Thursday, March 31, 2016

CRP Factory the New Crepes Factory in Beirut

If you are bored from sushi, burgers, pizzas and hot dogs then you should consider visiting CRP Factory, a new crêpes house in Mar Mikhael that offers a variety of CRP and waffles from savory to sweet. They introduced a concept that is very popular in Europe which is the CRP sandwich with very interesting ingredients combinations. The place is more of a quick dine/take away located next to Smoking Bun.
First we have to mention that the dough they use is perfect as it is very thin and half crispy.
•We started with the Turkey and Cheese CRP was very good; it contained Emmental cheese, turkey and rocket leaves with a honey mustard sauce. Cherry tomatoes and olives came on the side. It was a light choice yet very tasty; the honey mustard added some sourness to the flavors of the turkey and cheese, and the rocket leaves made the CRP very fresh.
Our weak points are the sweet CRP and the Waffles.
•The Belgian Square waffle was one of the best we have tried in Lebanon. The dough was very tasty and well cooked. It was covered with chocolate and topped with fresh strawberries, bananas and a scoop of Kinder ice cream. The result was very satisfying. 

•We wanted to try their specialty of the month sweet CRP which was the brownie. It contained homemade brownie and it was topped with Belgian chocolate and 2 strawberries. We replaced the scoop of ice cream with lotus biscuits and it was a nice choice as it added some crunchiness. We were not big fans of the chocolate they use because it lacked the chocolate flavor.
We liked the fact that the owner is the chef and that he prepares the food with passion. CRP lovers you gotta check this new place.
Average price: 10$ per person. 
Rating: 7.5/10

Location: Next to Smoking Bun, Ibrahim Pacha Street,Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon
Phone: 01 567225

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Adonai Le Petit Libanais a restaurant in Old Souks in Jbeil

April is the perfect month to stroll and wander in Byblos to enjoy the cool breeze before the hot busy summer season starts. A visit to Jbeil is not complete without eating in one of its numerous restaurants. Adonai was our recent discovery; a restaurant that carries a lot of byblos heritage from the food presentation in clay pots and the vintage decoration. Its menu is mainly constituted from Lebanese platters with some international desserts.
•The Fattoush was exceptional as it was prepared with extremely fresh vegetables in a yummy sauce based on debs el remmen and vinegar. It was very refreshing and tasty.
•The Hommos with lahmé was disappointing. The hommos mix needed to be more creamy and had a strange tasty due to an extra ingredient. On the other hand, the lahmé and pine muts were very good and generous.
•We were not fans of the Cheese Rakakat because the cheese used was tasteless. The good thing is that they were grilled which made them less fatty.
•The Potato Wedges didn't add much to our experience. Although they were seasoned, they tasted like normal grilled potatoes. We would have preferred if they were thinner, with more seasonings and with a dip on the side.
•The Halloumi Bel Soujok Bil Fokhara was delicious. We loved the mixture between the juicy halloumi, the tomatoes, the cubed potatoes and the soujok. The flavors were very well mixed together and the platter was light.
•The Lahmé Bil Fokhara was below average. Despite the tender and juicy meat, the watery sauce made eating this dish not practical. We would have preferred a cherry sauce instead of the one they used.
Now for the desserts:
•The Fondant was good but it seemed to be overcooked since the heart was not melting and it started to become a cake. The taste was great on the other hand. It was served with a scoop of strawberry ice cream.
•The Ashtaliye was beautifully presented with a generous amount of nuts but it was inedible as it was solid and tasteless. It needed "mawared" and "mazaher" flavors even though it was served with honey.

Adonai has a unique identity that differs it from other restaurants in the area with some modifications in its food it will become a landmark in Byblos.

Average price: 35$ per person.
Rating: 6/10

Phone Number: 70 236778
Location: Old Souk, Unesco Square, Jbeil, Lebanon

A Great Casual Dining Experience at Foster & Wiley​

There are not many activities to do in Beirut besides watching a movie or going out to dine in a restaurant but on the bright side, there are new restaurants that are opening and some will definitely impress you. Our recent visit was to Foster & Wiley in Mar Mikhael next to Electricité du Liban, a very cozy bistro where you can have a casual meal or drinks with your friends. The menu consists of special items unfound in other restaurants.

•One of the items on the menu that got us curious were the Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms. It consisted of oven baked mushrooms stuffed with Boursin cheese drizzled with balsamic glaze and served with wild rocket leaves. We adored the flavors of the cheese with the grilled mushrooms and the balsamic sauce. The rocket added some freshness and more flavors to the mix.

•The Homemade Flat-bread is more of a pizza but with focaccia dough instead of the pizza dough topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, bresaola and wild arugula. The very fluffy and fresh dough made it very enjoyable and light.
As main platters:
•The Yankee Burger was exceptional with its juicy American classic beef patty topped with melted cheddar cheese. One of the juiciest burgers we have ever tried. It was served in a fluffy soft bun and crispy French fries on the side. We went for the truffle parmesan fries for an extra charge but they were worth trying as the truffle flavor was very present and the fries were very crispy and not oily.
PS: Mention for the waiter your preferred meat cooking level since it is normally served medium rare.
•The Penny Bun Ravioli platter was spectacular. It consisted of raviolis filled with wild mushrooms in a fresh cream and parmesan cheese sauce. The ravioli were cooked to perfection and we loved the taste and texture of the sauce.
Now for the desserts:
•The Chocolate Peanut Butter made a great entrance as a chocolate ball that melted as the waiter poured the hot caramel. Unfortunately the taste was not impressive because there was a bitter strange taste in the mixture. We hope they fix it as soon as possible because it is a hit.
•Roberta's Chocolate Cake was a great ending to our experience. It consisted of layers of chocolate that melted in our mouths.
Foster & Wiley was a nice discovery in Mar Mikhael. They surprised us with their dining experience that will make us come back but we wish they improve their dessert list.

Average price: 25$ per person.
Rating: 8.5/10

Location: Nicolas Turk Street, Near EDL, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
Phone: 01 444 779

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mannoush taking the Lebanese Saj to the Next Level

We were very curious to try Mannoush since we love Saj and we heard their items are very innovative and delicious. Mannoush is always present at Souk Al Akel but we tried their branch in Hamra just next to Bliss House. 
•We loved the Truffle n Cheese pizza. It was more of a pizza with a very thin and crispy crust topped with cream sauce, truffle oil, cheese and mushrooms. The cream sauce was very good and the truffle flavor was present. A little bit more cheese will make it even better. 

•The Basic Cheese Man2oushe was very average. The whole wheat bread was good and light but it lacked a lot of cheese which made it less enjoyable.

We adored the concept behind Mannoush and we can't wait to try more of their  signature items in Souk El Akel or in their Bliss branch.

Rating: 7.5/10
Price Range: 8$

Location: Bliss Street next to Bliss House Harma, Beirut, Lebanon