OMAN Magazine trials a true taste of the Philippines at Adobo Restaurant, Muscat!
What brought you to Oman?
I was born and raised in the Philippines and had actually completed a Bachelors in Radiologic Technology before starting a career with Muscat Duty Free in Oman. My father had worked for Oman Air for many years and suggested I apply for a role here. I started as a junior sales person and was promoted to merchandiser in a matter of two months! I loved the creativity and challenge of design and sales and moved to become a VM, then Marketing Coordinator and eventually Marketing Executive. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience and it led me to where I am today. In 2012, I left the world of airport shopping behind and embarked on my true passion; restaurants. I wanted to bring good, authentic cuisine and a taste of ‘home’ for the Filipino community in Muscat. Since our launch two years ago, we have welcomed almost every nationality. It’s a diverse cuisine with influences from across Spain and Asia, making it appealing to most.
What was the inspiration behind the brand Adobo?
In the beginning, the restaurant was born as an answer to an increasing demand for real Filipino food! People associate the name Adobo with the main signature dish of the Philippines, but for us, it is just one of the 69 dishes on the menu that we offer. I have tried cutting down the menu size, but it seems our diners believe that variety is the spice of life!
For those who have never tried Filipino food, which are the must-try dishes?
There are so many delicious dishes, in my opinion, within filipino cuisine (perhaps I am biased…) however I would say that the Chicken Sisig and the Leche Flan are classic favourites for the international traveller; full of flavour, depth and moreish flavours.
Who designed the interiors of the restaurant?
When I thought of how the restaurant should look and feel, I knew one thing for certain; it must be homely. As you can see the walls are covered in bamboo sticks, and the accessories of Philippine keepsakes such as the fans, the mini guitar and of course, the karaoke machine are very much in keeping with authentic filipino fun. Each time a friend heads back to the Philippines, they bring me a gift and you’ll find it hanging on the walls of the restaurant the very same day.
Tonight OMAN Magazine had the pleasure of trying some of Adobo’s Extensive Menu. Here’s just a few of our favourites:
- Ginataang Monggo – Fragrant Soup with Monggo Beans
- Bam-i with mixed Bihon and Canton Noodles
- Beef Caldereta – Beef with green peas, pineapple, tomatoes, potatoes, carrot and rich gravy
- Chicken Sisig – The egg cooks itself!
- Sinigang na Hipon Soup – Shrimp & Vege in Sour broth with Real Tamarind!
- Super Fresh Jasmine Rice
- Leche Flan – This was michelin-star worthy!
- Sawsawan as dipping sauce – Explosion of flavours
- Nestle Ice Tea – We could drink by the bucket-load…
For reservations and enquiries;
Phone: +968 95507124 / +968 91405006