Omani cuisine has been influenced by flavours from the Middle East, South Asia, and East Africa. This comes as no surprise as Muscat was once a popular port along the ancient spice route. Cardamom, cumin, cloves, black pepper, turmeric, nutmeg and coriander are just some of the spices that give Omani dishes their distinctive taste.
When in Muscat, sample some harees (savoury beef and wheat porridge) and qabuli (a rice pilaf with lamb meat). For dessert try some halwa (tapioca starch with dates and nuts), and wash it down with kahwa, a strong coffee flavoured with cardamom.
There are also plenty of restaurants serving Middle Eastern and international dishes. The Automatic specialises in Lebanese cuisine, and there are Pakistani and Indian eateries throughout the city.