In the center of Beirut located above the local jewelry souks, restaurateur Mourad Mazouz creates a bohemian wonderland of culinary prowess and effortless style. Teaming up with designers Annabel Karim Kassar and Violaine Jante, the result is an intimate and homey space of geometrical ceilings and walls adorned with floral wallpapers and collectable artwork. Bold gold leaf chairs are juxtaposed to bright red upholstered banquettes and Moroccan rugs in colors of scarlet red and black. An octagon-shaped bar offer high-backed barstools with red vinyl cushions and direct access to a large terrace with carved-wood awning and piped-in lounge music day and night.
“Inspired by the savoir-faire acquired in 404, Momo, Sketch and Derrière”, Momo at the Souks merges North African flavors with classic French cuisine in a sumptuous dining experience that’s one of the best since Ducasse was part of the Beirut dining scene. Appetizers include beef ravioli with truffle jus, tuna tartare with Moroccan toast and foie gras terrine with goose chutney. Mains vary between seafood dishes like seared salmon with seasonal vegetables or classic tanjine with fennel to grilled lamb cutlet with chicken skewer or braised pork cheek with potato puree.
North African flavors marry French cuisine at landmark eatery by Mourad Mazouz in Beirut Souks.