Tucked away in the corner of what looks like a little parking lot just off Armenia Street in the hip Mark Mikael district of Beirut, Tawlet restaurant is one of the best places for a delicious Lebanese lunch in seriously cool surroundings. The food is served in a buffet style layout for diners to take their plates and help themselves to the smorgasbord of tasty traditional delicacies.
Salads, taboulleh and Arabic dips are complemented by cooked dishes of the day such as Fatteh with yogurt, aubergine and garlic, or shwarma meat seasoned in fragrant herbs and spices.
Although the cost for a lunch at Tawlet is quite expensive (like the whole of Beirut) the price also includes a selection of typical Lebanese desserts and sweets and a glass of Arak – the beautifully fragrant Levantine spirit made from anis.
The interior is designed in a funky, modern style with long tables to share with fellow diners or individual tables for small or big groups. The restaurant’s popularity amongst a diverse local crowd of artists, creative types, fashionistas and business men and women means, it can get busy – another sure confirmation of its excellent food and service.