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Food & Restaurants in Muscat


Budget

Food is relatively cheap in Muscat, a meal can cost just a couple of rials. For inexpensive Indian food, there are many restaurants catering to Indian guest workers in Al Khuwayr. In Mutrah you can walk down the waterfront in the Corniche area to catch a cool sea breeze, and treat yourself to some sandwiches and Halib (tea with milk) or Sulaimani (black tea) at one of the wayside restaurants. A cup of tea costs about OMR0.050.

  • Al-exandria, Fanja House, Near Sabco Centre, Ruwi, Tel - 561611. The best Rotis (Indian Bread). Try the chicken Jalfrezi and Paneer aloo (potato).
  • Automatic, (Cuisine - Lebanese). Try the Hummus (Chickpea paste), Fatoosh (Salad), Mutabel (Egg Plant paste), Falafel and mint tea. Even the waiters are not sure why the restaurant is named automatic. There is a branch of Automatic located on the side of the Sabco Centre facing away from the central car park. There are also branches in Ruwi, Al Khuwair and elsewhere in Muscat.
  • Al Haikal Restaurant2996 Way (near bus stand, Ruwi). Pakistani food.
  • Al-Hanan, Ruwi (Cuisine - Indian).
  • Al Shaheen RestaurantHonda Rd (Ruwi). Pakistani food.
  • Al Tarboush (Al-Tarboosh) (opposite the Sabco Centre, Qurm). Fast Arabian/Lebanese-style food available for takeaway or eat-in on the first floor.
  • Bella-Pais, MAM roundabout, just off the Nizwa turn off (Cuisine - Greek + Other).
  • Bin AteeqAl Khuwair Rd (near Shell petrol station and Holiday Inn, Al Khuwair),  +968 24 478225fax: +968 24 488784, e-mail:. Daily 09:00-02:00. This place is mentioned in various guidebooks as the only 'authentic' Omani restaurant in town - and its fame means that this is now popular with tourists. The food is acceptable, if a bit pricey.
  • Bin Ateeq2730 Way (Ruwi),  +968 24 702727, e-mail:. Daily 09:00-02:00. Another branch of the popular Omani restaurant.
  • Gujrat Bhojan Shala, Ruwi High Street, Ruwi (Cuisine - Indian).
  • Muscat Light Restaurant & CoffeeshopAl Bahri Rd (Old Muscat). Ideal place for a break during a walking tour of Old Muscat.
  • Ofair Traditional RestaurantAl Marafah St (Al Khuwair), +968 24 482965.Serves traditional Omani food.
  • Oman Express, Tel - 7731329. Delivers Lunch - 18 rials for a month including Fridays or 15.6 Rials excluding Fridays.
  • Saravana Bhavan Restaurant (Ruwi, opposite OC Centre), +968 24 704502. South Indian vegetarian restaurant.
  • Subway, City Centre, Seeb, Tel - 542225.

Mid-range

  • The Chedi Pizza RestaurantWay No. 3215 (The Chedi Hotel, Ghubrah).Offers less expensive food than the other Chedi outlets, with the same understated chic ambience.
  • Haffa House Hotel RestaurantAl Farahidi St (Ruwi),  +968 24 707207.
  • Kargeen Caffe, Al Bashair St,  +968 24 699055fax: +968 24 695522, e-mail: . Traditional Omani food served in a traditional setting. There is an outdoor seating area for shisha smokers, and a surprisingly good selection of vegetarian options. Reservations are recommended, particularly on weekends.
  • Turkish House (Al Khuwair), +968 24 488071. 11:00-01:00. The most popular Turkish restaurant in Muscat, with excellent fish dishes. Take-away and delivery available in the Al Khuwair area.
  • Ubhar RestaurantAl Sarooj Rd and Al Kharjiyah St (Al Qurm),  +968 24 699826, e-mail: . Daily 12:30-15:30, 18:30-23:00.Exceptional, traditional Omani dishes with a modern twist, very highly rated.

Splurge

  • Al KhiranAl Bustan Palace Hotel(Qantab). Famous for their Friday brunch buffets. OMR19.5 + 17% service charge.
  • Bait Al Bahr (Shangri-La Hotel), +968 24 776565, e-mail:. 19:00-23:00. Traditional Omani seafood. Reservations strongly recommended; smart casual, nonsmoking.
  • The ChediNorth Ghubra 32 (Al Ghubra). Four open kitchens featuring international cuisine.
  • Mumtaz Mahal (Al Qurm). Indian cuisine.
  • Passage to IndiaAl Wutayyah (near Hatat House),  +968 24 563452(reservations). Indian cuisine.
  • Taj SamarkhandOasis by the Sea Residences (Al Qurm),  +968 24 602757. Indian Peshwari cuisine.

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