I confess I am a food lover and so is my hubby. This is one thing that binds our together and surely ignite our fantasies of all-sorts of foodies especially when hunger and cravings strike in.
During our singlehood days, we visited numerous restaurants and food chains in town just to grab a bite or have a taste of their meals. Jesse even sneaked to my house late at night and invited me to dine in at a newly opened burger stand at the nearby street corner. It is also pretty crazy to drive hours away from the city just to visit the featured resto bars and cafes and simply order fruit shakes or a couple of beer. These are some of our [happy-crazy] moments and confession of our [too much] food addiction. And let me tell you we both have our own likes and dislikes. After taking that last scope and slurp, we made verdict as to the ambiance, the price, and the food tastes. A food that is well-prepared, tasteful, and way affordable is a satisfaction to us. The food and place that has the right price, a delicious food taste, and inviting atmosphere surely gets a big credit and nods of approval from us.
Lately, we came to realize how we would love to do this food trip once again especially now that we are in Oman where bunch of restaurants are sprouting like mushrooms everywhere offering numerous cuisines like Asian, Chinese, Iranian, Turkish, and Omani to name a few. And we wanted to try it every Friday, once or twice a month, just to have a little twist of our boring ordinary dining routine. And gladly Friday is also when most of these food shops are offering promos and all-kinds-of-sales extravaganza. So these are some good reasons to start our FOOD TRIP FRIDAY SAGA.
So today, we begin that idea. We stop at Muscat Grand Mall at lunch time to see what is new in the food court. After hopping from one stall to another and dissecting their food menus, we finally made our choices.
Friend Chicken Meal from CHIC KING
My son Andrei is a die-hard fried chicken fan. Whenever we are in town and looking for food outlet, he repeatedly says his order. FRIED CHICKEN with FRIES and BUN. Good thing, even if KFC outlet is still closed by the time when we are in the food court, there’s the Chic King as a good alternative. We pay 1.200 Omani rials for three pieces of fried chicken, a single bun, and few sticks of fries. Adding 200 baiza for the mineral water.
Saffron Minced Meat Biryani from Mersin
I help Jesse with his choice. With many variety of food stalls in the court, it is truly bewildering at first. But he is a bit captured with the food shared by two middle-aged women from our next table. It is something placed in a black rectangular plastic box with some biryani rice, meat, and lemons. Finally, I figured it out! It is an Iranian dish and pointed my finger to Mersin food outlet just a few tables away from us.
We get close to the food counter where two nice young Iranian attendants and a young Filipina, entertain our order – a plate of saffron minced meat with biryani rice, some humus sauce, and a cold orange soda. It all costs 2.800 Omani Rials (7.25 USD$). But Jesse has to wait for 15 minutes before his order is served.
The meat is tender, soft, and juicy. A few squeeze of lemon will bring the good flavor of the minced meat mixed with saffron powder. The saffron is considered the most expensive spice and extracted from the stigmas of a crocus sativus flower. It doesn’t only enhance the taste of meat but has medicinal value too. The hummus is the right combination to keep the balance between saltiness and tangy zest flavor of lemon. A hummus is a famous Mediterranean and Arabic sauce made of chickpeas, sesame, lemon, and garlic. Mind you my husband likes it since he clean it up pretty well.
Gourmet Steak Deluxe from Charley’s Grilled Subs
As for my choice I love burger or anything that a bun filled with some dressings, veggies, and few strands of meat. So I opted for Gourmet Philly Steak Deluxe combo. The 6-inch-sandwich is chockfull of chicken steak strips, grilled onions, green peppers, lettuce, japeleno, tomato slices, and mozzarella cheese and top with sweet onion and teriyaki dressing. I also get a glass of cold softdrinks and a small plate of hot fries topped with cheddar cheese.
What a delectable foodies! I am happy with my order and I am so full that I can’t even consume the whole of it. I shared the other half to my hubby, who is at this time, is still on the brink of his hunger. Now I am satisfied paying 2.700 Omani Rials (7 US$)for the combo order.
Well the total costs of 6.900 Omani Rials (18 USD$) is good enough to satiate our appetite and quench our thirst. We are also happy sharing our food to one another and so with our little princess, who quickly grab some sticks of fries and tiny bite sizes of bread. Slurpp!
Now we want to go back to the car and take some few naps before heading to our next destination of the day.
You can visit and check out:
CHIC KING, MERSIN, and CHARLEY’S GRILLED SUBS
Muscat Grand Mall
2nd Floor, Food Court Section
They are open:
9:00AM to 10:00PM Saturday to Thursday
12:00Noon to 10:00PM Friday