This new French restaurant at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel was started by the globally renowned Australian chef, Shannon Bennett. We took advantage of a special “pre-concert dinner option” when attending a Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra concert. This is Bennett’s 1st restaurant opened outside of Australia. He runs a famous restaurant, Vue de Monde (“View of the World“), in Melbourne. I would agree that it is “a unique dining concept unlike anything currently available in Oman”… My gorgeous wife at Vue. Am I ever blessed! Yours truly, Andy Brown, living it up at the Vue! “The focus of the restaurant is largely on degustation style dining. Guests may either choose from a selection of dishes to create their own menu of three, five or seven courses or may leave it in the hands of their waiter to suggest the most suitable dishes for their tastes.” (from asiatraveltips.com) The appetizer we chose: Petits Calamars. Some people may not like the idea of eating anything with tentacles, but let me tell you, this was delicious! This mystery drink, containing mint, I believe, is given between the appetizer and main dish. The purpose, our waitress told us, is to revitalize the guest before the main dish. Yes, those are test-tubes…tasty though! The main dish we went with was “Boeuf Wafyu“. These portions are tiny, yes, but the idea is to savour each bite. So…don’t come to this restaurant hungry or 1) you will have to fill up with a Big Mac on the way home, like my friend, Chilin or 2) keep bothering the “bread guy” for more buns as he comes around your table. 😉 Frozen kiwi sticks after the main dish The dessert I enjoyed Che’s dessert which I was only too happy to help her finish! Coffee and little treats (including dates and chocolates) that comes with it.
I don’t know if I would recommend this place to any friends as it is quite pricey. I WOULD, however, recommend taking advantage of their pre-concert dinners (at much lower costs) when attending any Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra concert at the Al Bustan Palace. If you are interested in knowing more about the restaurants available at Al Bustan, check this website out: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hotel-features/dining/restaurants/muscat-albustanpalace Che and I did enjoy our evening here-a uniquely romantic dining experience that was a special memory for us. Tel:(968)24764133 Here’s one last thought to leave you with. A quote from Shannon Bennett about the uniqueness of Muscat, when asked why he chose Muscat as his 1st restaurant outside of Australia: “Muscat takes my breath away with its natural beauty and culture, and the fact that it has been protected by too much development. I describe Muscat as the desert meeting the sea, with spectacular consequences.” Oui! Oui! Bien dit, mon ami!