Master chef and celebrity Maroun Chedid has many surprises up his sleeve. His most recent one is his restaurant, Ritage by Maroun Chedid.
Their motto? “Because Cooking is a Fine Art” – and a fine work of art it is!
Are you prepared for a culinary adventure?
Ritage stands for “door” and symbolizes he“ritage” and tradition – go through this door to enter Maroun Chedid’s wonderland bursting with Mediterranean flavour, sensational passion, and beautiful visuals around every corner.
The restaurant is located in the same Maroun Chedid site where he holds cooking classes in his cooking academy (it’s fantastic by the way – check them out here).
I personally love the blue wooden windows ornate with flowers; they certainly add a classic Lebanese touch to the overall experience.
The restaurant has an indoor and outdoor garden setting.
Arrive at the garden to be met with enthusiastic staff, a marble fountain, a cocktail bar and its neighbouring pizza station (complete with traditional pizza oven), and (very) positive vibes – all surrounded by flowers and greenery.
Let’s have lunch at Ritage by Maroun Chedid
After we made our order, homemade focaccia made its way to our table with olives and olive tapenade, accompanied by a bullet to grind the tapenade to our liking.
For drinks, we had an Aperol Spritz (16,000 LBP) which was lovely. It could quite possibly be my new favourite cocktail because it’s so light and refreshing!
I’m not sure what T had because it wasn’t on the menu; he asked for them to choose his drink based on his preferences.
We started with a beautiful plate of Octopus Carpaccio (23,000 LBP) which is topped with fennel and Treviso salad with Yuzu lemon vinaigrette. It was very beautifully presented and the finely sliced octopus was delicious, however, I wasn’t a huge fan of the fennel, which was too tough to bite into.
For our second starter to share, we went for the Home Smoked Salmon, Wasabi & Avocado Tartine (21,000 LBP) on sourdough bread, topped with caper berries and pickled onions, and served with potato chips. There was a little bit of mayonnaise though which wasn’t mentioned on the menu. Nevertheless, it was very delicious!
To begin with, the dishes’ serving sizes are perfectly portioned and filling.
For our mains, we chose to stick to the seafood theme with the addition of ravioli because…. it’s ravioli, do you really need an explanation?
The Ravioli with Black Truffles (29,000 LBP) was DIVINE. A generous portion on ravioli swimming in a creamy truffle sauce with white truffle oil and slices of Parmesan. It’s perfect to share!
T had the Dorade Royale (36,000 LBP) with Grenobloise, served with steamed potatoes – the fish was succulent and its sauce exquisite!
The Char-grilled fresh squid (30,000 LBP) was delicious. The squid was not chewy and its accompaniment of acidulated kale was fantastic! I also ordered an extra side of steamed vegetables. 5-A-Day people!
Some more shots of our delectable mains…
Would you like to have dessert?
Do I really need to answer that?
Our server recommended the Chocolate & Knefe Fondant (15,000 LBP) served with mastic and sahlab ice cream. The ice cream arrived on the melted side, but we were willing to overlook that because the fondant itself was very appealing and ultimately very tasty!
My personal preference was the Oriental Red Velvet Halawa & Pistachio Cheese Cake (15,000 LBP). I highly recommend you order this unique and, not to mention, beautiful dessert! It’s not too heavy and perfectly portioned for one person without giving you a food baby upon leaving the restaurant. Thumbs up to Chef Maroun Chedid for this heavenly creation!
Next time, I want to try the Caramelized Granny Smith Apple, because caramel and apples are a match made in heaven.
Beautiful ambiance, fantastic staff, and professional service paired with delicious mouthwatering food from hand-picked local and seasonal ingredients made our experience a great one!
Thank you Ritage for your hospitality. The manager, Firas, passed by our table multiple times throughout our meal ensuring all was well and to our liking – he was genuinely kind and friendly; as were the rest of the Ritage staff.
In summary, Ritage by Maroun Chedid is definitely going to be seeing more of me 😉
Best of luck Maroun Chedid with your new project, we wish you the best!
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Ritage by Maroun Chedid
Address: Lebanon Street, Saifi, Beirut District
Contact: +961-1-323084 / +961-70-888873
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