BEIRUT

14/20

Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

Open­ing its doors in Septem­ber 2015, Beirut is a chic ad­di­tion to the grow­ing Fort St din­ing precinct. The feel­ing is re­laxed and in­ti­mate, with stylishly dark warm tones com­bin­ing with the deca­dence of gold and bronze to give a cos­mopoli­tan flavour. The mod­ern Mid­dle East­ern vibe comes through in the menu too, with beau­ti­fully pre­sented food that thought­fully com­bines tra­di­tional Mid­dle East­ern in­gre­di­ents with the un­ex­pected to give you so­phis­ti­cated and at times in­spired food. The breads are a high­light – pil­lowy, lightly scorched flat­bread with a creamy, smoky lab­neh and a smear of sweet pureed dates, say, or Afghan bread with burnt but­ter, pis­ta­chio and rose pe­tal jam. A small but di­verse wine list of­fers a good se­lec­tion of by-the-glass op­tions and the cock­tail list is ex­cel­lent. 85 Fort St, City, ph: 09-367 6882, beirut.co.nz Break­fast & lunch Mon-fri, din­ner 7 days; large shared plates $23-$30 IN BRIEF Mod-mid­dle East­ern food in a stylish space

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