The last and definitely BEST restaurant I have tried in my Best Restaurants in Beirut (so far) list is … I don’t even know how to describe it. I am so honored to have been given the opportunity of eating here (exaggeration). I am also very excited to review this because it has been very shy of publication, although by that gives a sort-of exclusive feel to it. Chez Jean Claude Bistro Francaise, is the name. Jean Claude himself is a family friend and a tailor, who has converted one (very beautiful) house in Achrafiye, Beirut, to a tailor workshop, a bistro, and a home. Now my uncle has been raving about this restaurant, saying that ever since eating in the bistro, he has never been able “to eat a steak without comparing it to Jean Claude’s”.
The location could be the most beautiful in the whole of Beirut (it’s not really, you know how I overreact), nestled in the surprisingly calm streets in the middle of Achrafiye (which is a very busy district). It sits 6 tables, 4 in the library, and 2 on the terrace, with the workshop overlooking to it. We opted for the terrace tables. Jean Claude and his wife who have been living in Paris most of their lives, have opened this restaurant out of a passion, hence not seeing the need to overly publicize, and choosing to have a limited, but loyal, clientele. It’s one of those restaurants where they don’t have a menu, and so the waiter just reads aloud Today’s Menu, which typically consists of 5 appetizers, 5 main courses, and endless ice cream flavors as dessert (WILL get to that later).
I ordered the white asparagus dressed in mustard sauce for the appetizer, but took a picture of my uncle’s iceberg lettuce (also dressed in mustard) instead. Just thought it looks more vibrant and exciting. he he. Delicious appetizers, I found myself surprisingly liking this alien type of food called.. “salad” O_O shocking.
For the main course I of course did not want to miss the steak, so I ordered the beef steak, served with black pepper sauce and fried potato chunks. Itwas really good. If it isn’t the best steak I’ve ever had, I don’t know what is (although this little place in Bali comes to mind). I usually order it medium-rare, which so many restaurants can’t do right, but this was RIGHT. I was reluctant to finish it. I also tasted my aunt’s ravioli, which was also very delicious. I honestly don’t know how else to describe the food, aside from it being really really good. I feel like I’m not doing it any justice T_T
Now the desserts. They had banana tart, almond tart, strawberry tart, chocolate tart, baba au rhum, and like.. hundreds of ice cream flavors. I ordered the banana tart with vanilla ice cream (a very boring and regrettable choice of ice cream flavor). From what I have heard, the ice creams are ordered from a wholesale ice cream store in Beirut, called Oslo. Anyway, I tried (aside from vanilla) the Creme Brulee ice cream (SO VERY GOOD), the white chocolate ice cream (okay-ish), and the best is the.. wait for it… TURKISH DELIGHT ICE CREAM. YES IT’S HAPPENING. it has these chunks of turkish delight, with a slightly rosy flavor. OMGGG *sigh* what I hate is that I cant find none of that turkish delight shizz in Jakarta ~~>o<~~
*sigh* this has been a very long post. SUMMARY
- Food : the best. I even liked the desserts.
- Place: REALLY pretty
- Price : *sigh* a fitting cost for the food. That’s all I’ll say (i.e. expensive. very)
- Overall: could this be a.. 5 out of 5? I don’t.. know.. leave me some comments.