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Food review: Bukhara restaurant at Kempinski Hotel Muscat

Ever since we heard about Bukhara restaurant at Kempinski Hotel Muscat, we have been wanting to check out the food there. Located at Al Mouj Muscat, we drove into the hotel driveway on a Friday afternoon only to be told to drive to the Boulevard which houses the restaurant. We were the first customers to walk into the restaurant at 1pm. We were greeted with a ‘namaste’ from the courteous wait staff who led us to the table that we had booked in advance.

As for the ambience, being a themed restaurant, Bukhara has traditional and modern motifs and embellishments from India lending it a distinct look.

For starters, we ordered Non-Veg Tashtari – a grilled platter comprising of chicken and seafood dishes (though it is originally served as chicken and mutton combination, on request the restaurant staff replaced the mutton with seafood grills for us). The grills were delicious with a subtle touch of spices. For main course, we ordered Butter Chicken, Dal Bukhara, Chicken Biryani and Roti Basket comprising of Missi Roti, Naan, Paratha and Roti.

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Qibara offers exceptional dining experience

On a pleasant December evening we decided to try out a restaurant at Seeb Mall in Seeb Souk which has been on our list for quite some time. The restaurant, of course, is Qibara which has been getting glowing reviews from diners in recent times.

A destination for quality dining, Qibara offers a menu which takes inspiration from around the world. Although the focus is on Omani and Arabic dishes, it doesn’t disappoint the dynamic, seasoned and well-travelled palates. Imaginatively prepared and artistically presented, the Arabic, Indian, Italian and French-inspired cuisines impress the taste buds thoroughly.
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Renovated Sheraton Oman set to impress

Visionary design and exceptionally appointed rooms define the fully renovated Sheraton Oman. The upscale hotel has great meeting, dining, fitness and recreational options too. In an interview with KishorCariappa.com, Thomas van Opstal, General Manager of Sheraton Oman, explains why he is confident Sheraton Oman will be a market leader in Muscat.

When are you reopening Sheraton Oman, and if this is a soft launch when would it be fully operational?

We will be reopening in October; the exact date is still to be announced but the hotel will reopen in October. It will be a soft opening as we will open a few lounges and restaurants later in the coming months but the hotel will be fully functional with all its facilities.

Over the years Sheraton Oman was not operational and many hotels have come up in the capital area. Why should someone choose your hotel? What is the rating for the hotel?

What differentiates the Sheraton Oman from its competitors is the quality of the service delivered by its passionate associates. Our associates have been on site for a few months already, practicing and simulating to ensure we can offer the best Sheraton service from day one.

We will also offer a fully renovated hotel to our guests. Everything has been changed and modernised in the hotel during the renovation and we are confident the Sheraton Oman will be a market leader in Muscat. Read more

Digital advertising landscape is evolving

April edition of ‘Business Today’ had published my column on digital marketing and advertising in Oman.

Reaching out to the millennial consumers through digital marketing is growing at an incredible pace across the globe. In fact marketers at top companies and brands in Oman are increasingly opting to use social network as a marketing tool as they witness the digital marketing landscape continuing to grow at a rapid pace. It makes perfect sense to tap the large percentage of the forever ‘online’ consumer.

Here is the link for entire article: http://bit.ly/DigitalMarketingOman

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.

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