Wednesday 15 October 2008

Oman: a nice bit of fish

In the late afternoon, I took Lionel souvenir shopping at Muttrah souq. The mission was successfully completed in less than an hour with jewellery, silver pots, very large insects and sample tubs of halwa for the office.

After dark, our guests treated us to dinner at the Chedi’s appropriately, but rather unimaginatively named, ‘Beach Restaurant’ only a few metres from the shore. The menu included a seafood platter starter comprising Canadian rock lobster, scampi, oysters, prawns, Alaskan king crab legs, green lip mussels, langoustines, rouille, parsley, capers, olive oil and rye bread. A bargain at 42 OMR.

We each chose something a little less substantial from the menu and the selection of a Chilean white could not have been more appropriate.

Lionel was to encounter the opposite end of the culinary spectrum on his return flight to London this evening. Al, on the other hand, will continue his foray into Middle Eastern cuisine with Lizzi who arrives the day after tomorrow.

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