April 27, 2013 Achrafieh Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Lina's ABC: Achrafieh's Meeting Point
Non-smokers friendly
Sweet Tooth Casual Dining Coffee Talk

Phone Number: +961 1 499 099

Address:

Website: https://www.facebook.com/LinasLeb

Price Range: 20-45 $

Lina's Lebanon Lina's Lebanon
3.65 out of 5 based on 1 professional review.

RATING:73/100

Welcoming: 4/5

Food Temperature: 8/10

Ambiance / Music: 8.5/10

Menu Choice: 4/5

Food Taste: 24/30

Architecture / Interior: 8/10

Food presentation: 8/10

Service: 9/10

Value for money: Soon

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LINA’S, a restaurant/cafe in ABC Achrafieh, with its warm and welcoming décor, is a venue where business people, students and shoppers share a relaxing stop while enjoying one of their freshly prepared meals made from their exclusive recipes and fresh ingredients. 

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In June 1989, Lina’s opened its first outlets in Paris with an original sandwich restaurant formula. Lina’s is now a well-established name with over sixty restaurants open worldwide. It has fashioned an innovative approach to fast food whereby the meals are based on original and exclusive ingredients of recipes that are prepared in a hygienic setting in front of the customer. Today, I decided to try Lina's again after a long break from the brand which had become too smoky up until the law helped reorganize some stuff. Rawad, the waiter, welcomed me with a smile. I directly asked him, without even bringing me the menu, to get me what is in his opinion the best sandwich and the best salad Lina's has to offer. He succeeded. We enjoyed a nice meal and as soon as we finished he came back with a dessert platter where we chose two beautiful pieces worth trying.

Linas_Cafe_Restaurant_ABC_Achrafieh01 The place:

  • A big fridge, showing all the restaurant's fresh ingredients, welcomes you
  • Main items of the menu are posted over the bar
  • A cozy ambiance where you meet classy and calm people
  • Blue, red, yellow, beige and camel sofas
  • Orange, beige and red curtains
  • A view of busy Achrafieh streets
  • Parquet floor
  • Brown wooden square tables
  • Some greenery separations add some intimacy to the space

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Lina's Weekly specials:

  • Grilled veggie platter on Mondays
  • Sushi cake on Wednesdays
  • Salmon cake on Fridays

The menu sections: 

  • Les salades et les soupes
  • Les sandwiches
  • Les clubs
  • Les moities
  • Les Light
  • Les Chauds
  • Les Subs
  • Les Paves Paninis
  • Les Aperos
  • Les Desserts
  • Les Tartes
  • Les Boissons
  • Les Vins
  • Les Boissons Glacees
  • Les boissons Chaudes
  • Mariage Freres

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We ordered:

  • Club Lina's: Jambon, fromage, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise - 19,750 L.L
  • Blanc de Poulet aux Avocats: Melange de laitues, Parmesan, oeufs - 19,750L.L
  • Tarte au Chocolat - 9,750L.L
  • Cake au Citron - 7,000L.L

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The Food:

  • The Lina's club is generous, fresh and tasty. A slice of cheese, another of ham, grilled bacon, lettuce and tomato packed inside three layers of brown bread and softened with a thin layer of mayonnaise. I would have grilled the bread more to make it crunchier even though the way it is served is fine. The sandwich is served with potato chips and a small portion of light green salad which looks beautiful.
  • The salad is as tasty as the sandwich. Half an avocado, a complete egg, shaved Parmesan, fresh French lettuce and slices of chicken breast. A very generous preparation served in a bowl. The chicken needs to be softer and juicier even though it is perfectly marinated in a lemon dressing. This salad is served with two slices of brown bread. Wouldn't be nice to offer some butter with the bread?
  • Chocolate tart is just great. A dark chocolate mousse layered on a crunchy dough. Every bite is unique
  • The lemon cake looks so nice. An appetizing circle of clear white spongy cake filled with blueberry and cranberry pieces of fruits and decorated with strawberry couli. The first impression is bizarre as it tastes like a muffin. A muffin should look like a muffin and be named as a muffin. This cake should be sold as a muffin and work on another version of the lemon cake.

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The pluses:

  • Today I was happily amazed
  • Lina's, although many have been bad mouthing it, still serves tasty preparations
  • The service was just great. Rawad, the waiter was so professional and the manager didn't stop moving around all tables

The only minus:

  • Each item on the menu should be detailed: The vegetables used in the sandwiches needs to be detailed. What if someone's allergic to one of the ingredients?

A lovely experience it is, proving that Lina's is still what it is. I enjoyed a great ambiance and tasty food in a cozy atmosphere. I will be passing by there again soon.




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