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Onno: The Best Authentic Homey Lebanese Armenian Food
What more can I say about Onno, this small modest Armenian restaurant in Bourj Hammoud. I can easily repost the same review published exactly a year ago, but I need to give this place justice by reliving the great experience in words… Especially that this time I was there with Chef Patron Raphael Dontoye of La Petite Maison worldwide...
It was 2:30 PM on a Friday, I called and inquired if I could pass by for lunch. Raffi, who has been working at Onno for over 20 years, assured us we were welcome and waited for us to arrive. Here is where the experience started... Raphael believes it was the best Lebanese/Armenian he has had to date in Lebanon. Onno is a place you go to relax and enjoy some local jewels. Leave your ego home and come and enjoy the finest homemade food Lebanon has ever witnessed.
- The hummus is served hot, different from all other Lebanese restaurants. It is soft and tender and tastier than any other hummus in town. Grilled warm fried pine nuts and almonds are poured on top of it with their fried juices adding a perfect, heavenly touch. You will enjoy softness and a crunchy feel in one bite that will make you close your eyes and moan. I fell in love with this dish.
- The chicken liver is one of kind. I don’t know how they do it, but it tastes nothing like the Lebanese one we know. Soft like butter and extremely juicy, each bite gets you closer to addiction.
- Easy and pleasant to eat, the fattouch is unique. Despite the large variety of dishes we ordered, Raphael fell in love with this salad, this one in particular. It is prepared in such a meticulous way where they use tomatoes, purslane, lettuce, cucumbers and fried bread which makes it just perfect. What makes it unique is the sauce. An equilibrium of pomegranate molasses, lemon, sumac, salt and olive oil, each enjoyed and combined with a certain unmatched subtlety. You really have to taste it to understand.
- Soubereg is "THE" Armenian dish each and everyone has to taste it at least once in their life. This is a mouthwatering piece of magic. In my opinion it is an award winning dish - creative, tasty and innovative. I’m simply in love with it and Onno does it perfectly. Thin layers of puff pastry cooked with butter, cream and cheese.
- Manti: I’m out of words… Close your eyes and feel every piece of tiny meat coated in crunchy bread, all floating in a bowl of laban. Wow! Small bits of meat and dough, cooked to perfection and bathing in a fresh Armenian laban bowl.
- Cherry kebab is something out of this world: A gooey dark red cherry chutney that is satisfyingly sweet, mixed with tender and juicy lamb kebab and covered with crunchy fried cashew nuts and almonds. A really indescribable feeling in every bite.
- Itch, the hot Armenian tabbouleh is a simple mix of burghol and tomatoes. Nothing to be compared with the Lebanese tabbouleh, even though they share the same name. This one was served hot, with or without bread and has a caché of its own. Take a bite and let it melt under your teeth while its flavors dissipate.
- Quail eggs and bastorma: Heaven on a plate
Onno is Onno. Onno offers perfectly tasty food where passion, dedication and love is enjoyed in every bite.You leave Onno happy and satisfied... You feel that all your senses have been attended to, with care and dedictation. Onno is a must try... And I really hope I won’t be getting any of those nonsense comments judging the place, service and decor...