You can’t miss the colorful logo of Shish Beureg while driving past Naccashe road. Shish Beureg is a beautiful and colorful eatery that welcomes you to a whole new world where Lebanon and Armenia food blend tastefully in every bite. It's no wonder the #ABAW is used everywhere...
Abaw means "wow effect" in Armenian...
Shish Beureg has not been open long, yet has gained a lot of popularity serving a huge selection including fun bites, warm appetizers, from the grill, toasted French bread, burgers and submarines and sweets.
The place is small but built in a way to relax your senses. Walk into a square space under a high ceiling with a mezzanine on top. The open kitchen and counter occupies the left side of the restaurant, while the right wall is covered with different colored metal boards.
The restaurant's colors are green, orange, red and dark blue. On the other side is a brick wall that I loved for the colors and shape.
In the middle of the place, you’ll find high tables surrounded with leather chairs that allow you to grab a quick bite on the go and if you wish to sit and enjoy your food in-house, the upper level is ready to welcome you.
The first impression:
- The space is amazing. Great colors, beautiful materials, fresh aromas and an innovative approach to designing a unique concept.
- The music is super annoying. You can’t relax and enjoy good food with a commercial channel playing loud music with advertisements in between… It didn’t feel right.
- The staff is not as welcoming as I expected them to be. I wished they smiled and raised their voice a bit more.
On the menu you can read:
- A choice of 12 cold starters.
- 13 warm appetizers.
- The house specialty is the homemade Mante.
- Drinks and juices.
- From the grill: 13 rolls and platters.
- Choose any sandwich in Shish Beureg's special bun for an additional LBP1,000.
- Keeping count, 500 calories per roll (1 sandwich in brown bread, a mixed salad and soft drink). 750 calories (two Shish tawouk sandwiches in brown bread with soft drinks). Burgerian, three burgers served with fries. Three submarines and six sweets. The menu is illustrated with three logos, specialties, vegetarian and spicy.
- The Abaw Burger: A flame grilled Angus patty topped with a thick layer of melted cheese, laying next on some lettuce and mayo with crunchy sweet pickles. Crosscut potato fries add an interesting crunch. The bun is so tender and smooth and is topped with sesame seeds, I presume the meat is the one used at Crepaway, which I really like. Juicy and rich in flavor. This is a recommended burger. Next to that are the fries, thinly cut fries topped with herbs.
- Kabab Karaz: A plate filled with meatballs mixed with cherry jam.A layer of bread bathing in cherry sauce with dried cherries, a sauce that's a bit sweet and sour, which is good, topped with cashew nuts, pine nuts, almonds and pistachio. Crunchy nuts, a good sauce, but I found the kebab to have a bizarre texture that slides under the teeth as if it had a chewy envelope. I'd make them smoother and less compressed to crumble smoothly under the teeth. As an overall plate, it's a good one.
- Orfa Kebab: Lebanese bread stuffed with a skewer of eggplants and tomatoes grilled to perfection with their kebab neighbors. The strong spiciness of the peppers, juicy grilled tomatoes and eggplants, hummos for the flavor and a good quality meat that crumbles under the teeth exactly like I expected it to in the cherry kebab plate.
- Toshka Kafta: French bread is stuffed with kafta kebab spread on the bun, mixed together with cheese and decorated with tomatoes for freshness and pickles for crunchiness. Superbly crunchy bread stuffed with a moist Kafta and melting cheese, a sauce that explodes from all sides, a pleasant crunch... That's a favorite and a recommended sandwich for you who want to explore Shish Beureg.
I loved the food!