Restaurant review: Curry House


On a weekend, we decided to check out Curry House, the new restaurant located in CBD, behind Bank Muscat. The décor was bright and nice.

We ordered Chicken shorba, Chicken tikka, Aloo chat and Chicken dum biryani.


Chicken shorba was perfectly made, with the right blend of spices and consistency. Chicken tikka was succulent, juicy and melt-in-mouth variety. It was grilled to perfection.

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Restaurant review: The Yellow Chilli

First we had Chili’s, now we have The Yellow Chilli. The food scene in Muscat is getting hotter.


Yes, Oman now has one of master chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s casual dining restaurant chain. Sanjeev Kapoor’s chain of restaurants’ is across GCC, so Oman foodies get to indulge in The Yellow Chilli.

Located at Al Mouj Muscat (The Wave Muscat), the restaurant was officially inaugurated last week. Within the next few months, the second Yellow Chilli restaurant in Oman is said to be opening at the Panorama Mall in Ghubrah.


Some of the popular names in social media circles in Oman were invited for a food tasting session at the newly opened restaurant and I was part of it.

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Restaurant review: Qureshi


On a sultry May evening, we landed up for dinner at Qureshi, the Indian restaurant at Hormuz Grand hotel. I have been hearing good reviews about the tastefully cooked desi food by the renowned family of chefs.

The fine dining restaurant is tastefully done in terms of interiors and decor.


A pleasant waiting staff Mr. Nitin took the trouble of explaining the menu in detail – about popular items of the restaurant and helped us in choosing the dishes. For starters, we ordered Non-Veg Kebab platter and Aam Panna Mojitos as drinks. Since we don’t eat red meat, we were given extra chicken kebabs along with fish tikka and grilled prawns. Everything was grilled to perfection. The combination of three sauces made it more flavourful. The Aam Panna Mojito was awesome. It had a blend of raw mangoes, ginger, mint and a few other ingredients, which I can’t recall.

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Unsung heroes

Blue-collar Indian workers are among first devotees to throng temples in Muscat during festivals spread across the year. Today was no different for Maha Shivaratri. I saw hundreds of them walking from Muttrah Fish Roundabout to Shiva Temple and back. A distance of 12 kilometers both ways.

At Muttrah Fish Roundabout, they get into shared taxis and travel to Ruwi before heading into their respective labour camps. I am sure most of them may have taken a day off. They offer prayers with much devotion. Everyone enters the temple with a carry bag comprising of coconut, incense sticks and camphor. The same euphoria is seen in Krishna Temple too.

They land up in Oman by taking loans to pay job agents hefty sums and settle for a salary that is just enough to keep their families back in India alive. Despite the tide against them, they keep a smile on their faces. They are the unsung heroes for me!

Don’t write off a restaurant because of one bad experience

Tried a newly opened Indian restaurant in Muscat. The food taste was awful and the presentation pathetic. Only saving grace was decent service. Thought of posting the poor experience in a local food group but decided against it as an afterthought for the simple reason – never write a restaurant review based on one experience.

Over the years I have come to understand that every restaurant can have a bad day and initial teething troubles. May be I will give them a try after a few months to get the real feel.