This graceful new French venue in a gorgeously designed old building promises to know their stuff, specialising in cuisine from Bordeaux and Bourgogne and flaunting an exceptional wine list, including Lebanese. Not stuffy and formal, though, with a summer terrace and open kitchen.
Stove (01 333270, 03 489111) Monot Str, Achrafieh. Mon-Sat 12.30pm- 3.30pm, 8pm-11pm. Meal for two with drinks LL140,000.
Debs el Remmen
Taking the regional preoccupation with the heavenly pomegranate syrup that makes so many dishes exceptional to new heights, incorporating it into kibbeh, hummus and salads in place of boring old lemon. Delivery available, but if you do pass by they also sell a range of gourmet products.
Debs el Remmen (01 565477) 282 Pasteur Str, Gemmayzeh. Daily 12pm-12am. Meal for two with wine LL50,000.
Le Bar à Thym
A jolly little café/restaurant/bar in bright colours,brightening up the end of Gemmayzeh with everything from a selection of brunch formulas (English, Scandinavian and Sweet) to evening cocktails, via a crêpes, salads, plats du jour and Nutella specialities.
Le Bar à Thym (01572205) Gourand Str, Mar Mikhael. Daily 9.30am-12mid. Meal for two with drinks LL45,000.
Sablé & Co at the Artwork Shop
Take a break from your painting, potting or other creations in the Artwork Shop’s gallery and course centre. Their in-house café and terrace is a calming, comfortable place to enjoy a light meal, delicious home-made dessert or cup of coffee. Also sells a range of English porcelain tea sets and accessories.
Sablé & Co at the Artwork Shop (01 749646, 03 754867) Ground floor, Ayad bldg, Adonis Str, Hamra. Mon-Sat 8.30am- 8pm. Meal for two with drinks LL20,000.
Delicious sugary delights with a twist are on the menu at this baby-blue and pastel-pink-themed bakery, that also caters events. All their ingredients are natural, and the concoctions include fudge, coconut and peanut, always adorned with a dinky sugar flower or other tit-bit – showing a savvy understanding of our addiction to the cute, clever and edible.
The Cupcakery (01 752751) Ground floor, Ghandour bldg, Jeanne D’arc Str, Hamra. Daily 10am-10pm. Also visit www.cupcakery.org.