Today is the National Day of the Sultanate of Oman that is joyfully celebrated among Omanis each year. It is also the birthday of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the country’s king and leader for over 30 years. As our own way of commemorating this remarkable day, we have also decided to take a special dinner in a nice restaurant in Muscat.
My choice is the Love Bites, a fancy restaurant which I happen to know from my friend Melo who dine in with her friends a few weeks back. At 6:00PM we are already set and head off to the restaurant. Inside the car, we are avidly listening to our favorite FM station about the current traffic and updates of the highway. Normally, most Omanis, especially those of younger generation would love to parade on the street with their cars decorated with white, red, and green shades, the national colors of their flag. They also perform some informal street dancing while playing loud music on their mobile players causing major traffic on the road.
One caller mentions that the traffic in Sultan Qaboos Highway is too heavy and intense that they are stack for almost 2 hours on the road. Sad thing to say, Love Bites is at Bareeq Al Shatti Complex which is at the opposite side of Al Khuwair area, where my house is located, and we have to cross and go onto the said highway to get to the restaurant. My husband finds it very hard that we divert our route and decides to find a fancy restaurant in Qurum area.
Then, we end up with Kobe Lemongrass, which I get to know for the very first time. The restaurant is on the same lane where the commercial shops and restaurants are located in Qurum Complex. It is actually, beside the Mercedes Showroom. It is already 7:30PM when we settle and find our slot, feeling hungry and exhausted after being stranded for an hour and half on the street.
An Indian host appears on our table and give a list of their menu. We carefully examine the choices and find out that they offer Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Arabic Cuisine. Then we make our order.
We begin with bowls of sweet corn chili soup (1.600 OMR) and Tom Yum Prawns (1.800 OMR) to warm up ourselves and somehow fill in our empty stomachs.
The main dishes include the Chop Seuy Vegetable (2.800 OMR) which I don’t like much because of only few vegetables and the starchy-like soup.
Then, there is the Bangkok Style Fried Prawns (2.400 OMR) that is stir fried with chilly sauce and serve with white fried noodles.
My husband orders the mixed seafood grilled (5.800 OMR) with extra egg (0.500 baiza).
For the drinks, I simply order a large bottle of mineral water (0.400 baiza) while my kids share the Vanilla Iced Shake (1.800 OMR).
The interior of the restaurant reflects the Zen style with bamboos as the main decoration found on the tables, chairs, lamps, and the wall carvings. There is also patio or veranda on the main entrance for smoking area and for guests to hang in a while to gaze the nice view of the Qurum complex at far. We just love the moment we are inside the restaurant, with privacy and silence we are enjoying at the moment, while the bustling sound and horn from the vehicles on the highway are disturbing and a bit annoying.
Before we leave, our bill reach at 20.500 OMR including charge and taxes. Not bad for a lovely night we had on celebrating Oman’s Day.
HAPPY 33rd NATIONAL DAY TO THE SULTANATE OF OMAN