Category Archives: Food

Why Many Restaurants And Cafes Close Down In Lebanon …

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You don’t really have to be a genius or an MBA graduate to conduct a simple feasibility study and see if opening a restaurant or a cafe or any business for that sake at a specific location is a good choice or not. Unfortunately, very few people do that in Lebanon and then they curse their luck when they go bankrupt and have to close down.

If an arguile place opens, 4 or 5 other arguile places open right next to it. If a burger place is doing well, they open 10 other burger places on the same street. The worst part is that no one even bothers to offer competitive prices anymore. On the contrary, the new mentality is to up the prices and claim they offer a better quality which is not true most of the time.

Take for example this very special offer I spotted the other day at a small restaurant. Taouk + French Fries and Coleslaw for 10,000LL! How is that a good offer? The place is located in a deserted alley next to a hospital, was almost empty of course and there were a couple of tables smoking arguile and playing backgammon. The worst part is that Malak el Taouk is 200 meters from this restaurant and offers you a huge Taouk platter with fries, coleslaw, ketchup and garlic for almost the same price.

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I really don’t know why some Lebanese are so keep on throwing their money away to be honest. Here’s another place on the Kaslik maritime road that’s been puzzling me for quite some time. It’s now a trading company, but before that it was a car showroom, a sushi place, a poker place, a shop that sells dairy products and a Shawarma place.

My Favorite Cereals: Jordans’ Country Crisp

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I have cereals almost every day for breakfast and sometimes during the day and I always like to try out new brands, however I’ve been addicted for the past 4 or 5 months to Jordans. When I started buying them, few supermarkets had them but since then I’ve been seeing Jordans in a lot of supermarkets and they are running out real quickly.

My favorites are the Chunky nuts, the Honey & Nuts and the Chocolate. If you like mixing cereals with your yogurt, go for the Muesli.

I’ve been buying Jordans from O&C in Jal el Dib, Stop & Shop in Dbayyeh and Achrafieh and Black Pepper in ABC Dbayyeh. TSC and Charcutier Aoun don’t have them.

Buffalo Steak House Open In Kaslik

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I wonder if it’s a good idea to open a steak house in the middle of Kaslik. I don’t recall any other restaurant opening in that center next to Lina’s but most of the diners, cafes and burger joints that opened on that street ended up closing down, except for Crepaway, Zaatar W Zeit and Burger King.

I will definitely pass by and give it a try when it opens as I’ve never been to Buffalo Steak House before.

Update: It looks like it opened in April. Thanks Ryan!

Eat And Pay What You Want At Motto In Mar Mikhael

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There’s a new restaurant called Motto (previously known as Mo’s) in Mar Mikhael where you can eat and pay as much as you want. Motto doesn’t want to stick to famous cuisines and will be serving Thai, Ethiopian, Spanish, Sri Lankan and others. There’s a minimum donation of LL9,000 and the rest is up to the customer to decide.

I couldn’t find any Facebook page for Motto but it’s a nice concept that might work out if the meals are good and the place is clean.

Update: Here’s the Facebook Page for Motto.

La Creperie Opening Soon

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La Creperie is one of the most beautiful and authentic restaurants in Lebanon and is located on top of a cliff offering a breathtaking view of Jounieh’s gulf. The restaurant was closed for renovation a couple of years ago and is set to reopen very soon. I don’t have the exact details or how the place looks like now but I will update you very soon with pictures and information.

La Creperie is my favorite restaurant in Jounieh. I miss sitting on the balcony and enjoying their amazing crepes and meals.

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Abra Municipality Takes Back Its Ramadan Memo

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The above memo was distributed a week ago in Abra asking all Abra residents, restaurants and cafes not to eat or serve food in public during Ramadan. The memo was apparently issued after Saida’s Mufti had requested so but the municipality annulled the memo after being harshly criticized and given that it violates the constitution.

Meanwhile, a similar memo was issued by Tripoli’s municipality but I doubt that anything can be done about it.

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Update: The Tripoli memo was apparently annulled too.