Jun 16, 2012

Omani Cuisine Top 10 Restaurants – 2012

A lot of people are wondering about what restaurants I like to go to when I am not doing a review, you know, the restaurants I actually like. So I thought I’ll do the first ever list of top 10 restaurants that I can’t seem to get over. All the restaurants mentioned after the jump were reviewed in the past, so you can learn more about them by reading the full reviews found elsewhere on the website.

10. Turkish House

The Turkish House is everybody favorite seafood and grills restaurant in Al Khuwair. The bread is divine, the mixed appetizer is amazing, and their grills consistently have that magical thing about them that you can’t find at any other Turkish restaurant in Oman. Turkish House also happens to be my secret dining place after late Royal Opera House Muscat concerts.

9. Glacier Cafe

I know everybody goes there for the waffles and pancakes, but their secret weapon is their clubsandwich that apparently has been their most popular dish for more than 15 years! I can have that sandwich for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and still not get over it.

8. Pizza Express

Pizza Express in the Middle East is different from Pizza Express in the UK, but still has its own charm. Some think that it is ridiculous to pay RO2 for garlic bread, but once you try it with vinegar and olive oil you will see how amazing it is! My current favorite pizza is American Pollo and I think that their branch at The Wave looks amazing!

7. The Noodle House

The Noodle House is without a doubt the best restaurant at Muscat City Center, all their mains are excellent, but their Wasabi Prawns starter is unbelievable. Do not miss out on trying their creative juices while you are here.

6. Slider Station

Forget the conveyer belt, it is a gimmick, but their sliders are super delicious and their Oreo Crusted Fondant is one of the best desserts you can have in this country!

5. The SteakCompany

Best steakhouse in Oman. Have boerewors for the starters and ask them to make it spicy, then come back here and thank me for this recommendation!

4. B+F Roadside Diner

We all thought that B+F was just a phase, but until this day people would be queuing in lines to get a table at B+F. After going through every single burger they have on the menu, I realized that I am a Dynamite Burger kinda guy.

3. Shang Thai

The food at Shang Thai is just beautiful, it is delicate and rich with flavor. Go for their Tom Yum soup for the startere and their Chili Prawns for the main course. They also make amazing ice cream tempura.

2. Tokyo Taro

So many sushi places come and go, but Tokyo Taro is still the best sushi restaurant you can go to in this country. Their maki is amazing, their sashi is amazing, they do bento boxes and teppanyaki, too.

1. Ubhar

Ubhar is my most favorite restaurant without a doubt. Their food is so unique there is nothing like it in the world. During day time the place is so bright and airy and at night it is so quiet and full of charm. Their menu amazingly puts a modern twist on traditional Omani recipes in a way that makes them very accessible, yet still completely authentic. I love their paplo soup, their shuwa sandwich, their chicken makboos, and of course their breathtaking Ubhar Dream halwa puff.

  • Valerie Remeder

    la cuicine à Oman n’est pas fantastique les restaurants offres des plat d’Asie ou d’Europe mais la cuisine Omanaise n’a rien recherchée , hors mis ses sandwichs et son riz,

  • http://www.almanahil-books.com/ Manahil

    How about the new “Love at First Bite” in Shatti!

  • Valerie Remeder

    il faut juger sur place si les saveurs font bon ménage avec la diversités des produit dans l’assiette ,
    la fraîcheur et la première mise en bouche puis la seconde est importante ,la disposition est jolie ,bonne appétit !! est ce des plats made in Omanie ??
    valerie.

  • Al

    I would agree with nearly all that you have said. My one difference is Shang Thai, I have eaten there on three occasions as people keep insisting its great but have been disappointed each time. I’ve tried the branch in Al Khuwair and The Wave. I feel both Aroy Thai in Shatti and Shang Thai in Ghubra are much better. However I have heard extremely mixed reviews from other people about them but everytime I’ve eaten in either place it has been very good.

  • Sitiluqman

    Are all restaurants in Oman halal?

  • http://www.blue-chi.com/ Blue_Chi

    All chicken and meat served in Oman is halal, but some restaurants also serve alcohol and pork.

  • nasooora

     Turkish House i used to like this restaurants but now i dont like it there food become very bad and no tast and its very crowded

  • Tina

    Omani Cuisine – Lately noticed this rating and must say “You were Bag on Target” with your ratings, and of course my favorite “SHANG THAI” and also “PizzaExpress”.

    No one close to Shang Thai here I must say and was proud to see the brand from Muscat has entered to Dubai market which is QUITE UNUSUAL, isn’t it as brands from Dubai normally enters to Muscat, was in Dubai recently and saw massive sign board on Sheikh Zayed Road and was so thrilled to notice and share with my Dubai friends that this brand belongs to Muscat guys, and I heard that restaurant is doing very well and guys Dubai is tough market

    I do like JUST GRILLED also opened at Shatti Qurum – Oasis by The Sea, hate the sliders waste of space at Oasis

    Muscat is getting better with more choices……cooool

  • Micky

    Does anyone find this list missing anything – like Omani food! There is no Omani cuisine at all – focus is all on foods from other countries. Such a shame.

  • missmoneypenny

    Thanks for your website, it’s very generous of you to give us the benefit of your experience, hope the cost is not to great (to your wallet and waistline heh heh). I’m hoping to come to Oman sometime and when I do this website will be invaluable. Can’t help noticing how scarce real Omani restaurants are. Maybe Omanis reckon they can get it at home so when they go out they want something different? Mind you I live in London and here too visitors could be forgiven for wondering what British food is and where to get it. Maybe Omani food isn’t easily definable either and some cuisines (Italian, Turkish, Chinese etc) lend themselves better to restaurant interpretation.

  • Abir

    I guess you missed this part : “Ubhar is my most favorite restaurant without a doubt. Their food is so unique there is nothing like in the world. During day time the place is so bright and airy and at night it is so quiet and full of charm. Their menu amazingly puts a modern twist on traditional Omani recipes in a way that makes them very accessible, yet still completely authentic. I love their paplo soup, their shuwa sandwich, their chicken makboos, and of course their breathtaking Ubhar Dream halwa puff.”

    Ubhar is an Omani restaurant serving Omani cuisine !!

  • Muscat1919

    Wtf! You are an Islamic country of course the meat is always halal!

  • Mujtaba

    What about Nandos? Love At First Bite? Kargeen?

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