Who doesn’t know La Petite Maison Beirut? This special sophisticated concept that goes around excellent food and a cozy sharing experience that is La Petite Maison Beirut. After Nice, London and Dubai; Beirut was selected to have its own LPM, a place that had been here for a while but that I only discovered recently (one unfortunate fact, because I used to wait being in Dubai or France to visit, all while La Petite Maison Beirut was under my nose at Le Vendome).
I was contacted by the awesome (and I mean it) Mira Hawa from LPM and invited to the place: My very first reaction was “we have it in Beirut????”!! So I went there for a mid-day cheat with a whole lot of expectations I had from my previous LPM experiences…
LPM Beirut is located on the first floor of Le Vendome hotel, it overlooks the lower busy area of Mina el Hosn, a typical Beirut view I’d love to see. A foot in, you will notice that a pop of art and a sophisticated ambiance dominates the place. You’re suddenly in Nice, London a little bit in New York and a refined cosmopolitan air surrounds you. I am not an expert at interior design; but I know a place that conveys class and sophistication when I see one.
Tomatoes and lemons in the middle of the table? Dear you are meant to share those, they are “totally edible”!!!!
Mira, the manager and I started our meal with the signature LPM cocktail “Tomatini”, and as you can see, it starts with a word I hate “tomatoes”!! But wait… Not this one! Besides grilled tomatoes, I will put the Tomatini LPM cocktail (vodka, tomato, vinegar, salt and pepper) on my list of exceptions.
Starters at LPM are absolutely something else; if I didn’t want to try out a full courses meal, I would totally stop at them. Having some Crevettes tièdes à huile d’olive, Burrata et Tomates (notice a second mention of tomatoes I also gladly had!!), Salad de Crustaćes and Pouple Finement Tranché; I had to stop at the mention of the last plate (the sliced octopus) because that was outstandingly outstanding. All four appetizers were excellent, but I ate that one almost all alone… Octopus and salmon are two extremely delicate dishes that you can totally judge a good restaurant by; and when octopus is that perfect, it makes me inclined to rank the restaurant at the top of my list.
For our main course, we had the Daurade Au Citron which is a whole sea bream baked with Papilotte with lemon, herbs and olive oil; other news? I don’t eat fish. Not absolutely, but mostly; because I eat other sea food, salmon and tuna; but not other fish. I didn’t come clean about this fact because I had the idea of testing whether the chefs at LPM will be able to change my mind. The fish was grilled to point, and I never understood how can it hold this much flavor … But well, I had a serving… or TWO!! It was one other item on my NO list that this awesome place made me scratch!
Then, we moved to my favorite part; the sinful desserts I just couldn’t skip! Homemade ice cream sorbet in passion fruit raspberry and coconut flavors, moderately sweet Creme Brulee and Warm Chocolate Mousse with Malt Ice-cream. Desserts at LPM are not too sweet, and if there is one thing I learned about desserts is it that extra sweetness is usually used to conceal a weak grasp on the flavor. The desserts are rich in flavor, not too sweet not buttery and just “delicious” (Thank God we had to share them!!).
This is the part where I give my final judgment and recommendation; but I don’t think they are needed after my pretty positive review. LPM is not your typical bistro; it is a unique sharing concept where you will enjoy a refined culinary experience and a sophisticated ambiance that will take you on a small Euro trip all while at the heart of Beirut.
But… Writing cannot replace having been there… So here are the pictures…