I’ve often said that Muscat could use a Korean restaurant. Hot Pot & Grills (in Bareeq al Shatti mall) was the closest thing that you could get to Korean food until they basically removed the whole “hot pot and grill” part of their restaurant and menu! (I hope they consider putting their menu “back to normal”…or at least change the name!) Anyway, it turns out there is not only one place that serves Korean food, but at least 3! The only problem is…they are not really restaurants. They are guesthouses for serving Korean food to Korean businessmen here in the Sultanate. If you know the right people, they can be persuaded to let you eat some authentic Korean food and boy, are we glad we know the right people!
Here’s a post our friend, Tin, put up on her blog about the Korean guesthouse restaurant. She’s fortunate to be working with Koreans and to have so many opportunities of eating such awesome food! Here are a few pics from our 1st meal there (and hopefully not our last!): A very simple looking place, but we weren’t there for the “ambiance” or interior decorating…we were there to enjoy some authentic Korean food! Just a few of the “panchan” (sidedishes) that they brought during our feast. Yum yum! Great dim sum or “Mandu” as they’d say in Korea! A lot of this food brought back some great memories from my 9 1/2 years in South Korea, like this dish of pajeon (or “Korean pancakes”). Mmmm!!!Good old Japchae! Korean noodles made from sweet potato (당면) and mixed with vegetables (and sometimes beef).Of course no Korean meal would be complete without KIMCHI!!! They even sell Kimchi at 3 OR/kilo.It’s been far too long since I’ve enjoyed such delicious Korean beulgogi!! The kimchi-chi-gae was so good! Memories of this delicious soup have my sister-in-law constantly asking for a return trip! Nice to see they use a high quality Korean rice at this place.
With all the dishes you see that we enjoyed pictured above, you might be surprised to know that we only paid 5 OR/person! (Or about $12.50 US) As this is not really a restaurant out to make a profit but a guesthouse simply there to serve Korean businessmen staying with them, the money we gave is basically enough for them to cover the cost. If you are interested in eating at one of the Korean guesthouses, ask around if you have any Korean friends. I’m sure they’ll know all about it! If you don’t have any Korean friends, you can get more info from Tin’s blog, Expat in Oman. Here is a map in case you are interested in finding the Korean supermarket in Ghala. This map was also provided by Expat-in-Oman.
Have any of you been fortunate enough to try one of the Korean guesthouse restaurants in Muscat? If so, how was your experience?