Sharp Magazine Middle East (English) - - Guide | Food -

IF YOU HAVE dreamed of the sooth­ing com­fort of Le­banese cui­sine, you need to look no fur­ther than Villa Beirut. The plea­sures of Le­banese food can be sam­pled, right here in the UAE, only at Villa Beirut.

With the open­ing of its lat­est branch in Jumeirah, Dubai, din­ers have the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple au­then­tic dishes from Villa Beirut in the vicin­ity of their own city.

Le­banese food is a rare kind of cui­sine that is both de­li­cious and healthy across the board and it in­spires pride across the en­tire coun­try. Tra­di­tional Le­banese tra­di­tions have found their way into mod­ern food cul­ture across the en­tire world too, birthing some de­li­cious mul­ti­cul­tural cross overs dishes. How­ever the tra­di­tional dishes still warm the hearts of peo­ple from across the world.

From suc­cu­lent ke­babs to juicy shish tawook, Villa Beirut will trans­form your ex­pe­ri­ence of din­ing. The idea of Villa Beirut be­gan with a hope and vi­sion of a Le­banese girl named Dalia who grew up watch­ing her mother pre­pare tra­di­tional Le­banese del­i­ca­cies in the sub­urbs of Beirut. Dalia was al­ways fas­ci­nated by her mother’s cook­ing and sim­ply adored au­then­tic Le­banese cui­sine.

Fu­elled by a de­sire to pro­duce only the best prod­uct, she worked re­lent­lessly to learn ev­ery as­pect of bring­ing au­then­tic food to life. Hav­ing mas­tered the skills of pre­par­ing au­then­tic Le­banese food, Dalia knew that hav­ing her own restau­rant was the only way she could ful­fill her dream of cre­at­ing a truly mem­o­rable din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. She en­vi­sioned a vi­brant and happy place where fam­i­lies gather to en­joy good food and tra­di­tional mu­sic.

In 1940, Dalia, along with her hus­band, opened a small unas­sum­ing restau­rant in an old Le­banese house in the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal. It was called Villa Beirut. It was a fam­ily run busi­ness with only 4 staff (Dalia, her hus­band and her two daugh­ters). The ini­tial year was very tough but Dalia per­se­vered and Villa Beirut soon be­came fre­quented by nu­mer­ous high pro­file cus­tomers. By the sec­ond year of op­er­a­tion, Villa Beirut was a re­sound­ing suc­cess with pa­trons will­ing to wait in huge queues just to sam­ple Dalia’s de­li­cious cook­ing.

To­day Villa Beirut is one of the finest places in the UAE for tra­di­tional Le­banese food since 1942. From Man’oushet Zaatar to renowned Mez­zah dishes like Al Ra­heb and the Villa’s sig­na­ture dish, Mouta­bal Dalia, there is a wealth of choices. The lat­ter is a care­fully cu­rated mix of cau­li­flower and grilled eggplant mixed with tahina sauce. Each dish has in­her­ited the se­cret qual­ity passed down by Dalia. Many of the dishes are a tribute to her mem­ory.

Their time­less­ness is a tes­ti­mony to the legacy of Villa Beirut.

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