BARBIZON’S FINE DINING EXPERIENCE
Nestled by the Metropolitan Art Society, quiet and spacious, the opulent yet refined and romantic Barbizon (named after the French town) clings to fine-dining principles of old. Table napkins, elegant cutlery, wine and water glasses all rest on a crisp, white tablecloth. Warm, fresh, soft bread in a basket is served first, carrots and nuts come with your aperitifs. The food is classic French, when something is good there’s no need to change it.
We began with the artichoke and asparagus salads to freshen our palates: the vegetables are crisp and cold, paired perfectly with a rich hollandaise sauce. Next came a risotto aux cèpes, which managed just the right balance of salty and creamy, with added Parmesan for extra flavour and the mushrooms delicately mixed in. The obvious entrecôte as a main is cooked to perfection, and generous in size, divine washed back with a glass of full-bodied red. Opt for the Barbizon sauce – the recipe is secret, a pain if you want to recreate it at home, but is an added reason to come back. By the time the dessert trolley is brought out I am stuffed, but the cheesecake is so inviting I can’t say no. It tastes as good as it looks, creamy, light, delicious.
Put simply, vive la France and vive Barbizon!
Words by Rayane Abou Jaoude
Open Monday to Sunday, 12pm-3.30pm, 8pm-11.30pm, Trabaud Street
facebook.com/barbizonbeirut, T. 01 320 444, T. 01 209 909