And this signage led the way for us! The rain finally cleared that night but being unfamiliar with the area led to our late discovery of this. Better late than never right? Haha. So now comes the pressing question, have you taken a mouthful of Beiruti Bite yet?
Saad Aggag, who is the owner of Beiruti Bite, was in constant search for that authentic Mediterranean bite. Being here for 5 years made him miss his roots that led him to open this restaurant. All the main ingredients are sourced from his homeland while the meat and veggies are bought locally. He really wants to stay true to what this cuisine really is, and share it to the Filipino community. With a warm and inviting atmosphere, diners slowly flocked here on a late evening. It does have this family and friendly vibe where one could bond over at. My favorite sections of the resto was the cabinet with all the foreign products and picture collage wall deco. The cabinet had all these trinkets and products that exudes Beirut’s culture. I was hesitant to touch any item (though Saad said it was okay to use them) so I just took a photo of it. As for the wall, it’s very instagram-worthy. 🙂
Their cold mezza were served first with some warm pita. Both the Moutabal and Baba Ghanoush were good. Though similar in preparation, the Baba Ghanoush had the addition of vegetables in the mixture. With roasted eggplants, garlic, lemon juice, sesame paste and olive oil drizzle, these are definitely good starters. You could actually taste the roast flavor from both mezzas though I preferred the deep flavor of their Baba Ghanoush. Still, their Hummus won for me. With pureed chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, sesame paste and olive oil drizzle, it’s one of the best I’ve tasted yet! It was so smooth and buttery that I keep spreading it onto my pita. Unlike other hummus that has this grainy feel, this one was just really polished in terms of taste.
Time for their hot mezza! Served with veggies, homemade pickles and Tahini Sauce, these deep fried chickpeas were definitely tasty on its own. The sauce does elevate its flavor but I find munching without it is good.
Tired of the usual four-cheese pizza? Then this pie is for your. Jebneh or cheese pie is a traditional Lebanese Cheese Wrap. The cheese does seem to ooze out from every slice but its taste wasn’t cloying at all. It’s still very light that will go well with any dish you order here.
This platter consisted of Shish Taouk (marinated chicken shish kebab), Kafta Beef, Sujuk Kafta and Grilled Beef. Most of the beef choices were not as tender as I expected it to be. The Kafta Beef and Sujuk Kafta left this salty aftertaste that you really need both sauces to balance it out. As for the Shish Taouk , I find it to be really flavorful and tender. The marinade didn’t overpower the meat that you could still identify the chicken. Adding the sauces would amp up its flavor but trust me, it’s good without it. 😉
Their branch in Market! Market! will open real soon. It’s more of an express type where people could immediately grab quick and delicious bites. As for their first branch here at Timog Avenue, it is a perfect venue to experience authentic Mediterranean cuisine at a very reasonable price.
With plans of expansion and spreading Mediterranean authenticity, I’m sure that people would have a good mouthful of this bite. 🙂