I've always been a fan of Al Balad, the first authentic Lebanese restaurant with a twist where, flavors and colors are all mixed together to come up with fine oriental delicacies that you will definitely enjoy.
I won't go into the complete process of describing the place and its staff since I've already done so many times. I'll focus on the food, tastes and flavors.
I've been hearing some minor comments about the food; I would like to confirm and guarantee that the experience I had was amazingly good.
Food was excellent like always:
- Hommos al Balad: light orange in color with a subtle touch of spices is filled with kawarma. The texture is delicious and every bite had a distinct taste
- Hummos was as good as it should be
- Tabboule was nice: I enjoyed munching on some fresh tomatoes and freshly cut parsley seasoned with a strong lemon zest
- Lahme beajine is a must try: Thin and crunchy covered with a generous portion of meat. I enjoyed the sweet aftertaste. I loved it
- Then came the queen of the night: Meat with almonds and dates. The meat was tender and served with crunchy almonds and tender dates, which added an enjoyable sweet touch. A unique and innovative creation that was very yummy. I will come back just to have this...
- Uff!!! Have you ever tried their halloum covered with fried almonds? Please do... It will make you moan unconsciously
- Four balls of Kebbe Sajieh filled with meat, spicy red sauce and butter. Pay attention when biting into it not to spill it all over your clothes. Prepare to enjoy a hundred flavors in one single creation. I loved it
- Chicken fried rolls are an invention that combines east and west together into a lovely piece of delicacy
- Fattouch is freshly served
- Even the mini baked potatoes are tasty, although the creamy sauce contained a bit too much garlic for my taste, but you will definitely enjoy it
- To end this great story, we ordered a mixed grill platter: Juicy chicken taouk, perfectly well marinated meat skewer, crispy kafta - all tasty, juicy with an interesting grilling aftertaste. A generous portion of fried potato cubes and grilled vegetables accompany the grilled platter.
- Provide brown bread when a client asks
- Change the ashtrays with ones that have no cigarette support. Anyway smoking is not allowed inside.
- The plates are too small for a Lebanese restaurant
Our waiter, Hassan, was jolly and seemed to love his job. He added a pleasant touch to the meal celebration.
A perfect ending with awesome desserts:
- Halawa Ice Cream: A multi-layered piece of cake with Musk ice cream, biscuits, chocolate ice cream and halawa ice cream with jellaba sauce decorated with coconut powder. An excellent one... a really excellent one. Just imagine halawa and chocolate flavors, tender biscuit while the jellab ends the experience in style. I love it!
- Aysh el Saraya comes with two layers of ashta and two layers of cake soaked in caramelized sugar. It is a sin. Beautifully decorated with crushed nuts, this dessert is mouthwatering. I'm not sure how many kilos I've gained today!
- The Esmalliya needs it's own article... A generous round shaped portion of fried vermicelli and ashta. The three-layered cake includes a layer of vermicelli, then ashta and another layer of vermicelli. Super fresh and crunchy dessert that literally made me close my eyes with every bite - while feeling the filaments crumbling under my teeth and enjoying a hundred flavors erupting... Just add sugar syrup and crunch into this sumptuous piece of heavenly creation. It was love at first bite. Perfection.
I like and always enjoy this restaurant every time I go...