Bearing the name of the culturally charismatic city north of Beirut, Byblos carries the torch commendably for Lebanese cuisine, with a menu that reflects how the Middle East meets the Mediterranean. Extremely few restaurants in KL offer kibbeh nayeh, minced raw lamb that's mingled with fine bulgur cereal for a smooth, subtly spiced spread with a mellow meaty flavour (RM36).
Other intriguing headliners include hummus crowned with shredded beef shawarma (RM27), sauteed chicken liver marinated with pomegranate molasses (RM20) & creamy, tangy red lentil broth (RM15), buoyed by freshly baked clouds of Lebanese bread, warm & soft, light & fluffy. Lebanese wine & arak (the latter should suit admirers of absinthe) are available; if you stay on past 10pm, live Lebanese musical entertainment may await.
Byblos Cafe & Lounge
H-G-05, The Hive, TREC, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. Tues-Sun, 12pm-3am. Tel: 03-2110-0460
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