Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Cave Restaurant in Muscat

I just have to say, this is my 100th blog post!!  I can't believe it.

Anyways, I don't do many restaurant reviews.  My friend Andy does a much better job.  But The Cave is more than just a restaurant.  It's almost an attraction all on its own.  They have been building this restaurant the whole time I have lived in Oman.  It really does look like a cave.  It always reminds me of the cartoon TV show The Flintstones

If you are familiar with the show, you are probably humming the theme song right now.  Flintstones, meet the Flintstones, they're a modern stone age family.  From the town of Bedrock, they're a page right out of history....

Here is the front of The Cave, from the parking lot.  

The restaurant sits on top of a hill, so it has very nice views.  Beyond the parking lot.

The main lobby.  The interiors are very cave-like.  They did a nice job.  Although the furniture is not very cave-like.

We came here with our friends Mary and Jeff.  What I didn't realize was that The Cave is not one restaurant, but will be a total of seven restaurants!  Here is Al Manjur, with Omani cuisine.  Not all restaurants are open at this time.

We ate at The Harbor, which serves seafood.  

Here is Joe, walking in.  We ate at the very unfashionable hour of 7:30, which is when the kitchen opened.  We were the first customers of the evening, which is why I took so many pictures.

Mary, of 'glamping' fame.

In addition to the menu items, you can select from this fresh seafood display and have it cooked to your liking.

King fish

The server was explaining the night's special to Mary.  It came with tuna steaks, mussels, and prawns, I believe.  Mary ordered it to be cooked in a wok with vegetables.  The tuna was grilled.

Mary ordered peach iced tea, and it came with a peach star!

I ordered the Spanish seafood soup for my starter.  I didn't know what to expect, food-wise, but it was delicious!

We also got crab and salmon sushi.

This was my entree choice.  Hammour, a local fish.  I had a choice of rice or bread to go with it.

Joe ordered wok-cooked prawns.  We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals.  Great flavors!

Like I mentioned, we were the first customers of the night and got very good service.  The place filled up as the evening went on, and we noticed some service issues as the night progressed.  So, if you come, come early.  Easier to park, too, though this place does have a large parking lot (just know that you will exit the lot the same way you came in, although we had to drive around a barrier to get out).  At this time, there is no alcohol being served.  They are working on getting their liquor license.  All in all, it was a great evening with good friends and good food!

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