I enjoy Lebanese cuisine because of the abundance of whole grains, vegetables, herbs and fruits that it incorporates. Typical flavors found in Lebanese cuisine include olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon. Beirut Grill is popular for its mezze which is categorized as hot and cold. Similar to the tapas of Spain and antipasto of Italy, mezze is an array of small dishes served on a platter, creating an interesting array of colors, flavors, textures and aromas. Beirut Grill offers authentic Lebanese food with key ingredients including herbs and spices that are said to be brought in from finest shops in Beirut which happens to be the capital and largest city of Lebanon.
Before I delve into the restaurant and the food, I need to lament on the crummy photographs in this post. I blame it on the dim lighting and my lame point and shoot camera! Try as I may (ok...I didn't try that hard!), I couldn't get better shots than this *sighs*
The restaurant has a simple yet modern contemporary Middle-Eastern decor complete with embroidered carpets, rich fabrics, ornate lanterns and exotic colors. It makes for a relaxed dining atmosphere.
The menu has a wide array of authentic Middle-Eastern dishes including soups, salads, pastries, starters, main courses and desserts. Vegetarians can take heart from the fact that they have a decent selection of vegetarian dishes.
As is my habit, I ordered the Arabic mint tea which was really refreshing.
I guess because it was the weekend, there was a short belly dancing performance which was entertaining (so what if the performer was Chinese?!). I wasn't able to get a single decent shot because the movements were so rapid. Also, I started to feel a bit weird because I was the only one trying to take pictures! Tsk tsk....the lengths some people go to for their blog :D
Ok....so coming to the F.O.O.D, since we were a group of four, we decided to order a starter platter. We ordered the Beirut Mezza Platter ($22) which consisted of hummus, baba ghanoush, moutabal, cheese rolls and falafel served with warm pita bread. I liked everything especially the moutabal which was yummo! I've come across many places where they say baba ghanoush and moutabal are one and the same. However, judging by what I sampled here, although both these dishes have the same main ingredient which is smoky baked aubergine, that is where the similarities end. Moutabal contains yogurt, tahini and garlic whereas Baba Ghanoush is the one with pomegranate molasses, tomatoes, parsley and walnuts. Anyway, coming back to the mezze, the hummus was to my liking which doesn't always happen because often at Middle-Eastern restaurants I find that the hummus contains too much tahini which makes it overpowering and bitter. The falafel was surprisingly flavorful and not dry at all, something that did not go unappreciated. We felt that the pita bread was not sufficient to finish off all the dips so we had to order more. I would strongly recommend ordering this platter because you get to taste a variety of dips and starters plus it is great for sharing.
So, to sum it up, Beirut Grill is a nice little restaurant tucked away in a quiet corner of the Arab street neighborhood which serves fine Lebanese cuisine. The ambience is cozy and the service is friendly and efficient. The belly dancing adds a unique dimension to the dining experience. The choice of dishes is impressive and the quality of food is good although there are issues with consistency considering that I had been more impressed during my first visit. The price can be categorized as mid-range with an approximate price of $18-35 per person. Overall, this is a good restaurant to go to if you want to unwind, soak in some Middle-Eastern culture and sample exotic cuisine. Ideal for couples, colleagues or a group of friends.
My rating for this restaurant would be a 3 out of 5 stars
72 Bussorah Street
Tel : +(65) 63417728
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Note: This is not a sponsored review. The comments and opinions in this post are solely my own.