Designers of high end restaurants go out of their way to create weird and wonderful spaces and quite often miss the mark, but Al Qaala restaurant proved to be an exception on many levels. This signature restaurant in the heart of the resort is graced with the iconic architecture of a Musandam Tower. Beautiful light fittings and magical interplays of light and starry motifs painted on a domed ceiling high above the dining tables create an ambience that is truly inspired.
Dining high up in the mountains at night is not about light, but reflecting what the night means in this part of the Middle Eastern realm that is Oman. Spectacular does not begin to describe what has been created, but before we have even begun our evening of gastronomy you wonder can everything be equally splendid and indeed it was.
You must consider pre-dinner drinks and walk up to the 1st floor bar at Al Burj “The Tower” Lounge. We started off with pre-dinner drinks and were mesmerized by the interior design – not overstated but incredibly chic! It was quiet upstairs and we enjoyed the fact that we could chat and survey the scene without any interference from other guests who were seemingly impervious to this bar location.
Looking down at a magical evocation of stars and the ethereal astronomical sky that we live in and observe from a distance, taking design inspiration from Oman’s traditional forts, Al Burj is a Moroccan inspired lounge. Once a natural defence, prized for its lofty height, steep sides and inaccessibility, Al Jabal Al Akhdar was used as a fortress in the mid-20 century when a warring faction sought refuge.
The hostess was brimming with personality, the waiter was so knowledgeable about every item on the menu and the Chef and his team knows what they are doing by bring the freshest market produce from local farmers and the Sea of Oman. The evening was not hurried and we contemplated every morsel of food and every sip of wine, such was the elevated impression we were receiving and enjoying, as nothing was out of step with our anticipation. If every restaurant could match this level of refinement, then the gastronomy world would be a better place, because so many other establishments are lacking such essentials.
Nizwa 621, Oman
Tel: +968 25 218 000