It’s almost noon when we left Mutrah and headed back to the heart of Muscat City. Then, our couple friend, Shaun and Elle, treated us to a wonderful dinner before they fly back to Riaydh, KSA. With so many varieties of dining cafes in town, we recommended Japengo Restaurant in Qurum Area.
Japengo is a Japanese restaurant fronting the beach area of Al Shatti Al Qurum along Al Hub or the “Love Road”. It is the first café to open in 2008 in that spot and draws most food lovers because of its sophisticated and proper dining experience. The cuisines are made from freshest and exotic ingredients from Pacific Rim countries. At the lobby level, guests can enjoy the indoor and outdoor patio seating overlooking the famed beach resort or simply watch the long line of vehicles and flock of bystanders crossing along the road. At the chic Sushi Lounge, diners can witness a sushi creatively rolled into order while chatting with the gentle Sushi master.
The interior of the café is big and spacious with blue and white theme colors. I like the stylish seats and tables design as well as the decorative interior. We scope a slot near to the big glass window and friendly Filipina waitress approached our table. She handed over an elegant menu booklet and found interesting set of foodies. There were appetizers, salads, sandwiches, sushi and sashimi, noodles, and a variety of smoothies and desserts.
We ordered Shake Kawa Sushi Rolls for the starter, which came with a plate of soya sauce and wasabi.
Then, the seafood mixed grilled with prawns, king fish and some side vegetables like tomatoes, red cabbage, lettuce, brinjal, and lemon with a special lemon and butter sauce.
The vegetable soup has a tad taste of salty and sour that blends well with the vegetable fried rice.
The kids selected the fried chicken fillet with french fries and an amazing dip sauce while they also ordered a set of vanilla and choco ice cream as sweets.
For the drinks, I was tempted with pomegranate smoothie while some of us go for freshly squeezed lemon juice. I love my smoothie and the chef told us that the pomegranate fruit was harvested in Oman, perhaps in the farmland of Jabal Al Akhdar or the “green mountain”. And for me, it was surely one of the best smoothies I had in town.
We savor the whole meal while chatting and gazing at the roadside just beneath the glassed-walled foyer. Shaun was amazed at lady Omani drivers confidence with the road and their freedom to drive their own automobiles which unfortunately were not granted among locals in Saudi Arabia. Sure enough, Oman has exercise equal right and give much respect among its female citizens and that is also evident with the growing population of Omani women who become part of the labor market and workforce.
All in all, our dining experience was amazing although the prices were a bit high. But that can be considerable for a restaurant of that kind and in that location. I will recommend this dining café with my other friends here in Oman as well.