Lebanese Restaurant Marine Drive, Colombo 04
This place has closed down
There's a new restaurant on Marine Drive where the old Chutnee Restaurant used to be. We went to check the place out as a first look and here's what we think.
The inventively named Lebanese Restaurant just opened up a week ago. They're still taking their baby steps among the ferocious competititon the other Middle Eastern Restaurants here have set.
IMPORTANT: Although their opening time says 11:30AM the member of staff told us they'll be fully open for business only after 12:00PM since they're short of employees at the moment.
For our starter, we decided to order the Hummus (Rs.300). The basic foundation of Middle Eastern cuisine has to be the hummus. This dish tasted a little odd because the hummus wasn't thick, it was slightly on the runny side and they'd added curd to it. I'm more used to a wholesome, chickpea flavour, so the excessive curd was unwelcome.
We ordered the Chicken Shawarma next, but received a Chicken Shawarma Plate (Rs.650) instead. There were about 5 strips of pickled beetroot and about 10 weirdly cooked fries, that tasted like they'd been cooked in oil rather than fried. The chicken tasted good, delicious in fact. It had a distinct lemon tinge to it and a light smokey flavour since it came directly from the Doner.
The Pita bread was okay, standard Shawarma bread, fresh out of the oven and still had a light crisp to it on the edges. One thing I have to point out, is that there was about an inch long thread of steel wool hidden amongst the fries which is extremely unpleasant if not inconvenient. I guess they scrub their fries as well when they do their dishes.
The Beef Kebab (Rs.800) was just two rolls of beef. For 800 bucks. Seasoned well, and quite soft, it tasted good but the quantity was just insufficient given the price. The kebabs were also presented with the slight portions of beetroot and fries along with a dish of tahini for dipping.
We had a Fresh Mix Fruit Juice (Rs.300) which was confusing because it was a slushie made with orange Sunquick. Since it was boiling hot outside and my throat was more parched than the Arabian Desert, I was grateful for this drink, and would recommend it if you're thirsty and about to implode from the heat since it's cool and refreshing, like sipping an iced lolly through a straw.
It's a modestly sized restaurant. The huge counter/doner kebab/cook station takes up most of the room here but there's enough seating for about 25 people on a busy day. The walls were decorated with some interesting Arabian paintings as well as a large picture of Qur'anic verses. We went in during lunchtime and there weren't too many people about. The chef served us our meal himself and it took a little over 20 minutes. The drink took a while though, but we figured it was because it was being churned until it was icy enough.
I must touch on the fact that the area anywhere near the counter is extremely hot because of the heat from the grill, and during the afternoons/on a hot night it'll get unbearable.
They do a good job with their meat but I hope they increase portion size soon. A lot of room for improvement as it stands.
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