CHILL WITH BURG­ERS

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If you want to get messy with burg­ers visit Ro­coMa­mas in Qu­rum. You can choose one from the menu or cus­tomise as per your palate.

I’ve been a reg­u­lar diner at Ro­coMa­mas ever since they opened late last year, and I en­joy ev­ery bit of my messy­but-worth-it burger ex­pe­ri­ence when­ever I step a foot into the restau­rant. Why? Sim­ply be­cause this South African fran­chise is the busi­ness; serv­ing gourmet burg­ers and bar­be­cued ribs that give us an all-Amer­i­can clas­sic with flavours to re­mem­ber.

Din­ing here is al­ways a good time, from the jolly wait­ers who wait by the door to greet you with big smiles, to the en­ergy that the place of­fers to its din­ers. This week­end I de­cided to give the read­ers a peek into my ab­so­lute favourite burger joint in town, and dive deep into their menu and their juicy of­fer­ings.

As you reach the place, you can de­cide to ei­ther sit out­doors by the shady trees, or in­side. Given this lovely Parisian weather in Mus­cat, tak­ing a seat in­doors seems like a no-brainer. When en­ter­ing the place, you’d quickly re­alise how vi­brant the place is, even if it has a few peo­ple it still gives that vibe that makes you want to just hang out and chill.

The in­te­rior at Ro­coMa­mas is one of the rea­sons that keep me com­ing back here week af­ter week. It’s uber­cool and it has a mix of flashy orange and jet black colours. It oc­cu­pies a space that ap­pears to be a mar­riage of an in­dus­trial ware­house and an art stu­dio, hence the con­tem­po­rary min­i­mal­is­tic lights. To top it all off, the walls are dec­o­rated with bricked walls and mo­saic car­pets with mir­ror ac­cents that read ‘smash’ in the restau­rant’s colour code. And, the place has an open live kitchen where you could see the chefs work­ing their magic on the meat as you wait for it. The in­te­rior can be summed up in one word: Stun­ning.

Once you have a sit, the wait­ers will hand you the menu in the form of a pa­per and a pen, and ask you to fill in your or­der. You can ei­ther se­lect burg­ers or ribs. Now, the choices are end­less, you can se­lect a burger from the menu or you can cus­tomise

your very own burger from top to bot­tom with a va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing top­pings such as pineap­ple salsa, blue cheese dress­ing, caramelised onions, sweet pickles, and fried eggs. Or, you can go sim­ple and or­der your­self a rack of ribs.

Be­ing a reg­u­lar cus­tomer here, I al­most tried ev­ery­thing from their menu, and with­out be­ing bi­ased the stuff taste great. I’ll dive into some of the dishes that I truly loved off their menu. Let’s kick it off with the starter of all starters: The chilli con carne fries, a mas­sive bas­ket of French fries topped with pi­quant ground beef and a bunch of cheese. This is the pin­na­cle of all fries; the fries serve a soft-but-crunchy taste, and the drip­ping sauces min­gle their way to the bot­tom of the bas­ket, giv­ing you the French-in­spired pou­tine dish of a life­time. Note that the por­tion is hu­mon­gous, so shar­ing is car­ing.

For the mains I usu­ally come here starv­ing, so I tend to or­der straight from the menu. You can se­lect your pro­tein (chicken or beef ) or go veg­e­tar­ian and take a veg­etable burger. My go-to or­der is beef ba­con cheese guac, a thick, juicy patty (called smash here) topped with smoky, crispy beef ba­con, molten aged ched­dar, tomato, and a cou­ple of red onion rings, with chilli may­on­naise and a spread of fresh in-house gua­camole.

The crispi­ness of ba­con and the creami­ness of av­o­cado, mixed with the juices of the beef makes this a num­ber one op­tion for me. An­other burger that’s su­per is the chilli cheez bomb, beef patty topped with crispy beef ba­con, a bunch of cheeses in­clud­ing aged ched­dar and moz­zarella, with fresh chillis and a spread of chilli may­on­naise. This is for those who en­joy a mildly spiced up cheesy burger. The taste is fan­tas­tic. My third op­tion is wild bill, a burger made for those who love a burst of flavours. It’s made of a juicy patty topped with chilli con carne, ched­dar, jalapeños, and na­chos. Savour­ing this Span­ish-in­spired burger is a joy; full of crisps and juices.

Not a fan of sand­wiched pat­ties? How about smoky ribs. When it comes to taste, the ribs at Ro­coMa­mas are the real deal, just de­li­cious. You can choose ei­ther beef or lamb. I usu­ally take beef ribs as they taste ex­tra-de­li­cious. The ribs are melt-in­y­our-mouth ten­der, with clas­sic bar­be­cue sauce. The smoky taste is to die for. The dish is so tasty that tak­ing half a por­tion will only lead to re­gret. Go big or go home on this one.

For desserts, I love their up­side down cheese­cake, served in a glass, as well as their dense choco­late mousse. Both taste great and worth try­ing.

Ro­coMa­mas is one of those places that will be a favourite once you try, and be­lieve me, you will be com­ing back here on rit­ual ba­sis. Get­ting down and dirty with the pat­ties in a good­vibes-only at­mos­phere? sign me up.

RO­COMA­MAS Shatti Al Qu­rum, Qu­rum +968 2464 1066 ro­co­ma­ma­so­man.com What to or­der Ba­con Cheese Guac OMR3.8

Chilli Con Carne OMR2.8

Beef Ribs with BBQ sauce OMR8.5 (half) Chilli Cheez Bomb OMR3.8

Wild Bill OMR3.8

Le­mon Mint OMR2

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