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Named for an ancient Middle Eastern city, Byblos is one of the few restaurants in Bangalore that serves up authentic Lebanese food. A two-floor establishment, with tables and chairs as well as booth seating, the restaurant boasts of mellow lighting, pretty interiors and helpful and smiling service. The menu lists a host of traditional fare, with spellings to match! Start with one of their mezze platters, which come with hot and cold items like 'Hommus', 'Muttabal', 'Muhamarrah', 'Falafel', 'Fattouch', 'Spinach Fateyar' and 'cheese/meat Sambusek'. They have some soups and salads on the menu, both veg and non-veg. Hommus is a must-order here and aside from plain Hommus, there are more varieties to choose from: a meat version, 'Chef’s special Byblos Hommus' and 'Beiruty Hommus'. Others to try are the 'Vine Leaves', a dish traditional of the region, 'Labneh (hung curd)', and the eggplant dish, 'Babaghanouj'. The 'Manakeesh', which are pastry sheets baked with toppings, like a thin pizza, come with meat, meat and cheese, but the best of the lot is the 'Zaatar', which has thyme, sumac powder, sesame and olive oil. A range of wraps like 'Kebab Entabli' and 'Kofta Sandwich' are also good choices. From the 'Charcoal Grill Platters section', where the dishes are served with fries, try the 'Arayess', 'Lamb Tikka' or 'Shish Taouk'. Beverages include hot and cold coffees and teas in a range of flavours as well as freshly squeezed juices and milkshakes.
Middle Eastern food has swelled beneath our noses in popularity and excellence in the past decade. As more and more people got used to the sights of shawarma stalls in markets and Lebanese food counters in food courts, the cuisine somehow caught fire and transformed overnight into a sough after gourmet must-have. Meat and bread plays a huge role in this cuisine but without those grains and veggie salads, the cuisine won’t have the same charm. After taking its fill of European and American cuisines, Bengaluru has discovered a new love for Middle Eastern food, a fascination obliged by this awesome restaurant ‘Byblos’. Under the mantle of Ammar Molki, Byblos has grew up to be a well-known brand name known for its exotic food and lovely ambience. Its tucked on the trendy 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru.
Dining at Byblos is like taking a culinary trip across Middle-East. Their menu is an amalgamation of Lebanese and Arabian cuisine. For a medium-priced bill, you can enjoy a lavish feast of Middle-Eastern flavours at Byblos. If you would like to taste a little bit of everything then choose their buffet. Your choices will be more generous and economical. Variety in a la carte menu is fantastic. Make your first course of, meat sambusek, falafel, harra potato, chicken wings provencal, lentil soup, fattouch, meat kibbeh, samkeh harra, ras asfour, spinach fatayer and tabbouleh. To wade into the second course binge on an assortment of, kofta sandwich, meat manakeesh, chicken shawarma, shish taouk, sea bass, okra stew, lamb tikka, veggie spicy manakeesh, falafel wraps, fish & chips, Byblos mix grill, arayess and grilled prawns.
To make the meal more substantial place a side order of biryani or oriental rice. Sip on a peppermint tea alongside to accentuate the flavours of the meal. For a more traditional touch choose a glass of ayran, which is a Lebanese refreshment snack drink made of blended yoghurt, salt and garlic. Lebanese desserts are known to be rich and dense yet delicious. You can try, baklava, muhalabiyah, um ali and aish al sarayah. Byblos is spread out across two floors in a formal dining style. Bright shade of red is used in chairs to contrast beautifully with wooden toned finishes. Upper floor can be used as a venue for small party, serve your guests some exotic Middle-Eastern fare and dazzle them.