A Food Photographer’s Picks for Lunch in Beirut

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Tala Soubra Smoking Bun Beirut
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“For many of us living abroad, returning back home to Beirut means spending lunches or dinners with extended family and enjoying the authentic food made just the way you remember it from those summer vacations you grew up on,” food photographer Tala Soubra tells Savoir Flair.

“As most of my meals were tied up with family, I had little to no experience with restaurants in Beirut. Could it really be that I wasn’t able to recommend a lunch spot from my own country?” As such, the founder of Fork it Over Dubai decided to embark on a flight to Beirut to “drown myself in restaurants from the city,” she shares.

Here, Soubra reveals three of her top picks for lunch in Beirut, from the “traditional to the ultra trendy,” which can be found along with a larger list of restaurant recommendations in her recently launched BL001 Beirut Lunch Guide, available for purchase at Virgin Mega Store in Mall of the Emirates.

Read on to discover Soubra’s must-visit Beirut lunch picks.

Casablanca
“Casablanca is located in a traditional Beirut building right along the city’s beachfront. The highlight of the menu is daily catches. With fish that is oven-baked and dressed with simple ingredients like lemon and herbs, authentic flavors shine through. Be sure to keep a look out for the art pieces adorning the restaurant’s walls. To end your meal, squeeze yourself onto their minimal terrace and have a coffee while taking in the sea breeze.”

Tawlet
“Beirut has a city buzz that we all enjoy, but it’s in those far-away villages that true traditional food experiences reside. Tawlet helps remedy this by creating a communal space with a selection of dishes prepared by cooks from different areas of Lebanon.”

Tala Soubra Tawlet
Photo: Courtesy of Tala Soubra

Smoking Bun
“Smoking Bun is a hole-in-the-wall in its true meaning. A bar area wraps itself around the corner, where less then a handful of stools seat eager burger lovers. With just a burger and fries on the menu, the focus on one element makes you understand its quality and perfection. That delicious bun just makes all the difference to the dish.”

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