Raj Restaurant

 

IMG_5620Indian food is not too common though there is a sizable population here. This is a high end establishment. I wandered into this place during Ramadan as well. They had a good buffet but only during this time. Otherwise it’s a bit expensive for the quality. I’ve been in several times and it’s a decent place to fall into every once in a while. You just need enough time to go by before you want to return.IMG_5226 IMG_5225 IMG_5618

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Maggiano’s Restaurant

IMG_5230I wandered into this restaurant during Ramadan. It’s a moderate class Italian dining experience. There are tablecloths. Smoking is allowed and can be annoying. IMG_5232The food is pretty good. The red sauce appears homemade. Spaghetti is pretty good as a side. The Ceasar salad is done in advance and the dressing bottles. The ingredients are flavorless. Pizza is a plus until I found a better place for less money and better pizza. It’s got good service. But I’m there mainly for the food and value for the SAR ($).

Caesar salad. From the 'frig. Cold and tasteless. Crisp croutons. The cheese is too mild.

Caesar salad. From the ‘frig. Cold and tasteless. Crisp croutons. The cheese is too mild.

Eggplant parm. The marinara was really good.

Chicken parm’. The marinara was really good.

Pizza - pepperoni. Surprisingly good.

Pizza – pepperoni. Surprisingly good.

The pizza had some unexpected extra vegetables. No, I didn’t eat this all in one visit.

Eating out

IMG_5218With all the American brand name chain restaurants it was only a matter of time before I arrived in an Outback Restaurant. It’s in my category of survivor meal. You go there when there’s not too much choice and you want to live. I indulged in a decadent desire to have a greasy blooming onion. The steak was average. There’s too much emphasis on lean meat to get a true tender moist steak. During Ramadan they bring complimentary samosa, laban, and dates – distinctly different and Middle Eastern. IMG_5220Another breakdown, I ate in Subway. Funny, I first ate in one in Maine, during another desperation moment. It’s not bad and if you believe the hype, you will lose weight. Just the same it tastes like New York or Maine. The difference is that they don’t have sweet peppers and they don’t have the variety of breads. There are a few other variations like a split hot dog with American cheese on top. They will add all the olives lettuce and tomato to that mess that you request. IMG_5231Thalia Mall is a mega mall of three stories. It has an amusement center with rides and games for the family. There is a standard food court Middle Eastern style. In it there is a Burger King and a Chinese takeout place. Spring rolls are the only thing you can eat from the Chinese place. The hot and sour soup is not soup (unidentified starch thickened mess). The rest of the food is in warmers. The turnover is slow and the food has given me GI distress too often to be ignored. The spring rolls are fried up on the spot so they’re safe.

Thalia Mall

Thalia Mall

Costa looks like a chain. It’s a tiny kiosk that serves up coffee, smoothies and baked goods. So far there’s no appeal.