Worth the Wait, Kind of Love

Oh My! I can’t tell you how much I have waited to put out this post. I wanted it to be perfect; I wanted it to be the best; I wanted it to be so many things and more that I realised if I didn’t write it now I would never end up writing it. The Manhattan Fish Market – A dinner date with ‘the man I am waiting’ for at ‘the restaurant I have waited to go to’

best seafood restaurant in muscat, oman
best seafood restaurant in muscat, oman

It finally happened. My hubster took a short break from the 3 year course that he is pursuing in India and came visiting. So date nights were on an all-time high and I was on a spree of showing him all the treasures that I had discovered in Oman in his absence. Ever since I read the dreamlike post about The Manhattan Fish Market on Andy in Oman (thanks Andy, I owe that night to you!) I was dying to go there. Waiting for the perfect moment, waiting for the perfect company. Even if you don’t read what I have to say, look at the pics and make it a point to go there. It is totally worth it. The food is amazing, the staff is extremely friendly and it’s worth the wait and worth every baisa you spend. Best Seafood Restaurant in Oman The Manhattan Fish Market, 6855 Way, 18th November Street, Azaiba Tel: 24 499621  Facebook Page, Website  First Bite Experience Stewed Tomato Mussels. Costs RO 2.9 and is served in a pool of tomato gravy infused with magical spices and condiments. IMG_1747 Scoop the earthy, tangy sauce into the shells of the mussels and sup it up.

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Us – Muscling up the romance.

The creamy mussels and the magical gravy will make you want to lick the last traces off the plate. Manhattan Flaming Seafood Platter

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Aren’t you happy when what you see is what you get?

We wanted to taste everything on the menu as that was not possible we decided to go in for the Platter (RO 11.9). Squid was deep fried to perfection not chewy, not soggy and oily but just light, crisp n tender.

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Flaming it up for us – Table side.

What can you say about a dish when even a grain of rice is flavoursome? The garlic fried rice, and the creamy flamed shrimp will help you attain nirvana. The fried oysters were good not great but good. The fish fillets were of buttery perfection. We wanted the veggies to be pan friend instead of their usual steamed version, and our request was delivered, without a single question. The quirky and creative decor wordplay combined with the oceanly love makes this experience totally worth the wait. But why wait… go for it and do let me know what you think.

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The Faithful Kind of Love

I can without a trace of doubt, in all honesty, declare that I have faithfully been in love with the Arabian delight ‘Shawarma’, ever since I can remember. I can also go to the extent of committing to this love till my last breath – and I mean it.

I recently went on a weight loss spree and had to wane myself off this addiction (which was hard to do as  a Turkish restaurant is right next to my work place). So every time I would walk out the aroma would engulf me. I would inhale and fill my lungs with the robust aroma of mildly marinated meat being transformed into scrumptious crispy tender chunk by the spit fire.

Growing up, Shawarma was a staple while vacationing in Riyadh. When I would return to India my commitment continued as there was no substitute for it and abstinence was the only way forward.

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Even when the effects of globalisation brought Shawarma to India it could never match up to the authentic flavours of the Middle East. The Indian option was nowhere close to the original neither was the Ukrainian one, which had no trace of garlic and would be stuffed with vegetables. It was only after I came to Oman that I renewed my relationship with one of my favourite go to foods.

Best Shawarma places in Muscat:

Camilia Restaurant – CBD, Ruwi

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Even though the pickled green chillies are missing Camilia Restaurant in CBD, Ruwi is the answer to my prayers.

Yum Yum restaurant – Qurum

The close to perfect version. The only minor drawback being too much garlic mayonnaise (I know there is no such thing as too much garlic, but still it’s a tad bit much for me)

Istanboly Coffee Show – Al Khuwair

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I go here only if the above mentioned places are not accessible.

First Bite Experience:

I hold the warm white roll in my left hand and gently unwrap it with my right, not all the way, coz I want the wrapper to hold the meat shaving that get squeezed out while biting into the roll. Then I get it close to my mouth and my sense of smell is already en-route to nirvana. I bite into it, knowing the first bite will keep me from the exotic goodness that follows. Then comes my second bite, the blandness of the pita bread is soon cut by the creamy garlic, the juicy chicken and the crispy fries. As I moan and shake my head with every consecutive bite my nostrils smile and my mouth weeps and the fulsome flavours keep me coming back for more.

That’s why I call it the faithful kind of love.