For a special Christmas edition, Brunch Beirut will be fundraising for Refugees at Home, an amazing charity connecting those with a spare room with asylum seekers and refugees in need of accommodation. Until summer 2017, Refugees at Home had no funds and was solely run by volunteers. As the demand is always growing, they now have serious financial commitments and need all the support possible to continue their crucial work.
Using ingredients straight from Lebanon mixed with fresh produce, we’ll be bringing the spirit of Beirut Sundays to our flat in London. I will be cooking up a storm of dishes to share with a dozen soon-to-be friends, while Malek keeps you entertained and hydrated. All dishes are shared, with no starter or main, just an endless selection of colourful plates, mostly veg...
We will offer complimentary Arak, but please feel free to bring your own bottle.
Smoking permitted in the garden.
We like to place our guests, so please make sure you let us know if you'd like to be seated with particular people who have booked separately.
Ribale here, the brains (and hands) behind Brunch Beirut. Growing up in Lebanon, I spent endless mornings watching my mom upturn our kitchen whipping up dishes one after another like magic. It was only a matter of time until I too attempted to cook up a storm. I love experimenting with traditional Lebanese recipes. I take great pleasure in preparing meals and sharing them peppered with stories, laughter and warmth to well-fed guests!
A warm Sunday morning. Whizz through empty streets of Beirut. Buzz. Door opens. Kiss, kiss, kiss. Have a drink. Share a laugh. Fight for the best seat at the long table. Plates as far as the eye can see. Spreads, breads, meats, salads, tea. And the centrepiece – bottomless Arak.
Because honestly, what else would one do on a Sunday morning?
This affair never starts before midday, for sleeping in is a requirement to be able to endure such large amounts of consumption. Always lasts well into the afternoon, turns into a mini-dance off and ends with promises of a repeat.
I’m convinced the Lebanese invented brunch, and I'm on a mission to spread the word.