Feb 24, 2012

Tomato – The Intercontinental

Tomato (Telephone 2468 0000 – Map) is an Italian restaurant located in the Intercontinental Hotel Muscat in Shatti Al Qurum. It is an outdoors poolside restaurant that operates only in the winter season of the year.

Tomato is a pool side restaurant with no indoors seating, we went at night over the weekend and the restaurant was packed. Luckily we still managed to find a table even though we did not book in advance. The weather was amazingly airy with a light breeze and none of the fans had to be used. There was a singer playing live music on the other side of the restaurant, it was pleasant and not too loud.

Tomato has an extensive menu that contains starters, soups, pizzas, pastas, steaks, and a variety of other Italian dishes. It is also fully licensed to serves alcohol and pork. After we made our order we were also served an intro basket of breads with olive oil dips. The bread was fresh and I enjoyed having it with the dips.

Our starters took a really long to come, probably because we ordered the Zuppa Di Pesco (RO 8.000) – a seafood soup with jumbo prawns, king fish, and mussel cooked in tomato sauce and served with Toscano bread crouton. This turned out to be a really huge dish that could have been a main course on its own. My personal preference would have been to have the soup a little bit spicy, but even though this wasn’t I still enjoyed it a great deal.

For the main course I had a Pollo all a Diavola (RO 8.000)  which was a dish of grilled baby chicken marinated in fresh herbs served with roasted potatoes and garlic broccoli, my friend on the other hand had a Ravioli di Pesce al Pomodoro Fresco e Basilica (who uses that for a name?!)  (RO 9.000) – a homemade ravioli stuffed with crab meat and strips and served with fresh tomato sauce. Unfortunately I did not like my chicken dish much, it was pretty hard to eat as it took me a lot of effort to ‘extract’ the little meat on the baby chicken, I also didn’t help that I was almost full after having my huge soup starter. My friend on the other hand enjoyed his Ravioli more than I enjoyed my main course.

We were too full to try any desserts, so in total we just ordered 2 soups, 2 main courses, and 2 drinks. Our bill came to around RO 44.

I thought that the service at Tomato was good, our starters took a bit of time to arrive, but the place was crowded at that time and our soup turned out to be a proper dish. I didn’t enjoy my main course much, but again I think that I chose the wrong dish and not really a problem with the way they prepared it. I still enjoyed my experience at Tomato, especially the ambiance.

Have you guys been to Tomato, what do you think of it?