So, as you have probably read in my last post, I have been in Beirut, Lebanon, this past week or so, and have had plenty of time (and support from my food-loving family) to do food reviews, and so set out to go to Beirut’s finest. In the 10 days that I have been in Beirut, I went to a total of 12 restaurants, gaining 2 Kgs in the process. The cost of living happy. Anyway, almost all the restaurants were very well above average in terms of the food, but I have decided to pick out the 3 best, as to not bore you with incessant Beirut-food mediocrity.
The first on the list is a Lebanese seafood restaurant called La Plage. Overlooking the sea, this was a perfect setting for a delicious seafood experience. We ordered the standard Lebanese Mezze for starters, hummus (pic attached), bread, the likes. And for the main course, we opted for the classic Lebanese seafood dish, deep-fried Sultan Ibrahim fish, which I think is known as the Red Mullet fish in English. The bite-sized fish were fried to crisp perfection, served with deep-fried pita bread. VERY delicious. Following the Sultan Ibrahim fish, we were served a very big fish slowly oven-baked inside excessive amounts of rock salt, which appears to be its only seasoning. Now, I’m not sure what this fish is called, what I know is that it’s a big-ass fish. We ate it with olive oil, and Lebanese-style ‘salsa’ (and of course they got rid of all the salt before serving it to us).
I did realize that the main course meals were very light, basically composing of two fish dishes, and some pita bread. But in the case of Lebanese food, the mezze itself is enough to have filled your stomach, and more. We had desserts, too. The one shown is the Lebanese milk-ice cream (i think), which I did not particularly enjoy. I would have to remind you that I am not a big fan of desserts, anyway.
Oh, and I’ve decided to put a summary at the end of each entry :) so here goes:
- Food : top-notch, particularly the Sultan Ibrahim fish
- Place: swanky, especially in the summer when the beach club is open
- Price : be prepared to spend
- Overall: a definite 3.5 out of 5 (would have been better if it were not for the desserts. Then again, I’m biased)