January 07, 2015 Mount Lebanon Lebanon

Badguer: An Armenian Home with a lot to Offer

Phone Number: +961 1 24 02 14

Address: Der Melkonian Street, Bourj Hammoud, Nahr Beirut, Mount Lebanon

Website: http://www.badguer.org

Price Range: 30-50 $

RATING:70/100

Welcoming: 4/5

Food Temperature: 7/10

Ambiance / Music: 7/10

Menu Choice: 4/5

Food Taste: 20/30

Architecture / Interior: 7/10

Food presentation: 7/10

Service: 6/10

Value for money: 8/10

On a street corner, stands a calm and colorful house where Armenian heritage, traditions and cuisine are promoted. Named, Badguer (Maison du createur et de L'Artisan), is a large space divided into many sections - a shop, a kitchen and a restaurant.

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The white space is decorated with wall carpets and lights pending from the ceiling. Burgundy and white curtains protect the windows, while the tables are topped with a set of cutlery, porcelain plates and covered with handmade colorful tablecloth. Old tiles on the floor add more warmth to the ambiance of this old Lebanese house. 

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Badguer's vision:

  • Promotion and transmission of the Armenian culture heritage
  • Enhancement of the creators and artisans know-how
  • A place of cultural exchange

The meals at Badguer:

  • Armenian culinary specialities prepared by women known for their expertise in authentic Armenian cuisine
  • A selected menu amnag the Armenian gastronomic heritage
  • A pleasant and friendly atmosphere in a homey and welcoming setting

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While we waited for the food, I took advantage of the time to ask more about the place and the food served…  

The menu:

  • Hot appetizers
  • Cold appetizers
  • Main dishes
  • Salads and soups
  • Soft drinks
  • Delicacies

Kebbet riz, Mouhammara, Tzutene-trakh, Kabab karaz, Hummos, Soubereg, Mente... I always loved and admired Armenian cuisine, which is full of flavors and interesting in texture.

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I was happy to discover some new Armenian specialties not found at other renowned restaurants around the city. I enjoyed meeting the ladies behind those dishes as well as the restaurant manager, who is passionate about the project.

Dinner was good. Homemade food prepared by ladies in a very basic homey kitchen. Although I have enjoyed better Armenian food maybe fine-tuned to be more accepted by the Lebanese, but one should definitely experience the culinary authenticity and ambiance this restaurant offers. 

Food was accompanied by an Armenian sweet wine made from pomegranate, not grapes; a premiere for me. 

After dinner, the dessert of choice was “3en el Ghazel”, created from wheat, lemon zest, and butter and decorated with peanuts and walnuts.

Interested in learning more about the Armenian culture, visit Badguer down in Bourj Hammoud to enjoy good homey food in a nice ambiance.




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