Beirut Restaurants

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    Mayrig: Exquisite Armenian Restaurant

    by MM212 Written Jun 14, 2016

    Having heard about Mayrig for years without ever going, I finally got to try it in May 2016. It was really exquisite! Mayrig is one of two top Armenian restaurants in Beirut, and it is located at the point where Gemmeyzé meets the Mar Mikhail neighbourhood. The Armenian community of Lebanon introduced many recipes to Lebanese cuisine and then added some touches to existing Lebanese dishes. Many of these can be sampled here.

    Address: Pasteur Street

    Phone: +961 1 572 121

    Website: http://www.mayrigbeirut.com

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    al-Mayyas: Excellent Armenian Restaurant

    by MM212 Updated Jun 14, 2016

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    Located in the heart of Achrafieh neighbourhood in Beirut, al-Mayass is one of two exquisite Armenian restaurants in Beirut. Although Armenians have nowadays become part of the fabric of Lebanon, the community has conserved its distinctive cuisine, which nevertheless shares similarities with other cuisines of the eastern Mediterranean. The restaurant has a cosy dining room on two different floors and its atmosphere becomes lively when a live musician plays the classical guitar and sings old songs. Al-Mayass is a delicious and interesting alternative to eating traditional Lebanese food while in Beirut. Make sure you prepare a list of favourite old songs for the singer. A reservation is recommended.

    Favorite Dish: Kebab in cherry sauce, Armenian manti with yoghurt

    Address: Rue Wadih Naim, Achrafieh, Beirut

    Phone: +961 1 215 046

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    Tawlet: An extension of Souk el-Tayeb

    by MM212 Updated Jun 14, 2016

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    Brought to Beirut by the founders of Souk el-Tayeb (the farmer's market), this casual, cafeteria-like lunch restaurant is a new concept in the city. Each day (Monday through Friday), a different chef comes to the restaurant from the villages of Lebanon to cook a home-made lunch as it would be cooked in his or her own home, using the freshest of ingredients. These chefs are typically older ladies and grandmothers who possess authentic recipes passed down by older generations. Lunch is served on a buffet and may be accompanied by wine or home-made lemonade. The restaurant is located in Mar Mikhail and a reservation is a must. Check out the website for the upcoming week's menu. On Saturdays a brunch is served, so it is best to eat here during the week. I've been here twice, in Sep 2010 and in May 2016.

    Address: Chalboub Bldg, 12 naher street, Gemmayzé

    Directions: On the ground floor facing Spoiler Center, dead end street at the corner of Anthurium flower shop
    left side, corner bldg

    Phone: +961 1 448 129

    Website: http://www.tawlet.com

    Tawlet's casual dining room, May 2016 Tawlet in Sep 2010 May 2016 May 2016 May 2016
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    Enab Restaurant: Best choice in Mar Mikhail

    by MM212 Updated Jun 6, 2016

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    Located smack in the heart of the now very trendy Mar Mikhail neighbourhood, Enab (which means grapes) is a great place to have dinner before bar hopping along Armenia Street. It is housed in an old-style space with a colourful retro look, and is gifted with a spacious terrace in the back for clement weather. The whole restaurant has a cool laid back atmosphere, more lounge-like than stiff restaurant. The food is excellent traditional Lebanese.

    Address: Armenia Street, Mar Mikhail, Beirut

    Phone: +961 1 444 441

    Enab, May 2016 Enab interior, May 2016 Enab terrace, May 2016 Enab, May 2016 Enab, May 2016
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    Fiona's: worst experience ever!

    by RalphC8 Written Oct 1, 2013

    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!

    Address: Saifi area, Beirut

    Directions: Gouraud Street, Saifi, Beirut, Lebanon

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  • Razz'zz: A meat lover's paradise

    by gaby85 Written Sep 3, 2013

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    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.

    Address: Weaver's Center, Clemenceau Str., Clemenceau

    Phone: 961 1 366246

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  • Pasta di Casa: Fantastic homemade style

    by gaby85 Written Sep 2, 2013

    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.

    Phone: 961 1 366909

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  • Laziz: A slice of Hamra life

    by gaby85 Written Aug 30, 2013

    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.

    Address: Hamra Str., Hamra

    Phone: 961 1 353433

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  • Kabab-ji Grill: Popular grill house

    by gaby85 Written Aug 29, 2013

    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.

    Address: Hamra Str., Hamra

    Phone: 961 1 741555

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  • Kaakaya: Popular spot

    by gaby85 Written Aug 21, 2013

    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

    Address: Makdessi Str. Hamra

    Phone: 961 1 742729

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  • Gruen Eatery: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and light menus

    by gaby85 Written Aug 10, 2013

    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.

    Address: Gefinor Centre, Clemenceau Str., Clemenceau

    Phone: 961 737344

    Gruen Eatery
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  • Ferdinand: Ferdinand burger

    by gaby85 Written Aug 8, 2013

    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.

    Address: Mahatma Ghandi Str., Hamra

    Phone: 961 1 355955

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  • De Prague: Relaxed hipster vibe

    by gaby85 Written Aug 5, 2013

    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.

    Address: Makdessi Str., Hamra

    Phone: 961 1 744864

    De Prague
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  • Cru: Professional recommendations

    by gaby85 Written Aug 4, 2013

    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.

    Address: Makdessi Str., Hamra

    Phone: 961 1 344565

    Cru
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  • Cristobal Colon: A warm narrow space

    by gaby85 Written Aug 1, 2013

    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.

    Address: 78th Str., Hamra

    Phone: 961 1 342164

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