Zaatar w Zeit (Hamra)

 

When Zaatar w Zeit (ZwZ) opened its first branch in Achrafieh in Sodeco in 1999, it was the after-after-party destination. Where else could you sit down and indulge in a loaded mannoucheh* at two in the morning? At a time when enjoying the traditional breakfast food meant waking up at the crack of dawn to make it to the local bakery that would opened at sunrise and close shortly after, ZwZ was beyond ground-breaking. It started a revolution. Sure waking up for a bubbling zaatar or cheese pie straight out of the oven had its special perks and made for a better reason than any to get out of bed, the prospect of being able to enjoy a freshly made mannoucheh 24/7 is as titillating now as it was over a decade ago. Fifteen local branches and a few international ones later, ZwZ is a force to be reckoned with.

Throughout the years ZwZ has reimaged the traditional Lebanese classic by developing flavours and unique combinations. They have grown their menu – going as far as serialising them – to include green salads, appetisers (what they call teazers), pizzas and desserts. Dishes served in what was fukhar (clay), but is now iron cast pans, and varied dough choices ranging from the default white to brown whole wheat to sundried tomato. Needless to say this trendsetting casual eatery now has a Redefining Light menu for the health conscious. Must eats (in no particular order and, if you can, in one go): Halloumy Sticks, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Wild Zaatar, Cheese Muttabal, Mighty Kafta, Halloumy Bacon, Baked Falafel, and Chocolate Moussecake (we’ll stop here, just short of the  entire menu). Make sure to wash it all down with the lemonade or yogurt drink.

Sure the ZwZ a little expensive than its street counterpart, but you’re certain to get consistent quality every time. Too lazy to mosey on over to your nearest branch? ZwZ delivers!

HAMRA:
The opening of this recent ZwZ branch located at the very end of Hamra Street was controversial since it would neither not serving beer or pork due to a supposed contractual agreement with the building owner. Steadfast, ZwZ did not want to pass up opening one of Beirut’s main arteries. It is Hamra after all! And there are a number of bars just minutes away that can satiate the want for alcohol. Though the terraced seating takes a little getting use to, it makes a lot more sense when the big screen comes down to project big games.

*A mannoucheh is Lebanese Arabic for a kind of pizza or wrap, traditionally made with zaatar, cheese or ground meat (also known as lahm baajine).

 

Who goes? Everyone
Cuisine International Lebanese
Food Restaurants
Other Casual Dining Late Night

Teasers


10500 LBP
7.00 USD
Baked potato & cheese

Baked potato slices topped with melted cheese, pine seeds & a pinch of rosemary, served with sour cream

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6000 LBP
4.00 USD
Hummus & Crackers

Our version of a national Emblem mashed chickpeas blended with tahini sauce, served with grilled vegetables, toasted multicereal crackers & sprinkled with sesame on top

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10500 LBP
7.00 USD
Fries & cheese

Set out on a sensational saga of fries topped with melted cheese served with sour cream

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Street food


10995 LBP
7.33 USD
Taouk wrap

We're changing the way you perceive taouk, our own recipe of perfectly marinated chicken, fries, pickles & garlic mayo sauce

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10500 LBP
7.00 USD
Shawarma wrap

The taste of tradition with a twist: beef shawarma, tomato, parsley mx, with a delicious tahini sauce.

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10500 LBP
7.00 USD
Kafta Mohammara

Delicious kafta spread with hummus, mohammaa, fresh mint leaves & tomatoes. seved as a wrap

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Salads


13005 LBP
8.67 USD
Chicken Salad

A delicious blend of lettuce, rocket leaves, pine seeds, sun-dried tomatoes & purslane, topped with grilled chicken. Best enjoyed with balsamic dressing

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11505 LBP
7.67 USD
Zooza salad

A bright mix of baked potatoes, beans, boiled eggs, tomatoes, corn, black olives, tuna & lettuce, best enjoyed with mustard vinegar dressing

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10005 LBP
6.67 USD
Z fattoush

A fresh pick of tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh mint leaves, parsley, green onions, green pepper, purslane, lettuce, halloumi cheese & oven baked bread squares. best enjoyed with our special vinaigrette dressing

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Platters


14505 LBP
9.67 USD
Potato chicken

Roasted chicken with grilled potatoes & tomatoes, marinated in a garlic lemon & coriander sauce, served with freshly baked bread & mayo dip

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14505 LBP
9.67 USD
Chicken Marinara

Roasted chicken with grilled potatoes & eggplants with a marinara sauce & sprinkled with parmesan cheese, served with freshly baked bread & sour cream dip

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Pizzas


13500 LBP
9.00 USD
Ultimate cheese

For the cheese lovers, tomato sauce on dough, smothered in four cheese

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13500 LBP
9.00 USD
Traditional

Tomato sauce with mozzarella cheese, fresh mushroom & pepperoni

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15495 LBP
10.33 USD
BBQ Chicken

Barbecue sauce, chicken, fresh mushroom, green pepper, four cheese, coriander & olives

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13995 LBP
9.33 USD
Veggie

Pesto sauce, zucchini, mozzarella & fetta cheese, olives, hot green pepper, cherry tomatoes, rocket leaves & fresh onions with chili oil on top

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Breakfast

Take your pick and mix & match irresistible flavours. All served with freshly baked bread, fresh mint leaves, tomatoes, cucumbers & olives
You can add: Cheese (US$ 1.00) - Smoked Turkey (US$ 1.33) - Bacon (US$ 2.00) - Ham (US$ 1.00)

10995 LBP
7.33 USD
Halloumi pan

You'll never resist our slices of baked your haloumi cheese

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8505 LBP
5.67 USD
Eggs your way

Sunny side up OR omelette 3 eggs baked your way

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9495 LBP
6.33 USD
Labneh

Traditional Lebanese creamy yogurt drizzled with olive oil

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Manakeesh

You can add: Labneh (US$ 1.00) - Cheese (US$ 1.00) - Vegetables mix (US$ 1.00) - Vegetables plate (US$ 2.00) - Upgrade to multicereal or oat dough (US$ 0.83)

6750 LBP
4.50 USD
Ham & Cheese

A classic combination of melted cheese with slices of ham

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5505 LBP
3.67 USD
Labneh Aarouss

Traditional creamy yogurt mixed with tapenade, tomatoes, cucumbers & fresh mint leaves, wrapped in yummy oat dough

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4005 LBP
2.67 USD
Wild Zaatar

Zaatar w zeit of wild thyme & our special & tomato sauce on multicereal dough

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Beverages

Cold

3000 LBP
2.00 USD
Fresh Juices

Freshly squeezed daily: Orange, Carrot, Or Apple

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3000 LBP
2.00 USD
Fresh Lemonade

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3255 LBP
2.17 USD
Fresh Yogurt

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Desserts


6495 LBP
4.33 USD
Chocolate & Banana wrap

Melted chocolate hazelnut milk chocolate spread, topped with slices of banana. Nuts are optional

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4995 LBP
3.33 USD
Strawberry Cheesecake

With a strawberry twist

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4995 LBP
3.33 USD
Blueberry Cheesecake

With a blueberry twist

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