My love of Lebanese food is no secret.
I genuinely think it is objectively the best food in the world, and I don’t entertain those who try to challenge this statement. Chances are you may have had Lebanese food in your home country, as over the years it has increased in popularity. But in its original home, it’s unmatched. And of course, there are a plethora of excellent restaurants that exhibit the full potential of Lebanese cuisine. Here are my five recommendations.
Em Sherif is known for its masterful ability to blend traditional Lebanese cuisine with oriental fine dining. Widely regarded as one of the best fine dining experiences in all of Beirut, its ambiance has a touch of European inspiration that gives the scenery a modern feel. With large tables able to host many people, Em Sherif is perfect for large gatherings.
Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon
For your traditional Lebanese food on a budget, Kabab-ji is your go-to restaurant. Being one of the major chains in Lebanon for more than two decades, its popularity spawned many other locations in other nations. It’s far more than mere fast food though, as it’s very easy to tell that every ingredient is brimming with freshness.
Located in the beautiful neighborhood of Achrafiyeh, Liza is another restaurant with an unmatched vibe and atmosphere – a textbook example of fine dining. Like many of the previous restaurants I’ve listed, you can’t go wrong with authentic Lebanese cuisine with a touch of modernism. The interior design is also beautiful; with Ottoman windows and furniture that closely resemble a traditional Lebanese apartment.
Al Ajami is a restaurant that prioritizes Lebanese origins. As with my other picks, it is famous for its classic Lebanese cuisine, and has also branched internationally to Paris where it is also a landmark there. There isn’t much I can say to do this place justice, you’re really just going to have to go for yourself and treat your taste buds to a once in a life time experience.