on Nov 18, 2014 By Danielle Issa
There’s always something new on the food scene in Lebanon. In fact, it seems that the only sector thriving around here - banking aside, of course - is food and beverage. Yup, Lebanese people love to go out and treat their paunches. It only helps that the standards in food, quality, and service keep going up, up, up.
So who are the newbies in town, and what’s due out soon? Read on for the latest in restaurant and pub openings in and around Beirut.
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Just a few days before Halloween, Roadster opened a three-level outlet on 1866 Bliss Street. Neighbor to Paul, Urbanista, and Yogen Fruz, this branch is the first to introduce Roadster’s brand spanking new breakfast menu. Besides perfectly crisp golden croissants, Roadster is dishing out Brie-n-apple pain du campagne sandwiches; double decker pancakes with chocolate sauce, banana and nuts; and the heartiest three-layer diner carrot cake east of the Mississippi. Seriously, they’re onto something here, and you don’t want to miss out!
Kababji rolled out its newest branch in Baabda along the Damascus Highway. A manifest to its modern image, this branch spotlights an open kitchen behind a glass paneled window, upstairs loft seating, and a cozy space to enjoy Kababji’s transformed menu. More emphasis is placed on light dishes, designed by partner dietician Mrs. Sawsan Wazzan, but you can still find all your old favorites, too. The grilled veal fillet wrap is melt-in-your-mouth tender and tasty.
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Mar Mikhael’s constantly undergoing a facelift, and today it counts two new joints in its food and drink scene. The first is Divvy, a restaurant that promotes the “sharing is caring” attitude with a menu of international dishes best enjoyed en group. Split the burger duo and bite into the Brie ‘n blueberry pops. After dinner, head to The Bohemian, a boho chic pub with a distinct blue door you can’t possibly overlook. Order the fresh lychee Moscow mule if you know what’s good for you.
Divvy, Main Street
Bohemian, Armenia Street
Beirut Souks is a popular meeting point for many, thanks to its countless dining options. Three more are slated to appear in the immediate future, and Starbucks is the first of the lot. Just up the alley from it, the ice cream and fresh juice expert Antabli is set to move in to a more spacious setting from its present hole-in-the-wall. And finally, the ever-famous Butcher Shop hailing from the UAE will grace the new complex being constructed on the Biel-Souks corner lot.
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Dbayeh is being heralded as the next “it” locale, and the folks over at Roadster-Deek Duke-ZWZ want a piece of that. So they’re launching the third Bar Tartine outlet where Yellow Table used to be. Lime Tree’s already moved in and coming up on its four-month anniversary. The giant shisha café proposes a solid Americana menu as well as sushi and salads for the more health-conscious. Don’t waver and go for the BBQ Chicken Breast Burger, one hefty bundle (pun intended) accompanied by crisscut fries and coleslaw. Find Lime Tree at Appleby’s old perch on the main drag.
Dbayeh old road
Danielle Issa is a food blogger in Lebanon. You can find her on Twitter, and be sure to check out her blog, Beirutista.
small Note butchers shop hails from Jo Berg RSA not UAE
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