Monday, April 25, 2016

Frida Cuisine​, Lebanese Food Beautifully Blended with a Mexican Twist


Beirut is becoming "over populated" with restaurants but very few are those that make us constantly want to visit them again and again because of their unique signature and great quality in food. Frida is a hidden gem in Ashrafieh that serves Lebanese food with a Mexican fusion. We fell in love with Frida 6 years ago and still counting. Most of the platters are blended with avocado whether dips or slices which is a plus because of its numerous benefits and the freshness and deliciousness it adds to the food.
Before the food is served they provide a basket of several kinds of hot markook: zaatar, raisins, "yensoun" and "habit el barake" with a bowl of green olives and cheddar cheese.
•We started with the Frida Salad. The name says it all; it is a specialty for Frida with grapes molasses and it was the first time that we try it. The salad contained rocca, coriander, avocado and red bell pepper. It had a very sweet taste due to the molasses but it balanced the sourness of the other ingredients and the lemon. This salad introduced us to new flavors. 
•We couldn't but try our favorite salad at Frida; the Avocado and Purslane salad. It contained lots of avocado cubes, purslane, cucumber, pomegranate and it was sprinkled with a generous amount of pine nuts. It was served with a lemon pomegranate dressing that made it really refreshing and very healthy. 
From the cold mezze section we had the Hommos Frida and Mouhamara. 
We didn't know much about the ingredients of these 2 items as it is a secret recipe but what we knew is that they were exceptional!
•The Hommos Frida was creamy with a very unique taste thanks to the spices and special ingredients used. To make it better, they added small cubes of green bell peppers on top of it.
•The Mouhamara was one of the best we had till now.
From the hot mezze section we had Markouk Frida, Rakakat Soujok and Kibbé in Cherries.
•Markouk Frida was excellent! It consisted of markouk bread filled with chicken stripes, potato wedges, guacamole, salsa, garlic and melted cheddar cheese. The mix of all these ingredients in the markouk gave an extraordinary result.
•The Rakakat Soujok were addictive! They were stuffed with cheddar chese, jalapeños and sujok. Each bite was an explosion of tastes.
•The Kibbé in Cherries were so tasty since they were extremely crispy and non oily. The cherries filling was very well executed and its combination with the kibbé was phenomenal.
As main platters we had the Diego Mixed Grill and the Frida Potatoes from the "Straight from Mexico" section.
•The Diego Mixed Grill consisted of marinated chicken with pineapple, meat slices with chorizo and shrimps served with sizzling tomato salsa and corn on the cob. We loved the taste of the pineapple and the chorizo in the meat skewers and how tender and juicy the beef was! The chicken needed more marination but with the salsa it was good. We didn't like the shrimps as it needed more seasoning. All in all it was the most special grilled platter we ever had thanks to the fusions and the unusual flavors.
•The Frida Potatoes were overwhelming! They were served sliced with cheddar cheese sauce, anise (yensoun) and a cup of sour cream. We simply adored them.
Let's end this food journey with our favorite part which is the desserts.
•As fondant lovers, we had to try the Fokharyé Chocolate consisting of the traditional chocolate fondant but served hot in a fokhara with a scoop of loukoum ice cream. It was simply orgasmic! The chocolate quantity made us dream and the loukoum ice cream added an illegally yummy taste.
•The Cheesecake in Rose Jam was spectacular! We never thought of rose jam with the cheesecake and the result was a piece of art. The mix of the cream cheese and fresh cream was very successful and its marriage with the rose jam gave a dessert that is not to be missed.
It always feels like the first time at Frida because of their big menu variety and their spacious restaurant with the cozy terrace. If you are a beer lover, then their Mexican beer with Frida's twist is a must.

Average price: 30$ per person.
Rating: 8/10
Location: Ashrafieh, massabni Building, Al Hayek Sector, Shukri Al Asli Street, Beirut, Lebanon
Phone: 01 3333 226






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  1. This place will always be one of my favorite restaurants in Lebanon, my wife and I loved it so much we decided to have our engagement dinner there! that's how special it is to us :)

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