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Flavours of the Mediterranean

Published:Thursday | October 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Beirut's signature dish - delectable mixed grills served with rice, grilled tomato and onions, accompanied by garlic sauce.-Gladstone Taylor/photographer

Just by stepping through the doors of Beirut Mediterranean restaurant, you will get a feel and taste of Lebanon. As a first-time Restaurant Week participant, Chef Dany Maloof is already promising patrons an exciting array of delicious Beirut-inspired dishes.

"We wanted to introduce our food to Jamaicans. Jamaicans are going to love the food. One of the items on the menu is our Falafel. This is a deep-fried mini-pté with beans and herbs and served with fresh vegetables, pita bread and tartar sauce (tahine). We've had very good feedback about this item, especially since more Jamaicans are adopting a healthy lifestyle," Maloof stated.

With the restaurant's motto being 'Eat Healthy, Eat Mediterranean', Maloof noted that emphasis has always been placed on the use of fresh, local produce to achieve the perfect taste.

Other appetisers will include hummus- blended chickpeas served with pita bread and fattoush, a Lebanese salad.

The main dishes on the menu of this savoury restaurant also have their own rustic charm. This year, the signature main dish will be the Beirut mixed grills, which comprise three charcoal-grilled skewers - beef, chicken and lamb. This is served with grilled tomato and onion accompanied with garlic sauce. Patrons also have the option to choose from three side orders - French fries, potato wedges or rice.

"The restaurant prices are for the budget-minded, the ingredients are very fresh and the meats are tender. There is a mix of classic and unusual dishes to cater to all patrons. We want to introduce our high-quality services to Jamaica. We've heard great reviews about Restaurant Week and we are really excited to be on board and show Jamaica what Beirut Mediterranean has to offer."

- Davina Henry