Muscat: With the onset of Ramadan, there are loads of special iftar offers on social media platforms in Oman. As people prefer home deliveries due to the COVID-19 situation, most of the shops have added ‘fast delivery’ as their USP.
Some of the best snacks to break the fast with can be found in Al Ravi, opposite City Cinema, Ruwi. This is the same joint that had always been popular in dishing out tasty grilled meat, kababs, samosas of different fillings and jalebis, which have been hailed as the best in Oman.
Many people staying in and around Ruwi make it a point to collect their iftar goodies when the Al Ravi opens for home-deliveries at 4pm.
Woodlands restaurant in the Central Business District in Ruwi has an iftar platter that is neatly packed and gets ready in minutes. The platter that cost RO5.9 contains starters of chicken lollypop, vegetable pakoda, dry cauliflower Manchurian, apart from fish tikka masala, chicken biryani, paratha, as well as gulab jamun or jalebi. The essential lassi, fruits, dates, water bottle, and salad are also packed neatly in the box.
Nishant, manager of Woodlands, said the iftar orders are also customised and delivered, as per the preference of the customers.
Karak Gholam, a restaurant in Qurum near Vox cinema caters to the residential and corporate cluster of Qurum, an upmarket area in the capital city. Teddy, manager of the outlet, said that their samosa box is a best-seller. The outlet also has snack box that contain falafels, spring rolls and samosas, as well as chappati rolls that have a variety of fillings, like the popular Mumbai frankies.
Ghasitaram Halwai, as always, remains one of the most-visited places for snacks like pakora, samosa, and a variety of Indian foodstuff. However, this is a vegetarian joint. Devanand, managing director of the restaurant, said his outlet has never missed offering an iftar platter, consisting of bajias made with potato, onion, eggplant, and onion pakoras, and a delightful variety of Indian sweets, including hot jalebis and gulab jamuns.
There are also many housewives in the fray who supply home-cooked food like shami kebabs, beef Haleem, shahi tukda and boneless chicken curry, at a 24-hour notice.