January 15, 2017 Keserwan Lebanon

Restaurant Fawzi: Back for Some Good Lebanese Food

Phone Number: +9613406575

Address: Faqra Main Road towards Mzaar, Kfardebian, Keserwan, Lebanon

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Price Range: 25-50 $

RATING:85/100

Welcoming: 4/5

Food Temperature: 9/10

Ambiance / Music: 7/10

Menu Choice: 5/5

Food Taste: 28/30

Architecture / Interior: 7/10

Food presentation: 9/10

Service: 8/10

Value for money: 8/10

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It has been two years since I last visited Fawzi up in Faqra... I remember the food  as being good and most importantly full of life and passion. During the week we were filming "48 hours in winter around Lebanon", I made sure to visit Fawzi again. Food is better than great now and I could see improvements on all fronts, generosity of service, and plates full of delicious Lebanese offerings.

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On the hills of Faqra, before reaching the army checkpoint towards Mzaar, is a restaurant which has expanded yet has maintained their good quality of food. Yes, the service is bad and there's a lot of pretentious attitude, but one can't deny that the food is really good, really good food... Albeit at a high price.

Rabaet Tilal el Assal: an old house, a pile of wood for the winter season, glass windows and inside this square space, a warm and soothing spirit. Enter into this space, where wood covers the ceiling and walls, while a brushed concrete covers the floor. Enjoy the beautiful view of the valley while seated on the sofa that surrounds the entire space, or take one of the wooden chairs.

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Lunch is served:

  • Fattouch: fresh, crunchy, beautiful looking and a light feel, a blend of small pieces, cut homogeneously, and easy to eat. I loved its lemony flavor, which makes all the difference. I could have had a large portion all on its own for lunch.
  • Labneh: it feels homemade, is rich with the aromas of the mountain; the labneh is fresh, has a thick texture and is very enjoyable. Add some olive oil and enjoy.
  • Local goat cheese: awesome! It reminded me of my childhood. I love this cheese, which I used to eat every day in our summerhouse. A chunk of white cheese, unsalted and moist, prepared carefully by the shepherds of Keserwan. It's a special version of the goats cheese, which isn't dry and comes soaked in salt water before being served. A must try.
  • Grilled cheese rolls: eight grilled rolls, fresh and tasty with an interesting burnt taste on the sides.
  • Hummus with meat: a very good recipe. Soft hummus and tender meat combine for a smooth and enjoyable dish. The fries are homemade, crunchy, well salted and perfectly cooked.
  • Meat Ras Asfour with pomegranate molasses: as good as you’d expect it to be.
  • Fried cheese rolls are addictive!
  • Special labneh mix with black olives and diced tomatoes is surely not to be missed.
  • Eggs and Kawarma served in a metallic marmitte. Juicy and fatty, as they should be.
  • Grilled potatoes cut in slices and served with butter.
  • The best of the best are the fries. French fries with a lightly crispy crust and a tender heart. I'm a fan! I believe their photo speaks for itself.
  • Grilled meat is so tender! So juicy and so tasty!

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The improvements since last time:

  • The bread is served in individual nylon bags.
  • Ambiance of the restaurant is fresh and homey.
  • Prices justify food prepared a la minute at home.
  • Flavors are really really good.

A recommended restaurant for sure.




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