It is an out-of-the-blue plan to dine in at this restaurant to satisfy our cravings for seafood dishes. Instantly, we head off to Al Mawaleh where the restaurant is located near Muscat City Center and Toyota Showroom in Sultan Qaboos Highway. The easiest way to get there is to take the Al Mawaleh roundabout, pass under the bridge, and take the exit towards MCC. You have to keep right and get into the entrance to a service road where you can see the huge restaurant signage on your right. Adjacent to the restaurant is the Al Maha Petrol Station.
The Grand Fish Market appears massive from the outside and is really spacious and well-decorated from the inside. It occupies two floors. The first floor contains the receiving lounge, a display of frozen fishes and other marine creatures, kitchen, and array of tables which is ideal for family dining.
But we proceed to its second floor where huge glass aquariums with exotic fishes divide and accentuate in between the dining sections.
There is also a massive sea clamp fountain intricately designed with a rotating crystal ball which my kids are really curious of.
As listed in the menu, they serve a variety of soups, appetizers, salads, grills, tangines, rice and pastries, juices and cocktails, hot drinks, and fruits and desserts that have descriptions for customers to easily comprehend.
As a starter, we order four servings of Fish Soup (1.500). The soup is quite heavy and tasteful because just one bowl of it can make you almost full in no time. My little girl is feeding herself and really enjoying every single spoon of soup serve on her.
The main courses include the Grand Fish Market Special (6.500), Fried Squid Rings with French Fries (3.900), and Mix grills (5.200).
The Grand Fish Market Special has fish fillet stuffed with shrimps, crape, calamari, béchamel sauce, and mozzarella cheese. The fish is really soft with a nice blend of the sauce and cheese.
I am a fanatic of calamari, so I really love the Fried Squid Rings which come in more than a dozens of rings floured and fried. The taste is just enough, not too salty or starchy. The squid rings are just fairly cooked.
The Mix Grills as it name says has many content of Shish Taouk, Chicken Kebbab, Meat Kebbab, Meat Tikka, Lamb Chops and served with grilled vegetables and roasted bread. My husband loves grill so we take this order as another variation. The bread is soft and sandwiched with minced meat.
The Biryani Rice (1.700) is white long-grained rice made of Basmati. But we don’t like it flavored with saffron or turmeric or even mixed with any meat, so we opted for the plain biryani rice. We think just having it plain will help savor the flavor of each main courses. And yes, it really did, because we ordered three servings of it.
Our drinks include the Avocado Juice (1.500) for my sister, Iced Caffe Latte (1.700) for my son, and two cans of softdrinks (0.300) for me and my husband. But still we order a large bottle of Mineral Water Large (0.300). We exclude any desserts because we are way full after taking the drinks.
After this sumptuous dinner, I should say that we have a wonderful time at the restaurant. We came to the place on weekend night and still feel very comfortable even it was packed with guests of different nationalities. The area is clean, bright, and well-maintained. The foods are freshly prepared with the finest and delicious fishes in the world. All of our meals are delicious and tasteful that arrive quickly and exactly as ordered. The prices are fair and reasonable. We pay around 34.000 Omani Rials including taxes. The staffs, mostly Filipinos, are also very accommodating and friendly.
I should say that Grand Fish Market Restaurant is one of my recommended seafood restaurants in town. As they have proudly say, they are “the best seafood location at gulf shores”.
Note: If you want to make reservation or delivery, contact:
GRAND FISH MARKET RESTAURANT
Al Mawaleh (South), near Al Maha Petrol Station
Opening Time: 12PM – 12AM