Italian pasta section, pizza section, and even Lebanese food section (which I thought was insane!).

Japengo - Sushi Rolls

We decided to go for Shake Kawa Sushi Rolls for the starter (6 pieces in a single portion, cost RO 3.3), those  were sushi made in a roll and then cut into six pieces, the dish came with a plate of Soya sauce and some Wasabi (the green thing). Our Japanese-food-knowledgeable friend told us that we are supposed to use our chopsticks to take small bits of Wasabi and mix it with the Soya sauce then dip our sushi in the sauce before eating it. Our experiment succeeded and it was delicious. I really cannot remember what the Shake Kawa Sushi had in it, but it was cold, soft from the outside, and a little bit crunchy from the inside.

Japengo - Calamari

We also had fried calamari (costs RO 2.9) as our second starter, I had no comment about it other than it was very well done. The dip that came with it was amazing.

Japengo

We had a tough time selecting our main course as the majority of dishes were not available yet, we did not want to go for something Italian or Lebanese dish, because that would just be wrong. Why would anyone go for a Lebanese dish at a Japanese restaurant?! I had a tougher time selecting a dish because I wanted to have something with chicken, and there was nothing with chicken other than the sandwiches. One of my friends ended up taking the Japengo Club Sandwich (pictured above- costs RO 3.9) and the other took a Cheese Burger (pictured below – costs RO 4.4). I ordered a Chicken Breast Sandwich (not pictured – costs RO 3.9) which came in a bun with French fries. I thought that was really good, loved the sauce that they used, but half way through I realised that maybe we ordered too much for a day. But it was very good.

Japengo - Cheese Burger

For the drinks we ordered watermelon juice (RO 2.1), lemon juice (RO 2.1), and mango smoothie (RO 2.5). I loved my mango smoothie so much I had to order another one before we left. It was surely one of the best smoothies I had in town.

In total we ordered 1 starter, 4 main courses, and 5 drinks. Our bill came out as RO 34.750 taxes included.

We thought that the food at Japengo was amazing, the service was good overall – even though the waitresses acted plainly weird and refused to let me photograph them.  The prices are a tiny bit more expensive that the Noodle House, but are Okay for a restaurant of its range and in that location.  We would have loved to try some other things in the menu, but we couldn’t because the restaurant is still not fully ready yet. I would recommend it for everyone when it properly starts offering all the items in its menu.

  • Lima

    1 starter, 4 main courses, and 5 drinks. Our bill came out as RO 34.750 taxes included !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    hmmmm, that’s kinda expensive !!!

  • Sarah

    I can’t believe you guys ordered a burger at a Japanese restaurant!!

  • Well, it’s better than ordering pizza at a Japanese restaurant! 😛 Their menu isn’t fully ready yet so we didn’t have many choices.

  • We loved it, and loved the open kitchen where we could watch the cooks in action.

    As a smoker, we also loved that there is at least a somewhat separate area so non smokers can avoid being directly next to us. They had no smoking signs on the tables in the non smoking section! That is such a step in the right direction.

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  • Soud Kindy

    Japengo and Chile’s are the best restaurants in Oman.

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  • shin

    Hmmm, I’ve been Japengo one month ago. I ordered some chilly noodle(i can’t remember exact name) and a mixed sushi and a U-dong. All food is very salty, and over cooked. As a Asian, It’s not a traditional Japanese style nor Chinese style. Just all mixed! If you want to try real Japanese food, I recomend Tokyo Taro in Al Falaj hotel. Except taste of food, all other thing is very good!. Kind serving and nice view and clean kitchen. Next time, I’ll visit here for non-Japanese food.

  • danioel

    wats the phone for reservations

  • Sorry, no idea what the phone number is.

  • Sudhir.Dodamani

    Dear All,

    Can anybody help us with the contact details of Japengo.

    Any landmark etc.,

    REgards

    Sudhir.Dodamani
    RAY International LLC

  • Narendra

    Dear All,
    Can I have contact postal address, contact tel. no. of Japengo.
    Best Regards
    Narendra

  • Narendra

    Dear All,
    Can I have contact postal address, contact tel. no. of Japengo.
    Best Regards
    Narendra

  • Narendra

    Dear All,
    Can I have contact postal address, contact tel. no. of Japengo.
    Best Regards
    Narendra

  • Narendra

    Dear All,
    Can I have contact postal address, contact tel. no. of Japengo.
    Best Regards
    Narendra

  • Narendra

    Dear All,
    Can I have contact postal address, contact tel. no. of Japengo.
    Best Regards
    Narendra

  • Richard

    JAPENGO's CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCKS!

    were celebrating our wedding anniversary yesterday (12jan 2010) as the restaurant here in muscat is many but still we prefare to eat / went to JAPENGO (qurum), But this experience was very HORIBBLE for us partner, as we entered the restau : NO ONE GREET OR WELCOME US, NO ONE ASSIST US, we sat on our own, and the WORST OF IT , were waiting for about 15 minutes and NO ONE COME TO US TO ASK WHAT WE WANT. MEANS STAFF WERE NOT HANDLING THE CUSTOMERS PROPERLY. Management shoud do some ACTION to this incident as this staffs dont know there JOB OBJECTIVES.

    Im in the retailing business, and in our side were training our staff in the above average which regards to customer service…

    JAPENGO is a high class restau, so staff should be aware of that.

    Looking forward to this matter and concern

  • Omania

    I went there with my sisters a few months ago. The staff people were rude, and the food was less than okay. We ended up paying 20 rials per person, and I must say… Def. not worth it.

    We waited for 20 mins for the staff to bring us the check, and then waited longer for the change!

    Def first and last time…

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  • Ezzat

    Deceitful experience at JapengonRestaurantu2019s location, interior and furnishing looks really attractive, however, rude staff and bad food does not add value to it.nI had a bad experience at this restaurant twice..n First time we have ordered pasta u2018bologneseu2019 which had more pepper in it than Indian food. Like guys, since when the pasta is that spicy?? It was really impossible to eat.n Second time I came with a company, we were 3, we have ordered 1 shisha, 1 Turkish coffee, 1 latte and an orange juice. The Turkish coffee was terrible; shisha was the worst I have ever tried. The guy who changes the coal took off the head of the shisha and blew in it, as a result our table was covered with ashes!! The biggest surprise was the toilets! It seems that no one has cleaned them since ages.. Toilet paper pieces were everywhere and the toilet itself was extremely filthy. The closure was with a bill of RO 10. nnThe place is very overpriced with VERY bad customer service. Japengo, NEVER AGAIN n

  • Al Lawati

    Thanks guys for your comments,nThis restaurant was in my list for this week special dinner.nI will never try it

  • Nigel A

    Oh nice nice.. very good menu.. May i know the tax rates for dining in?

  • looks delish!!