Al Angham Restaurant at Oman's Royal Opera House

for Dinner

Al Angham Restaurant is part of the complex at Oman’s Royal Opera House and its decor lives up to the grandeur of the Opera House.

Al Angham Restaurant Room
Al Angham Restaurant Room

There is an insistence on booking, which in Oman is surprising, and at Al Angham must reduce the number of impulse diners; impulse being the standard decision making in general. I chose Salad with what I assumed would be Watercress but turned out to be a different, blander leaf.

Al Angham mains Lamb and Rice
Al Angham mains Lamb and Rice

For mains, I had a Lamb marinade in Omani spice, and Rice with seared onion. The flavour was good, though I was surprised that several cubes of Lamb contained gristle.

Al Angham Frankincense Ice Cream
Al Angham Frankincense Ice Cream

For dessert I had Frankincense Ice Cream, which was a winner; with Blackberry, Cape Gooseberry and possibly a sprinkling of Cinnamon. The food delivery was excellent and the overall service good. With such an opulent decor, and good staff the charge could not possibly be low, and it wasn’t. Al Angham Restaurant is for special occasions and it will add to the occasion; however it falls below the standard in food that I would have expected and relies on the opulent surroundings to dazzle rather than the food.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4