TRAVEL: Dining in Oman–Meeting new friends at Ubhar Restaurant

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Wonderful food that sates hunger as well as excites the senses is an endearing friend to meet while traveling.  I make it my business to meet as many friends as I can while I’m indulging my wanderlust and Muscat proved to be no exception. I’d heard rave reviews about Ubhär Restaurant from local Omanis and local expats alike.

It’s a small restaurant in the Bareeq Al Shatti Mall in the Rub Al Khali area near the embassies, which serves traditional Omani foods. I felt it was my duty to avail myself of such yumminess.  Because it was Ramadan while I was visiting Oman, it was a trial to finally get a table at this popular restaurant in the evening.  Since most everyone is fasting from both drink and food during the day, restaurants and such are usually closed until sunset. After night falls, everyone heads out to eat and it can be hard to get a table at popular spots. Once I got a table, however, I was ever so happy I kept at it. The dim lighting, mix of modern ghost chairs, splashes of pink, and traditional Omani décor makes for pleasant ambience.

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And then there’s the food, which is a delicious range of rice dishes, shuwa (which is either cow or goat) wraps and sandwiches, and even pasta dishes. I had the Ubharian Pastilla Selection to start, which tasted not unlike spring rolls. You get three pastillas with the dish, each with a different protein; chicken, shuwa, and seafood. I appreciated the chicken and shuwa most. Both were well seasoned and very tender.

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I enjoyed the dinner and the service was exceptional. If you are ever in Muscat, I recommend a night at Ubhär. It has many foods that you simply must befriend. I’d have met them all if I had the time.