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Stop by the Straits restaurant for our breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet carefully curated by our Executive Chef. The restaurant offers à la carte options with vegetarian varieties.
Reviews at TripAdvisor
Based on 35 traveler reviews
Ranked #124 of 630 restaurants in Muscat
Independence Day Thali
Reviewed14 Aug 2021
Trip typeFriends getaway
Independence Day Thali
When we came to know about Independence Day food festival at Hormuz, I made sure we attended with our friend.
We had made a telephonic booking as due to Covid restrictions the restaurants can’t take full capacity.
I like the concept of Thali as the food is served on table in our very own traditional way, and we can taste multiple things in small portions.
We were greeted and made to seat on our reserved table by the manager, who explained us in detail the dishes on offer in Thali.
I ordered Non vegetarian Thali.
We were served Thandai to begin the Thali. It is a milk based drink, refreshing, cold made with nuts, saffron and rose water. Perfect taste.
The Salads were served on table. Overall great combination. Rate 5/5 for both the variety, taste and portions. Consisted of-
1. Kachumber Feta salad: feta cheese with cucumber, onion and tomatoes.
2. Chatpata Chicken Tikka salad: superb taste
3. Aloo Chana Chaat: could have been more spicier.
4. Samosa chaat: lovely presentation for a simple chaat.
5. Papadum/ pickles/ Chutney
Main course Thali was also as vivid. The pics attached shows it all, nicely presented with each individual dish tasting divine. Would rate 4/5 for the variety, taste and portion size. Consisted of-
1. Murgh Peshawari Tikka- Tandoori grilled chicken tikka well marinated with spices and yoghurt, perfect taste and texture. Was a hit with my elder one.
2. Punjabi Fish Tikka- hammour fish tikka, spicy, juicy, definitely worth having.
3. Tiranga paneer tikka- triangular pieces of Indian paneer given tricolour of the flag. Was definitely good but can’t rate it over chicken 🙈
4. Murgh Bemisal- it was traditional butter chicken. Younger one loved it. To me it was more of a tomato gravy.
5. Gosht Timatar Kaliyan- this was standout for me. Boneless succulent mutton cubes, home like gravy of tomato and mixed spices, sublime in taste.
6. Daap Chingari- Prawn Dish, coconut flavoured curry. A hit with my wife, I too liked it.
7. Subz Mela- onion tomato masala based gravy of assorted seasonal vegetable. Tasted it since it was on my platter.
8. Daal Qureshi- Qureshi speciality dish, black lentil daal, well simmered and creamy. Spot on.
9. Murgh Dum Biryani- it was absolute delicious. Though I am not an ardent Biryani fan still thought of trying. Couldn’t stop myself and ended up overeating.
10. Paratha/ Naan/ Tabdoor Roti- piping hot naans served on table to complete the Thali.
Though I was full to the brim, but wouldn’t have left the place without Desserts. The presentation made it more tempting for me to forget about my full stomach. Definitely deserves 5/5 rating. Consisted of-
1. Gulab Jamun cheese cake- I loved it though I’m not fond of cheese cakes. Half gulab jamun topping up a cheese cake cup served on a lotus biscuit. As smooth and soft as it could have been.
2. Duo of Boondi- green and orange coloured small pieces of syrup Rich boondis with white cream layer in between.
3. Malai Rabdi- this and boondis made me miss jalebis. It was not overly sweet.
My friend footed bill. Being Priced at 10 OMR for non vegetarian Thali and 8 OMR for vegetarian Thali, it was definitely worth having and value for money.
Though it was single day event, I would love if they keep this Thali concept on during weekends more frequently and with some other varieties. — with Saida Yasmeen. View more
From the modern ambiance of our vaulted, marble interior to the seclusion of our waterside courtyard, you can choose surroundings that set the perfect tone for your dining experience in Muscat. Our buffets offer a variety of cuisine such as Middle Eastern, Western, Asian, and Turkish. There’s always something to suit your palate!