Saturday, June 30, 2012
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I blogged about it 2 months ago, and now it's open. Mackenzies opened for business last Thursday afternoon and is open every day from 8-8, including Fridays. The store is located in MQ, in the same building as Costa Coffee, just next to the Busy Bees nursery (behind Subway).


 

The place is split into 2: a Cafe at the front with lots of comfortable seating, and then at the back is the deli selling freshly imported products ranging from salmon & mussels, to fresh beef, lamb and pork products. The cafe has sandwiches which change every few days, and there is even freshly baked bread flown in from, I think the lady said, Belgium.







It is my understanding that everything for sale in the deli is freshly imported, nothing is frozen. Prices are, when considering that everything is air-freighted in, and taxed heavily, not too bad. But most importantly there are a lot of products available in the store that I've not seen for sale anywhere else.

Freshly made pies, ready for you to take home and bake in your oven, are also available, along with an extensive fresh olive selection and more. It's certainly worth a look in, I was quite pleased to get a jar of lemon curd (not seen that for sale here before)!

le fin.

13 comments:

Sandlab said...

"freshly baked bread flown in from, I think the lady said, Belgium"
???

Sythe said...

Yeah - I squeezed a baguette on Thursday and it was fresh.. I thought it was locally sourced, but no, comes in on air freights.

Becky said...

Oscar and I have just been for lunch and it was delicious. So great to finally have some tasty healthy food available. I must say though I bought Lemon Curd in Lulu's last week !

Sythe said...

Was it that poison known as Gales lemon curd though??!!!

Anonymous said...

Glad that they change the sandwiches every few days............... hehe

Anonymous said...

Well done Gordon Mackenzie for making something as varied and fantastic as this in Muscat....MarionT

Anonymous said...

Well done Gordon Mackenzie for making something as varied and fantastic as this in Muscat....MarionT

Anonymous said...

Hi
I had heard so much about this deli that I visited on Friday, maybe I went to the 'wrong' Mackenzies' deli!! Most of the counters were empty, on the meat counter the only thing that was on sale was a very suspicious looking piece of beef tenderloin and that was it, nothing else, it was totally empty, on the cafe side a similar thing counters were virtually empty, just a few cakes available. Certainly wont be visiting again!!

Sythe said...

To the last Anon -

I think they maybe were not expecting such a huge demand for their products - there was A LOT of products stocked last week, I went in there a couple times in the week and at times there were 30+ people in there, I'm sure they will be re-stocked again soon!

Anonymous said...

I ordered a very nice cheese and salad sandwich yesterday to take-out.
Excellent fresh bread, proper cheddar cheese and lovely salad filling, all for OR 1.

Anonymous said...

I first visited MacKenzies deli shortly after you first posted about it and was pleasantly surprised. The lunch sampled at the cafe was delish and very reasonably priced, as were the products in the deli. Small jars of lemon curd and other interesting preserves were priced at RO 1.300 and RAW coffee (my fave!) was RO 8.000 / 500g.

Move ahead 10 days and the prices in the deli have all but doubled! Same jars of curd and preserves are now RO 2.600! And the RAW coffee is now RO 11.700! When management was queried as to the reason for the difference, I was informed the initial prices were a "mistake". Retail price vs. mark-up, perhaps? A disappointing turn of events ~ if MacKenzies is looking to attract customers, raising the prices of goods out of reach is not the way...IMHO. :( Susan

Anonymous said...

I bought some pies to take out from Mackenzies @ 1.600 then had tax added! and some pies from AlFair @ 1/2 the price, looked and tasted the same to me!
I also bought some fresh meet from Mackenzies but this didnt have tax added so why did the pies?
Prices have gone up and its an expencive alternative and cashing in on been a new place in town.

Anonymous said...

don't go ...its a rip...overpriced and rubbish quality.

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