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Abou Fadi: Malak el Samke el Harra
It seems Abou Fady understood that opening before the Chekka tunnel is better for serving the area of Batroun and its surrounding. I've been to the one in Tripoli, the one in Anfeh and today I am visiting the newly opened big location in Batroun...
Samkeh harra is the speciality alongside a series of fish sandwiches. Spicy, creamy, intense and with that a killer garlic sauce. It even has a lot of garlic in the mix which the "sandwich rollers" don't know about. I asked four times if the mixes have garlic and the answer was no. My afternoon was ruined!
A huge sandwich made from two rolls of bread, a load of spicy fish mix, vegetables and the garlic sauce which I asked to amend. A load of garlic with more garlic sauce added to that, I don't want to imagine the taste.
"Karakand" with lots of garlic! Calamari with too much garlic as well... I couldn't enjoy the sandwiches. Calamari is terribly salty and contains a killer amount of garlic.
What you feel is garlic, pure garlic, no fish taste unless you order the grilled fish sandwich.
The grilled fish sandwich and the fried samak bizri are the only edible things around here. A big sandwich of mini fried fish, a bit dry for my taste, and the grilled fish sandwich is a good one with tender fish, tomatoes, lettuce and lemon. One sandwich will do the job.
But I honesty remember something different or expected better by it seems many enjoy eating "seafood" sandwiches with garlic, unfortunately its killing the taste of fish. But regardless, it's street food, fulfilling, generous in ingredients for only LBP6,000.