The Crafty Kitchen is a very pretty café located next to MacKenzies Deli in MQ. Furnished with modern fittings, charming colours and adorable tableware the restaurant creates a very elegant and welcoming ambience.
The Crafty Kitchen is open seven days a week from 7 am until 8 pm serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. They have a very vast collection of teas, a variety of them imported from La Via Del Te in Florence, Italy. The restaurant also runs cooking classes on selected days of the week with each class covering different type of food. Apart from the culinary tutorials, they also cater to a range of events including children’s parties, baby showers and bridal showers.
Last weekend I attended a very successful cooking class at The Crafty Kitchen where we learnt how to make Thai Spring Rolls and Roasted Pumpkin & Feta Stuffed Ravioli. It was actually supposed to be a three course meal but we didn’t make it to desserts due to the lack of time. Some of the big names in the social media coterie were invited for this cooking sesh and I was so glad to be a part of it.
Spacious, neat and well stocked, the kitchen was well set up. I wish I had my own functional cookery like this one!
Heading the class was Chef Jeremy Steele who is an Australian chef with an extensive culinary experience. He has travelled and worked in Europe, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Thanks to him we had the most wonderful class.
He also had the Pastry Chef, Nathalie assisting him in the session and we got to try some of her splendid macarons. Some of the flavours included chocolate & balsamic, dates, green tea and lemon & mint! Absolutely heavenly! (They’re very reasonably priced at 450Bz per piece, come have a bite at Crafty!)
We started with a basic demo on how to julienne vegetables for our first dish i.e. Thai Spring Rolls.
Chef Steele taught us the different techniques of cutting vegetables, the uses of different knives and he also leaked an amazing kitchen hack on peeling garlic! That was definitely something I didn’t know. Well I’m not saying it here; you got to join the class to find out! LOL.
Pictured above is the result of my just-learnt chopping skills.
These were then fried in a wok for 4 to 5 mins adding in a couple of sauces. Using Chef Steele’s technique we rolled the stuffing using spring roll wrappers and dabs of egg wash.
The spring rolls were decadently deep fried before arranging them in a bamboo steamer with a bowl of sweet chilli sauce. They turned out really tasty and I even took a few of them home.
Next we learnt how to make fresh pasta dough and how to roll the different types of pasta. Today’s class touched on fettuccine, linguine, tortellini and ravioli.
We all got our hand at rolling the pasta dough. It was great fun, but I wished the class had covered some sauces as well; after all, a good sauce is what makes a pasta dish great.
Our main dish was the Roasted Pumpkin & Feta Stuffed Ravioli. We cut out circles from the pasta dough we had just rolled and filled it with the stuffing that was already prepared by the Crafty team.
The ravioli was then boiled and garnished with white sauce and parmesan. The dish tasted fabulous, we polished off every bit of it and so there was nothing to take home haha.
The highlight of the class was Chef Steele himself. Engaging, enthusiastic and effusive, he has a huge bank of knowledge and a fantastic way of executing a cooking class. I even got a great picture with him after the class!
When I left The Crafty Kitchen, I couldn’t help but reflect on how much I got to learn from this introductory class. A zest for cooking was kindled in me. I am definitely coming to Crafty Kitchen for more classes.
All in all, it was a really fun day out and the type of experience that would be great for sharing with friends or colleagues.
Oh before I forget, a multi-cuisine restaurant will be opening soon right next to The Crafty Kitchen called Eat Street. It is under the same management of Crafty and they will be serving street foods from around the world – but more on that later!
Photography by Rashmi Patel
Restaurant: The Crafty Kitchen
Location: Al Noor Plaza, Madinat Qaboos, Oman
Restaurant hours: 7.00 AM to 8.00 PM (everyday)
Contact number: +968 24696660