on Sep 25, 2014 By Danielle Issa
It may remind you of quaint old Paris, with its narrow streets, tiny boutiques , and neighborhood bistros, but not everything in Achrafieh is as exorbitantly priced as its European counterpart. Sure, the city has a high concentration of fine dining institutions—La Posta, Liza, Em Sherif, and Al Dente readily come to mind—but it’s got a rich offering in the cheap eats department, too.
If you ever find yourself lost in Achrafieh, stomach growling and only a few thousand liras lining your wallet, here’s where you want to tuck in.
Falafel Freiha is a family-run establishment with only three outlets: one in Sassine; another in Broumana; and a third in faraway Montreal. Each of the Freiha brothers owns and operates a joint, refusing to franchise and for good measure: quality and consistence are of paramount importance. Facing ABC Achrafieh, Freiha serves freshly fried, blonde falafel balls to be nibbled as is or wrapped up in sandwich form (3,000 LL) with all the requisite fixings. Crunch into perfectly pickled pink horseradish, juicy red tomato slices, flat-leaf parsley and the essential tarator sauce.
Madrassat Salam Street
A few doors down from Freiha is situated Hajj Nasr, but its setting is so unimpressionable, so devoid of signs or décor that you will notice it solely for the throngs of people it packs. Hajj Nasr has been rolling sandwiches from this small shop since 1975. Among his specialties are chicken liver, fried eggs with makanek or soujouk, roast beef, kafta, basterma, tongue and a slew of other sandwich stuffers, based on availability. Don’t expect a gourmet affair. This is strictly street grub for a stomach-able 3,000 LL a pop.
Facing ABC Achrafieh
Abou Shawarma, a relatively new addition to Sassine Square, introduces six different shawarma for less than 6,000 LL each: beef, chicken, soujouk, hammour fish, and the real trailblazers, kebab and halloumi cheese! Pretty mind-boggling, huh? For the weight- and nutrition-conscious, you’ll love the fact that Abou Shawarma’s chicken is 100% pure breast; the fish, too, is a hammour filet, which is very light and healthy. If you’ve disavowed meats altogether, you can opt for the halloumi shawarma, slathered with tapenade and pesto in addition to all your favorite veggie fixings. And be sure not to miss the only kebab shawarma in town!
About Shawarma Website
Itching for some more international fare, namely baguette style sandwiches with fresh bread baked on premises? Durée Resto will deliver you to that French-inspired paradise. With a vast array of sandwiches, panini, bagels, wraps, and burgers as well as healthy salads and filling platters, your only hesitation will be which delicious item to pick. The chèvre (8,000 LL) is impeccable, with ash-dusted goat cheese dressed up with rocket leaves and sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil.
You can probably guess what Orfali serves merely from its name: kebabs indeed, but they’ve also got Arabic pasties and some inventive “kebbeh baklawa.” All the kebabs exude the taste of premium beef, fresh from the farm and straight to the grill. A sandwich will run you 6,500 LL, and if you want to sample something truly off the beaten path, the kebab bil jibne with its unique avocado sauce, melted cheese, and hint of labneh will thrust you into the throes of ecstasy. The cow-obsessed décor at Orfali is also a treat in itself.
Petro Trad Street
Danielle Issa is a food blogger in Lebanon. You can find her on Twitter, and be sure to check out her blog, Beirutista.
Beirut.com © ITX sarl 1995 - 2017.
About | Terms | Privacy