April 23, 2016

Oman Air: Business Class from Beirut to Muscat

A small sized plane, a new version or an updated one, only a couple of seats, a welcoming attitude, large screens with some entertainment and dinner. It was my first time on Oman Air.

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The cabin is dimmed at night with blue lights while the hostesses start service. A warm ambiance made my flight a memorable one. I enjoyed the relaxing chairs despite their lack of leg room. The large screen and wide windows compensate for that.

Starters:

  • Small mezze selection.
  • Shawarma spiced chicken salad with caramelized pumpkin cubes, yogurt dressing and gourmet olives.

A choice of main courses:

  • Gulf-style shrimp biryani, shrimp cooked with fragrant rice and vegetables braised in exotic spices, traditional garnish.
  • Traditional chicken koftas, chunky herb and tomato sauce, grilled market vegetables, vermicelli rice.
  • Homemade roast vegetable lasagna, fragrant tomato and red pepper sauce, Parmesan flakes.

Dessert: Moist coconut cake.

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Dinner is served:

  • Starters first: A platter prepared in the kitchen, generously filled, has a bowl of potato salad with crushed nuts and sesame. A plate that's literally tasteless. Mayonnaise but no flavor. No salt, no lemon, no life.
  • Mouhammara: Crushed walnuts with spices. Lacks sweetness, lacks spices, lacks a bit of everything. The mix needs more flavors and a boost of passion which is clearly missing.
  • Chicken shawarma? What's the shawarma in a chewy chicken topped with mayonnaise? Pumpkin cubes which are carrots and olives that are not gourmet for sure. What a deception! The starters are kind of disastrous for Business Class.
  • Main course followed: Three chicken Kafta mixed with herbs in a tomato sauce, served with rice and grilled veggies. Rice a bit too al dente and a chicken kafta that's not so bad after all. The main plate is much better than dessert. Five shrimp under a mountain of yellow and white rice with grilled vegetables. Tender vegetables, well cooked and flavorful rice with lots of spices. A good, generous and fulfilling plate.
  • Dessert: Spongy cake indeed. Unpleasantly moist and spongy cake. Bizarre and unpleasant textures.

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Good service, bad food. I'll take this flight again but make sure to have dinner before boarding.

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