May 22, 2014 Achrafieh Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Jean, Charles: Achrafieh's Delicatessen Heaven

Believe me when I say that I have been meaning to visit Jean, Charles ever since I started NGNO, two years ago, but never got around to doing so. If you're one of those people who seek and crave some handpicked imported delicatessen, then  Jean, Charles is the place for you. In his small tiny shop, Jean, Charles welcomes you behind the fridge and into a journey of discoveries from France and beyond. Jean_Charles_Cave_Joel_Robuchon_WIne_Tasting31

Up the road leading to Hotel Alexandre in Achrafieh, you'll find a small shop on the left... You won't miss it.... a glass facade, black wood finish and a large light pending over hundreds of food items.
Confiture de ma grand-mère, tripes à la mode de Caen, Comtesse du Barry products, Mille et une Huile collection, les chocolats de Pauline, foie gras, terrine and cheeses from France and much more. Lebanon is represented as well with Brizeles galettes, La Ferme St. Jacques Foie Gras, wines and homemade produces.
The night I visited was dedicated to a tasting experience for a selection of wines from La Cave de Joel Robuchon. They chose Java, the brand's entry level wine imported from Gascogne, France. Jean_Charles_Cave_Joel_Robuchon_WIne_Tasting30
The table started to get filled with a selection of special cold cuts:
  • Burgundy ham with aspic served on slices of white bread
  • Goose Rillettes
  • Chorizo et saucisson sec bio
  • Picorino Romano
  • Cookies from Karine Zablit
  • Camembert cheese
The wine tasting:
  • Java, White 2012: For only $10, this wine has an interesting composition.  A pale green reflection covering an intense citrus and white flower aroma. A sharp attack and lightly acidulée, tickling your tongue while its dryness and tonic hide a pleasant fruity aftertaste.
  • Java, Rose 2012: Considered to be in the category of easy to drink wines, this Rose sold for $10 a bottle is great for a pool side drink or a barbecue on the beach.
  • Java, Red 2012: The red wine is just correct. Called the Rouge Plaisir, this wine has a lot of potential for a bottle sold at $10. A fruity finish and a dry mouth, the bottle is better opened an hour or two prior to drinking.


An interesting night where I had the chance to discover Jean,Charles's hidden gem, up close and personal. Of course I  promised him to come back for a more in-depth review before the end of summer. Jean, Charles - Rue Adib Ishac, Achrafieh, Beyrouth: +961 1 215 603

Categories: Tasty Discoveries





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