January 03, 2015 Zahle Bekaa Lebanon Middle East

Chez Charles: The European Flavors of Zahle

Phone Number: +961 8 801165

Address: Main road after the Saraya, El Berbara, Zahle, Bekaa, Lebanon


Price Range: 35-60 $


Welcoming: 3/5

Food Temperature: 8/10

Ambiance / Music: 7/10

Menu Choice: 4/5

Food Taste: 24/30

Architecture / Interior: 7/10

Food presentation: 8/10

Service: 7/10

Value for money: 7/10

Chez Charles, one of Zahle popular restaurant is truly something special. Back in 1975, Henry Saydé was the first to introduce the Bekaa to a sophisticated French and European cuisine. Located in the heart of Zahle, Chez Charles offers a one of a kind cuisine experience... 


Think snails, octopus, raw fish, pork... You'll discover some innovative bites cooked perfectly by a master who has lived in Canada and learnt the art of food.

The place:

  • Traditional decorations dating back to the '70s
  • Beige tiles cover the floor which looks like wood parquet
  • Dark wood covers the walls like an old alpine cottage decorated by lanterns
  • Rectangular tables fill the space
  • A dozen wine boxes decorate the bar facing the open kitchen, which is full of grilling meat and flaming fish
  • A soothing music takes over the space, making you relax and want to stay for a long time 

The menu you'll find: Pizzas, salads, appetizers, grills, seafood, pasta, salads, desserts, drinks...


On today's menu, a selection of fine plates made it to the table: Octopus prepared and served the way big chefs do... calamari everyone loved. Wild pork Makanek (marcassin) tender like butter, onion soup full of flavor and aromas, alongside raw fish (mackerel) from Amchit, which are fresh and tasty, a wonderfully rich menu. 


The presentation and taste of the food left me amazed. I wasn't expecting to eat food that puts many restaurants in Beirut to shame in Zahle.

Steak au Poivre… Just watch the video to understand how much dedication it takes for it to reach your table; served with French fries, this plate is good.


After lunch we were offered some homemade Limoncello and a walnut liqueur, which were both exceptional. Homemade, flavorful, fresh, intense in body and uniquely created. 


I was truly amazed, especially that I was not expecting to eat such good international food in Zahle. So the next time you want to escape the city, drive all the way up to Zahle for some tasty creations by the master, Henry.





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