Best Restaurants in Tahiti
Of all countries which boast a ''Mediterranean diet'', Lebanon is
one of the luckiest when it comes to the richness and variety of
its fresh produce. Top-quality Lebanese restaurants are spread
throughout Beirut - pick one where the produce is on display, as
the freshness of the food is largely the point. The traditional
Lebanese meal known as ''Mezze'' consists of up to thirty hot and
cold dishes, including salads such as tabbouleh and fattouche, dips
like hummus and moutabal, bite-sized lamb pies known as sambouseks,
stuffed vine leaves, and the ubiquitous pita bread. You should
definitely also try mankoushe (Lebanese pizza), ka''ek (massive,
thyme-flavoured bagels), and the huge variety of Lebanese sweets
that get turned out whenever there''s a religious or national event
going on. For those who prefer international cuisine, don''t worry,
Beirut is famously cosmopolitan, and has a huge array of high-end
international dining options (most of them located in the Ashrafieh
district, just east of Beirut''s CBD). International fast food
outlets also abound in Beirut, for those times when you need to
grab something in a hurry.
Strictly for travellers with voluptuary budgets, Balthus is a
very high-end French brasserie - regularly frequented by prominent
businessmen, politicians and media personalities. The foie gras is
excellent, and the wine list is out of this world.
Address: Ave. des Francais, Beirut CBD
A classy yet unpretentious place, Felix makes for a great date
venue. Serving solid international cuisine and inventive cocktails,
the restaurant is widely renowned for its unbeatable ambience - and
its location, in the trendy Ashrafieh district of downtown Beirut,
is the ideal starting-point for a night on the town.
Address: Damascus Road, Ashrafieh
A very charming little place located in the heart of the
downtown district of Ashrafieh, Al Mayass specialises in Armenian
food (think rich lamb stew and yoghurt). The restaurant's chief
attraction, however, is its cozy ambience and regular live music
Address: Wadih Naim Street, Ashrafieh
If you feel like Italian while in Beirut, why not try a place
replete with a Godfather theme? Located in the hip downtown
district of Gemmayze, the Corleone Trattoria makes delicious
wood-fired pizzas, excellent pastas, and decadent desserts - and is
a favourite meeting-point for party-goers on their way to the bars
and clubs of the surrounding area.
Address: Gourand Street, Gemmayze
This stylish Mezze-joint is located in an old 'Ottoman house',
and can accommodate large groups of diners. It's located very close
to the party scene on Monot Street, and is popular with young
locals, who go there to socialise and grab a bite before hitting
Address: Rue Abdel Wahab El-Inglizi, Ashrafieh
Al-Balad is the best place to go for traditional Lebanese Mezze.
Unpretentious and affordable, with beautifully fresh produce on
hand, you can't go wrong with a long, leisurely lunch here. Their
range of dips - including spicy red pepper hummus and smoked
aubergine moutabal - is famous.
Address: Rue Adhab, downtown Beirut
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