Monday, November 30, 2015

Prune a Hidden Gem in Mar Mikhael

Discovering new restaurants is one of our hobbies and we recently found a hidden gem in Mar Mikhael, Prune, the neighbor of Acoté and Bar Jamón.
The restaurant has a French signature and we were astonished by how beautiful and big it is.
The menu offers a huge variety of dishes including traditional French signature platters and you can always order your favorite items from Acoté.
• The Moules et Frites comes either in a cream sauce or a cooked in a creamy sauce. We opted for the healthy version that contains parsley, garlic and onions and it was delicious. We have to praise the quality and freshness of the moules. This dish will fuel you with protein. We cheated with the fries that were crispy and yummy.
• The Gnocci Crème et Truffes was succulent! It was extremely creamy and the gnocchi were perfectly cooked. The truffle oil flavor was present and it was covered Parmesan slices but of course they weren't sufficient to fulfill our craving so we asked for more.
• The Steak et Frites was excellent. The steak was thick, tender, and juicy. The fries were addictive. They were so crunchy and not oily. The sauce was amazing as it was creamy and the perfect match with the steak.
• The Saumon Fumé crème wasabi was spectacular! The salmon used was premium quality but the sauce that accompanied it was disappointing. We didn't feel the wasabi and it was more of a yogurt sauce but that didn't stop us from enjoying it. The toast bread that came with it was very crispy and typically French.
We can't leave a restaurant without trying their desserts and what if it's a French restaurant.
• The Gâteau au chocolat maison was orgasmic. The cake was moist and kind of creamy as if it was not fully baked, with a chocolate ice cream on top that made it even more moist.
• The Tiramissu was tasty but the cream was sweet. The biscuits in it were so moist and had the right coffee dose. If they fix the sweetness of the cream it would become our favorite tiramissu.

• The Soup de Fraises was not our favorite dessert as the syrup was too sweet but we ate the fresh strawberries and the ice cream on top.

We loved the setting, the food and the service at Prune Bistro. We honestly expected this great dining experience after our memorable visits to Acoté and Bar Jamón.

Average price: 30$ per person
Rating: 8/10

Location: Madrid Street, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
Phone Number: 01 569939

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Spanish Festival at Casino Du Liban

One of the main reasons why we are obsessed with traveling is because we get the chance to try authentic and new food. We were very excited when we heard that the Spanish Embassy is organizing a food and wine festival prepared by 2 Michelin Star Chefs; Chef Lorenzo Gomez and Chef Jacobo Manchon, who came all the way from Spain to give us a delightful experience at Casino du Liban.

The buffet consists of a big section of cold cuts, cheeses, tapas, tuna salad, hot main dishes and desserts without forgetting the famous Paella.

• We started with a variety of cheese and Spanish cold cuts. They were fresh and tasty. We accompanied them with croquette bites full of cheese and ham, an octopus potato salad and lots of Spanish specialty appetizers.

Our favorite items from the hot platters were:

• The Solomillo al Oloroso also know as Filet de Boeuf sauce vin de cerise. The beef was tender and juicy and the sauce was very consistent. It is accompanied by potato purée.
• The fried shrimp were addictive! They were the longest we have ever seen and they were yummy.
• The Pollo en Pepitoria also known as Poulet au saffran et amande. We loved the spices they used.
• The Pescado en salsa verde also known as the filet de bar sauce verte were a healthy option. They were very light yet tasty.
• The Paella was the star of the night. It had a very generous portion of calamari, jumbo shrimps and octopus, they were all very fresh.

Now for the dessert, we indulged in the Spanish cake, crème caramel and "riz au lait". They were the perfect ending to this "Español Fiesta".

Our treat for the night was getting the chance to meet the Spanish ambassador who's supporting the youth and who had a pleasure in communicating with her.

Price: 55$ per person including open wine and soft drinks.

Location: Casino Du Liban, La Martingale, Jounieh.

For Reservation: 09- 859 206- 70 16 11 71

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Happy Hour You Don't Want to Miss at Y by Yabani in Beirut Souks

We love the concept of happy hours but it never impressed us as we are not fans of drinks until we heard of a sushi happy hour an idea that we were dreaming of. Y by Yabani is a Japanese restaurant that offers sushi and hot dishes. Their branch in Beirut souks conducts a happy hour on most of their sushi items with a 40% discount. We went with a big appetite to spoil ourselves.
We started with Head Over Hill (crazy crab salad) and the Panko Salmon (salmon salad). They were both delicious and the ingredients used had a premium quality and were extremely fresh. The Crazy salad was also finger licking good. We always order crispy with whatever salad we take and we advise you to do it because it gives some crunchiness to the mix. 
The Salmon salad was exceptional thanks to the yummy sauce used and the crispy. 
We tried most of their makis and they were all delicious our favorites were:
The Crazy Avocado and the Crazy Mango. They were both wrapped respectively in a generous portion of Avocado and Mango. The crab, avocado and mango were fresh, the rice was well cooked and its portion was very adequate. 
The Philadelphia Roll was to die for! We were fighting over the last piece. The salmon they use is really impressive and the Philadelphia taste was present. We loved this roll. 
The best of them all was the Spicy Salmon! It was succulent. It contained a creamy spicy sauce and spring onions that gave it an incredible taste. It was our "coup de coeur".
To end this wonderful feast, nothing was better than a piece of Triple Layered Cheesecake. The original and positive thing about their cheesecake is that it has 3 layers of biscuits. It gave it more consistency, crispiness and deliciousness. The fresh berries used are also a plus. Cheesecake lovers it's a must try.

Y by Yabani is the more casual version of Yabani but whatever it is, their sushi were phenomenal especially that you get to have great food, great service and great ambiance for 40% off if you go on Monday and Wednesday between 4:30 and 6:30.

Don't forget to reserve before going through ReserveOut on .
Average price: 27$ per person during the happy hour.
Rating: 8.5/10
Location: Beirut Souks
Phone: 76 992233
01 992233