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Calm Lebanese music from the Sixties, Fayrouz softly singing through the greenery of this beautiful terrace nestled in the heart of Antelias... It was Sunday, 9am, and I was enjoying a loaded Lebanese breakfast with my wife and little one.
Batchig, the Armenian-Lebanese restaurant in Antelias has newly launched their weekend breakfast formula. A buffet of local specialties alongside a selection of baked goods and eggs.
Batchig is an individual house on the Antelias internal road near Bourj el Hamam and the Rim Water warehouse. An Armenian restaurant with a twist and touch of modernism and style. An old Lebanese house with its high ceiling, the oven and the open atrium on the upper floor. I'm a fan of the architecture, which I’ve reviewed many times already.
Before moving to the terrace, our appetite was be challenged by the buffet, a full, colorful buffet.
On the menu:
- Jams, honey and nuts
- Halawa and butter
- Fresh juices
- Compote fruits
- Kashkawan and white cheese
- The vegetable basket
- Goat Labneh and goat’s cheese in oil
- Olives, pickles and cut vegetables
- Hummos balila
- The bread basket
- Biscuits and brioche
This morning, I was hungry, or more accurately, my appetite appeared as soon as I started filling my plate with Labneh, olive oil, mchallaleh cheese and vegetables. Everything was fresh, good looking, bright and crunchy, all good food.
Afterwards, plates started landing on the table. A new creation I adored was the sunny side up eggs in a plate made of bread. A thick and crunchy loaf of bread filled with a mix of eggs and diced vegetables topped with two sunny side eggs. That's amazing! The crunch of the bread and the moisture of the eggs cooked in the oven not on a pan.
More eggs were yet to come. A casserole of eggs and soujok and another of eggs and basterma. Clear flavors in a pan.
Here we were, sitting on this beautiful morning, enjoying a light wind, a crunchy mankoushe with Labneh dip, freshly baked bread, a vegetable plate, a double espresso... With Fayrouz accompanying us as we had our Lebanese breakfast.
All of that and I haven’t mentioned desserts. Don't forget to order the Italian style lightly baked loaf topped with Nutella, pistachio, bananas and almonds. It rocks!
On the buffet, the sweet part of it, you can find Knefe, mammounieh, sahlab and brioches. All you have to do is remember to leave some space for those mouthwatering choices.
Breakfast was good, calm and fulfilling, and we spent two enjoyable hours there on this beautiful, sunny Sunday.