The Restaurant, The Chedi Muscat’s signature dining room is full, which is not unusual for a Friday evening. With a mix of locals, expats and tourists staying at the hotel, this popular eatery is a must visit (any night of the week) in Oman.
The space is opulent yet contemporary, with its dramatic crystal chandeliers, dark grey terrazzo floors and stunning views to the manicured gardens and courtyard. The dining experience is further enhanced by the four live kitchens, extensive beverage list and the menu, which is divided into four types of cuisine: Asian, Arabic, Contemporary and Indian.
To start, we had the artichoke salad with asparagus, semi dried tomato, salad leaves and parmesan crisp, as well as the lobster salad with chick peas, fried crackers, avocado and curried orange yoghurt dressing.
Although tasty, the dressing on both salads was a little too liberal which dominated the flavours of the incredibly fresh (and generous) produce.
Both main courses were ordered from the Arabic menu. The Syrian-style grilled chicken with apricot, cucumber and mint yoghurt, and saffron rice pilaf was generous in its serving and cooked to perfection.
The lamb tagine, which was clay cooked with apricots, prunes and couscous tasted like it should have come from the Indian side of the menu, as the predominate flavour of this dish was curry. To finish, you must try the selection of homemade ice creams, in particular, the honey and caramel.
Overall, The Restaurant is a must-try on your next visit to Oman. Its live, jazzy piano and eclectic crowd make it the perfect venue for group dinners (they have eight incredible private dining rooms) or to sit by the expansive bay windows for a romantic dinner for two.
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