… w Casablanca. Located on the second floor of an old Lebanese house in Ein Mreisseh, this place opened back in 1997, and Deedee’s been going there since. I have to give kudos to Johnny & Cyn Farah, consistent in food quality and standards… and you certainly pay for it.
The staff is well trained and most have been around for a long time, so that makes a difference in the ‘knowing your diners’ domain. Mind you, they’re not perfect, but pretty good for Leboland.
I like having my business lunches there cuz the sunlight enlivens the place and the view to the Grand Bleu is mervellieux. The other day Deedee O.D.’ed with lunch and dinner at Casablanca… ma ‘am bithadda!
The wine list is not too long and has a well balanced selection. The usual European choices (French, Italian, Spanish), and a medley of New World wines. Deedee blesses the list. Lately I’ve had whites, the Sancerre is fresh and crisp and the Gavi di Gavi is wunderbar, as you’ve read several times in Deedee’s previous blogs. It hasn’t been time for red yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s one thing I really enjoyed the other day… Casa actually makes a bloody good Bloody Mary! OK, it was missing horse radish, but “Honey, whatever you put in there, just write it down cuz you nailed it!”
Their meals are preceded by a plate of olive oil with dried fresh zaatar sprinkled in the middle.
Deedee enjoys the “Lunch Box” for lunch. Her other favorites are: Summer Rolls (shoo refreshing and light); Calamari Salt & Pepper; and Grilled Octopus. There was a delicious Unagi Roll on special the other day.
How bizarre, though, I just realized that I haven’t had meat there in a while!
For dessert, I salivate over their cheesecake… some like the créme brulée, but it doesn’t really do it for me.
They always have distinctive art on rotation. I liked the four Maboumga’s on display. That crazy man from Congo really brings out the twisted in me.
Casablanca’s open Tuesday through Sunday (yaani closed Monday). Sundays they serve brunch and you’d better book in advance. For reservations: 03-856111 or 01-369334