Updated: Oct 18, 2019
If you are a foodie, Beirut is a great city to visit to satisfy your taste buds. You must check out one of the coolest restaurants in the world, B By Elefteriades. Read on to learn why.
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B By Elefteriades
If you are in the mood for some great food, Las Vegas-style ambiance, live music, open-air rooftop right next to the Mediterranean Sea then you must book a table at B By Elefteriades in Beirut, Lebanon.
This very trendy restaurant, owned by music producer brothers Michel and Jean Elefteriades, is located next to the Canadian Embassy on the top floor of the high-end shopping center called the, Aïshti Foundation.
It sits between the Mediterranean Sea and Beirut's Coastal Highway and has been open since August 15th, 2017.
How to dress and when to come
I recommend booking a table in the evening just after the sun sets and either on a Friday or Saturday. I also recommend dressing up. That means summer dresses for women and a nice button up shirt with a linen sports coat for you gentlemen.
Dressing up is encouraged because there are many photogenic areas starting in the lobby of the Aïshti Foundation building, to the elevator and of course inside the restaurant. Trust me, you'll want to look hip and sharp to make those Instagram pictures pop!
Parking and entering
If you decide to drive, there is dependable and courteous valet parking. You can also summon an Uber and have them drop you off or pick you up right in front of the building.
As you enter the lobby of the building, you'll see an old Buick Cutlass Supreme that looks like it was imported from an Oakland sideshow. It has the rims, the paint job the entire "Town" swag from top to bottom. Take some pictures.
The luxurious elevator
Why do I keep mentioning the elevator? Have you ever seen an elevator this big? Okay, if you've shopped at an Ikea, then you probably have, but have you been in a elevator with a couch? We easily fit 11 people inside the elevator, two of which were very beautiful elevator attendants.
The attention-to-detail (if you thought was already good) will blow your mind after you arrive on the top floor. As soon as the elevator doors open, you'll walk down a metallic-walled tunnel with bright yellow lighting along the floor. It reminded me of the Matrix and that scene with the lasers in the deadly hallway. Make sure you take some pictures!
When you take the left into B By Elefteriades, you'll be able to see and hear the Mediterranean Sea.
Make sure you observe everything from floor to ceiling, in front and behind. The decor is a mix of Las Vegas, Middle Eastern, 300 (the movie) and top-shelf eclectic. That's about as good as a description as I can give you without you seeing it for yourself.
The restaurant has a very nice bar and the seating arrangements are wide-open with no walls, but partitioned so there are clear sections.
You could literally spend a good amount of time walking around the entire restaurant and take pictures. I liked the illuminated Roman war masks and the gold painted people who stand above and around parts of the restaurant.
The Mediterranean food and drinks
The tasty food menu is based off Mediterranean cuisine and is expertly prepared by executive chef Jacob Vila and executive chef Christian Sala. For a quick glimpse and interview, check out this video here.
Did you check out the photos of the bar above? Simply luxurious.
You can do what our group did and buy a bunch of items and then share it family-style.
We ordered the following delicious items:
Overnight Braised Beef - slowly cooked for 18 hours Rioplatense prime beef cheeks, mushroom pickles, caramelized pearl onions.
Grilled Black Angus Filet - grilled Australian prime beef filet, aligot potato, sauteed Portobello mushrooms.
Smoked Octopus - slowly cooked octopus, grenaille potatoes, coriander mojo sauce.
Merou Salsa Verde - merou fish, asparagus, edamame, green sauce.
Wasabi Ice Cream Tuna Tartar - tuna, avocado, tobiko red caviar, black sesame seed, wasabi.
Teriyaki Meatballs - glazed beef balls, chive with teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds.
Octopus Carpaccio -octopus, cranberry quinoa salad with citrus dressing.
Dragon Shrimp - battered shrimps tossed in creamy chili sour mayo.
Baked Portobellos - portobello mushrooms, tomato, mozzarella, emmental cheese.
As you can see from the photos, the food is a nice mixture of flavors using some unique ingredients gathered from around the culinary world. I really enjoyed the food at B By Elefteriades, it fits really well with the entire ambiance.
World-Class DJ's and Live Music
After you complete your meal and sip on your wine or cocktails, you might get lucky and catch a live musical performance. Our group got very lucky and saw some very talented Cubans performing Camila Cabello's hit song, "Havana" and a few other hits.
After their performance, the DJ took over. The music varied from house, Top 40 and Lebanese music. It all sounded good from the system, great bass that pulsated outwards into the Mediterranean Sea.
The swimming pool and the swing
There is a swimming pool and a swing if you walk up the short stairs. There is also an outdoor bar. During our visit, no one was in the swimming pool and the bar was closed, but you could still go there to enjoy the view of downtown Beirut and swing on the swing!
If you decide to check out B By Elefteriades, you should plan to spend about 2 to 3 hours here. The dress code is casual, but as I mentioned earlier I recommend dressing up a little. Also, it's recommended that you call ahead to book a table because this place will get packed. I hope you have a great time!
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