Armenian cuisine at its finest in Lebanon and equally amazing in Jeddah...
In Lebanon, Mayrig is tucked away at the far end of Beirut’s Gemayzeh quarter. As a reatuarant, Mayrig that adapts the popular classics of Armenian cuisine, while generously borrowing from Lebanese and other Mediterranean influences, in order to feast guests on a dazzling array of flavors.
Mayrig uses spicy ingredients and dewy-fresh harvests from the entire region, delicately hand-crafted creations, and a charming setting that still evokes Beirut’s glory days. Somehow, what you get is even more sublime than the sum of its part not surprising for a restaurant which still believes in serving food, and welcomes, very warm.
The name: an Armenian term of affection that means ‘little mother’: ‘Mayrig’ was born… Mayrig Jeddah, and I was happily surprised, delivers the same exact quality of taste and service of its Beirut's counterpart. Located in an individual house that looks like a villa on the Cote D'Azur. The premisses are nicely decorated and managed by a dedicated staff who's aim is to cook the Freshest ingredients without onions, adequately spiced offering the best of the Armenian heritage.
That day, for lunch and accompanied by my best friend in town and his family, we chose different items from the menu with No Garlic and No Onions as we all know that Armenian and Lebanese food have a lot of those two ingredients hidden inside. Itch, Haigagan salad, Hommos, Madzounov Keufteh, Moutabbal, Lahme Beajine, Gdzou Potatoes, Sou Beureg, Soujok Fekhara followed by the renowned and unique Maamoul Jebneh. My favorite Armenian dish is the Sou Beureg: I simply love it.
Lunch was nice, calm and enjoyable with the professional staff making sure that no detail is not taken care off to perfection. Mayrig Jeddah is a must try.