I woke up one morning and felt like enjoying a good hefty breakfast. Between meetings in Beirut, I decided to spend some time at Gordon's Cafe at Le Gray Hotel. My friend and I sat outside as the weather was sunny and beautiful and enjoyed a good tasty breakfast, while enjoying the lively buzz Beirut city spreads...
Chic, trendy, cosmopolitan and casual, the Gordon’s Cafe, located in Five Star Le Gray Hotel, is the perfect place for a delicious breakfast, a light lunch or a smooth afternoon tea on the sidewalk, amidst the bustling Beirut Central District. The Gordon’s Cafe has it all: The place has everything that will make your breakfast, lunch or dinner experience memorable. I have been there more than a dozen times already always experiencing something positive.
The architecture and interiors are perfectly executed, taking care of the smallest detail. This historical sleight of hand is courtesy of architect Kevin Dash, who has introduced overt modernity in the infinity pool, the glass-walled rooftop bar and the monumental atrium. For the interior, Gordon Campbell Gray and design partner Mary Fox Linton have introduced Levantine flashes of orange and red to an otherwise muted palette. Custom reissues of mid-century Brazilian armchairs mix with contemporary touches, such as Valérie Boy’s lightbox in the lobby and art from Lebanon, Syria, Cuba and beyond.
The place in few words:
- Occupying the corner of Le Gray hotel, the Gordon’s cafe is the perfect place to blend in with Beirut’s busy street life
- A colorful space with its blue tiles and many chandeliers, perfectly lit by its high glass facades
- Blue, green, red colors help relax all your senses
- In the center of the restaurant, there's a wooden table displaying some cakes and sweet treats
- At the very end is the Pizza oven behind the bar
- Art is what Le Gray is known for. Some fine paintings decorate the walls
- Square or round, choose to sit on the table that suits you better
- Outside, on the side walk, a line of square tables welcome guests who want to live the Beirut experience
I was expecting to see Eggs Benedict on the menu... Bizarrely not I tried something else:
- Sharing plates
- Wood Oven Baked Pizza
- Burgers and Sandwiches
- Salmon and Eggs: Simplicity on a plate is the best way to describe it. A generous portions of scrambled eggs, four slices of cereal bread gently toasted and two slices of smoked salmon. It's as good as you would expect it to be. The eggs were moist and full of taste, the salmon was fresh and the bread served was warm and crunchy. Don't forget to ask for the pepper mill, it all add a touch of flavor.
- A basket of croissants and danish delights: Small versions of the croissant all packed in a single basket. Chocolate, thyme, plain and escargot. A good selection that was enjoyable. Just correct.
- Yogurt: I'm personally not a fan of yogurt and don't usually order it at restaurants but what I saw was something extremely generous. My friend who had ordered it wasn't too satisfied with it. She had two bites and continued eating the croissants.
- A plate of seasonal fruits: Strawberries, oranges, kiwi, pineapple, banana, watermelon and lime. Perfectly set up, the selection was mouthwatering. Always a great way to enjoy some healthy and light bites in the morning. I recommend it.
Add to the whole lot some coffee, a double espresso with biscuit, sparkling water.. spending time at the Gordon's Cafe was enjoyable. What I love about this place is that you can enjoy the feel of a cafe with five stars standards - a perfect set of cutlery, premium attention and professional staff only makes you experience more relaxing and enjoyably on the sidewalk of one of Beirut's busiest streets. Beirut vibes... I love it. Gordon's Cafe is a good choice for breakfast as well as an ideal meeting spot while in the capital.