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Restaurant Chebli, Naas Bickfaya
By now surely you're all aware of my infatuation towards Chebli and its tasty food. I've been there several times already and every time I enjoy the place more and more. I'm always amazed by the unique taste this restaurant has handed over from one generation to another... Chebli restaurant in Naas, just a few minutes from Bickfaya in Metn, has been catering to Lebanese food lovers for many years. I love it... Chebli is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This may be unfortunate for some, but I can safely tell you that it's worth the drive. A small vacation within your country won't hurt you. It’s a simple place surrounded by trees, in a very calm and refreshing area. Chebli serves real and authentic Lebanese cuisine without any sophistication. Every ingredient is prepared with passion by Mrs. Chebli and her son Jacques. Chebli doesn’t apply any marketing campaign to boost its name among other Lebanese restaurants. You go there once, you'll get hooked and with the word of mouth you'll see everyone traveling up to this mountainous area, situated among Lebanon’s natural beauty… A perfect getaway. Believe me it is one of those places that should be visited at least once a month. Last Sunday, like every Sunday it was Fawaregh and Mouloukhieh day at Chebli. Two dishes a few know how to master. They may seem easy to prepare but they are in fact very complicated. At Chebli, they know what they are doing. Using the freshest ingredients, the final result is nothing less than perfect. An aromatic preparation that's not fatty nor has a bitter after taste.
I would say YUMMY!
I personally didn't like the Mouloukhieh much this time and think that it should have been more consistent, but the Fawaregh was to die for. I made sure to finish a complete portion all by myself. Adequately cooked and seasoned, rice filled in sausage skin, it was perfect. It wasn’t oily and was not chewy. Bravo! What I always love eating when I'm at Chebli is their mezze selection that includes sambousik, kebbe, cheese rolls, hummus, tabbouleh, makanek and much more. Just fill yourself a glass of arak and you’re set for a long afternoon of simple yet great food in a homey atmosphere. Just imagine the mini fried kebbe, mini crunchy sambousik, to the meat hummus, the freshly cut tabboule, the soft and tender chicken liver with Debs el Remman, the tasty makanek and the crunchy well rounded and perfectly filled cheese rolls to name a few... Typical Lebanese without any twists and turns, a simple place, a simple restaurant, simple kitchen and simple food prepared the old authentic way at a reasonable price. Simply wow! I rarely get enchanted with Lebanese food this much, but the experience was fantastic. After lunch, fruits and jams were offered. The improvements are clear:
- The famous Pepsi fridge at the door is removed
- The place is more ventilated
- All the walls have been painted again. It looks fresh and clean
I would change:
- The desserts and jams can taste much better
- The dessert choices can or should be enhanced and improved
The best of things:
- You really get what you pay for. The prices are reasonable and well studied
- Chebli is a simple and unsophisticated restaurant where a family serves you as if you're in their home. Stay relaxed and come as you are
If you're planning for an enjoyable lunch with the family, head up to the mountains of Metn and reach Chebli. You'll definitely see me there.