Friday, May 1, 2015

Memory Lane, Mar Mikhael Beirut

   Memory Lane is a new multifunctional place that located on Armenia Street in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood. I actually love the concept of this all-inclusive space—I was never able to make a choice myself, so why specialize in one thing when you can be Everything.
   Memory Lane is before everything else a restaurant; it is divided into a section with a terrace-like setting yet indoors and an area for couches with a long table à la Urbanista for working space. You can find a more typical restaurant setting—yet with nothing typical as for the decoration—downstairs where people are more prone to enjoy a complete meal.

   Memory Lane also offers coffee and pastry to go—just perfect if you have to pass by Mar Mikhael before heading for work! Moreover, the coffee is not a rip-off, the prices range from 3,500-5,500 L.L.
   More recently, when I went there, there was a pop-up stand exhibiting casual and very French-simple linen clothes designed by Creative Space that you can actually buy on the spot. That Pop-up stand is Memory Lane’s meeting point, and it will be there to showcase different fashion items or design over time.
   Memory Lane’s local used to be an old sewing factory, which you can feel in the decoration of the restaurant. The detail that you cannot miss is the sewing machine on the butler table.

   A place where memories were made and will be made, Memory lane does not shy away from its Lebanese heritage. In fact, it offers a menu that highlights our all-time favorite the Lebanese Kaak.  

The starters are all for the same price, (15,900 L.L.). Memory Lane offers the best choices as it comes to the main platters, at a bargain price of 25,900 L.L for all platters, however, with portions that would satisfy your beach-body-consciousness. I would suggest you to consider appetizers or a salad or a dessert to feel full.
I loved the refreshing Labneh Kaak with the whole mint leaves and cherry tomatoes, (all Kaak and sandwiches are for 9,500 L.L). I think the Nachos should have more cheese dripping everywhere—I’m a “gourmande” what can I do—and guacamole, (we ordered one more starter as a full bowl of guacamole).

   The Coup-de-Coeur of my visit at Memory Lane was the Wasabi Salmon Tartar starter. It was just what I was craving for—a creamy texture with the avocado, a burst of freshness with the apple, and a sense of sweetness with the sweet soy sauce.

   Both my brother and my mom had the Grilled Salmon Passion Fruit platter with its amazing potato foam that I tasted. I had the Fresh Shrimp Roll with my favorite sweet and sour sauce as a main meal. Honestly, I was deceived because there were too little shrimps and tooo much noodles inside the roll that is actually already rice paper. I think they could add some more vegetables like grilled red and yellow bell peppers and mango to cut down on the noodles.

   They have an impressive wide choice for desserts, 22 to count, relative to other restaurants (thumbs up!). After long minutes wasted on my indecision, I ended up picking the Pistachio Strawberry Cake. A cake filled with Pistachio cream—love—and a line of strawberries on top—heaven. This dessert is definitely a must-try.

   As for the service, I believe it was timely and the waiters were nice and responsive. The estimated budget for an appetizer (all for you), a main platter, a dessert, and a coffee is on average 55,000 L.L, ($37). The attractive prices, the limited portion size, and the wide variety of choices incite you to try out more things to discover the menu. I believe it to be a critical success point to achieve for restaurants.
   Besides the “too little” remark that I must have repeated, I think Memory Lane is the perfect dreamed-of destination for price-sensitive gourmet food lovers and certainly a great place with great food!
 I will definitely go back for a meal and try out more desserts! 

For reservation call: 01 562808 - 01 562806

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