Eating Gluten-Free in Oman!


Mushroom and walnut wild rice salad at Ubhar

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Muscat, Oman! I’ve been here since September, and food-wise, it’s been *really easy* to get by (and not just get by, but do well!).

Middle Eastern cuisine is largely gluten-free, except for the abundance of bread. Thankfully, Omanis mostly eat rice and fish. And they don’t eat soy sauce!

There are several great restaurants to try out here. The ones I’ve tried are:

1. Kargeen Caffe

The best thing about this place is the atmosphere. It’s outdoors, quiet, under the clear night sky (Oman, by royal decree, doesn’t have skyscrapers). Food is lovely and many things on the menu are middle-eastern (read: naturally gluten-free). Hummus, labneh, salads, grilled fish, etc. all made in a gluten-free way. Make sure to remind them to keep the bread far away! :)

2. Turkish House

Indoor. Classic “restaurant” feel. But the food is really good. Especially the hummus and the melon and lemon drink.

3. Ubhar Bistro

Slightly higher end, but the food is super delicious. The photo above is of the wild rice salad I had there. Simple food, but a lot of care is taken to prepare it well.

3. Mani’s Gourmet Cafe

I’ve saved the best for last. This place actually has gluten-free notation on the menu! How amazing is that! Amazing food, super cosy environment, and lots of healthy options. Truly a Daisy-endorsed cafe. Almond butter, gluten-free granola, gluten-free cake, eggs, you name it! You can have it all. A gem of a place.

All of these restaurants have English-speaking waitstaff, so ordering is really easy.

Because of the high number of foreigners in Oman, most grocery stores have gluten-free isles.

You’ll have no problems being gluten-free in Oman!



Favola, Le Meridien Hotel (KL Sentral) $$$$ 17/20

Hello everyone!

Awhile ago, I dined with a friend at a fancy Italian restaurant in Le Meridien Hotel. Not my usual scene, but I thought I’d write about it in case you guys wanted to go there for a special occasion!

The atmosphere was lovely – an audacious Italianesque furniture overlooking a garden! – and the lunch time crowd was not overwhelming. Very erudite-looking, everyone was!

The best part about the meal was the special gluten-free bread that came with the meal. It had a lovely bread-like consistency (rare!). The chef said that the bread was baked in-house.

The house-made gluten-free bread had a great texture!

The house-made gluten-free bread had a great texture!

The meal itself was good – wild mushrooms and roasted veggies were simple but fresh and delicious! All this girl needs or wants! :) If you can get over the price for such a simple meal, it’s a fantastic place to go!

GF Food at Le Meridien 2016-08-19 13.21.14

Simple, delicious, pricey!

Service wasn’t all that, but the chef was nice enough to come out and speak about gluten-free options. Always nice when they do that.



Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, 2, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral


  • Allergy friendly: *****
  • Taste: ****
  • Atmosphere: Calm, peaceful, quiet ****
  • Service: ***
  • Cost: $$$$ Dishes range from RM40+ to RM100+ for entrees



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