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Restaurant review: Jungle

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The Jungle is a new restaurant located to the right of Qurum Natural Park’s main entrance. True to its name, this theme restaurant has a forest-like setting with lots of green creepers, small trees, animals and birds dotting the garden as you make your way to the dining area.

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For an authentic feel, the diners first experience a drizzle in the garden, and transparent umbrellas are provided. The path leads you to the restaurant. Of course, enroute you will not miss hearing peacock shrills and dinosaur roars.

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The main dining area is a huge space wearing the jungle-theme. Whether it is walls, ceiling, seating, serving plates – tiger stripes, cheetah dots, tribal art – it is a true jungle out there. It is evident that a lot of thought has gone into creating the decor and theme of the restaurant, which is very unique to Muscat.

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The comfortable seating facility is actually on three layers on an ascending pattern. I have been twice to this place, and enjoyed the food and experience on both the occasions. During weekends, when the place is packed, it gets a bit noisy for normal conversations to be heard when you are in a group.

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The menu is impressive with an interesting range of meat, fish, chicken and veggie options. Looks like the management has given a serious thought on the pricing – it is very affordable to the middle-class families too. There are some interesting salads on the menu and for the adventurous type, there is camel meat on the platter!

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The salads, main course dishes and the desserts are nice, and on both the occasions, I loved the food. The service is good too. On the whole, Jungle provides a value-for-money experience. This place is tailor-made for kids.

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Update (June 7, 2012)

Over the next two visits, I noticed that restaurant staff ask the customers to wait for 20-30 minutes even though they have reservation and there are vacant tables all over. Walk-in crowds are sent back on weekends though there are vacant tables. No clue why the restaurant is doing this.