In heart of Brisbane's district of Ashgrove lies a little piece of the Middle East in the form of the Beirut Cafe. Although you won't be sitting beneath vines and a vista of olive groves, you will be treated to traditional, honest and down to earth Lebanese hospitality and cooking.
We went there for a 3 course meal on a hot and quiet Sunday. Seating outside in the shade provided a welcome and cool place to enjoy a meal. I had tried to reserve a table earlier in the day, but had been unable to get through and we had arrived without a table reservation. This wasn't a problem and they made us feel very welcome.
We started off with fleshly squeezed juice. The waitress took great pains to explain the history behind the drinks. This was to become a theme behind each course of the meal. It was nice to know what we were eating and how the course fitted in with Lebanese culture and region of origin. This was then followed by:
Beirut Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Courses include Lebanese rolls with shawarma beef and various mezzas of hommous, pickles, halloumi, falafel and traditional kebab-style meat. There is also a selection of Middle Eastern sweets along with traditional-style coffee.
To sum up our visit - welcoming hosts, delicious food and that satisfying feeling of having enjoyed a meal with a difference. We will certainly return!