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Breakfast in Downtown Beirut
Meeting with friends in Kaslik, I stopped by the iconic Lina's which has stood here in Kaslik for the last decade or so. Sandwiches and salads is what they do, a cafe trottoir open on the busy street. The "Matin Plaisir" platter is what I'm having as a start.
Colored leather sofas, old square wooden tables and white paper on which the menu is printed - I'm not sure if their menu has been changed but I remember a colorful leaflet filled with photos at Lina's in Beirut. This menu is smaller and clearly well used! The place and plates look old as well... it's time for an upgrade.
Let's eat now: I still love their generously loaded sandwiches, the bread quality and filling. I started with the egg sandwich, mayonnaise, tomatoes and boiled eggs on a multi-cereal baguette. Sesame and seeds, lightly chewy yet enjoyable bread, a spread of mayonnaise with crunchy fresh vegetables and smell-free boiled eggs. It feels like a healthy sandwich - tasty and has an enjoyable peppery flavor at the end.
The morning platter or Matin Plaisir is exactly what you need to start your day. A plate divided into six compartments including Zaatar, Labneh, white cheese, jam, scrambled eggs and vegetables. With that comes a basket of warm bread cut into slices, a baguette and toasted pain de mie. Great bread quality, good quality ingredients... an enjoyable start to the day.
Thank you Sara for your kindness, attention and professional service.
I enjoyed my coffee, the mood, the service, the food and all good value for money.