Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lunch at Liza - Beirut, Lebanon

I came across Liza restaurant Beirut on Instagram, and have wanted to dine there (when a trip to Lebanon was in order) ever since.  The place was magical in a sense. Historical yet modern.  So it was the first restaurant we head to for the first meal (excluding the hotel's breakfast buffet) after booking a table through our hotel concierge for lunch.  When we arrived to the homelike premises set in Achrafieh area, we were taken back by how it transferred us to the yesteryear, even though we weren't born at the time, something about the place just made it easy to psychologically time travel to old Beirut.  This was the second opened restaurant, Paris being the home of the first restaurant. Inside everything looked incredible beyond words. 
Marble and brass.
Gold and ivory.
Contrasting wallpapers.
Different wallpapers adorned each rooms.
Liza served Lebanese cuisine with a simple twist.  Half the place was taken over by upper class local women party.  The section occupied was the most beautiful in the restaurant.  I think the high point of the design was the actual wallpapers used, especially the banana room (pictured below). Luckily for me, the manager came up to our table and mentioned that he was my cousin's friend and offered to show me around and give me a bit of history of the place.  I found out there was truly a story behind this house turned to restaurant, one of the main reasons owners Liza and Ziad Asseily chose this place to turn their dream into reality.  Wanting to own this place and turn it into a restaurant.  The food was good, the dessert was what blew me away.  Presentation and taste!  The manager's recommendation and complimentary dessert platter to try their signature options.  We enthusiastically devoured everything, and my ultimate favorite was both the Biscuit Ghandour Rose Lokum (biscuit sandwich with Turkish delight rose icecream) and Sfouf bel Laktine (pumpkin and saffron dessert pictured below). 
Address: Metropolitan Club Doumani Street,
 Trabaud, Achrafieh, Beirut
Opening times: 
Lunch 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Dinner 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
 Brunch Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Closed Sunday nights and Mondays

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