Appetito Trattoria Gemmayze: Italian Spaghetti and Pizza I Enjoyed

Italian | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

June 06, 2019

Italian

Appetito Trattoria Gemmayze: Italian Spaghetti and Pizza I Enjoyed

Driving on the highway to Beirut you can’t but notice a blue house facing Beirut seaport. Located between The Gathering and Mayrig on Gemmayze Pasteur street, Appetito Trattoria has opened its…

June 06, 2019 | Pizza | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

The Gathering: Transported... in the Heart of Beirut!

International Cuisine | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

May 08, 2019

International Cuisine

The Gathering: Transported... in the Heart of Beirut!

On a beautiful Monday morning, in the heart of Beirut, accompanied by my kids and lovely wife, we sat to enjoy the weather and soothing vibes. The Gathering, one of the “Downtown” group…

May 08, 2019 | Italian | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Walking Gemmayze: Look Up and Enjoy The Beautiful Old Street

Mechwar Videos | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

March 22, 2019

Mechwar Videos

Walking Gemmayze: Look Up and Enjoy The Beautiful Old Street

Rue Gouraud is a mixed residential and commercial street in Gemmayzeh, a neighborhood in the Rmeil district of Beirut in Lebanon. It is named after French General Henri Gouraud. Gemmayze, and…

March 22, 2019 | Travel | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Yakiniku: The Gourmet Japanese Grill of Gemmayze

Asian/Chinese | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

January 20, 2019

Asian/Chinese

Yakiniku: The Gourmet Japanese Grill of Gemmayze

The “YA” family has taken over Gemmayze transforming it into “Asia Town” a concept after the other, and they are all awesome!!!! Mitsu-Ya has one of the best Sushi in…

January 20, 2019 | Japanese & Sushi | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Ramen-Ya: Real Flavors of Asian Noodles in Beirut

Asian/Chinese | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

December 26, 2018

Asian/Chinese

Ramen-Ya: Real Flavors of Asian Noodles in Beirut

I’m a fan of Ramen, traveling the world for this bowl. After trying it in France, Dubai and New York, it was time to indulge in a hefty ramen bowl in Beirut. Let me tell you the story as it…

December 26, 2018 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Le Petit Gris: 7 Years of Bistronomy in Beirut

French | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

November 29, 2018

French

Le Petit Gris: 7 Years of Bistronomy in Beirut

When I noticed that I last came here in 2015, it was time to visit again one of my favorite French Bistros in town. Guaranteed satisfaction for as long as I remember, Le Petit Gris is one of the few…

November 29, 2018 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

The Original Em Ali: From Souk el Tayeb to Gemmayze

Lebanese/Middle Eastern | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

September 25, 2018

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

The Original Em Ali: From Souk el Tayeb to Gemmayze

“Oum Ali”, the one and only Saj Queen famous from (Souk el Tayeb) and (Souk el Akel) has opened a breakfast Parlour on Gemmayze street. A traditional eatery serving the same yellow dough…

September 25, 2018 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Kahwet Ma’alem Arteen: Loved the Food, Loved the Vibes, Enjoyed my Dinner

Lebanese/Middle Eastern | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

September 06, 2018

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

Kahwet Ma’alem Arteen: Loved the Food, Loved the Vibes, Enjoyed my Dinner

Three stories up, on a roof in Gemmayze, comes Ma’alem Arteen. Armenian by nature, Lebanese by heart, this particular restaurant welcomes you, to enjoy fresh vibes inspired by the old Lebanese…

September 06, 2018 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Restaurant Loris: The Lebanese Fusion Experience

Lebanese/Middle Eastern | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

November 14, 2017

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

Restaurant Loris: The Lebanese Fusion Experience

In the heart of Gemmayze, on Rue Pasteur, is a Lebanese-Armenian, Aleppo fusion - if my description is accurate - restaurant called Loris. An old Lebanese house decorated in blue with fresh touches…

November 14, 2017 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Meats & Bread: Hardcore Barbecue in Beirut...

American | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

August 22, 2017

American

Meats & Bread: Hardcore Barbecue in Beirut...

Very unconventional on all fronts, Meats & Bread is my kind of diner, my kind of food...I came here for the opening and am back to taste more of Riad's unique creations... Found on…

August 22, 2017 | Grill&BBQ | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Meats & Bread: Now Open in Gemmayze

Grill&BBQ | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

August 06, 2017

Grill&BBQ

Meats & Bread: Now Open in Gemmayze

After long months of waiting "Souk el Akel's" Meats & Bread has finally opened on Gemmayze street. Meats & Bread, by the self-taught chef Riad Abou Lteif, promises a pleasant experience…

August 06, 2017 | News | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Caramelized Banana Fritters: A Mouthwatering Dessert

Desserts & Sweets | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

July 10, 2017

Desserts & Sweets

Caramelized Banana Fritters: A Mouthwatering Dessert

Visiting Urbanista I discovered by pure coincidence they've launched a new menu... after having a couple bites, the manager offered us a dessert he says we have to try! OMG he was right. I've…

July 10, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Bread Basket Square Becomes Taqa

Bread & Bakeries | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

June 20, 2017

Bread & Bakeries

Bread Basket Square Becomes Taqa

In 2015, I wrote about Soumaya, founder of Bread Basket Square, a healthy wheat-free bakery... Today, BBS starts a new challenge, a new journey, changing the concept's name from Bread Basket to…

June 20, 2017 | News | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Sandwich w Noss: Lebanon's Best Sellers Under One Roof

Lebanese/Middle Eastern | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

February 29, 2016

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

Sandwich w Noss: Lebanon's Best Sellers Under One Roof

Tonight I was hungry w noss... Nothing could satisfy my hunger other than sandwich w noss. It's a famous place everyone is talking about, a snack place serving huge portions of the country's best…

February 29, 2016 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

La PizzAria: From Napoli to Beirut with an Impact

Italian | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

February 24, 2016

Italian

La PizzAria: From Napoli to Beirut with an Impact

La PizzAria has been the talk of town for the last couple of months. A small shop in Gemmayze, recognized by its red curtain. I was so excited to try it, so tonight we dine with the guys. Behind…

February 24, 2016 | Pizza | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Sandwich w Noss: A Revolutionary Sandwich Concept in Gemmayze

Popular | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

February 19, 2016

Popular

Sandwich w Noss: A Revolutionary Sandwich Concept in Gemmayze

It's a revolution for many reasons, the name is fun and its marketing campaign is exceptional... The concept grabbed my attention when I first saw their social media adv: one covering the Electrical…

February 19, 2016 | Sandwiches | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Beirut's First Christmas Food Market: Mar Mikhael, December 2nd 2015

Events

November 20, 2015

Events

Beirut's First Christmas Food Market: Mar Mikhael, December 2nd 2015

For the first time in Lebanon Beirut will enjoy a Christmas Food Market! All over the world Christmas food markets are a great way of discovering Christmas favorites, like mulled wine, mince pies…

November 20, 2015 | News

Mitsu-Ya: A Recommended Sushi Bar and Izakaya

Japanese & Sushi | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

April 24, 2015

Japanese & Sushi

Mitsu-Ya: A Recommended Sushi Bar and Izakaya

A new place has opened on Gemmayze and it's called Mitsu-Ya. After Tabkha, facing Massaad, a one-door shop welcomes you for lunch and dinner serving a selection of Japanese izakaya dishes. The…

April 24, 2015 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Le Petit Gris: Known for its Joyful Ambiance and Good Food

French | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

March 14, 2015

French

Le Petit Gris: Known for its Joyful Ambiance and Good Food

When people ask me about my favorite French bistro in Lebanon, one of the Top three choices always on my mind is Le Petit Gris. Time has passed since I last came here. In 2014, Le Petit Gris entered…

March 14, 2015 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Divvy: Flavors of Food and Fun

International Cuisine | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

October 16, 2014

International Cuisine

Divvy: Flavors of Food and Fun

I went to a preopening dinner at Divvy, a new place that just officially opened on Mar Michael. The experience was lovely, although some fine-tuning was required… but then again it was the…

October 16, 2014 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Lebanon's 65cm Record Breaking Burger

Spotted Stories | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

October 16, 2014

Spotted Stories

Lebanon's 65cm Record Breaking Burger

Celebrating their second year anniversary, Rod’s, a small burger joint in Gemmayze, planned to break a record by creating the biggest burger in Lebanon yet and I think he succeeded. If you…

October 16, 2014 | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Ginette: The Eatery, The Fashion Boutique, The Art Gallery

International Cuisine | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

March 20, 2014

International Cuisine

Ginette: The Eatery, The Fashion Boutique, The Art Gallery

Ginette,  located in the heart of Gemmayze, has been the talk of town for sometime now. This funky and trendy concept space hosts a coffee shop and restaurant, an art gallery, and a…

March 20, 2014 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Mario e Mario: Homemade, the Italian Way

Italian | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

February 23, 2014

Italian

Mario e Mario: Homemade, the Italian Way

There are two people in town that create a buzz whenever their names are involved- Mario Haddad Senior and Mario Haddad Junior. What are the father and son combo up to these days? I'll tell you. A…

February 23, 2014 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Rod's Burgers: Homemade with Style and Perfection

Street Food | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

February 11, 2014

Street Food

Rod's Burgers: Homemade with Style and Perfection

I'm going to start this review by welcoming the first entry to my TOP10 burgers list of 2014... Yes, already... Rod's Burgers are to die for... Imagine a simple yet innovative burger prepared with…

February 11, 2014 | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

2013: Best Italian Restaurants in Lebanon

Italian | Lebanon Middle East

Middle East

December 20, 2013

Italian

2013: Best Italian Restaurants in Lebanon

Any dish served in Italian restaurant is simply. Pizzas, pastas and risottos, Italian cuisine is great. Voted for many years as the trendiest and most loved cuisine on earth, the Italian cuisine has…

December 20, 2013 | Restaurants | Lebanon

2013: Best Italian Pizza in Lebanon

Italian | Lebanon Middle East

Middle East

December 15, 2013

Italian

2013: Best Italian Pizza in Lebanon

Italian food has always been a favorite in Lebanon. 2013 witnessed a boom of new Italian restaurants, where pizza-making has become an art - the dough, the crust, time of cooking, ingredients…

December 15, 2013 | Pizza | Lebanon

Meet Abou el Abed: Gemmayze's Famous Kaak and Picon Seller

Street Food | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

November 29, 2013

Street Food

Meet Abou el Abed: Gemmayze's Famous Kaak and Picon Seller

There are moments in life you just feel you want to let go, pull your sleeves up high and plunge into someone else's job, life, routine... and see how things are on the other side. Today was one of…

November 29, 2013 | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Le Petit Gris: A Rich Selection of Fine Dining Creations

French | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

October 31, 2013

French

Le Petit Gris: A Rich Selection of Fine Dining Creations

It has been a year already since my last visit to Le Petit Gris. One of the first restaurants to start the French Bistros trend in Lebanon, Le Petit Gris welcomes guests into a casual fifty square…

October 31, 2013 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Tavolina: Back for the Pizza and More

Italian | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

October 17, 2013

Italian

Tavolina: Back for the Pizza and More

I was recently welcomed as a new member of the Academia Italiana Della Cucina with a lunch at Tavolina that gathered all members of the Lebanese chapter. Even though I've been to Tavolina a few weeks…

October 17, 2013 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

KitchenLab: Cook and Eat in a Pleasant Ambiance

Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

October 14, 2013

Recommended

KitchenLab: Cook and Eat in a Pleasant Ambiance

Dedicated to food and cooking, Kitchenlab is a new and unique concept that will change the way you view food, cooking, socializing and gathering with friends. Set up in an old house in Gemmayze,…

October 14, 2013 | Spotted Stories | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Let's Head South... SUD, Mar Mikhael

French | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

June 27, 2013

French

Let's Head South... SUD, Mar Mikhael

You've been reading my reviews about La Cour Saint Michel, an idea I have found to be extraordinary on so many levels. One of today's hot spots, houses a bakery, three restaurants and a great…

June 27, 2013 | Pizza | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Bar Tartine: Majestic Food in a Charming Atmosphere

French | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

May 18, 2013

French

Bar Tartine: Majestic Food in a Charming Atmosphere

A couple of weeks ago, visiting La Cour Saint Michel, I discovered Bar Tartine by pure coincidence. A new place which was still closed at that time. I couldn't but stand in awe in front of this…

May 18, 2013 | Pizza | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

CNN: 10 Best Bars in Beirut

News

April 11, 2013

News

CNN: 10 Best Bars in Beirut

As reported on CNN, here's the top 10 Bars in Beirut, what's your favorite place or suggested choice...? Summer is around the corner and we want to know about all the best places out there... As…

April 11, 2013 | Popular

Prepare Yourselves for The Junkyard 2013

News

April 01, 2013

News

Prepare Yourselves for The Junkyard 2013

Following the huge success of The Junkyard last summer, the same people behind this unique concept  are cooking up something extraordinary, this summer will witness yet another extraordinary…

April 01, 2013

Visiting BlackRock Restaurant and Lounge Again: Improvement and Professionalism Respected

Grill&BBQ | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

January 23, 2013

Grill&BBQ

Visiting BlackRock Restaurant and Lounge Again: Improvement and Professionalism Respected

BlackRock Restaurant; located in the Soho-esque Mar Mikael area of Beirut; is the first of its kind not only locally but internationally. The black facade welcomes you into a shiny U-shaped bar…

January 23, 2013 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Urbanista's Positive Beirut City Vibes

International Cuisine | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

January 05, 2013

International Cuisine

Urbanista's Positive Beirut City Vibes

The smell of fresh brewed coffee in the morning. Heavenly. I came to Urbanista on Gemmayze street at 9.30am on Friday morning and thought I was the only early bird around. The second I sat down,…

January 05, 2013 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Tavolina: The Latest Italian to Open on Mar Mikhael

Italian | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

August 16, 2012

Italian

Tavolina: The Latest Italian to Open on Mar Mikhael

Tavolina is an unpretentious trattoria, serving traditional Italian food including wood oven pizzas, pasta, risotto as well as poultry, fish and meat dishes. The decor is simple and atmosphere…

August 16, 2012 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Lebanon's Restaurants Hubs 103: Gemmayze

News

July 12, 2012

News

Lebanon's Restaurants Hubs 103: Gemmayze

Gemayze has been know to be the best nightlife area in Beirut and even in Lebanon. Now it is transforming to a restaurant hub at the demand of the owners who could't stand anymore the nightlife…

July 12, 2012

The Gathering: Butcher Grill

Burgers | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

July 10, 2012

Burgers

The Gathering: Butcher Grill

After trying the Italian corner at the Gathering I went to try the Butcher Grill so as to have a full experience of the perfect Gathering trio. The Butcher Grill is the first restaurant on the…

July 10, 2012 | Grill&BBQ | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Urbanista: Modern, Refreshing and Tasty

Breakfast & Coffee | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

July 09, 2012

Breakfast & Coffee

Urbanista: Modern, Refreshing and Tasty

Just when you think that Gemmayze can't be host to another outlet, a new place pops up. I recently discovered Urbanista restaurant/cafe, a place that I loved. As I sat down surrounded with natural…

July 09, 2012 | International Cuisine | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Ginette: Home of the Unusual Mix of Artisans

International Cuisine | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

July 09, 2012

International Cuisine

Ginette: Home of the Unusual Mix of Artisans

The Gemmayze district, full of narrow streets and graceful historic buildings from the French era, is a fitting backdrop for this new concept store. Also well-known for its trendy bars and…

July 09, 2012 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Le Petit Gris, French Bistro, Gemmayze

French | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

June 28, 2012

French

Le Petit Gris, French Bistro, Gemmayze

Tucked in the heart of busy Gemmayze, Le Petit Gris, a small French bistro owned by Makram Rabbat, Gilles Assaf and Mazen Chehab, is a new gem you'll urgently have to visit. It is located…

June 28, 2012 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Alcazar:Drink & Dine on the Stairs, in a Luxury Interior (Restaurant Closed)

International Cuisine | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

April 28, 2012

International Cuisine

Alcazar:Drink & Dine on the Stairs, in a Luxury Interior (Restaurant Closed)

More than a nightlife spot, Alcazar is a fine dining place that deserves visiting... A full solution, that is what Alcazar is all about. On its three distinctive floors, Alcazar offers a full…

April 28, 2012 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

The Gathering: A Perfect Three In One

International Cuisine | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

April 02, 2012

International Cuisine

The Gathering: A Perfect Three In One

Social Gathering with friends around the olive tree     The Gathering is one of the newest restaurants in town located in the lower level of the Gemmayze street of Beirut. The project…

April 02, 2012 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Couqley Restaurant at The AlleyWay, Beirut

French | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

March 30, 2012

French

Couqley Restaurant at The AlleyWay, Beirut

Named after Chef Alexis Couquelet... There are certain places in Lebanon that somehow leave a certain something in your mind... Couqley is one of those places. There's something about the place...…

March 30, 2012 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Al Mandaloun Club, Mar Mikhael, Achrafieh

French | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

March 21, 2012

French

Al Mandaloun Club, Mar Mikhael, Achrafieh

The name Al-Mandaloun reminds of various outlets like the Al Mandaloun club in Mar Mikhael, Al Mandaloun Grill (which has closed), Al Mandaloun Cafe in Achrafieh and it seems a new one coming soon in…

March 21, 2012 | Fusion Cuisine | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

ENAB, A Typical Lebanese Cuisine In a Modern Setup

Lebanese/Middle Eastern | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

March 21, 2012

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

ENAB, A Typical Lebanese Cuisine In a Modern Setup

Enab, which means grapes, is the newest Lebanese restaurant in Beirut has recently opened its doors on the famous Mar Mikhael strip, just a couple of meters away from one of my favorite restaurants…

March 21, 2012 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Couqley French Restaurant, Gemmayze Beirut

French | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

February 26, 2012

French

Couqley French Restaurant, Gemmayze Beirut

This is a place that screams ‘lovely,’ from the setup to the cuisine. A unique French brasserie in Gemmayze, Couqley is situated in the "Alleyway".  Chef Alexis Couqley has a very…

February 26, 2012 | Recommended | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

Marinella Trattoria, Beirut

Italian | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

February 20, 2012

Italian

Marinella Trattoria, Beirut

I visited Marinella with my wife and friends to experience what we heard about to be one of the best trattorias in town. The place is very funky, wide, nicely lid with interesting writing on the…

February 20, 2012 | Restaurants | Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael

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