During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from sun-up to sun-down. The fast is broken with iftar, a lavish spread of home-cooked dishes preceded by a couple of dates, lentil soup, and fattouch. The typical drinks served with the meal are “qamar el-deen,” or apricot juice, and “jellab,” derived from carob, dates, grape molasses and rose water. Finally, dessert include ashta-stuffed Oriental pastries like znoud el sitt, kellej, and katayef.
A number of restaurants offer exclusive deals during Ramadan to cater to the faithful observant. Here’s the cream of the crop, according to our Bitfood radar!
Casper and Gambini’s proposes two offers during Ramadan. The first boasts Oriental rice with minced meat and onions topped with roasted kernels and chicken breast in a gravy-like sauce (17,500 LL). If your hunger is more ravenous, add on fattouch, lentil soup, jellab, and dates (23,750 LL). Let’s be honest: no meal is complete without dessert. We recommend trying Casper’s all-new Japanese Cheesecake, an ethereal, spongy creation that marries well with berry coulis. Now that’s what we call fusion cuisine!
Who doesn’t love a steal of a deal, especially in this tough economic climate! Classic Burger Joint is here to the rescue, with their incredible 15,000 LL offer packing in a classic burger (chicken or beef), fries, a duo of mozzarella bits, two maakron for dessert, and a can of Vimto to wash it all down. If you’re dining in a family setting, opt for the bundle of six handy-size burgers, a large box of fries, a half dozen maakron, and one liter of Rani orange juice, all for 39,000 LL. Can’t beat that!
Ding-dong! Who’s at the door? It’s Dominos, and they’re wishing a blessed Ramadan upon all with their affordable feast combos. For just 30,000 LL, indulge in two large or three medium pizzas, a side (chicken excluded), and a 1.25-L bottle of Pepsi. If the sweet tooth beckons, add a chocolate lava cake for 3,000 LL. Wondering which pizzas to order? Check out their Premium pick with interesting concoctions like the Chicken Legend, Extravaganza, and Meatza. Or play it safe with a classic Pepperoni!
No one pulls off a modern twist on the traditional quite as effortlessly as Bou Melhem in Sin el Fil. Have you tried his fried chanklich patties? How about that spinach and roasted-almond hummus? And have you yet discovered the goat cheese salad chock full of pomegranate seeds, dried figs and apricots? Perhaps it was designed with Ramadan in mind! The daily plats du jour are another option to consider, with homey stuffed zucchini and grape leaves accompanied by lamb cutlets, or kibbeh in the pan tempered with creamy plain yogurt. Polish it off with one of the many decadent desserts like the Walnut Delight or Carob Molasses Cake.
You can always trust that the grill experts at Kababji will have your best interest (translation: your belly!) at heart. Elect between Combo A, featuring Mixed Grill trio skewers (veal, shish taouk, and kabab halabi) with hummus, or Combo B, drawing on ouzi and yogurt. Both combos also incorporate lentil soup, fattouch, French fries, fried rkeket cheese fingers, sambusek, dates, and tamriyeh, with jellab and water to boot. All that goodness for how much, you inquire? Just 25,000 lovely liras. We can stomach that!
Danielle was born into a Lebanese household in Southern California. Growing up, she constantly found herself living between two realities: outwardly, she was an American girl who loved swinging on the monkey bars and reading The Baby-Sitters Club. Inwardly, she was Lebanese, speaking Arabic at home and forbidden from attending sleepover parties.
With age comes awareness and self-confidence, and Danielle learned to embrace these differences. She accepted that she'd forever be suspended between two worlds, and that she'd be like a tapestry, one culture woven into the other. As she grew older and worldlier, Danielle promised herself she would one day settle in Lebanon.
And here she is. Three college degrees and a few consulting gigs later, she is now in her parents’ homeland, working in strategy management, fleshing out her blog Beirutista, and contributing to Bitfood. Danielle gets her hair coiffed several times a week, like any proper Lebanese girl, and she loves the traditional mezze. But she still prefers peanut butter to Nutella. And her American accent is unmistakable.