I was off to a great start in Lebanon. I had checked in at the Phoenicia hotel and was already living the boss life. You know that I’m dead serious when I tell you to read the review of the hotel because it’s a masterpiece. At this point in the trip things were winding down. It was the last stop before it was off to Chicago to visit my family.
Pierre is an eating man who enjoys some food occasionally. Lucky for him there is a restaurant at the top of the Phoenicia hotel called Eau de Vie. I had taken a tour of the hotel earlier in the day and got to check out the magnificent view from the restaurant. I was thrilled to be there later for dinner!
Walking into the restaurant the first thing you’ll notice is the exquisite interior. They have glass hanging from the ceiling from front to back and this place is huge. What a beautiful sight! To top it off you have a magnificent view of the sea. Even though the dining room is very large and magnificent, the tables are spaced in a way that make it feel private and romantic.
Another amazing feature of this restaurant is the whiskey collection. When I heard that they had some very fine single malt whiskey I got super excited. I had to try a 24 year old whiskey from 1991 to warm up a little bit.
Pierre has made some good choices in life and this is one for the history books. Our server had been with the hotel for many years. He went abroad and then returned to continue working for the hotel. If that doesn’t tell you something good about a company then I don’t know what does. We got some recommendations from our friendly staff and then got down to business.
It was hard not set my expectations very high because of what I had experienced thus far in the hotel. I was having a fantastic time and already had ranked this hotel way up in the top of the top in my list of worldwide luxury hotels. Therefore, I would also expect a world-class dining experience.
We obviously had to go for some Lebanese wine while in Beirut. During this tour I really enjoyed trying all of the international wine. Lebanese wine ended up being one of my favorites throughout all of my journeys.
Okay okay relax, I’ll start talking about the food now. I know you’re excited! We didn’t go too crazy when ordering because our appetites weren’t that huge from so much eating.
The chefs obviously care deeply about what they’re creating because the food was fantastic! Perhaps the warm up alcohol had something to do with it but regardless everything I ate was quite wonderful.
Wanting to eat on the lighter side I ended up going for the prawns for my entrée. These were cooked just right, still nice and moist with good flavor to match.
I wouldn’t be able to write a review without trying the dessert so I had to order a couple and I was super happy with the results. Presentation of the food all looked very appealing and the style matched with the great tastes which is exactly what I look for when I go into a food review.
In my writing I try to focus on the food that I have enjoyed most to recommend to my readers. That being said, if you’re in Lebanon and you’re looking for great ambiance, food and service then pay a visit to Eau de Vie at the top of the Phoenicia hotel. I guarantee you won’t regret it!
Phoenician Tower, 11th Floor
Minet El Hosn, Beirut
Phone: +961 (0)1 357024