In the heart of the old souk, a few meters away from the clock, Akra is a wonderful place and I'm happy we came here. Foul, hommos madkouk, foul bi thini, hommos lahme, malizia and fatteh, everything is prepared without garlic unless you ask.
An army of women works hard to satisfy all the guests while two men, one handling the cash and kitchen and the other touring around the tables, make sure the quality remains as high as possible. What struck me here was the cleanliness and calm. Come through the door and you'll feel like you’re sitting somewhere away from the chaos of Tripoli and the busy streets outside.
We chose a table and waiting until two plates of vegetables landed in front of us: bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, pickles, beetroot, and olives. I started with the Malaysian plate, a mix of fried nuts, pepper on a bed of a fine hummus mix. What a plate! A soft hummus mixed with olive oil, spicy seasoning and those nuts that made all the difference. Amazing to say the least. The normal hummus is again, excellent. The work and effort put into it are clear. A beautiful flavor of chickpeas is followed by an aftertaste of lemon. Yum! Another plate has the same core but covered with minced meat and fried nuts... I knew I’d eaten something great that day. Fatteh is one of my favorite breakfasts: in a bowl filled to the top, a mix of overcooked chickpeas mixed with a cocktail of nuts and topped with laban and pine nuts. The mix just melted while I felt every spice used and every premium ingredient used to create a masterpiece. Foul, on the other hand, has this flavor, this fresh lemon feels, this premium olive oil...
This perfection put on a plate was so good, even without the garlic. You feel how good it is and how great the ingredients as soon as it reaches your mouth. While eating, the girls passed around asking us if all was OK. It was all unbelievable, to find such a place in the heart of a local neighborhood. Everything was clean, the food was excellent, the staff was welcoming and overall, it’s a place that will make me travel from Beirut just to eat there.