I have been dreaming of visiting Douma for a long while now, a village we learned about in history books - its stones and red tiles, authenticity and tradition... I knew I was going to see something amazing, but was definitely not expecting to fall in love with a town so much.
In Douma, history is written on the walls, felt along the streets and discussed by everyone. But it’s not only about the stones and walls; the rich history is felt in every bite. Esclapio's Story began in 1969, where the Founder Tanios Ghanem had the urge to find a place to meet with his friends and family around a good Lebanese food with a glass of Arak and a great view. The idea started that year and continued with his two sons Nabil and Wadih. His Wife Janet is the one that was taking care of the taste , and she tried to keep the same taste in all the Mezza that she supervise and make .
A couple of restaurants welcome you for lunch and dinner, one of which is the popular Esclapio. Esclapio is the best Lebanese restaurant in the area, with all the music and fun, this place’s name is inspired by Esculapio and it's emblem (used for pharmacies), Godess of Health.
Hummos, Zaatar, goat's cheese, fattouch, tabbouleh, French fries, raw kebbeh, Sambousik and kebbeh, Labneh, moutabbal, rocca, stuffed grapevine leaves and shanklish, you name it. I believe I tried a bit of everything.
A typical Lebanese restaurant that can fit 500 people, the food served at Esclapio is good for group outings and Sunday family gatherings.
A long day in shooting a documentary about Douma... check the photos to discover more about the place's decor and dishes served.