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!
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!
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.
Pain Perdu : A little too much caramel for me, but my date surely loved it! (I’m not a Pain Perdu fan)
Chocolate Fondant : As a fondant lover and addict, allow me to say that this is one of the best fondants in town!
Dinner was accompanied with a bottle of white wine (Pouilly). They have a wide selection of wines for fair prices.
I would definitely recommend this place for any occasion you have!