Jun 7, 2011

O Sole Mio – Shatti Al Qurum

O Sole Mio (2460 1343) is an Italian restaurant located in Jawharat Al Shatti mall on the right side before D’Arcy’s Kitchen.

O Sole Mio is a pretty big restaurant with loads of tables, but it kinda looks ugly and is not very appealing. During day time the place is at least bright and airy, but at night it can be dark and miserable inside. I don’t know if there are people who dig this kind of look to a restaurant, but I surely don’t. There was barely anyone else at O Sole Mio during lunch time when we were there, I think that the place gets a bit more crowded at night.

O Sole Mio has an extensive menu with cold starters, hot starters, salads, soups, pastas, risottos, pizzas, and many more kinds of Italian dishes. It is fully licensed so it serves alcohol and uses wine and pork as an ingredient in many of its dishes – those who do not drink alcohol or eat pork would have to watch out because the Arabic translation of the ingredients for some reason omits the fact that such an ingredient is used, so read the English text instead.

For the main course we had a Calamari Fritti (RO 3.900) in which the squid was perfectly fried and came with a delicious dip. I thought the portion was big and can easily shared with one or two people.

For the main course I had a Petto Di Pollo Del Sole Mio (RO 7.500) which had a chicken breast cooked with cream, saffron, chili, capers, and oregano, my friend had a Penne Alfredo (RO 4.800) which was penne pasta with mushrooms, chicken, cream, and parmesan cheese. I am not usually a big fan of cream but I really enjoyed my Petto Di Pollo and the combination in it of saffron and chilis was really nice.

Unfortunately we did not get the chance to try any of the desserts at O Sole Mio. For the drinks I had a lemon mint which was pretty good.

In total we ordered one starter, two mains, two juices, and a large bottle of water. Our bill came to RO 23.600.

I thought that the service at O Sole Mio was good, the food I had came quickly and as ordered.

O Sole Mio might not be the trendiest place in town, but their food is still awesome. Come here if you want to have fancy Italian food.

  • Olga K

    I don’t think the place is “ugly” at all, as European restaurants usually have it- there is more accent on the cuisine than there is on the chandeliers or a live cooking station. The Piano Lounge upstairs is the best kept secret! I once went there on a Monday night and the place was packed! Their food is indeed fantastic! Always fresh and with a lot of flair! Food always arrives on time, service is of a very high quality…so far not a single complaint about the place!

  • The Linoleum Surfer

    I haven’t been there for a long time, and here’s why: apart from being a little slow, and the food (in my opinion) ordinary, it is OK.  But when I asked whether a certain sauce was made with wine, I was told “yes”, despite that not being made clear on the menu. What’s more, the waitress kindly informed me that “most” of the sauces were wine-based, and pointed a few out. I switched my order.

    Now, maybe O Sole Mio isn’t the only restaurant that does this (and if not, then I’d be interested to know which others).  And yes, I know that many sauces, stocks, reductions, even risotto, are traditionally made with some kind of wine in many European cooking traditions.  And yes, also, I did do physics at school and I do know that alcohol evaporates at a lower temeperature than water and most of it will just “boil off” during the cooking,.

    BUT this is Oman.  Most customers are Muslims.  And whatever the rights and wrongs of it might be, most people (I think) would object to not being told their food is made with alcohol, even if only the tiniest traces are likely to remain once it’s served.  It’s ignorant and deeply disrespectful to their customers, and a big reason that it’s not on my regular eating out list.

    I guess some would say that if you eat in a restaurant that’s licensed for alcohol then it’s to be expected.  Maybe, but tell your customers. Some restaurants (like “Tuscany” at the Hyatt) point out dishes with alcoholic ingredients (I hope all of them?!), and then it’s up to the customer. But if you don’t say anything, I think many people assume that everything’s halal in this country unless otherwise stated. Maybe some people don’t mind, but I think a lot of people would be horrified to find out afterwards.

  • Susanhampshire

    This restaurant is mediocre at best. A bowl of pasta simply should not be above RO 5/-. The service is generally pretty good – if not overly attentive on quiet evenings. I did hear one Indian waiter clean his throat and another with unpleasant body odour.

  • Matani33

    i like the pasta its yammy bat i don’t think i well come back if the coock with alcohol