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“Amazing fish”
Review of Bait Al Bahr

Bait Al Bahr
Ranked #25 of 495 Restaurants in Muscat
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Really great service, beautiful fish and sushi. Great quality and we really enjoyed the whole experience.

Thank Vicki H
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Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

good restaurant taste-food its seafood resturant i like the food and the view the service was the best every thing was good

Thank Themuba
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

I went to Bait Al Bahr for a dinner
I was not expecting to receive such service honestly, from the moment we walked in the greeting from the man at the door trying to find us the best location to the waitress that served us that night Ms. Lee, The food was delicious the desert suggestion by her was AMAZING. our night was perfect and she made it so special by the extra caring service we got. Thank you Lee for the extraordinary service and definitely we will be coming back.

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1  Thank OmaimaJ6
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

We had a very good family dinner here. One of the best meals we have had at the hotel The kingfish in lobster sauce is worth the money. It is not so cheap price though!!

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1  Thank MoBimany
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Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

The comments about this being the best restaurant in the Shangri La is well deserved but I want to add an important caveat here: the comparison partially benefits from quality and focus of the other restaurants in Shangri La and, second, being “the best” restaurant in an area doesn’t mean it is excellent in its own right.

BAB is a good to very good restaurant. It’s best features are it’s location, service and perhaps wine menu.

Omani tuna tartare with green apple features very fresh and beautiful looking tuna in a good dice. The tuna is fresh as you can see from the fish counter. However, the apple is overwhelmed by the over use of shallots / onions and avocado which reduces the dish to a raw tuna and guacamole dish. It could work as a ceviche but this would mean adding citrus acidity, which is missing. It’s a good dish, it’s not brilliant. 3/5

Scallops comes in their shell and then on a bed of ice. This seems misconceived as the scallops are cooked (and therefore hot) then instantly chilled due to a plant pot full of ice brining the temperature down. It is however tasty and cooked well so the centre is still “medium” so there’s technical skill in the kitchen. Some people may not like the sweeter mango salsa that it comes with but we enjoyed it. It could be seasoned a bit more but again it’s tricky because you don’t want to lose the signature sweetness of the scallops to salt or spice in what is already a busy dish 4/5

Catch of the day - main: We opted for the whole cooked catch of the day which we chose as red mullet. My wife wanted it pan fried and filleted so that is what we had. The fish was cooked exceptionally well with crunchy skin and soft fleshy meat. (4/5 - Well done). You can chose two sides and a sauce. We opted for their Boursin mash potato, steamed vegetables and we ordered an extra portion of grilled asparagus. From a presentation perspective, everything but the asparagus, was on the same dish. I suggest they bring the side dishes in actual side dishes but that’s a small point. The potato was silky smooth and creamy (4/5), the steamed vegetables are inconsequential and the portion is very small (2/5) but the asparagus with Parmesan is delicious, crunchy and grilled with a nice charred under taste (4/5). The lemon butter sauce was very well balanced so it was not overly fatty, it was light and a sweet delicate lemon taste - not too acidic (5/5).

Those dishes with high praise but only 4/5 get knocked down 1 because the seasoning is too light. The kitchen should be a little braver with using salt and pepper / cayenne.

Service is super attentive without being smothering.

The wine list is vast - we ordered a Riesling which was very good and stood up to the various flavours in the main course.

Price - look, let’s get real. There are too many reviews here complaining about the price of a 1) seafood restaurant 2) in the Shangri La 3) that serves alcohol 4) facing the sea 5) in Oman which is 6) in the Middle East. If you come from Europe, the US etc, you will pass out at the prices but, guess what, Oman is pricey, seafood is pricey, the Shangri La is not a budget or mid-range hotel. I’ve lived in Dubai for 3+ years at the time of this review and I can confirm the prices here are way more reasonable is this restaurant was in Dubai.

Overall I would come back here again (especially when faced with other restaurants in Shangri La).

2  Thank eatgosee
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