T Marbouta

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.

Who goes? Business lunches Everyone
Cuisine Lebanese
Food Restaurants
Music Oriental
Other Casual Dining Cheap eats Late Night Outdoor



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