The pool next to Marjan Asian Restaurant is gorgeous and makes a lovely setting for a romantic evening out. Marjan’s “summer hours” are in effect starting tomorrow (May 21st) until at least August: 9am until 6 pm but the kitchen is only open from 11:30am to 5:30pm. You may want to wait until cooler weather in Oct-Feb, but in the meantime let me share our wonderful experience there with you.
Marjan is located in the back of the Hyatt (968-24641234). You can reach it by walking straight through the main lobby, downstairs past the scrumptious Mokha Cafe and out the door. Then you just follow the footpath to Marjan.
Aqua Panna water-3.8 rials a bottle at Marjan! (1.6 OR at Pane Caldo) That lion on the bottle looks kind of like the lion fountains close to the Hyatt’s backdoor.
The Crispy Prawn and Bamboo Shoot Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Dip were okay. I say “okay” only because you’d expect more for 5.5 Omani rials when the spring rolls at the Noodle House are half the price and arguably more delicious. (and no one can beat Burger King’s spring rolls at only 700 baizas for 3 pieces! :-) )
The main course prices range from 5.5 rials for the grilled fish in banana leaves all the way to 22 rials for the grilled marinated lobster. (Bear in mind that they, like many 5 star hotels in Oman, will add a 8% service charge and a 9%tax!)
My wife had to try the Tiger Prawns (Udang Goreng Lada Hitam) which we’d heard is the meal to have at Marjan’s. (Wok fried tiger prawns with black pepper – 8.5 OR) And yes, it does live up to its reputation!
One thing that I really enjoyed about our evening at Marjan was the entertainment provided by these 2 talented gentlemen. They would go from table to table asking for 1-2 personal requests. (If you get them to perform at your table, I highly recommend slipping them some extra green for their wonderful service!)
GrillHouse on Terrace? Another spot between the parking and main entrance of the Hyatt. Plenty of places to check out if you’ve never been out for an evening at the Hyatt.
Next for us on the list of restaurants to visit at the Hyatt: Tuscanny!!! Anyone been there? If so, what do you recommend on the menu?