TIME TO SHAKE, STIR, AND SIP

HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - — salim@time­so­fo­man.com STORY SALEM AFIFI

Don’t ne­glect the mock­tails, and juices that are served with your meals for a great din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

We of­ten don’t give enough credit to drinks while try­ing a new res­tau­rant. For some rea­son mock­tails and shakes take a back­seat. So this week we de­cided to round up five favourite drinks that will make your din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence thrilling.

Be­ing a food writer and re­viewer, I have passed quite a num­ber of restau­rants that of­fered me in­ter­est­ing sips with flavours to re­mem­ber. Though or­der­ing drinks can be a hit-or-a-miss kind of a sit­u­a­tion, but once you find that ul­ti­mate drink, your day just be­comes bet­ter. From fine din­ing restau­rants, to burger joints, to af­ford­able binge-on-a-bud­get places, there’s al­ways that one drink that you can’t get enough of, mak­ing it a sta­ple when­ever you visit that place. With these five drinks, I bet your list of favourite drinks will be ex­tended, be­cause these are se­lec­tions that are dif­fer­ent, tasty, and the real thirst quencher, leav­ing a pleas­ant af­ter­taste.

1 Rose Wa­ter Juice at Dukanah Café

If you fancy try­ing some­thing lo­cal, this is for you. The drink is quite a thirst-quencher. I have tried many rose wa­ter-in­fused drink but there’s some­thing ex­tra spe­cial about this one; it’s made of real, fresh rose petals blended with sugar, a bunch of ice, and a touch of lime. It’s re­fresh­ing, zesty, and very de­li­cious. And, its pre­sen­ta­tion that comes in a gi­gan­tic glass full of rose pink colour and petals bed­ded on a foamy top is just per­fec­tion.

Dukanah Café

Aza­iba (Be­hind GMC Show­room) +968 2450 2244

2 Lindt Zesty Or­ange at The Choco­late Room

Any choco­holics in the house? I got you cov­ered. This zesty-but-sweet co­coa shake is the busi­ness. It’s made of fa­mous Lindt choco­lates, blended with a cit­rusy flavour of or­ange, and topped with whipped cream and a zest of or­ange. The taste of dark choco­late and sweet or­ange leaves bit­ter­sweet af­ter­taste that will keep you com­ing back here for more.

The Choco­late Room

Al Ghubra, Bousher +968 2449 9922

3 Bis­cky at Bistro 64

Now, let’s talk about the sweet stuff. You all know that I could die for any­thing lo­tus. My eyes went straight to this bev­er­ages­lash-dessert dur­ing my last visit to Bistro 64. The drink is a treat for those with a sweet-tooth; it’s a creamy milk­shake made of vanilla ice cream blended with lo­tus bis­cuits, tossed with bits of crushed bis­cuit on top, and driz­zled with caramel sauce. This is the pin­na­cle of milk­shakes; it’s cookie flavour makes it a favourite atop my list of thick bev­er­ages.

Bistro 64

Jawharat Al Shatti, Qu­rum +968 9628 6783

4 The Lantern at Maya

I fell in love with the drink be­fore tak­ing a sip be­cause I was so fas­ci­nated by the lantern. One of the best drink pre­sen­ta­tions ever. The drink is in­spired by mod­ern In­dia, serv­ing flavours and style, and sip­ping on it will shoot eu­phoric sparks to your mood in­stantly. Its zesty mix of cherry, or­ange juice, and mar­malade will leave your taste­buds en­ter­tained.

Maya

The Cave, Dar­sait +968 9469 5055

5 Dried Lime Juice at Dukanah Café

What are the odds of hav­ing two of my favourite drinks from the same place? Yes, this is an­other tra­di­tional sip served at Dukanah. The juice is made of ground-then-boiled Omani dried le­mon. These dry lemons are sta­ple in tra­di­tional Omani house­holds, mak­ing it a must-try del­i­cacy, es­pe­cially for ex­pats who wish to taste an au­then­tic lo­cal flavour. The taste has a tangy zing and takes a dark brown colour sim­i­lar to that of tamarind. Its un­usual taste makes it ever more in­ter­est­ing.

Dukanah Café

Aza­iba (Be­hind GMC Show­room) +968 2450 2244

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