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Rumba Lattina Restaurant, The Cave

Rumba sign Rumba Lattina is one of the 8 restaurants within the Cave Complex on Qurum Heights Road.  We recently had the privilege of attending an official “food tasting” evening there thanks to our friend, Maurizio!  The place itself is spectacular and I hope you get a good sense of the ambiance and an idea of just how good the food is from the following 28 pics within this blogpost.rumba scene artistic mask The artwork located throughout Rumba restaurant is gorgeous.  It was all shipped from South America and Mexico! tapas barI love the lighting and look of the Tapas Bar!native like artworkmore artwork on tapas bar details on wall champagne room  The Champagne Bar – Oh la la! smoking room  How cool is this smoking room?! another view cocktail bar The gents preparing mocktails for guests. This is the main Cocktail Bar.  The liquor license for the Cave Complex will be available soon and will cover all locations there I was told.  Rumba will be open until 3am and it’s sure to be a cool place to hang out and have a drink.  Che and Susan My honey and Susan in front of the Tapas bar. Check out Susan’s food blog “Fatsu” here.mask on wall native statue another mask ceramic lizards another view of rumba Carlos at Rumba    Carlos, one of the friendly waiters at Rumba.  The drinks they prepared were so delicious and they kept bringing more and more!Tapas  Tapas we tried include seafood tamales, arepa reyna pepiada and vegetable empanada.  60% of the materials for cooking are imported so you can be sure you are eating authentic Central and South American food! another fine drink    caribean ceviche  The Aperitivo we tried: Caribean Ceviche.  One of my favourite dishes of the evening.  The fish and shrimp cooked in lemon juice was like nothing I’ve ever had before! watermelon salad  Ensalada: The Watermelon Salad was also very good! chicken mole  The first dish we tried from the “Principales” or “Main Dishes” was the Chicken Mole.  It was made with a chocolate sauce but I would not have known it was chocolate if they hadn’t told me.  Some of these dishes were completely new to me as I’m unfamiliar with South American cuisine.  I’ve definitely been missing out as the food is so unique and something that you really have to try for yourself.  nogada  The 2nd main course we tried was the “Nogada”.  Nogadas are stuffed capsicums.  They served us 2 actually: Lamb & Vegetable. Both were fantastic.maurizio taking a pic for fatsu  And here we have Maurizio in action, the official photographer for Fatsu! 😉 quesillo  The 1st of 3 desserts we were served: Quesillo.  “Mmm, Mmm” and once again let me say “Mmm!”   tres leches  “Tres leeches” – Let’s hope they have this on their main menu as it was a winner with everyone at the table.  This is a Venezuelan dessert that simply must be tried. marquesa  And last of all but definitely not least was the “Marquesa”.  Note the spices on the side which were arranged to represent the colours of the Omani flag.  Nice touch and great dessert! chefs and kitchen team The head chef, Guillermo, (3rd from the left- not including the Amazon-warriorish statue!) and the other chefs and kitchen staff taking a bow at the end of an incredible gastronomical evening of great food and equally good company.  The restaurant should be opening some time next week.  When it does open, this is a restaurant I would definitely recommend trying out for yourself!

“A Taste of Thailand” Promotion at Asia, Shangri-La (Feb 26-Mar 9)

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Looking forward to this! If it’s anything like the Indonesian promotion they held a few months back, this is sure to be scrumptious!

Bait al Bahr (“The Beachhouse”) at the Shangri-La

bait al bahr sign

During our latest stay at Shangri-La’s Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa just outside of Muscat, we decided to check out their seaside seafood restaurant, Bait al Bahr. “Bait” is Arabic for “house” (or “home”) and “Bahr” is “sea” so I guess this place would translate into English as “House by the Sea” or “Beachhouse“. (This time we were treating my sister-in-law who was visiting out of town so we ordered a lot more than we normally would.)our table

We chose this corner table right at the entrance of Bait al Bahr just next to the Lazy River. Great spot!lazy river at night

tables outdoors

Plenty of seats outdoors. (I find it funny that people dining in Muscat often choose to sit close to other tables even when there are plenty of tables available!)inside restaurant

Plenty of tables indoors as well which is a necessity for the warmer months of March to September. (Smoking not permitted indoors but it is on the terrace)fresh seafood

Gulf Splash mocktail

 Mai Thai (3.8 OR)Lychee Margarita

Gulf Splash Mocktail (Mango juice, fresh lychees, lime juice, blue curacao, and lemonade (All mocktails are 2.7 OR) “Yum yum“, says my hon.here come the drinks

Here come the drinks! Notice my Mai Tai (the red drink) which is always a great option. You can also see my sister-in-law’s Lychee Margarita (Tequila, Triple Sec, lychees and lemon juice) – 3.8 OR.  A little strong for my sister-in-law but she managed to finish it off.  (Other drinks included a bottle of Corona (2.5 OR) and 750 ml. of Evian Still water (3.5 OR))compliments of the chef

We thought this tiny dish was one of our appetizers but learned that it is “Amuse-bouche“, compliments of the chef, while we waited for our appetizers/soup.teriyaki salmon

Teriyaki Salmon (grilled asparagus and enoki mushrooms with wasabi coconut juice) (6.5 OR) This was alright but mighty small for the offered price)shell fish soup

Tomato Shell Fish Soup (with garlic labneh) – 5.5 OR Delicious!lobster carrot soup

Lemongrass Infused Carrot Soup (& lobster ginger salad) – 6 OR  (Chef’s Recommendation) We tried 2 of the 3 soups on the menu which were quite good. The third soup (we didn’t try) is Saffron Fennel Fish Soup (with thyme scones) for 5 rials. The ladies thought this was an excellent soup.Atlantic Cod

Smoked and Baked Atlantic Cod (13.5 OR) 1 of the 2 Signature Dishes on the Seafood Menu. (saffron cauliflower crush, green asparagus, with foie gras foam) This was my sister-in-law’s choice and she said it was good.Mixed Seafood Grill

Mixed Seafood Grill (20.5 OR), the 2nd Bait al Bahr Signature Dish from the “Main Courses from the Sea and the Shore” page of the menu. (Grilled lobster tail, sherry fillet, koffer fillet, king fish, king prawns, mussels and green salad) (A great dish to share with 1 or 2 others. Good luck eating it on your own!)Passion Fruit Parfait

Passion Fruit Parfait (with its own coults and fresh berries) (4.5 OR) I wasn’t very impressed with this dish at all when it first arrived.  I thought, “Is that it?!” It looked so small…but in fact, it’s a delicious dessert that packs in a whole lot of taste. The parfait was fantastic!white choco mouse

White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries (4 OR) No complaints on all with this one! 🙂

Here are the 2 other dessert options on the menu:2 other desserts

A” on the menu indicates that alcohol is in the dishBait al Bahr during the day

Overall, we enjoyed our evening at Bait al Bahr.  Service was a bit slow but that was to be expected as we chose an isolated table in the corner! The waiters and waitresses were very helpful and friendly, especially one waitress named “Wine” (Great name!) from Burma. We were also surprised to be served by the Assistant Restaurant Manager, Naeem Al Balushi, at one point when he noticed us waiting to order.  We even saw him mixing drinks behind the bar as well and thought it’s nice to see such a humble, hands-on, teamwork mentality from a restaurant manager.  The prices are quite high (and don’t forget to add 17% for tax/service charge!) but you get what you pay for.  This is not a “hey-lets-grab-a-quick-bite-type-of-place“. This is another fine restaurant option to enjoy the company of someone special over a few drinks as you enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing in on the beach.front of restaurant  Have any of you been to Bait al Bahr?  Would love to hear your experiences if you have! Tel:(+968)2477-6666 – Ext. 6559, Business Hours: 7-11:30pmbait al bahr sign and sea  I strongly suggest making a reservation if you plan to come here!  email:bautakbahrservice.slmu@shangri-la.com  Website: www.shangri-la.com/muscat  The specific webpage for Bait al Bahr is here.  You can check out the entire Bait al Bahr menu here!

Capri Court at the Shangri-La

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We had a fabulous evening at Shangri-La’s upscale Italian restaurant, Capri Court, for our 4th anniversary yesterday.  Because I called early and made a reservation explaining it was for our anniversary, they put us in the most remote corner outside right next to the al Husn hotel cliff which was quite a romantic setting.al Husn hotel at night

inside restaurant 1

Whether sitting inside or outdoors, the ambience of Capri Court is quite charming.indoor seating

indoor seating 2

There is also this private room which is quite fancy and would serve well as a location for a business lunch/dinner:private room

Capri Court is located in Bandar Hotel, one of the 3 hotels located at Shangri-La’s Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa. As always, it’s great walking around the premises and taking in the sights of this gorgeous hotel.near stairway down to restaurants

staircase down

impressive scene in bandar hotel

nice lanterns

Enough about the hotel…let’s move unto the food! 🙂bread starters

Like most of the upscale Italian restaurants in Muscat, complimentary bread is served at the onset of your meal. Capri Court’s bread assortment was the most impressive of all the Italians restaurants we’ve tried which came withFoccacia Rosemary, Foccasia Sundried Tomato, Ciabata, Walnut and Grisini bread.fabulous drinks

Wild Mojito for him (X2=7.6 OR), Love mocktail for her (2.7 OR). Of course they also have a wide selection of wines on the menu. We loved the drinks!smoked salmon

This smoked salmon was sent over, compliments of the chef, as they felt our dishes were taking too long.  We actually enjoyed the whole non-rushed feel to our evening.minestrone

The Minestrone Soup (Zuppe-Minestrone di verdure) was delicous! (6.5 OR) “Capri Court Style” traditional vegetable soup with basil pesto. (contains nuts)traditional caesar salad

My wife loved her “Insalata dei Caesar” (Traditional Caesar salad) (7.5 OR) which is listed on the menu as “Chef’s Recommendation” with good reason. You can choose this salad with prawns, Gorgonzola cheese or chicken and as you can see my wife went with the prawns.  This dish would be good for anyone who likes quail eggs as they serve quite a number of them in this dish.Pappardelle Duck

I chose Capri Court’s signature pasta dish for my my main course: Pappardelle al ragu’ d’anatra, “Pappardelle pasta with stewed duck ragout, juniper berries and rosemary oil“. (7.5 OR) A fine dish.lamb chops

My wife went with the lamb chops, surprise, surprise! 🙂 Costolette d’agnello al forno con timo al limone e millefoglie di verdure – “Baked lamb chops with thyme and lemon flavor and vegetable millefeuilles“. (16 OR) My wife thought this dish was delicious.

Instead of one of the desserts on the menu, I surprised my wife when I had previously ordered this which the manager brought in perfect timing:anniversay cake

1/2 KG Cake (4 OR). A big thanks to the staff at Capri Court for an unforgettable evening out on our anniversary! 🙂

For the full menu, click here.  I think all restaurants should have their menus online like this.  We basically knew what we’d order and what we could expect to pay before we showed up at the restaurant!

Here’s the view you can expect at Capri Court, taken from their website:capri court shangri la

Have any of you been to Capri Court? If so, how was your experience?  If you do go, make sure to make a reservation! (Tel: 968-2477-6666)

Tuscany (Italian Restaurant), Grand Hyatt Hotel

Several people have mentioned Tuscany as the best Italian restaurant in Muscat, so we decided to check the place out for ourselves on a recent “date night”.

Grand Hyatt Muscat is a gorgeous building and a lovely place to visit if you happen to be in Muscat.

Tuscany is on the same floor as the main lobby.  Walk through the front door, through their gorgeous Arabian-decorated lobby and you’ll find Tuscany in the far right corner.  There are plenty of tables, both inside and out, so making a reservation might not be necessary even though it is always a good idea!

We love the look and feel of Tuscany.  It is a very romantic setting and the Italian design will make you feel like you’ve really stepped out of Oman and into Italy for a short period.  The room is spacious enough and the tables far enough apart that you can really enjoy an intimate evening out even if they are quite busy.

Tuscany is the perfect place for both wine lovers and food connoisseurs.  The wine list is a huge book (at least 3 times the size of the main menu!) with all types of fantastic wines, some at very reasonable rates (4-5 rials per glass) and some that would make even those with the deepest pockets blush. As with most licensed restaurants, you can choose your wine per glass, 1/2 bottle or bottle.  If there is any doubt about the quality of the food, just check out all the awards on the wall in the pic above!  🙂

Gentlemen, if you are in Muscat and have someone extremely important in your life who means the world to you (as I have), this is a lovely place to take her out and enjoy her company.  Even more so on her birthday or anniversary!  She’s worth it, isn’t she?!  🙂

Even better than the inside seating in these fall/winter months of Muscat, is the outdoor terrace. (Not pictured here)  It was packed on the evening we went so we chose to sit inside for the sake of intimacy.

Tuscany’s brigade of chefs hard at work.  Check out the wood-fired pizza oven.

As in most Italian restaurants (the good ones anyway), complimentary bread is served once you are seated.  It was so wonderful with olive oil and balsamic vinegar!  A great way to start the meal.

The seafood soup with garlic croutons (RO 4.514) was simply fabulous! (zuppa de golfo con fettunta alle erbe)

The traditional minestrone with pesto (minestrone tradizionale) (RO 3.578) was not quite as good as the seafood soup but was still the best vegetable soup I’ve had in quite some time.

Not only was the presentation of our Prawn Salad quite impressive – the taste was even better! (RO 7.07) (consisting of prawns, shaved champignon mushroom and crispy baby artichokes)

I managed to get a quick pic of Tuscany’s Chef de Cuisine, Fabrizio Valdetara, whipping up one of his master creations!  Chef Valdetara hails from the Piedmont region of Italy, and therefore so do many of his menu selections.

From the 8 choices on the Pasta & Risotto page of the menu, my honey selected the Rigatoni Pasta (RO 7.581).  Nothing to complain about with this dish! (Rigatoni pasta with red onion, pork bacon and wild mushrooms)  It should be noted that there are several dishes containing pork bacon at Tuscany.  This is one such dish.  For those who do not like pork (for personal or religious reasons), the menu clearly states which dishes contain pork (labeled “(p)”) as well as those that are strictly vegetarian “(v)”.

The Mixed Grill Seafood was a magnificent dish! (RO 14.48) Well worth the price!

Tuscany proved itself to be a fantastic dining establishment and one of the best Italian restaurants we’ve been to in Muscat.  The service was very good and we were especially impressed with Alex, from Spain, who has only been working at the restaurant for 2 weeks.  This restaurant is a bit pricier than many other dining options out there, but sure to an unforgettable experience if you do come.  We loved it!  (Tel: +968-2464-1234/1031) Open Saturday to Thursday, noon-3:30pm and 7-11pm.  Fridays only open for dinner 7-11pm.