Rumba Lattina Restaurant at The Cave

We arrived after Iftar for a meal at The Cave, Muscat’s newish restaurant complex (intended to have numerous themed dining choices). Currently there are two choices of venue, one with a buffet that seemed to have been cleared – so we had no choice but to walk to the single option open, which was Rumba Lattina.

The Cave Rumba Lattina exterior
The Cave Rumba Lattina exterior

As there did not appear to be any service offered outside this restaurant we ‘chose’ to sit inside. The restaurant concept is South American food, though inside any hint of that continent was missing. The menu seems comprehensive, we chose Lamb Chops, and Chicken in pastry, along with fresh juices.  Several staff dealt with us, each asking what we wanted to drink. The head waiter arrived with an amuse-bouche of dried thin sliced banana with (wensleydale?) cheese dip.

The Cave Rumba Lattina Meal
The Cave Rumba Lattina Meal

When our only course arrived, another question regarding who ordered what. The food was good, larger portions than expected and the Lamb nicely cooked.  We do seem to luck-out with always ordering food in mono-tones. The meal was verging on very expensive, offered in a location with no atmosphere. Having paid so much it was remarkable that the service was disorganised and that with only 2 people at our table the waiter couldn’t identify which plate was for whom. All-in-all we became a former customer on our very first visit.

Author: Tony Walsh

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