What come’s to mind when you hear ‘Crafty’? For me it resonates with:
This sums up ‘The Crafty Kitchen’, a relative newcomer to Oman's growing restaurant scene. Located in the vibrant heart of the MQ shopping area, off one of its quaint alleyways, The Crafty Kitchen, with its delightful décor, charismatic wall art and its offering of exotic, luxurious teas from around the world, is a much welcome addition to Omans' cafe scene.
I was invited to Crafty along with few bloggers from Oman for a culinary experience by their Executive Chef Jeremy Steele. I've found that experimenting in the kitchen has always been very therapeutic and this was a great opportunity for me to learn something new whilst dining on some scrumptous food!
Our evening kicked-off with a refreshing iced tea and an introduction to Crafty by Chef Steele along with the Pastry Chef, Chef Nathalie. On the menu for the night were a mixture of Thai, Italian and Middle Eastern flavours to give us a taste of the cafe's vibrant menu. If you have ever wanted a dose of the Maserchef experience or dabbled with the idea of attending a cooking class, a culinary session by Chef Steele would satisfy it all. Knife skills are one of the most important parts of culinary art. We were introduced to professional knife skills by using the famous “cat’s paw” grip starting off with a plastic knife and then graduating onto a chef’s knife.
While making the filling for our Thai Spring rolls we learned and practiced the various cutting styles like brunoise, julienne, chiffonade, macedoine, slicing, roll-cutting and crushing. Chef Steele made sure the class was fun by sharing with us a few of his personal chef tips.
We then moved onto making fresh pasta with their inhouse recipe. Rolling sheets of pasta from a perfectly moistened dough has always seemed very intimidating to me. However that too was made simple and we were shown how to make spaghetti, tortellini, tagliatelle and our main dish, the ravioli.
No food experience would be complete without a tantalizing dessert. Such were the macarons made by Chef Nathalie. A bite into the macrons just kicked alive the explosion of mind numbing mix of exotic flavors like balsamic and medjool dates.
On the whole I loved my experience at Crafty. It is a cafe offering an international cuisine while embracing the love for healthy and fresh dining experience. They definitely take the concept of fresh and inhouse to the next level.
Do make sure you check them out. You can also register for a similar culinary experience like mine at their website www.thecraftykitchen.com.