Try Oman's Best Brunch at Beach Pavillion Restaurant Al Bustan Palace in Muscat

T-Mag Thursday 20/October/2016 15:52 PM
By: Times News Service
Try Oman's Best Brunch at Beach Pavillion Restaurant Al Bustan Palace in Muscat

Story: Felicia Campbell
Photography: Mehdi Taghavi

Every weekend, I have fantasies about a leisurely morning or afternoon meal spent under softly swaying palms taking in a view of crashing waves. Every weekend, I wrack my brain trying to think of where we can go (even in this late summer heat, I’m a dedicated beach person) and the ocean-front restaurant at Al Bustan Palace always comes to mind. But alas, closed for the summer, I move on, ever in search of the perfect seaside venue. But as of last weekend, the wait is over. Beach Pavilion is open for the season.

For me, Beach Pavilion is about as perfect a place as I could ask for when it comes to brunch, that long, lingering weekend meal. I want a place where I can hunker down and pass the hours looking out over the ocean, feel the cool sea breeze, listen to some music, and have an endless supply of coffee, sparkling water, and food at my disposal. Last year the restaurant featured house music, indoor and outdoor seating, and several inclusive brunch options for their surf and turf kind of buffet.

A few things have changed this year, as the restaurant launched a new Caribbean brunch theme. Now the music has Latin flavour, as do many of the dishes on the decidedly more seafood-heavy buffet line. There is a sushi, oyster, and chilled seafood bar, a ceviche station along with the returning selection of fine cheeses and breads, a kids corner, and grill stations that turn out perfect lobster tails, Jamaican skirt steak with barbecue sauce, Puerto Rican chicken legs with a pineapple chilli sauce, and open-fire-cooked black beans and rice in coconut milk. There is, of course fresh fruit, ice cream, and homemade dessert to finish things off. What hasn’t changed is the absolute pleasure of dining directly on the beach in tranquil place that practically begs to be savoured as much as the fine foods on your plate. Now when the oceanfront-brunch-itch strikes, I needn’t agonise where to go. I know that there is a place waiting where I can grab a fresh coconut, let the sound of crashing waves and merengue wash over me, stair out at the watery horizon, and let the world just slip away.[email protected]

Beach Pavilion
Al Bustan Palace-A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Reservations: +968 2476 4000 (ext 1010)
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Caribbean Brunch Every Friday, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
OMR 25 + taxes (inclusive of soft drinks)
OMR 39 + taxes (Inclusive of specialty beverages)
OMR 49 + (Premium Bubbly Brunch)
OMR 12 + taxes for children (6-12 years old)
Children under 6 years old dine for free.