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Beirut: New Restaurant & Cafe Opens in Downtown for Ramadan

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Katie Dryden
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Beirut: New Restaurant & Cafe Opens in Downtown for Ramadan

The newest cafe to open on Mohamed Mahmoud Street arrives just in time for Ramadan. Located right next door to Costa, Beirut is quite the little delight.

It really is tiny inside, with just three tables on the first floor and five upstairs; but due to opening just recently it’s still a fairly quiet and laid back environment, and there are also two tables just outside the entrance. The staff inside are very smiley and cheery, which adds to the pleasant atmosphere and they are all happy to go that extra mile for the customers.

The interior design is clean and pleasant with three leather couches and wooden chairs around small glass-topped tables.  There is a television and good air conditioning inside plus a toilet on the second floor.  Arabic cloth designs hang on the walls and from the ceiling creating a homely environment though overall it isn’t anything particularly special.

To start with we ordered, one fresh lemon juice with mint and one strawberry juice at 10LE each and one green tea costing 5.99LE; coffee and cappuccino are also available as well as an assortment of cold drinks.  All the juices are freshly squeezed which is why the prices for these appear a little high; there is the choice of strawberry, kiwi, guava, peach, watermelon, lemon, lemon with mint and orange and all arrive in a tall, chilled glass.  The lemon juice with mint and the strawberry (which contained real fruit pieces) were among some of the best we’ve tried in recent times.

The food menu consists of beef burgers, chicken burgers, hot dogs and all the typical fast foods as well as small salads to accompany these.  Chicken and beef shawermas are available at 15.99LE.The prices are average and the food is too, but not a bad little diner.

The menu states that it is possible to have small parties and business meetings inside though booking is required and highly necessary due to Beirut’s small interior.  Shisha is available to smoke inside too.

Beirut are happy to declare that they will be open very early and late during Ramadan providing breakfast for all and sohour for all.

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Free wi-fi is available inside; however, it was very slow whilst we were there despite the fact that not many people were in the restaurant. 

Best Bit

Delicious freshly squeezed juices.

Worst Bit

The charm of being so small may not be to the liking of many.

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