Sombrero, the new Mexican fusion (casual dining) restaurant in town, is located at Muscat Galleria mall in Al Khuwair. It offers starters, salads, grills, pastas, burgers, wraps, sides, desserts and drinks with a fast-food twist.
We were there on a Friday night and the 52-cover restaurant was almost its full capacity. The ambience is truly Mexican with Latin music for company. After going through the cool-looking menu, we ordered Crispy Chicken Tacos, Oaxaca Grilled Chicken, Yucatan Grilled Fish and Crumbed Chicken Enchilada.
Crispy Chicken Tacos (RO 2.250) with fiery BBQ dressing and pickles was nice and tasty, while Oaxaca Grilled Chicken (RO 4.5) served with potato mash and teriyaki glaze was just average. It tasted like the regular grilled chicken dished out by non-Mexican restaurants in town.
Yucatan Grilled Fish (RO 5.5) with lemon honey greens and sprouts was probably the dish of the day. The delectable combo of fresh hammour and sprouted green grams was polished off in a flash. The Crumbed Chicken Enchilada (RO 2.250) with avocado and roasted peppers was nice and filling.
Since we were left with no space in the tummy, we couldn’t try the two interesting desserts on the menu. I was impressed by the food and the energetic staff of the restaurant. Led by young Faisal Abdullah Shamrid Al Raisi, owner, the staff are an energetic bunch and are all over the place helping diners choose the dish, serving and cleaning the tables with ease. They are quite hands on and their smiling faces add to pleasant dining experience.
It is nice to see Omani entrepreneurs come up with new eating joints, and if Faisal’s drive and enthusiasm is anything to go by, Sombrero is poised for greater success in the months to come.
Another interesting feature of the restaurant is the Greek tradition they’ve introduced of breaking plates. If customers are happy with the food and service, they are asked to break a plate. This is quite a unique experience for diners in Muscat. For a starter, three main course dishes and drinks, our bill was RO 16.950 (including taxes).
Should you try out Sombrero? Yes, they have tasty Mexican fusion concept food served with loads of smiles and positivity.
Call 2469 2343 or check their Facebook page for more details.