BarBar Beirut Reviews
Food in Beirut May 04, 2011
So you're in Beirut, you've now worked out the only way to survive is to sleep all day and go out all night, and you find yourself hungry. Where to go? It's 4am! Not to worry, BarBar to the rescue.
You'll find in Lebanon that a lot of restaurants/bars/clubs etc. will only open at stupid o'clock. BarBar is a fantastic set of sandwich shops located at several places around the city where you can buy a million different kinds of sandwich, for very reasonable prices, at almost any time of day.
On my personal 4am ventures out to get a calamari and taramasalata panini, i've only ever been met with hordes of people all sharing similar thoughts. You'd think that all these people here ordering manaeesh, shwarma, pastries, mezze, kebabs, fresh juice and ice-cream would create slow and tiresome queues - but this isn't the 'BarBar way'. First, decide what you went. Then, go to the cashier tell him exactly what you want - he'll print out a receipt which you then wait to hand it at the right bar (be it the sandwich bar, kebab bar etc.) and they'll take your ticket pretty quickly.
Be prepared to have to repeat yourself if you don't speak Arabic, but shouting louder and slower would get your point across - and if not, someone nearby will jut-in and help (if you get your order done fast, he can have his sandwich quicker).
One of the big BarBar branches is found in Hamra, which is more like a little market complex! If you're after great Beiruti food, away from the usual wining and dining in etiquette requiring restaurants, with sophisticated Beiruti people, then BarBat is the place for you!
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