Wednesday, November 4, 2015
RESTAURANTS IN OMAN: Al Khiran Terrace Buffet at Al Bustan Palace Hotel
So...to start with, I am not a buffet person, but I did find some things I liked (cheese, salads, deserts). My husband really did enjoy the gravies for the meats. For the food:
I started with a 'Hawaiian Chicken Salad' and a 'Pasta Salad' along with a plate of Feta, Goat Cheese, and Brie, and those were all decent. Then I had French onion soup which was tastey, if lacking in the required texture.The French onion soup was watery, but it is probably the closest to the taste of French onion soup I have yet encountered in Oman;). It is probably what I make at home when I screw up French onion soup but still better than most Omani examples I've tried in Oman. I am quite critical because French onion soup is something I live on and can eat at any time of the day. When I go back to Canada I order nothing but French onion soup, I swear. Sorry Al Bustan.
For the mains, I tried a steak with peppercorn gravy. I didn't love it, texture of the steak was wrong, but maybe I just grabbed a bad cut because my husband loved his and ate three. I had a chicken breast next with lemon-butter sauce and that was nice for a summery-feeling evening. (Sorry we didn't take pictures of the food, we were here for eachother, not the meal itself really). That was good.
The restaurant floor staff made up for it though, and were super helpful when I considered a non-buffet option, and even though we hadn't said it was a special occasion, when they inquired and found out it was our wedding anniversary they brought us the below dessert free of charge:
Would I go again? Yes, if I was taking someone special out who I know to be a buffet person. I think my daughter would love it, or my sister, on a special occasion. My husband and I joked my father would probably like it if we told him it cost 10 omr per person;) and paid before he noticed. I think my husband (he is a buffet person) really enjoyed it. It just wasn't my thing. Worth it at least once in every five years though, for us;)