Buffalo Steak House

I have wanted to try this place for a long time, and I finally had a chance! We went to Ajaltoun branch for dinner. The place is very cosy, all wood, red lights, candles on the table, fireplace, a singer on Saturdays… The staff are very friendly and helpful.

The menu is simple and clear. One little detail caught my attention: the prices are VAT EXCLUDED. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to any place where the VAT isn’t included in the final price. I wish they would fix this.

We were served a basket of hot bread with its condiments (free of charge). The bread was a little chewy.

Dinner was accompanied with a bottle of Blanc De Blanc.

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What we ordered:

Grilled chicken wings (appetizer): Wow! Very rich in taste, they’re amazing! However I don’t recommend ordering any appetizer because the main dishes alone and a drink will keep you feeling more than full!

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Rib Eye Steak: Medium cooked. I loved it! It was a little chewy though in some places. I didn’t order any sauce with it I just squeezed some barbecue sauce on the side. The grilled potato was amazing with some sour cream in it.

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The New York Steak: (400g) This is for the big eaters! My date ordered mushroom sauce with it. It tasted the same as my steak (Well, Duh!) I’m sorry I don’t have a picture because something went wrong with my phone and I can’t find it anymore!

For all of you who haven’t been to Buffalo, know that the sauce IS NOT FREE. It doesn’t come with the steak even though the waiter asks you immediately what kind of sauce you want. The menu doesn’t say as well that the sauce is an extra. I find it really weird and bad because you’re already paying 52 000 L.L for a steak. In most restaurants, every steak plate comes with your choice of sauce included. They better fix this too! And we were charged 7200 L.L for 2 sauces even though we ordered only 1 sauce.

We didn’t have any place left for desserts, unfortunately!

Overall, it was a pleasant experience, but I wouldn’t go back soon because we felt ripped off a little.

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The Beirut Cellar

I was looking on-line for a fine dining restaurant in Beirut and I came across the Beirut Cellar. I went there on a very special occasion with a very special someone, and the place made the experience even more special!

The restaurant is located in the Tabaris area, they have Valet service (which in this case is perfect since it is almost impossible to find a parking place in Ashrafiye) and reservation is recommended.  The restaurant is very cosy and suitable for romantic dates. The lights are dim, the ceiling is decorated with red bricks, the walls are covered with wooden antiques and the seating is comfortable. The service is very good, the waiters are friendly and they will happily assist you and answer any question you might have about the dishes they serve.

Upon seating, we were served a basket of hot bread and some condiments (free of charge). The waiter asked us first before opening a bottle of water.

What we ordered:

Grilled Calamari (appetizer) : This was just delicious! We were served 4 calamari pieces. They were fresh and buttery and cooked perfectly. This is definitely A MUST!

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Grilled Salmon with butter sauce : The salmon was nicely grilled; it just melts in your mouth! The last couple of bites became cold and it was still very tender and delicious. It was served with spinach and steamed vegetables. The vegetables lacked some taste, but it was nothing some salt and pepper couldn’t fix!

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Premium Steak : With mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes. The steak was delicious but a little chewy (we should have ordered it medium cooked instead of well done!) You could choose any sauce you like and any side as well.

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Pain Perdu : A little too much caramel for me, but my date surely loved it! (I’m not a Pain Perdu fan)

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Chocolate Fondant : As a fondant lover and addict, allow me to say that this is one of the best fondants in town!

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Dinner was accompanied with a bottle of white wine (Pouilly). They have a wide selection of wines for fair prices.

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I would definitely recommend this place for any occasion you have!