Karam sits on the border between simplicity and rich tradition. The experience here is all about the food, hearty, filling Lebanese food that is both generous and tasty. And for that reason, Karam might just offer the perfect introduction to Lebanese gastronomy. With this in mind, the mezze is one of the best options here. Similar to the Italian antipasto, but richer both in variety and quantity, the mezze comprises a number of simple but tantalizing small platters: fattoush (salad with vegetables and breadcrumbs), hummus (a creamy dip made from chickpeas), preserved vegetables, yoghurt, pita bread and many others. Arak, Lebanon’s national, anise-based drink, makes for a great finish to the rich meal.