Oct 30, 2012

Palayok – Al Khuwair

Palayok (Telephone: 2202 4468) is Filipino restaurant located in Al Khuwair. Palayok has had a old branch in Ruwi for a very long time, this is a new branch of that same restaurant. Palayok in Al Khuwair is located at the same spot previously occupied by Pizza Express in right below Shang Thaiย and next to McDonald’s. If you are driving on Sultan Qaboos Highway toward Muscat you really can’t miss it.ย 

Palayok has taken the place that used to be Pizza Express in Al Khuwair and maintained more or less the same look of Pizza Express, but somehow feels shabbier for some reason, maybe because of the tacky wood hung around the place and the funny looking Coca Cola table paper spread everywhere. The place is also certainly more crowded and noisy that Pizza Express. The crowds were almost all Filipino and the place was relatively busy during our visit for lunch on a weekend.

The menu of Palayok contains soups, rices, grils, sizzlers, and some stuff called sisigs and pinoy snacks, in addition to separate sections for chicken, beef, and seafood. We had no idea what to order and the menu was not really helpful as no descriptions were displayed for any of the items on the menu. We asked the waiter for suggestions on what to have, and ended up getting the stuff he suggested, even though he was not really very convincing. Right after we placed our order we were presented with a small bowl of dry nuts, which were nice, but seemed more like a bar munch than something I would have until I wait for my lunch.

For our main we ordered a Chicken Adobo (RO 2.800) and a Mixed Seafood platter (RO 6.000) along with a portion of vegetable fried rice (RO 2.000). The Chicken Adobo turned out to be a dish of chicken pieces cooked in vinegar and soy sauce, we did not like it. I thought that it tasted bland and not interesting at all. The mixed seafood platter was also not great, the pieces in it seemed to be randomly cut and thrown together, for example, the crab pieces were mostly shell. The rice we got was also really cold and almost inedible. We could not finish any any of the dishes we got.

We were also not impressed with the service, the food took a really long time to arrive and nobody seemed bothered to ask us if we needed anything. The restaurant had a really shabby look, some of the food was poured on the side of the dish, as seen in the picture above, and the glass in which I had my juice had a crack in it.

In total we ordered 2 mains, 1 fried rice, 1 orange juice, and a large bottle of water. Our bill total came to RO 12.600.

I did not enjoy my experience at all at Palayok and the food was borderline disgusting. I do not know if this restaurant is designed to attract Filipino’s only as no effort seemed to be made to make it accessible to others, not through the menu or through the general attitude of the staff of the restaurant.

I do not think that I will be going to Palayok anytime soon again. Have you guys been to this restaurant? What do you think of Filipino food?

  • Artquee

    Am a Filipino but I totally agree with this. Its the most disgusting service ever we had, food isnt cooked well, spoons and forks arent clean so we have to request a new one, very poor presentation, taste is below sea level that even a Filipino would spit in no time. Palayok should not be within that area its really a disgrace to Filipino Food.

  • dindo

    Kabayan take it slowly. You downgrade others so much. You yourself is a disgrace to Filipinos because of what you said. How can you point out the bad side without stating the good side.

    You must be one of the owners of the restaurants nearby being overshadowed by the popularity that Palayok Restaurant is getting. Be matured kabayan [if you really are a Filipino]! What can you say about those dozens of Filipinos and other nationalities flocking to the restaurant every now and then and coming back for more.

  • Layan@hotspot,com

    chicken adobo is a national dish for them. My house helper used to make it for us from time to time and it was tastey but still bland for my husband who is in love with indian spices. Anyhow, its clearly directed to ethnic groups as Omani’s are not fans of filipino food in general

  • Sam

    Personally I love the Bistek Tagalog (Beef dish) Witt those naughty on onion rings!

  • i am a Filipino too and i have been dining in this restaurant since I came here in Oman….the Al khuwair branch is new..last eid al adha, i brought my friends to eat there, my friends were not happy because service is poor, waiters are not well trained..foods are okay..price is just fine..am not a businessman but i guess if you are into a biz like this..one thing you should bear in mind is ..how do you treat your eaters?after dining for lunch..i brought my friends again for dinner at Lai thai somewhere in al khuwair..my friends could not help but compare..they prefer eating at Lai thai than Palayok..this comment is not to degrade but it should serve as something that could really improve the food and services of Palayok…

  • Artquee

    Dindo grow up. this nothing to do with your senseless observation. n i tell u ur wrong. Besides there are only few pinoy resto in oman so people doesnt hv choice. n let me remind you u can also visit the rest of the restos in here pls compare n come back to me when your done. Palayok cant even come close. Thats y im really FRUSTRATED when we had that service they gave. Clear?

  • Artquee

    By the way did you tried the other Pinoy Resto in Ghubra? its not a mainstream resto but thats what we call FOOD n SERVICE. Pls try n get ur peabrain a dose.

  • OurManInMuscat

    I found the food fairly good, specifically choosing dishes that were available with ‘fillet’ meat as this is more palatable for my western tastes. I can cook most of the Filipino dishes well, but found the food here above average, although we did go when it was quiet.

  • dindo

    They have new set well trained crew in Palayok Al Khuwair now…to maximize comfort, try to smile first at them and they will be very much willing to serve you at their best…

  • laura

    i bet you are the frustrated owner of the disgusting Cuccina restaurant in Al Khuwair who is trying to survive from your debts by degrading others. play fair and don’t be a parasite. you are disgrace to the Filipino race

  • liza

    artquee kung pilipino ka talaga hindi ka maninira ng kalahi mo. kung ayaw mo masiraan din maging patas ka. tama naman si Dindo. sa palagay mo kaya kung walang lasa ang inihahain ng Palayok ay may magta tiyaga pa bumalik balik doon para kumain. O di ba nga sabi may iba pang pinoy resto sa Muscat, bakit sa palagay sa palayok sila bumabalik. FRUSTRATED ka dahil sobra kang nangmamaliit ng kapwa mo at hindi mo sila mahila pababa. ISA KA SA MGA UTAK TALANGKA NA NAGPAPAHIRAP SA BANSA NATIN. SOBRA KA NAKAKAHIYA.

  • fatma

    never had I encountered such a disgusting fellow as Artquee. Are you even a Filipino my dear? I am a Turkish but I don’t understand such a why she’s so eager to dishonor others.

  • ode

    They have improved a lot since this review… Their crew is well trained now… The serving time is now decreased… For other nationalities, Omanis and Indians… Im sorry to say but a lot of our dishes are not spicy… and we can understand that you really like spicy foods… for the one who wrote this, you can try to comeback again and see the difference from your last year’s experience… (just avoid coming at peak hours)

    Para sa mga pinoys… wag na kau mag-away… peace lang… masarap na ngayon sa palayok… specially yung pancit at fried chicken… sa ibang pinoy resto like yung nanjan sa may Al Ghubra, meron din silang mga putaheng pasarap… bottomline suportahan naman natin at tangkilikin ang sariling atin…

    For Palayok, okay na po ang pagkain at service niyo… problem na lang is smell nung place… coming from your AC… tingin ko may leak ang sewerage system ng building coming from the upper floor… at sumasama sa A/C lines… sana pa-resolve niyo sa building owner yun… pag nagawa niyo yun mas maraming mae-engganyo pati other nationalities.

    peace out…

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  • Robin

    To be honest masarap lahat ng filipino resto dito sa muscat. Sa palayok ang prob lang is yung service ang tagal ๐Ÿ™ pero lahat ng filipino res the best.. God bless ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gina

    Artequee sigurado ka bang pilipino ka?, ang mga taong gumagawa ng pagkain na yun ay mga pilipino…parang kayang kaya mong tapatan ang palayok…kung gusto mo build your own restaurant and choose your own staff that you think is very impressive than the waiters there and then we will see who have better restau…..if youre a fil. You will appreciate the foods there and you will not point out the bad side ..youre such a disgrace!!! Matapobre ka!! Mayabang ka!!!! And sinabj mo na wala silang choice. Kung wala silang choice they will not waste their money just to eat in a restaurant that you call disgrace…filipino people is already happy because a filipino restau was established here and they can eat filipino foods already…..look if you dont like the food cook your own!! Artequee!!! Bte your name have no sense…..it sucks

  • Asma

    My sis and I had dinner there last week, mid way through it we found out we had a cockroach sharing our dinner with us, I hate cockroaches and that was the first and last time I will ever eat from there