Apr 16, 2010

Ubhar – Bareeq Al Shatti

Ubhar (telephone: 24699826) is an upscale Omani restaurant located in Bareeq Al Shatti mall. It is located at the main entrance of the mall and has another entrance from the inside opposite Caribou Coffee. Ubhar is the name of an ancient lost city that is now believed to be located in the south of Oman.

We went to Ubhar in the afternoon of a working day, the place was full and we had to wait for a while before getting a table. I have never been to the restaurant before so I am not sure if this situation is always like that before the end of their lunch time session. The setting in Ubhar is a fusion between contemporary and old Omani styles, the  walls have small window-like shelves that have clay pots from Bahla and the glass walls have traditional Omani fittings, while the chairs have contrasting flashy pink fabric – it is very vibrant and nice!

The menu of Ubhar is full of traditional Omani food with an Arab/continental twist. For starters they offer a number of salads, an appetizer platter, and a number of soups. The soup I had was the Matrah Paplo (RO 2,200), inspired by the Balushi dish of the same name, the soup is made up of a turmeric, dried lemon, chili, and sea food. It comes with a small cup of rice to dip in your soup. I really liked it and I thought that it tasted genuine.

For the main course Ubhar offers a number of rice dishes, some sandwiches, and pasta as well. I had a Camel Biryani (RO 5.500) which had camel meat cooked with nuts, raisons, and a variety of spices. It came with rice, one papadum and a cup of raita. This was my first time to try camel meat, I thought that it tasted like mutton more than anything else. I liked everything in it, except the raisins, I am not a big fan of raisins at all and I think the dish would’ve been better off without it!

Other people with me ordered Fish Machboos and Chicken Qabooli, both of which are traditional rice dishes from the Gulf.

For the drinks I had a juice drink called Al Sahil Sunrise (RO 2 – not pictured) which had orange, pineapple, kiwi, and strawberry. I thought it was really awesome!

Ubhar offers a number of desserts such as Omani halwa, date ice cream, saffron creme brulee, chocolate fudge cake, and tiramisu made with Omani coffee. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to try desserts because we had to run.

In total we ordered three soups, three main dishes, and three fresh juices, our bill came to about RO 30.

I really enjoyed my experience at Ubhar, I thought the food was nice and the service was good even though there was a big delay for our food as the place was quite crowded when we got there. Ubhar is one of the few authentic restaurants in Oman and it was done with great style. I am sure I’m going to bring any guests who come visit from abroad to this restaurant to show them what food Oman has to offer!

  • I plan on visiting the Gulf States this summer.It's nice to see a restaurant serving traditional Omani food.I will definately add this place to my list.

  • Ive been to Ubhar a few times and agree with the nice food, personable service and well thought out decore.
    We have always been lucky – and the restaurant unlucky – that each time it was more, or less, empty.

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  • Alzadjalia

    I have tried the restaurant several times and have taken people there as well. Its true their food was good but I didnt like the decor. The chairs are uncomfortable and the tables are too close to one another which provides no privacy.

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  • Sally

    Amazing food. And great tasty dishes for vegetarians. They even kindly (and tactfully) took care of our baby while we ate! Very friendly and highly recommended

  • Kashif

    Thanks for the wonderful blog and reviews… I live in UAE and have recently visited Oman. I tried traditional shuwa dish in Bin Ateeq….. That was the love at first BITE… Since then I am looking for a restaurant in UAE who serves Omani Shuwa. But stil can’t find it.. If anyone knows about a place to have Shuwa in UAE please let me know…
    OTHER WISE I HAVE TO WAIT TILL MY NEXT PLANNED TRIP TO OMAN

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  • Ruwaida

    From what I know, a restaurant at the Emirates Palace hotel in AD serves madfoon which is like the Emirati version of shuwa and is actually very similar to its Omani equivelant; and a cheap cafeteria called “madfoon al badiyah” in el rigga in Dubai serves the same dish. That’s all I know

  • i have planned my visit to Oman for the first time and your blog give me a big help ..thanks

  • basma

    They serve the best Omani food and they have good Omani waiters …the decorations..try the harees and Shuwa ,they are the best “to me”