Bourdain's favourite cities - Beirut, Lebanon - photo by Michał Huniewicz under CC BY 2.0
Beirut, Lebanon - photo by Michał Huniewicz under CC BY 2.0

BEIRUT: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON NO RESERVATIONS

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:

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DISH – Arak, Kibbeh, Hummus, and Maghmour

WHAT IS IT?

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.

WHERE IS IT?

Le Chef
Beirut, Lebanon

ANTHONY BOURDAIN BEIRUT NOTES

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.

WHERE IS IT?

Tawlet
12 Rue Naher
Beirut, Lebanon

ANTHONY BOURDAIN BEIRUT NOTES

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.

WHERE IS IT?

Onno
Badaro Street | Borj Hammoud, Hamra, & Naccache
Beirut, Lebanon

ANTHONY BOURDAIN BEIRUT NOTES      

Tony on the dishes at Onno: “Whatever the opposite of a light snack is, that’s this.”

DISH – Hotdog

WHAT IS IT?

Hotdog sandwich with barbecue and chili sauce.

WHERE IS IT?

Frank Würst Fine Hotdog
Beirut, Lebanon

ANTHONY BOURDAIN BEIRUT NOTES

As Tony puts it: “Nothing soothes the staggering drunk better than meat in tube form.”

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DISH – Falafel Sandwich

WHAT IS IT?

Falafel on top of parsley, mint, radish, tomatoes and chili, wrapped in pita.

WHERE IS IT?

Falafel M Sayhoun
Beirut, Lebanon

ANTHONY BOURDAIN BEIRUT NOTES

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 Sanieh

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.

WHERE IS IT?

Massaya Vineyard
Taanayel, Lebanon

ANTHONY BOURDAIN BEIRUT NOTES

Massaya Vineyard is a winery with a casual restaurant that serves Lebanese specialties.