Shakespeare and Co (Telephone: 2418 1363 | Map ) is a restaurant and shisha lounge at the commercial area of The Wave, Muscat right next to Shang Thai and Pizza Express. Shakespeare and Co is an Emarati chain that is found all over the UAE, but has only one branch in Oman here in The Wave.
Shakespeare’s indoors seating area is large with numerous table configurations. It also has a small outdoors seating area for smoking shisha. The place can get really busy at night and at certain times during the weekend. The crowd is really mixed at Shakespeare, the place attracts families, couples, groups, girls, guys, locals and expats. That’s probably because their menu has a little bit of everything, and the seating area looks quite feminine and girly, but also serves shisha, so somehow everyone goes to Shakespeare. If you do not like smoking, you should not sit outside, even if the weather is nice, that area is a designated shisha place. If you are going to sit inside, make sure you avoid the low corner seats, they are uncomfortable and too close to the table.
The menu at Shakespeare is outrageously long, it has a section for breakfast, another fro crepes, lebanese flat breads, soups, finger food, salads, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas, pizzas, other mains, desserts, four whole pages for drinks, AND another section shisha. I have not counted the number of items of the menu of Shakespeare, but it can easily be over a 100, or maybe a 1000, I am not sure (just kidding it’s not that big, but pretty close). During the time of the review I was not very hungry, so I did not order any starters and went straight for the main, which was a Spaghetti Frutii Di Mare (RO 5.000), a spaghetti pasta with prawns, mussels and calamari cooked in a tomato sauce with parmesan cheese. I thought that the spaghetti was well cooked, the prawns and other seafood were juicy and rich in flavor, and the portion was also perfect. I enjoyed this dish a lot.
For the dessert we had a Chocolate Fondant (RO 3.400) which was a warm chocolate cake with a molten center that came with vanilla ice cream on the side. I thought that they could have done a better job with the crust, but overall I still found this dessert to be delicious, especially the gooey chocolate core.
In total we ordered 2 mains, 1 dessert, 1 juice, and 1 small bottle of water. Our bill came to RO 16.748.
I thought that the service at Shakespeare and Co was good. The waiters always seemed to be friendly. The food comes exactly like ordered and without a lot of delay. However, the dessert during this visit took a little bit too long to arrive, but I did not mind the wait.
On paper, Shakespeare and Co should be the kind of restaurant that I cannot tolerate, it does not have a specific cuisine, the menu is way too long and confusing, they serve shisha, and their chairs can be extremely uncomfortable, but for some reason I really like the food and the service! I have been to it numerous times and I do not recall getting something that I really did not like or having a bad experience at the restaurant. I think that their portions can be a little bit too large if you are going to have a three course meal, but I guess you should just keep this in mind when you order.
Have you guys been to Shakespeare and Co? What do you think of it?
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