Hard to believe that my wife and I only recently went to Left Bank for the first time even though we’ve been in Oman for years and Left Bank has been opened for just as many. After hearing several good reports from friends about their good food and specials, we decided to go there for dinner a little over a week ago. Left Bank is located on the same hill as Mumtaz Mahal, just behind the Children’s Museum in Shatti al Qurum.
With this time of the year being the perfect weather for sitting outside, we sat outdoors overlooking the mangrove swamp facing the Crown Plaza and “love road“. It was quiet when we arrived at 7pm (you really should get a reservation as it can be busy here!) but picked up by 8.
Left Bank looks pretty cool inside and would be a better option when dining from April to September. If you don’t like the smell of smoke, it’s highly recommended to sit inside as a lot of people enjoy smoking outdoors on the patio. We sat outside even though we were surrounded by smokers at other tables, but weren’t really bothered at all.
Plenty of mocktails at Left Bank which they list on the menu as “Chauffeur Drinks“. :-) Ours were great. I had the Apple Mule (2.5 OR) and my wife had the Jumong (2.5 OR). Of course Left Bank is a licensed bar/restaurant, so there are plenty of alcoholic drinks on the menu to choose from.
We didn’t order anything from the “Light Bites” section of the menu, but I’ve added it here in case any of you folks considers going to Left Bank for lunch between noon and 3pm from Saturday to Thursday.
It’s seems like we order vegetable spring rolls wherever we go as one of our appetizers so for something new we chose Duck Spring Rolls from the “Small Bites” section. It would normally be 4.4 OR but we ordered 3 items off the list for 7.5 rials. I really like these money saving schemes available on Left Bank’s menu! :-)
I was told that a lot of guests go with 2-4 items from the Small Bites and don’t even make it to the mains, especially if they’re having a few drinks.
We were very glad that one of the helpful Filipino waitresses (in her great wisdom) suggested the Whole-Baked Camembert. My wife hesitated at first because it’s a lot of cheese, but we both agreed that this appetizer was incredible. Take note that when ordering this from “Small Bites“, this appetizer counts as 2 items.
The Sunday Roast sounds like a great deal and we’ll be trying that out in the very near future.
I’m a real sucker for beer-battered fish and chips, so the Left Bank Fish & Chips in Tiger Beer Batter (7.4 OR) was an easy choice for me! I’m not sure if you get an idea of the size from this photo, but this was a huge serving and was so delicious! The fries were great as well. One of my favorite orders of fish and chips so far in the Sultanate, and I’ve had quite a few!
As recommended by the head chef/manager, my wife ordered the Lamb Shank. I’m so glad my wife “insisted” that I try some of this as the lamb was perfection. And once again, this was a good sized portion. The carmelized sharlot sauce went extremely well with the lamb. It is easy to see now why the chef recommended this dish to truly try the best of Left Bank.
There are plenty of options on the Left Bank menu for future visits here and we will definitely be back.
Sticky Toffee Pudding (3.2 OR) wouldn’t have been my first option from the dessert list, and I’m glad the chef recommended it as this was the perfect way to end an incredible meal. It went so well with my Cafe Latte.
The view from the Left Bank parking lot, with the Sultan Qaboos Street on the left, ROHM straight ahead and the Children’s Museum (igloo-like structures) on the right.
We definitely had a great experience on our first evening at Left Bank with great food and fantastic service. I may be a little more than biased here, but I think that the exceptional service comes from the fact that all the waiters and waitresses are Filipino! :-)
Have any of you been to Left Bank? Regular customers perhaps? Are you as impressed with the place as we are? I think it’s with good reason that they’ve moved Left Bank into the “fine dining” category of Entertainer Oman 2013. Check Left Bank out on facebook here. Here is a pretty good deal for ladies on Saturday evenings (from the Left Bank facebook page), called “Hush”:
Left Bank Business Hours: Sat-Thurs – 12-3pm & 6pm-2am Fridays – 2pm-1.30/2.00am. As I mentioned before, if you do go, make sure to call ahead and make a reservation. Tel: +968-2469-3699