Owned by Mr. T. (name withheld upon the request of the owner) and started in November 2015, this casual dining restaurant which offers an array of authentic Lebanese cuisine has its key ingredients especially the spices flown in from Lebanon.
Mr. T., who’s from Beirut, has been working in the engineering industry here in the country for 9 years and he chose this country because of the English proficiency level. His personal favorites are the hummus, grilled chicken skewer, and falafel.
“90% of what you’ll eat here is close to what we eat back there. It’s hard to bring it to 100% because of the lack of materials in the Philippines,” he explained. “We have to adapt ourselves to what is available in the local market.
The store has several Lebanese products on display but currently they are not for sale. However, one can smoke the shisha available on the shelves for Php200 per use.
Hummus with beef – PhP175 – I like the creaminess and consistency of the hummus. I would’ve liked the kick of the beef to stand out more and not be overpowered by the hummus. The beef’s good quality is made evident via its chewiness and texture.
Beiruti Bite Champagne – Php125 – Fresh apples plus a generous amount of mint leaves, these sweet and sour flavors intertwine in one’s mouth.
Mixed Grill – PhP335 – The thick-cut fries scream high-grade potato. The salad could use more spice. The best items are the roasted veggies (onions and tomatoes) which were bursting with flavor and the grilled chicken skewer which was very evenly spiced.
Beef Shawarma Cheese Saj – PhP175 – This would either remind one of pizza because of the way the toppings are laid out or a Dairy Queen Blizzard because no matter how long you turn it upside down, everything stays in place. It has an extra kick because of the spice which the cheese that’s firmly sticking to the pita complements the meat.
The sauces – The garlic paste doesn’t really have much garlic flavor. The chili paste’s fury lingers in your mouth but it’s bearable for a regular lover of spiciness.
My server was Levi and he was attentive, fast, and friendly.
Beiruti Bite’s main branch is located at G/F, Unit C, ITC Building, 80 Panay Ave. cor. Timog Avenue, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City. It is open from 11am-2pm from Monday to Saturday and you may contact 416-8352 for more information.
Their other branch is located at the G/F of Market! Market!. The official facebook page is facebook.com/Beiruti.Bite.
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