Last Sunday March 12th, 2017 was the official launch of Le Bristol’s Sunday Lunch at Villa Linda Sursock and I’m excited to share with you more than just a glimpse into what this exclusive event entails!
Le Bristol Hotel hosts many receptions, parties, and conferences at the Villa Linda Sursock residence situated in Ashrafieh. The stunning villa seats around 200 people indoors and around 150 on the gorgeous outdoor terrace, which is set to open again in Spring – I sense a barbecue gathering coming along!
Now for the Sunday Lunch at Villa Linda Sursock
The “Brasero” Sunday Lunch at Villa Linda Sursock is a set formula, starting with beer, open soft drinks, and water, obviously. You also get coffee, but I believe you want to save that to wash down their signature desserts 😉
A wide selection of cold mezza arrived while we were absentmindedly munching on the zaatar sticks dipped in labne. The table was set up so beautifully, we had to force ourselves to ruin the flawless presentation and actually eat! Do you get that feeling or is it just me? Just me then, okay. #StrugglesofaFoodie #MorelikeOCD
T and I really enjoyed the hummus trio presented on our table which consisted of the traditional version, spicy sundried tomato, and basil. We loved the basil version the most, which was surprising since we usually prefer the traditional hummus over any modernized “fusion-style” recipe. My sole comment regarding this plate: “More, please!”.
The Almond Maajouka served with mini kaak pockets was different than what you would usually expect to be served as Lebanese mezza. However, this is part of their Lebanese “fusion”. Crunchy vegetables and roasted almonds mixed with chili and tomato paste, topped with cheese. It wasn’t exactly crunchy, but more like a mixed vegetable puree with a kick of spices. It tasted good, but I expected a crunchier, more tongue-tantalizing texture.
A selection of hot mezza items followed
Fries (oh the temptation!), sautéed baby potatoes à la Provençale, spicy soujouk rolls (YUM!), grilled kafta arayes, and an assortment of fried Lebanese savouries including kebbe, rakakat, spinach fatayer, and sambousek lahme. The Rakakat were a delight; however, I would have loved to have these grilled!
These arrived with the main attraction that we’ve been anticipating:
2 x 200g RAW American Black Angus Beef Tenderloins served with 4 delightful dips and a “man2al” (منقل) . Yes, you get your very own grill! I seriously need one of these for my own dining table! And the good news? We didn’t smell like barbecue afterward! Oh, and you get to reheat the other dishes 😉
Time for coffee and dessert
For dessert, we had a selection of Le Bristol’s specialty sweets. The mini meringues filled with nuts were my favourite.
It was such a delightful fine dining experience with first-rate delicious food prepared by the talented French Executive Chef Franck Page and his team, paired with flawless service. We felt pampered the entire afternoon.
Villa Linda Sursock is a refined and elegant residence which truly represented Le Bristol’s well-known hospitality, which made our experience even more welcoming and enjoyable. The villa hosts the most exclusive and prestigious events in Beirut – so you’re definitely in for a good experience on any visit!
I am truly honoured to be one of the first to experience the newly launched “Brasero” Sunday Lunch at Villa Linda Sursock. I can’t wait to discover more of Le Bristol’s exclusive events and explore its other prestigious venues!
FURTHER DETAILS ON THE Sunday Lunch at Villa Linda Sursock
When? Every Sunday from 12:30pm
How Much? $55 USD per person including 1 beer, open soft drinks, water, juices, and coffee.
For more information, check out Le Bristol’s Sunday Lunch Brasero package here.
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