Beirut, the beautiful coastal city that is the self proclaimed “Paris of the Middle East” is seeped in rich culture and deep history. Come with me as we explore all its beauty through its uniquely, delectable cuisine.
Beirut has been on my bucket list for a long time. I couldn’t wait to sip some kahaw (traditional Arabic coffee) in the cute cafes along the cobblestone promenade and listen to the bustle of the city. But I was most excited about the food. I arrived in Beirut with the expectation, almost intention, of gaining five pounds. This is because I was going to eat myself senseless. And I did. I was in heaven. So I’m going to take you on my short but magical food journey of highlight dishes. Upon my return, I still can’t stop thinking about them.
Fish Kibbeh in Achrafieh
Kebab Bil Karaz in Gemmayzeh
Kanafeh bil Kaak in Salim Salam
Shawarma on Hamra Street
As a result of the conflict in Syria, Abu Waseem, a very popular shawarma spot located in Damascus, had to close its doors. Thankfully, they found a new home in Beirut’s busy Hamra Street. Abu Waseem’s is a very casual place with picnic tables on the sidewalk patio, with views of the shawarma spits and of the man himself, Abu Waseem. With a big smile on his face and warm hospitality that Syrians are famed for, he stood at the shawarma spit slicing away orders for the customers. The shawarma sandwich was just as our nostalgia craved it to be. The chicken seasonsed wonderfully and juicy, the tahini garlic sauce was just right and the pickled turnips brought it all home!