TimeOut Muscat & Oman – Autumn/Winter 2012

Timeout is back on the stands and still only 2 OR.  As you can see from the cover, they have special features on Musandam and Dolphin Tour (written by Peter Feely) in this edition.  I think they should have listed Jacqueline Stelle’s interesting write up (humorously titled “Desperately Seeking Shuwa“) on the front cover.  She interviewed the chef in charge of Omani dishes at the Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort, Azza Al Mamari, who offers advice on “Where to find Omani Food“.  They also have a feature called “Radar” where they try to keep you updated with “what’s on the social radar” in Oman and on the next page is the “News Bites” with the latest news and upcoming events are found on the same page.  Their restaurant reviews are probably the best part of the magazine and in this edition they have one page, detailed reviews of The Jungle Restaurant and Love at First Bite.  New restaurants Fairouz and Asia have also been added to the Restaurant Listings.  With all that being said, there are things which they NEVER seem to get around to correcting such as poking fun at Passage to India’s “comical plastic elephant that presides over the entrance” which hasn’t been there for years, listing restaurants that have closed down such as Stomach, wrong phone numbers and incorrect info (such as Olivos Coffee Shop having “buffets served every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner” – not true!!   What I’m saying is that you have to read the restaurant reviews with a grain of salt and realize that many of the reviews have not been updated for many years!  Some are so old that I noticed that the magazine has at least taken away the estimated money you could expect to pay at each restaurants as they were often way off.  It’s too bad this magazine doesn’t get their act together as this could really be a fantastic guide for people here in the Sultanate or those thinking of coming.  As it is, it’s a halfway decent magazine seeing how it’s only 2 Omani rials.

Sometimes you can find good deals in Timeout like this Eid special at the Intercon on the inside back cover:

I wish I had read this weeks ago.  I might have booked us a night here at that price.  I just called the Intercon and they said that there may still be rooms at that rate if you call +968-2468-0000 tomorrow and ask for “reservations” once you reach the operator. (It’s 10:30pm now)

I hope you all have a fabulous, relaxing Eid.  Some may not have made any special plans seeing how we only found about having the whole week off (or 4 days for those of you in the private sector) once it was basically too late to make plans flying out of Muscat.  There are plenty of things to do in the Sultanate and I know quite a few people who intend on doing some camping.  Whatever your plans, dear reader, do try to be safe! EID MUBARAK:-)

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6 responses to “TimeOut Muscat & Oman – Autumn/Winter 2012

  1. Marhaba Andy,

    We are back in Muscat and thanks for your blog post, we bought the Time Out magazine.
    Yesterday was Alexanders birthday so we went to the recommended new restaurant “love at first bite”. It was a really nice restaurant and we spent there about 1,5 hours. When I am back home I will send you also some pictures and let you know more details.
    If you have more recommendations for us (this is our third time here, so we know some things) maybe about beaches or Wadis which we should see (we have been to Shab and Tiwi and would go to bani khalid these days) we would appreciate this! Or if you have time for a coffee or icecream…?

    Warm regards from wonderful Muscat close to the mosque,
    inez and alexander

    • “Marhaba” right back at you, Inez! :-)
      Nice to know you enjoyed “Love at First Bite”. Omani Cuisine (www.omanicuisine.com) was ripped apart by fanatic “love at first bite fans” for putting a less than glorious review about that restaurant, haha! Most of the recommendations I have for people come out clearly in my reviews. I also put up categories to the right of the blog like “wadi”, “beaches” or “tourist site” so that people can find those recommendations quickly (hopefully!). If you’re interested in getting together for a coffee or icecream (no promises as these are hectic days! :-)), email me at andydbrown@hotmail.com and I’ll get back to you. I hope you enjoy your 3rd visit here! Kind regards from the Brown family!

  2. Thanks for mentioning the categories, I never actually noticed them and this makes this a whole lot easier!

    Is the email address you mentioned above the best way to reach you?

    Thanks for another informative post! I wondered how good this magazine was and you are right, its too bad they are lagging behind in some areas as I know how beneficial it would be to many people to have the facts right.

    • Hi, Jado!
      Yes, the categories are there for peoples’ convenience! :-) Yes, that email is the best way to reach me. Good to see you on the blog.

  3. Hi Andy, at last! Timeout strikes again. Was waiting for the new issue of the magazine to come out for a while.. looks like there was a delay or something? Anyhow, do you have any recommendations for Omani restaurants in Oman? We’ve been to Love at first bite last night and it was simply beautiful! Although we’re in the hunt for something omani.. any tips would be welcomed. Thanks!

    • Loay,
      Thanks for stopping in and commenting!:-) If you click on the restaurant category, you’ll find all my reviews (good and bad) of places we’ve eaten at in Oman. I haven’t been to many “Omani restaurants” but I would definitely recommend Ubhar in Bareeq al Shatti. Fantastic restaurant with great ambiance and good service! Seems like the wife and I are going to have to check out “Love at First Bite” sometime soon! Kind regards!

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