Nestled in the heart of the Byblos old souk lays Madame Tussaud’s, a luxurious restaurant serving international fusion cuisine which is taking the area by storm. U Management who is behind Ubernation and Barracuda have recently opened Madame Tussaud’s along with Gosh pub.
The latter two lie adjacent in the souk, and while the signature drinks for both joints are served from Gosh, the dishes are from Mme Tussaud’s. I sat down with one of the partners as he explained to me the concept of the restaurant, its attempt to introduce restaurant goers to this type of cuisine, the meticulous choice of cutlery to complement the presentation, along with the menu developed by their top chef. Mme Tussaud’s is a new type of diner with chic decor that offers original and tasty cuisine with prices that won’t break the bank.
I went on a Tuesday which was a no-brainer for me because there was a band playing for its audience both at Mme. Tussaud’s and Gosh. The band was Moving Buds and their sound was not typical at all, playing classic rock tunes from the 60s and 70s among other genres. On this particular midweek night, these two partnered locales were the only ones vibrant with life, and the place was filled with people young and old alike.
The little elements of nature give life to the clear cut white tables and add some romance. The signature cocktails also have their share of green and are served in tiki inspired glasses. We ordered the Jasmin that contained coconut rum, spiced rum, passion fruit, cherry and apricot brandy, syrup, orange and cranberry juice. That was my drink and it is to die for especially if you prefer sweet drinks. If your taste buds are satisfied with sour drinks, try the Plume with white rum, dark rum, grand marnier, orange, grenadine and lemon juice with cinnamon, syrup and passion fruit.
The Spinach and Artichoke Dip is an appetizer that is served with both white and brown bread and is a mixture of spinach and artichoke with creamy sauce. The cream is subtle and doesn’t overshadow the taste of the veggies, and the dish is meant to be shared and can even be split into three ways because of the generous and filling portion.
I only recently started developing a taste for goat cheese, and I didn’t hesitate to order the Goat and Ricotta Cheese Salad. It is the perfect balance of sweet and sour with rocca, strawberries, apple, cherry tomato, balsamic sauce, cheesy bread and raspberry dressing. A strange yet delicious combination, I highly recommend you try this salad.
The Jamaican Chicken is marinated grilled chicken with creamy coconut and mango chutney sauce served with rice. I am usually attracted to menu items that have mango, but more times than not I am disappointed when I find that the mango is nonexistent. This case is the complete opposite, where the chicken bathed on the creamy mango, I was literally drinking spoonfuls of the sauce.
A staple in any dinner is the Beef Medallion, served with creamy mashed potatoes, filled artichoke, melted cheese and gravy sauce. I ordered the steak medium well to avoid overcooking, and enjoyed each bite with the sauce and potatoes.
No meal is complete without dessert, so I chose the Blueberry Fondant which is also generous enough to be shared as are all their dishes. I had to exercise the utmost willpower to only have a few bites and not devour it all, and the chocolate is heavenly when combined with the tangy berries and vanilla ice cream.
Final verdict: Madame Tussaud’s is a must try new concept with creative and delicious dishes. The portions are large, the food is fresh, and the cuisine is original. The prices are average, and if you want to compare them to other similar types of restaurants, you get much more than what you pay for. If you want to venture into new culinary journeys, then this is the place to start, you won’t be disappointed and you’re guaranteed to be coming back for more.
Book your tables on 71/500505 and follow Mme Tussaud’s on Instagram and Facebook @mmetussauds.