VaroujMaracha Royal St. Bourj Hammoud
Telephone: +961 (0)3 882933
Monday-Saturday from 12.30pm-4.30pm, 7.30pm-11.30pm
Positioned in a narrow alleyway, this confined Armenian is not the easiest to find but should definitely not be missed. Everything about Varouj is surreal, from the wooden American-ranch feel with stuffed dead animals and pistols for decoration, to the ill-humoured owner. No menus are provided here, you simply get what the owner feels like giving you. Don’t be offended if he says no to some suggestions you may have, as that’s just the way he is.
Hopefully, you will be lucky enough to try their scrumptiously rich and creamy Hummus, which we still dream about, or their smooth, yet slightly bitter stuffed aubergine with what we guessed was coriander, onions, parsley, chickpeas and pine nuts. We asked, but the owner remained mute.
Warning: the bill is not really a fixed price; it varies depending on the impression you made. But a meal for two with drinks is roughly LBP 75.000/50$
Recommended dish: The perfectly seasoned juicy frogs legs in garlic, lemon and olive oil.