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Restaurant and Community center offering some of the best Lebanese food in Beirut
T Marbouta, or in Arabic ة, was originally slated to open in July 2006 in its original location in Pavilion Center in Hamra. When war with Israel broke out, the restaurant / cafe / community center quickly turned into a hub where activists coordinated relief efforts and made sandwiches for volunteers and refugees alike.
The restaurant has retained its reputation as a community center and activist hub (as well as the accompanying clientele) ever since. Now moved to a new, space in Hamra Square Center, ة regularly hosting formal and informal meetings, film screenings, academic and activist talks in its upstairs library and meeting room. Check the venue’s facebook page for weekly events.
Renowned for attracting a broad range of Beirut’s politically-committed, young and old, T Marbouta is perhaps more famous for its excellent Lebanese food. As far as we are concerned, this cafe is leading the contest for the best mezze in Hamra (it’s a close race).
We highly recommend everything on the menu. Notably, the Fattouch (8,500LL or 5,000LL for a small portion), Battata Harra (7,000LL), Hummus with Meat (10,000), and Grilled Meat Plates (try the exquisitely spiced Kabab Halabi 13,500 - served with a generous side of Tabouli and Hummus for an extra 3,500LL). The Chicken and Rice Fakhara (14,500), is also a must-try. It comes spiced artfully with saffron and nuts, and a flavourful tomato sauce, and served in a covered clay pot. The food is very reasonably priced, generously abundant, and consistently delicious. Dangerously (as far as our diet is concerned), T Marbouta recently began offering a delivery service.
The venue itself is prettily decorated, shabby chic, with low tables and comfy, Arabic-inspired cloth covered benches, as well as higher small tables, perfect for reading a book over an afternoon coffee. A lush garden area is also in service year round, where one can lounge with a coffee (Arabic and Italian are available), or a reasonably priced drink, and debate the future of the Lebanese Left, or just the movie you saw last night.