I’m in Beirut right now, for those of you geographically-deprived and have no idea where Beirut is, it’s in the middle-eastern country Lebanon. No, it’s not one of those veil-y, terrorist-y middle-eastern countries -_________- anyway. The first restaurant I went to was in ABC mall located in Achrafieh (hope I got the spelling right), called Scoozi/Sooshi. The concept looks interesting, as it serves both Italian and Japanese food, my two favorite kinds of food. The Japanese proved to be VERY disappointing. So far I have never encountered a genuinely good Japanese restaurant in Beirut (SUGGESTIONS???), and this was..hmm…. So as most Japanese restos are, this one had a conveyer belt lining with sushis, so I started grabbing some plates of highly mediocre sushi (plain california roll, salmon-egg california roll, crunchy CALIFORNIA FREAKIN ROLL).After two plates of sushi, the waiter approached my dad (cos I can’t speak arabic) and told him that if I want to have some sushi, I need to order it instead of just taking the plates from the conveyer belt…. O_O speechless. Slightly confused, I decided to give the Italian a chance. Ordered the cannelloni. It was good, very cheesy, LOOKS appetizing.
Anyway I feel sort of useless posting a review of a so-so restaurant, but I did realize that asian food is not very popular here in Beirut, and I wonder why, while in the neighboring Dubai many Japanese master chefs have opened their restaurants. I DID go to another Japanese restaurant here in Beirut, called Ya-Bani, it was very fouxy, the place looks amazing, really, you had to go into an elevator underground to get into the restaurant. The food: highly meh. So I guess this entry was more of a rant than a review. I hope Beirut can bring more asian food into their choice of cuisine. Oh and any suggestions of good restos in Beirut will be more than welcome!