66m - Kampai (Japanese for “cheers”) is centrally located in the...
A feast for the eyes, and palate
With a modern art deco-inspired interior exuding a refined elegance, Balthus is a favorite of Beirut’s business and social elite. Patrons are greeted by an art installation consisting of a tower of chairs, and ushered into a sleekly furbished dining space. Suited men smoke and discuss business dealings while posh ladies natter on about the latest gossip. Overhead is a sparkling glassy rooftop, accentuating the mid-century glamour of the place.
The restaurant has established itself as one of the best in Beirut serving French cuisine. The firm behind the aesthetic is Gatserelia Design was named among the top interior designers in the world. Old-style banquettes and geometric floors give the place a hint of machismo.The brass lighting installation is the centerpiece of the place and gives it a tinge of otherworldly glow.
Lunch time is usually brimming with bankers and politicians arriving from Parliament for a quick bite. The place serves terrific carpaccios including salmon and scallops, accompanied with an extensive selection of French wines. The seabass dish, served with zucchini and tomatoes comes highly recommended by patrons, as does an especially tender cote de boeuf, perfect for meat lovers. The menu in general is typical for a brasserie and includes appetizers, main entrees and dessert.
On Fridays the restaurant is jam-packed with bouillabaisse lovers, the only day of the week the restaurant serves the Marseille specialty. The stew was hails from the seaside city of Marseille, where fishermen would prepare it using the remnants of their unsellable catch.