BAIT AL LUBAN RESTAURANT – BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

On Thursday-3rd March 2016 on the lawns of the Al Bustan Palace - a Ritz Carlton Hotel, the 14th Oman Restaurant Awards were presented  to 14 winners picked from 103 participating restaurants. 

It was the big night of Oman's biggest hospitality awards. On Thursday on the lawns of the Al Bustan Palace - a Ritz Carlton Hotel, the 14th Oman Restaurant Awards were presented to 14 winners picked from 103 participating restaurants. The yearly gala by Apex Press and Publishing has only grown bigger in scale and popularity - in 2002, the votes cast numbered over 1,000, there were 40 members in the audience for the awards given away at the modestly sized Pearl Room of the Al Bustan hotel.

Today is a completely different story.

A massive 418,000 votes were received in a public poll for 103 participating restaurants. And three finalists in each of the 14 categories were announced in November 2015.

Five anonymous judges then went into action, eating out at each of the 42 finalist outlets and their votes were collated to decide the winners in each category.

Their identity was disclosed on the night of the awards by Mohana Prabhakar. They were: Ali Abbas, Donatella Donatelli, Faisal Sultan, Rhea Verma and Jalal Abdul Latif.

Salek Zakwani, executive chairman, Apex Press and Publishing gave away the awards.