It's never too late to revisit the golden age of Beirut where elegance, luxury and glamour were combined in a vibrant city that was called Paris of the Middle East. Le Bristol one of the most prestigious hotels in Lebanon opened its doors again last year after an impressive renovation to add a modern touch to its classical unique charm. Last Sunday we got to try their lavish 5 star banquet where many celebrities, world leaders and famous guests have previously dined in. Their royal lunch offers an endless choice of oriental, international, french and Japanese dishes in addition to live cooking stations while listening to the live piano tunes in a comfortable atmosphere.
The Oriental section included many Lebanese star items that were beautifully presented such as the tabbouleh, grape leaves, kebbet samak, moutabbal, hommos, rakakat, fatayer and many more.
The salads section included artichoke salad, quinoa salad, fish salad and many more. There was also a salad bar if you want to prepare your own salad.
The French section included a variety of cheeses, foie gras, quiches and salmon in pastry dough.
There was also a table dedicated to sashimis, makis and shrimps.
Not to forget the Oriental hot main platters such as the siyadiyeh, rez 3a djej, roast beef filet, grilled whole chicken... and of course the live pasta station.
We started with the pumpkin soup; it was phenomenal! They add to it a special sour cream and cheese which makes it dreamy!
From the items that we really loved:
•The makis and sashimis; they were excellent since the ingredients used were premium quality and very fresh! We loved the fact that the makis didn't have a big amount of rice.
•The salmon in pasty dough with cream cheese; it was simply orgasmic!
•The spring rolls; they were flavorful and very tasty.
•The shrimps in all the platters; whether it was a salad or a main platter the shrimps were cooked to perfection that they made every single dish highly enjoyable.
•The Siyadieh; it was bery impressive as it had the al dente cooked rice with the right amount of spices and juicy fish filet.
•The penne in four cheese sauce; it was divinely creamy with a consistent cheesiness.
All the other platters were meticulously prepared whether it was with their taste, quality and most importantly their beautiful presentation.
The dessert section at Le Bristol was as generous as the salty dishes where numerous cakes were presented including our favorites such as le fraisier, the huge eclair, their yummy macarons and particularly the petits gâteaux & mignardises that Le Bristol is famous for.
French ice cream and fresh fruits were also available so that they make sure they fulfill everybody's taste. And they made sure to make us drool!
We loved the excellent service at Le Bristol and we felt pampered thanks to many factors; whether from the waiters that are glad to bring your orders in a blink of a second to the most lovable chef Franck Page that explains to you the story of every dish and of course the delicious treats that were served.
The lunch at Le Bristol was truly a memorable experience.
Location: Verdun, Mme Curie Street, Beirut, Lebanon.
Price: 70$ all inclusive including drinks and cocktails.