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Tiger’s Restaurant: A Lebanese Diner for All Ages in Hazmieh
I had a dream, the dream to Experience what a real diner is... I had a dream to eat real diner food when diners vanished from our country... I had a dream to enjoy fast casual American food the way Roadster and Crepaway offered it ten years ago before they tried to reinvent the wheel... and then came Tiger’s! Tiger’s is a diner, the real diner, no complication and no sophistication, the way Lebanese expect it!
Who said Lebanese food needs Arabic music, an arghileh or a plate of hummus served by an aged waiter wearing a black tie. Casual and fresh, Tiger’s promises an exciting experience the Lebanese way.
From burgers to Lebanese specialties, the sports diner promises everything our locals eat at home and beyond. Sambousik, soujok, Wings and cheddar cheese... Lebanese and international salads all the way to burgers, pasta and grills like mama used to prepare at home every Friday afternoon after school to welcome the weekend.
Behind the high glass facade, expect to experience a basketball field since the restaurant is owned by Fady el Khatib while listening to high-quality tunes organized by the partner and musician, Jean-Marie Riachi. 15 is the number, a basketball field drawn on the floor, five big screens playing sports, an open kitchen and the Lebanese cedar tree rising high on the brick wall. Simple and neat, red leather and lockers, wooden tables and long couches under a black ceiling.
- Kids Meals
- Kids Desserts
The food is served: portions are huge!
- Quinoa Tabbouleh; quinoa mixed with shredded parsley and mixed with diced tomatoes cut very small. It looks good and feels the attention and passion of the chef. A bit less salt and a hint of lemon would have made it perfect.
- Nonoily sambousik, crunchy on the sides and very tender in the middle served with a sour Labneh dip. Good quality, great taste, and the Labneh dip is an exciting idea different from the usual hummus.
- Poutine: good fries, a load of them topped with melted cheese and the demi-glace gravy sauce. Enjoyed the fries, how they’re soaked without being watery, the quality and quantity of melted cheese and the gravy taste which unfortunately had a burning after note I'm not sure Lebanese would accept and understand.
- Fantastic sandwiches, very soft bread, super smooth filling, juicy inside out, loaded with hummus and grilled tomatoes, cut in bites for better sharing. Had the meat and the kabab both recommended! Sandwiches come with a side of hummus and pickles. Let me rephrase; the sandwiches are outstanding!
- Burger, the Lebanese burger of our childhood! Coleslaw, a tender bun, fries, tomatoes, ketchup, and mayonnaise. The patty could be thicker and juicier but good enough to remind me of mum’s home. I’ll heat the bun a little bit before serving it turning a good burger into an exceptional one.
Details I liked:
- Sohat water glass bottles.
- Choose draft or canned soft drinks.
- Nicely presented and eye-candy plates.
- Fresh and enjoyable vibes.
The things I’ll change:
- Music becomes too loud at times. "Base" should be reduced.
- Waiters need training, much training!
Chocolat Mou Sundae was generously offered and even though I didn’t like it coming back here is a sure thing. I’ll visit again for the chicken, for the sandwiches, the vibes, and generously filled plates. Value for money is unbelievable; a loaded lunch for two and we ended up paying only 22$/person.