Jun 15, 2012

Jungle – Shatti Al Qurum

The Jungle (Telephone 2456 1700 – Map) is a new themed restaurant located right next to the main entrance of  Qurum Natural Park. I was personally not excited at all about this restaurant as it seemed too silly and juvenile of a concept for me at least. I still had to go check it out for the sake of writing a review about it for the Omani Cuisine.

The Jungle is a themed restaurant that is meant to … look like a jungle? I thought that the restaurant would have trees and moving water all over the place, but fortunately it turned out that the ‘jungle’ part of the restaurant is only the entrance section while the dinning part of the restaurant is inside a proper dining area that is clean, big, and spacious. The entrance gimmicky part of the jungle has a lot of water and can be a bit slippery, so watch out when you walk in.

We went to the Jungle on a week day and it was very easy to get a table, the restaurant was busy, but no where near full. The crowd mainly constituted of Omani and Indian families.

The menu of the Jungle does not have any real theme and serves a mix of things from here and there. It has a lot of sandwiches, grills, and other things including kangaroo and rabbit meat – which we did not try during our visit.

For the starter we ordered Mushroom Madness (RO 2.000) – a mushroom soup and a Lions Lentil Soup (RO 2.000) . I had the lentil soup which I didn’t have any problem with besides being extremely average. My friend had the mushroom soup which he thought was alright, too, but would have preferred it with a bit more salt.

We also ordered a portion of Spicy Sweet Shrimp (RO 3.500) which I thought was alright.

For our main course we decided to go for one of the grill platters (RO 6.500). For the platter you can select five different skewers that come with bowl of salad and a portion of French fries, the portions of the grills are big and one platter can be shared between 2 to 4 people. Additional skewers can be ordered at RO 1.500 each. We had an Irani grills skewer, Omani hamour, camel kebab, Beiruti chicken kebab, Xinjian Mangolian grill, and an additional paneer tikka skewer. I liked the majority of them and surprisingly the camel kebab was my favorite. On the other hand, I really didn’t like  the Irani skewer much.

We also tried the juices at the Jungle and we did not like them at all, both of us didn’t enjoy the first drink we had and asked to have it changed to something else, but then we still couldn’t drink the second option we got either.

In total we oredered 2 soups, 1 starter, 1 grill combo, one extra skewer, two drinks and a large bottle of water, our bill came to a total of RO 23.000.

I have to admit that I went to the Jungle with extremely low expectations thinking it would be ridiculous and juvenile, but it turned out to be a really a normal restaurant from the inside with food that was not bad and quite average.

I thought that the service was OK and the our food came exactly as we order it.

I don’t think that I will be going back to the jungle again because it is really not my kind of restaurant. What about you guys, have you been to the jungle, what do you think of it?