Come Prima is an upscale Italian restaurant in Crowne Plaza which shares the same entrance, kitchen and even restaurant manager, Pravin D’souza. The chefs for Come Prima, however, are not the same chefs for Shiraz, their Persian restaurant. The Italian chef, Franchesco Quitino, serves up authentic Italian cuisine and has put together an impressive menu with plenty of choices. You can sit indoors or when the weather is decent outdoors on their balconey overlooking Qurum Beach.
The Insalata Mare is a wonderful, mixed seafood appetizer. (RO 9.8) It comes with squid rings, octopus, shrimps, mussels, lobster and clams served in a lemon dressing.
The Creamadipiseli soup was very good! Should be RO 4 but they made an error on the bill and charged us 8 rials for this soup so make sure you check the bill carefully! This soup contains pork…(bits of crispy bacon)
The complimentary bread was fresh and delicious.
Minestrone Al Pesto Genovese (RO 3.5) was another delicious choice.
Only 3 soups available here. Chickpea soup is the only one we didn’t try.
The mocktails, although sometime expensive at 2.5 rials each, are delicious and obviously as fresh as one would expect from a 5-star hotel restaurant. The 2 pictured above are Life & Beauty (cucumber, watermelon, lime and pepper) and Scarlet (cranberry, pomegranate, strawberry, lime and passion fruit syrup). The Scarlet mocktail is one of the best I’ve ever had (and I’ve had quite a few over the years).
The sister-in-law enjoyed her Risotto All’Marinara (seafood risotto) (RO 8.5). As you may notice the prices are significantly higher on the a la carte menu compared with other equally good Italian restaurants such as Pane Caldo.
Spaghetti Alla Tarantina was my dish (RO 8.9). Despite the fact that I almost chipped my teeth several times on tiny bits of mussel shell embedded in the spaghetti, this was very tasty.
My wife’s dish was the Anatra Alla Arancha or “Duck with Orange Sauce” (RO 14). It was a bit too sour for my wife’s taste but she was impressed with the options they give you for side dishes. (You get to select 2 of them.)
Our friend loved his Tonno Al Pistaccio Di Bronte which is a Tuna Steak crusted with Bronte Pistachios and herb oil (RO 10). (This also came with 2 side dishes to choose from: rosemary potatoes, classic eggplant parmigiana, potato pie and mixed salad.)
Our other guest of honor thought her Petto Di Pollo (Chicken breast with oyster mushrooms and truffles) was very good (RO 10.5) (with 2 sides)
Just look at the size of that pepper grinder, haha! It’s as big as the waitress!
If you want to enjoy lunch at Come Prima, I think the pronto lunch is your wisest choice. Otherwise, the prices are just too high in my humble opinion.
This time of year is the perfect opportunity to enjoy dinner out on the patio. The breathtaking views over the Gulf of Oman make location one of this restaurants strongest selling points. (Tel:+968-2466-0660 Ext. 4508) http://www.cpmuscat.com