The colourful seaside restaurant takes guests to the Lebanese coast…
Imagine yourself being surrounded by people, a cool breeze blowing, the sun setting down on the sea, and your table full of small dishes.
On top are plump olives, steaming pita bread, zatar made from wild thyme picked from the hillside, sun-kissed tomatoes and cucumbers picked directly from the vines, and a juicy mixed grill. Before they arrive, they exude a seductive fragrance. It always seems impossible to put another plate, but somehow there is always on the Lebanese table. You will find this table not far from Beirut Sur Mer in Mamsha, a new seaside hotspot on Saadiyat Island.
Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, was once called the “Paris of the Middle East”. It is not surprising to know that the dedication of food to service, and in Sur Mer, Beirut, it can go beyond the food itself. Order anything marked “tableside” and see for yourself. The best dress of the waiter on Sundays belies the very user-friendly service execution, somehow still strictly gourmet; a difficult balancing act, but this place enforces it point.
So, let’s start with the big part of the Lebanese menu-all 13 pages! Faced with these dozens of dishes, those who are not familiar with the dishes may feel spoiled if they are a little confused.
Cold dishes-from quinoa tabulas (41 dirhams) to delicious tableside crab meat (92 dirhams)-are like eating a plate full of summer. The herbs and vegetables are fresh, and the seasonings are light and complementary. The effervescent quinoa tabule we tried was more like a fresh herb salad with a hint of quinoa, not the other way around, leaving room for more appetizers. The hot mezze is equally tempting and is built for sharing. Halloumi bil teen (Dhs38), also known as fig jam halloumi, is a particularly pleasant combination of flavors.
The main course smelled delicious, but we ate so many appetizers that we had never eaten this far. This is not the best Lebanese meal strategy, although it is delicious.
We did try two delicious desserts. Millefeuille Beiruty (Dhs45) was built by the table. This is great for’gram, but it’s also interesting to see the server put them together with this talent. This dessert, together with Baklawa Ashta and pistachio marshmallow decorations and a drizzle of spicy sour cherry sauce, is a delicious little artwork.
judgment: Beirut Sur Mer offers the best quality service and a rich menu. If you just want to try more appetizers, you will want to linger for hours, but don’t be like us! Save space for your power supply. Please note that this is not the cheapest Lebanese food in town, but if you are going to spend money on something, it is definitely worth it.
Beirut Sur Mer, Mamsa, Saadiyat Island. Phone: (054) 3954000. @beirutsurmer
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