Bite Me, Brussels.

Reviewing food for the foreigners, without all the fluff.

Maybe the sampler platter is leftovers

Posted by Pi on September 23, 2009

The welcoming guy who runs Paradis du Liban over at Merode desperately worked his sales pitch the other day.  I had gone in at about 2100h, hungry as ever due to the late dinnertime.  Almost immediately after greeting and seating me, he started pushing the “assiette degustation” (20 euros) like an Ecstasy dealer.  This was supposed to be Lebanese flatbreads together with a large plate of various dips and meats, including hummus, baba ghannouj, some samosa-like things, beef, and marinated vegetables.

Nevermind that I had come in already with kefta chicken skewers and rice on my mind, or that I had told him as much.  He insisted on the sampler plate in his friendly, slightly crazy, old-man way.  I’m easily swayed, so I decided to go for it; I’d take his recommendation anyway, strange as his insistence seemed.  How could I go wrong with a variety of food?

What a pity how disappointing it was.  It’s not that it was bad; it’s just that it wasn’t very good. Definitely not worth the price.  The bread was decent, though it came from a plastic bag and wasn’t warm.  I wondered if I could buy these at Carrefour.  The meats were dry and salty, and they tasted as if they had been sitting around for a while.  At least they were warm.  The cold side dishes were nothing special, either.  I had bought better tasting hummus from Delhaize once.  One side dish of cooked vegetables was cold, too, which also struck me as odd.   The best part was maybe the rkakat, which was like a small egg roll filled with a kind of cream cheese, and even then it wasn’t so interesting.

Oh well — no big deal.  If there’s a next time, then I’m getting the chicken, no matter how nice the guy is.   That’s what I get for giving in to people who are just a bit too insistent.  I should trust my internal weirdometer more at restaurants.

Paradis du Liban
Avenue de Tervuren 7, Etterbeek

Food: C
Atmosphere: B-
Service: A-
Languages: Arabic, English, French


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