There were many dining options as we travelled through Oman, from the traditional to modern international foods. On our first day in Muscat we had lunch at Fast Food and Juice on the Corniche just outside the Muttrah Souq. We’d heard about Shawarma – strips of meat grilled on a spit and then shaved, wrapped in a pita bread and served with tomato, cucumber and toppings like tahini or hummus. At Fast Food and Juice we could have had whole chillies in our wraps as well, but we declined! The menu is testament to the lunch choices available – and look at the range of milkshake flavours. We ate outdoors on the Corniche, and watched the passing traffic of cars and people with the sun sparkling on the waters of the bay.
One night we had dinner at The Turkish House. The food was simple and delicious and there was plenty of it. We chose our fresh fish from the fridge and it was baked whole and served with hot Turkish breads and salad platters, with lettuce, cucumber, Spanish onion and cheese. There was more than we could eat and at a cost of only seven Omani rial each, it was fabulous food at a bargain price!
Another night we visited the café that had been recently voted the best Shawarma house in Muscat. It was beside an Oman Oil service station, right on the freeway, with road works continuing into the night behind us, which made for a unique dining experience. But the voters were right – the Shawarma was delicious – hot, spicy and full of flavour.
At Bread Talk we saw not only bread in all shapes, sizes and flavours, but the most amazing cakes, lavishly decorated and named.
The Bateel Date shop sells gourmet dates, loose or in luxury gift boxes. They come plain, chocolate coated, or filled – it was difficult to choose because the range of fillings was so large. Finally we decided on ginger and apricot. Luscious!
We also had fresh dates from my brother’s tree. He had picked them a few weeks earlier when they were still green and then kept them in the freezer. When they defrosted they were ripe and ready for eating – don’t ask me how this works but they were sweet, plump and tender and we ate them all!