Pastel walls, twinkling chandeliers, striped and spotted couches: Enab would fit straight into a Wes Anderson movie. Situated on the first floor of an expansive French colonial house and meticulously decorated with all sorts of quirky touches, this reputable venue serves some of the best mezze in the Mar Mikhael dining scene. As you make your way through endless rooms and airy terraces you’re sure to have no trouble finding a table. Countless waiters whiz past, elegantly serving fresh Lebanese fare, as narghile ‘hookah’ smoke rises in the terrace. The whole places buzzes with a life and charm quite unlike anywhere else in the city.
Address: Mar Mikhael Street, Ashrafiyah, Beirut, Lebanon. +961 1 444 441
Should you crave a midnight or early morning snack, ideally in a peaceful setting, this is the place. Setting Al Falamanki apart is its blissful garden, a bucolic spot in the middle of the city, hardly paralleled anywhere else in Beirut. The indoor quarters, themselves reminiscent of a country house, are professionally maintained. They serve a wide variety of mezze, grills and oven-baked dishes, though the restful venue is also perfect for coffee and, what locals seem to enjoy most here, a game of backgammon.
Address: Sodeco, Damascus Road, Beirut, Lebanon. +9611323456