When one thinks of the staple Beiruti hotel, Phoenicia is the first name that comes to mind. This low key spot is an integral part of the city and hides a little gem that goes by the name of Amethyste. This lounge combines the renowned cuisine of Phoenicia’s top chefs with a chill pool side ambiance that results in a night of delectable food without the chaotic crowds found in other local spots.
This summer, I attended two specialty nights; one was the Sohour during Ramadan, with a large buffet of mouthwatering international dishes and a dessert table so decadent I couldn’t resist sampling most of what was offered.
The second and ongoing specialty night is ‘Rib Tuesday’ which is an open and live grilling session of lamb, pork and beef ribs, along with chicken breasts. To complement the ribs, there is a DIY chicken cesar salad table where the chef will be more than happy to assist you in mixing your own choice of ingredients to form the salad you want. Another variety of salads is available along with sides to go with the meat, from potato to nachos to garlic bread. Make sure to specify the sauce you would like the ribs to be glazed with, and shall you choose for them to be basic, you can add the flavor you want from the buffet bar. Don’t leave without trying the passion fruit margarita and both the apple and mango pies with a side of vanilla ice cream, you will thank me later!