I am sorry to say, I have never been mistreated, insulted and humiliated in my life like tonight at Fiona's
I honestly do not know where to start! The floor manager Roland has an attitude, he is rude, he disrespects me my guests and my fiance. The food took almost an hour to arrive amongst a long list of complaints... ! Not to mention treating us like beggars because we bought online coupons from Scoopcity for this place!! We came for dinner and never thought we would be eaten ourselves by mosquitoes!
I am never coming back to this place and I don’t advise it to anyone! there are hundreds of upscale Italian restaurants in Beirut you could go to...
I have written a complaint to the management and I will be hopeful in the event of a reply from the restaurant’s side and will update this review but will consider avoiding my mail an act of negligence similar to the attitude of the restaurant’s floor manager Roland!
Get your hands on some real tigran and varti beurek in a smashing ambience offering two seated levels, a bar and a leafy al fresco option in the garden. Vegetarians, beware; this is a meat lover's paradise, where the selection of fusion kebbe might be followed by a stew like dish of round soujouk (spicy sausage) swimming in an explosively flavorful tomato sauce. Razz'zz has added an Aleppo twist to some authentically Armenian dishes - make sure kebab karaz (cherry kebab) comes before dessert - through chances are you won't be needing any more sugar. The restaurant is downstairs from the jazz club and lounge, which offers a lively program of acts.
Don't let the exterior of Pasta di Casa fool you - if it weren't for the grubby fluorescent letters above the doorway, the entrance would be almost impossible to spot - but once inside, the snug little room with its six tables in green checked cloths. The fresh handmade pasta is the draw, with enormous plates of ravioli, lasagne or pasta dishes where you choose your shape (fettucine, spaghetti, angel hair, penne, conchiglie, fusili, or gnocchi) and homemade sauce funghi, pollo, marinara and so on. Luckily the Maitre is accustomed to packaging up leftovers. Also offers soups, salads, crepes, steaks, and sandwiches, all done in a fantastic homemade style.
A great location on a busy corner slap bang in the middle of the main street, opposite Starbuck's and surrounded by shops, makes Laziz the first port of call for many wanting to get a slice of Hamra lif. It's perfect for watching the world go by with its huge glass windows is all bright whites and primary coloured furniture - we like the tables modeled on backgammon boards. It's a fresh modern setting for its extensive Lebanese menu that covers hot and cold mezze, meat dishes and sweets and drinks. There are also daily specials like moghrabiyeh with chicken and lamb or laban with rice.
Successfully taking a traditional concept and turning it into a flourishing chain, popular grill house kabab-ji serves a comprehensive Lebanese menu in a functional restaurant setting. Apart from a broad range of traditional Lebanese appetisers and snacks like tabbouleh, fatteh and grilled halloum, the main draw is the kebab sandwiches, a good range with good quality ingredients, from low-key chicken or aubergine to more exciting spicy Orfali. Desserts are basic - ice cream or fruit - the real reason to visit Kabab-ji is to fill up on the great meat and veg. A worthwhile specialty is the rage of 'nayyeh' or raw meat, ground and mixed with herbs.
A low key local venue tat's a popular spot for a relaxed evening of narguileh and cards. As the name suggests, a large portion of the menu centers around the traditional handbag shaped kaak flat bread, sprinkled with sesame, that is a well known feature of Beirut's food landscape. You can have it plain or filled with cheese, thyme or any number of other fillings. There are also burgers and other snacks, and a classic hot drink to try is the creamy, porridge like sahlab. Warm and rich, sprinkled with cinnamon and served with its own mini kaaks breads, it's the perfect choice for a chill evening
In the concrete and glass Gefinor Centre opposite AUH, Gruen covers all possible bases, with a cake counter in the entrance and a large oblong area and offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and light menus. International and covering Lebanese, Asian and European bases, you could start your day with eggs and bacon or sumac, pancakes, waffles and French toast, then have a smoked salmon calzone for lunch, then dine on chicken salad with grapefruit, mint and pistachio or shrimp curry with saffron rice. For dessert, a great selection of ice cream flavors like ashta or mulberry, plus cakes and cotton candy.
On a tiny alley between the main Hamra street and its parallel, a cluster of several small bars have gathered to create one of the main hubs for hip crews always on the go. Ferdinand, named for the dreamy bull in the children's book who always wanted to sit and smell the flowers instead of fighting, always has a sizeable crowd. Busy and buzzing with a trendy casual crowd, the cocktails are what draws them in but the food isn't bad either; assured versions of things like grilled halloum, spicy wings and chicken and cheese quesadillas. The main to try is the famous Ferdinand burger with its unusual but delicious blueberry sauce.
Low key art deco look, dim lighting and a relaxed hipster vibe make De Prague a perennially popular student hangout. In the daytime there's free WiFi, attracting crowds of people tapping on laptops while perched on the low chairs among shelves of design books. In the evening, the bar slowly fills up with an arty crowd of drinkers. Available all day, the extensive menu covers snacks and light meals like omelettes, and more substantial risottos, pastas and sandwiches. There's good music and occasional events and exibits, and in the evenings classic films are projected onto the back wall of the main room, with the sound off.
A dinky and dim little bar with a commitment to expanding its customers' repertoires through its sensitivity chosen selection of Lebanese and international wines, including wine flights (the opportunity to taste three or four wines at a time) and a large and rotating glass selection. The menu offers cheese and meat plates, light dishes like smoked salmon and creme fraiche with caviar, and desserts. A lot of the wines come from boutique wineries around Lebanon, so this is a good opportunity to explore some of the more unusual vintages without having to trek all over the countryside, and the owners and staff make friendly and professional recommendations.
A bar and bistro that blends European and Latin American flavors furniture and golden lighting. You can find all sorts of feature eggs benedict and piperade, and caramelo French toast with cinnamon, bananas and caramel sauce. Later in the day you might go for tapas tostadas, ceviche, shrimps with saffron or choose from the main dishes. We like the salad with marinated churraasco salmon steak with fruit salasa, and might finishing up with a classic Spanish vanilla and espresso flavoured custard flan.
Get passed the slightly unpromising entrance through a shabby building forecourt and Cow & Apple is a big, contemporary industrial chic space with leather lined booths, plain solid wooden blocks of tables and a gleaming semi open kitchen. As the name suggests, they like to get back to the basics of the ingredients for their burgers, sausages, steaks and pies. There's a butcher's shop on site that supplies their meat, and their desserts come from artisanal bakery Bread Republic. The burgers and steaks are good quality and offered with a real attention to how you want them cooked, elsewhere on the menu, we love their spicy chorizo sausages and the 961 beer on tap.
An international chain hailing originally from Southern California. The spacious venue is done out in calming shades of green and brown, and the outside tables are a popular spot for whiling away an afternoon. As well as a selection of salads, sandwiches and pastries, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's international outposts in Beirut offer all the lattes, foams, espressos and flavorings you could ask for, and ice blended drinks made with coffee, tea or caffeine free flavors. Their tea selection reads like a chick lit lending library, stocked with things like Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearl, Tropical Passion and Japanese Cherry.
The cafe where everyone knows your name - or if they don't, someone is almost guaranteed to ask. Beirutis of all stripes are to be found at Younes tables, enjoying fresh ground coffee, tapping on their laptops or lunching while working their ways through papers and books, and its famous as a meeting place. The long menu seems designed to maintain the interest of people who are going to spend all day there - there are acres of teas, coffees and hot chocolate that can be iced, whipped and flavored at will, then huge lists of sandwiches,salads, eggs, pancakes and bagels, which range from a plain omelette to a gourmet chilli steak sandwich meal.
Cafe Hamra pulls off a popular fusion of American '50s diner and Lebanese narguileh lounge with panache. Sit inside amidst graffiti, shelves of vinyl, stacks of second hand books and pinball machines, while pictures, signs and the menu remind you that you're in Beirut. It's a frenetic combination, but always full of happy punters enthusiastically smoking their narguileh. Apart from the standard menu of mezze, sandwiches and so forth, there's a big salad bar at $11 a head, quite a rarity in restaurants and cafes at cafes at this level. Another draw is the beg covered terrace at the back and the cheerful service