Globally renowned Australian Chef, Shannon Bennett,
has opened his first restaurant outside of Australia - VUE by Shannon
Bennett - at the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat in Oman.
Highly revered by his peers and the gastronomic
community worldwide, Bennett’s restaurant Vue de Monde (located in
Melbourne Australia) is an acclaimed establishment that has won
multiple awards since its inception in 2000.
“The Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat is
delighted to have Shannon Bennett as part of our talented team.
VUE by Shannon Bennett offers the hotel a unique dining concept
unlike anything currently available in Oman,” said Tony Zamora
Director of Operations, Oman, IHG and General Manager, Al Bustan
Palace InterContinental Muscat.
“Shannon’s sheer passion for food, coupled with
his international experience and many accolades made him the
standout choice for the hotel. His vision to deliver a distinctive
dining experience perfectly complements the inimitable experience
that we always strive to offer our guests at the Al Bustan Palace
VUE by Shannon Bennett offers diners the essence
of contemporary French cuisine. By incorporating incredible
flavours, theatre and design, guests are taken on a veritable
journey of the senses. Each dish is prepared using a combination
of classic and contemporary culinary techniques, ensuring that the
unique flavour and essence of each carefully sourced ingredient is
The focus of the restaurant is largely on
degustation style dining. Guests may either choose from a
selection of dishes to create their own menu of three, five or
seven courses or may leave it in the hands of their waiter to
suggest the most suitable dishes for their tastes.
The Menu Gastronome, a specially selected
progression of around nine courses, is the ultimate indulgence and
the most complete expression of the finely crafted nature of the
dishes available. At lunch time, The Menu Du Jour offers
unrivalled value at just 10 OMR per person for two courses and
VUE by Shannon Bennett boasts one of the most
extensive wine lists in Oman and non-Muslim guests may also select
to have wines matched to each dish by the restaurants resident
sommelier Brigid Hoskins. Alternatively, a non alcoholic beverage
match is also available.
The dining room itself offers superb views, a
spacious layout and the very best of cutlery, crockery and
glassware sourced from around the globe. Shannon’s passion for
supporting local artists is celebrated with works by leading Omani
artists Hassan Meer and Rashid Abdulrahman Al Belushi displayed
prominently in the room.
“Muscat takes my breath away with its natural
beauty and culture, and the fact that it has been protected by too
much development. I describe Muscat as the desert meeting the sea,
with spectacular consequences,” Shannon said when asked why he
selected Muscat for his first venture outside of his hometown,
The dishes on the menu have all been selected to
make the most of produce that is locally available. So whilst the
menu is based on dishes from Vue de monde in Melbourne we have
been inspired by locally available ingredients and have enjoyed
the challenge of adapting our dishes to show case these. We have
also planted our own market garden within the hotel grounds giving
us some control over the supply of raw produce and the fish market
here is one of the most impressive I have ever seen.”
To train new staff and ensure high service
standards, several highly skilled employees from Bennett’s
signature restaurant in Melbourne travelled to Oman to impart
their experience to the new team at VUE by Shannon Bennett.
Restaurant Head Chef, Josh Lewis, has worked with Shannon at Vue
de monde for 4 years and brings with him a fresh determination to
deliver diners an experience unlike any other in the Middle East.
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