Last Monday night I was lucky enough to be invited to Byblos to experience their new Winter menu and cocktail list. I have been to Byblos before and have always loved the ambience and view, but I had never particularly paid too much attention to the menu. I tend to err on the side of caution when I order food or drinks which generally results in eating pretty much the same thing everywhere I go. So for this experience I decided to leave all of the decision making to our fabulous waiter Mundhir and bartender Mark.
I am so glad I did.
For entrée we had the haloumi salad, Hommos Shawarma (which basically puts succulent lamb pieces in your hommos) Baba Ghanouj…. The Baba Ghanouj was unexpectedly finished with pomegranate – an amazing combination! I love the way the pomegranate seeds pop in your mouth! (Check out the photo below!)
For our main course we had the Pupkin Kebbi, a selection from the mixed platter, the Soujouk, the chilli prawns and the Byblos Salmon.
And I am going to stop you right here and rave about the salmon… fresh salmon sashimi marinated with a wasabi, soy and ginger sauce; served with cornichon and baby capers. I avoided the capers… but the flavour from the salmon was unbelievable… better than any salmon I have ever tasted. I would go back for that dish alone.
For dessert we had this amazing chocolate pudding that oozed a rich chocolate sauce when you broke the outer cake layer…. To die for!
For cocktails we enjoyed The Tea Lady – a martini style drink featuring a wild peach flavour and finished with tea leaves; the Jamaican Symphony Blazer – which combines a gorgeous rum and dark chocolate liquor, finished warmed up it is perfect for a cool Winter’s night! And finally we finished with the Hansel and Gretel’s Hot Buttered Rum…. Served hot, with mixed Guatemalan rum, gingerbread syrup and hot water with a little butter. Topped with rich vanilla foam and dusted with a fine sprinkling of port and cinnamon… (Check out the photo below!) by the time I had finished this one I was feeling warm on the inside, had a full tummy and was ready to lounge on one of Byblos’ gorgeous couches.
I left Byblos amazed by the wonderful flavours I had experienced, relaxed (surely from the warm cocktails) and cheery from the friendly banter with Mundhir and Mark. Byblos is certainly the place to go to impress your dining partners!
For a sneak peek of their new menu before you go visit their website here.
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