I knew exactly where to take my honey on our recent “datenight” when I saw this smaller ad for Al Tanoor as part of a larger “Shangri La Happenings” advertisment in one of the free weekly English papers.
Al Tanoor is located in Al Bander, one of the three hotels at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort just outside Muscat past Wadi Kabir and on the way to Yiti.
Al Bandar is a beautiful 5-star hotel and we enjoyed walking around, looking at the fine architecture and artwork located throughout the hotel.
Al Tanoor is located on the groundfloor of Al Bandar Hotel. It has a lovely Arabian atmosphere and is softly lit, giving it a more romantic setting.
Plenty of bread choices at the buffet but my honey didn’t want to “waste space on bread”. :-) That’s my wife!
All kinds of cheese and salads
The soup last Thursday was Seafood Gumbo. Fantastic! It would be nice if they had a second choice for soup like maybe a clear soup.
All types of seafood appetizers. Unfortunately I was too busy stuffing my face to get the exact names of these dishes, haha.
Oysters, prawns, raw salmon, fresh tuna…Mmm!
Our table for 2 was right next to this Indian cuisine cooking station. (Great spot for couples, BTW, as you’re quite far from other tables!) The buffet consists of many of these “open culinary stations”.
The pasta station
Seafood grilling station! One of the best places to fill your plate at the Al Tanoor seafood buffet! The lobster was incredibly good especially with the sauce they provide. The lobster alone is worth the price of the buffet!
Most a la carte menus I’ve seen in Muscat have lobster at a price of 16 or 18 rials, so a 20-rial buffet which includes lobster is an incredible deal in my books!
My wife took a break and came up for air so I could take this quick photo! ;-)
The pizza station
And to finish it all off, the dessert station. You might want to order yourself a coffee to go along with dessert (not part of the buffet! coffee-1.8 OR)
Sitting outdoors is very popular at al Tanoor. BTW, the seafood buffet is proving to be quite popular and some people had to wait for a table. Despite that, the man on the phone said “no need” when I tried reserving a table! I highly recommend calling to reserve a table and insist that they do so! (Tel:2477-6666)
Final word: One of the best buffets we’ve had so far in Muscat. The only other buffet we remember enjoying this much was Samba which also happens to be located at Shangri-La.
2 seafood buffet (40 rials) + large Oasis water (2 OR) + a coke (1.5 OR) + freshly brewed coffee (1.8 OR) + service charge/tax (7.7 OR) for a grand total of 53 rials. Not exactly cheap but what do you expect to pay for such high-quality?! Anyone else been to the Al Tanoor Seafood Buffet? If so, how was your experience? Someday we hope to enjoy their Friday brunch for only 15.5 rials. If anyone reading this tries it out, let us know what you thought of the food selection and quality of the Al Tanoor Friday brunch food.