When Anthony Bourdain visited Beirut on his show No Reservations “Back to Beirut” Season 6 Episode 21, he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased on Anthony Bourdain Beirut, all in a convenient list:
Arak – anise seed flavored liquor that turns milky white
with the addition of water; Kibbeh – Levantine dish of bulgur, finely ground
meat, minced onions and Middle Eastern spices; Maghmour – eggplant dish with
tomatoes, chickpeas and onions.
According to Tony, “Le Chef is a legendary spot in
Beirut, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics.”
DISH – Labneh, Lahmajoon, Seasonal Salad, Fūl and Balila, and Kasbeh Nayyeh
WHAT IS IT?
Labneh – cheese from salted strained yoghurt; Lahmajoon –
Armenian meat pie; Seasonal Salad – of artichokes and fava beans; Fūl and Balila
– stewed fava beans and chickpeas, can be served on hummus; Kasbeh Nayyeh – a
dish of raw lamb liver, fat and meat with bulgur and spices.
Tawlet is a commissary concept restaurant that Tony described
as “sort of utopian showcase” for the artisans at Souk El Tayeb. It offers
fresh, specifically regional foods at a very reasonable price.
DISH – Kebbeh Nayeh, Kibbeh Addas, Soubareg, Warak
Enab, Batata Harra, Soujouk, Seared Sparrows, and Lamb with Cherry Sauce
WHAT IS IT?
Kebbeh Nayeh – cracked bulgur wheat, chili and raw lamb; Kibbeh
Addas – red lentil kibbeh; Soubareg – filo pastry with Armenian cheese; Warak
Enab – grape leaves stuffed with rice and olive oil; Batata Harara – spicy potatoes;
Soujouk – spicy Armenian sausage; Seared Sparrows – whole-cooked sparrows in
butter and spices, then basted with molasses until crispy; Kebab Karaz – lamb in
sweet cherry sauce.
Falafel M Sayhoun are two stores right next to each other,
owned by two brothers who, as Tony understands it, haven’t been speaking to
each other for years.
DISH – Potato Salad, Pasta with Laban, Malfouf Salad, Grilled Eggplant,
Tomato and Halloumi Cheese, Shish Taouk, Shawarma, Freekeh, and Kibbeh Bil
WHAT IS IT?
Potato Salad – with parsley, olive oil and nuts; Pasta with
Laban – spaghetti with local sheep’s milk cheese; Malfouf salad – Lebanese salad
of shredded cabbage with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, dried mint and salt; Grilled
Eggplant – eggplant that has been sliced then grilled; Tomato and Halloumi
Cheese – sliced tomatoes and halloumi cheese (cheese from sheep’s and goat’s
milk); Shish Taouk – shish kebab of marinated chicken; Shawarma – thin slices
of meat that has been roasted in a cone-like vertical rotisserie, wrapped in
pita; Freekeh – roasted green durum wheat cereal; Kibbeh Bil Sanieh – kibbeh baked
in a tray.
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