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Great local experience with lovely view on the balcony: Restaurant Bait Al Luban (5. January 2018)

| May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Bait Al Luban is apparently among the best restaurants in Muscat and I must say that it is definitely an interesting local experience. It is not entirely easy to find as the entrance is a bit in the back and you have to get to the second floor, but once you’ve found it, you will see quickly that it is worth visiting. I tried to go as local as possible and went for the “Pakora (fresh Omani vegetable dumplings, fried and served with a tangy coconut and mint chutney)” (3.000 OMR) which I liked a lot as they were somewhat refreshing and luscious in taste, especially with the coconut mint chutney.

The “Sambusa (filo pastry filled with spiced meat and served with sweet tomato and coriander relish)” (3.200 OMR) on the other hand were not entirely to my liking which might also have been connected to the tomato and coriander relish.

What I liked a lot though was the “Shuwa (the classic Omani celebration dish – marinated meat roasted in an underground fire pit for over six hours and served with steamed rice and a lemon garlic sauce)” (6.500 OMR) with a serving of “Qabuli rice (a traditional rice dish cooked in a meat broth with special spices)”. The meat basically fell apart by itself and was incredibly tender. And in combination with the aromatic rice and the rich sauces, it made for a truly great dish.

As the portion was rather large, I didn’t manage to try a typical local sweet but luckily for me, “fresh dates” were served which were absolutely yummy!

The “Rose Melon (fresh watermelon, rose syrup and cherries)” (2.800 OMR) drink was a bit too artificial with the rose taste. However, not bad as the watermelon taste was still strongly overlapping the others (and I like watermelon).

The place is lovely in terms of interior design – a bit too bright in terms of light concept but else very appealing and emitting this feeling of “comfortableness”. The service was truly exquisite! The waiter was incredibly friendly and caring, attentive, there at all times whenever you needed something and still not intrusive! A true skill!

The only thing which was a bit confusing to me: I booked for 7pm and I was told that I had to leave by 8pm as the place was booked out. Funny enough, all the tables (besides one other table than mine) were still empty when I left. So, I am left wondering if it is to artificially create the feeling of ‘difficult to get’. However, the place is lovely – pay a visit when you’re in Muscat (and try to get a table on the balcony).


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Contact Details:

Restaurant Bait Al Luban

Al Mina Street

Muttrah Corniche

Muscat (OM)

Tel.: +968 24 71 18 42

Cell: +968 94 57 94 57

E-Mail: reservations@baitalluban.com

Homepage: http://www.baitalluban.com

About the Author:

I started the blog in October 2009, while living in Milan which I definitely consider to be one of the food capitals of the world. I was in touch with food since my early childhood (as my father is a former chef). Whenever I can, I travel the world to discover new places, to meet people but mostly to try local dishes and to find hidden gems! If you know a place worth going, please drop a line to: info@thediningexperience.org. Currently, I am a member of the following food-related associations: Chevalier @Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Zurich-Ville; Membre Gourmet Dégustateur @Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs [OMGD]; Gesellschafter @Goldener Fisch and Member @Slowfood Convivium Zurich City.
30.000 OMR (incl. tip) Filed in: Muscat (OM), Restaurants

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