Last week I was invited to the relaunch of Nay Lebanese restaurant which is situated in Somewhere Hotel in Barsha Heights. I love Lebanese food and was looking forward to my visit at Nay Lebanese Restaurant. Was our experience- Yay or a Nay? Read on…to find out!
After entering the venue, we were guided to our table and handed a set menu. As it was a special media launch event, we were to be served from their special set menu for that day.
The interiors of the restaurant has a blend of modern and middle eastern decor. Nay has a cosy and comfy vibe. We loved the colorful furniture, bright lighting and elegant tableware.
The restaurant has three kinds of seating arrangement- dining area, lounge area and a separate area for Shisha. Our dining experience was enhanced by the live Oud music.
As our welcome drinks, we were supposed to be offered Berry based mocktail, but that never arrived at our table. The service was terrible and most of the dishes arrived late, even after complaining to the staff.
Being a vegetarian, we could try few of the dishes from their set menu. As a welcome platter we were served Labneh, Olives and Bread. It was good.
Next, we were offered Fattoush and Beetroot Salad. We liked the Fattoush as it was fresh, crunchy and tasty. The Beetroot Salad was too sour to our liking.
The next course was cold mezze and we were served Nay Hummus, Mutabal and Berghoul Bel Banadoura. All the three dishes were excellent.
The Nay Hummus is their special pesto hummus that is served only in their restaurant. I have tried many varieties of hummus from classic hummus to beetroot hummus etc. But this pesto hummus was simply amazing.
The Mutabal was delicious and had a smoky flavor.
Berghoul Bel Banadoura made with bulgur wheat, tomatoes and onions was well cooked and packed a delicious punch.
We were served Arabic Bread with our cold mezze.
We had to ditch the hot mezze and main course, as there was nothing vegetarian in it. Their hot mezze featured dishes like hummus with spiced meat, Soujouk and pan fried beef.
They served mixed grill and spiced fish for main course. We didn’t try them, so I cannot comment on them.
For desserts, we were served- Kunafa, Dates Pudding and Raha Cheesecake. Our favorite was the scrumptious Kunafa. The Dates Pudding and Raha Cheesecake were good, but didn’t tickle our tastebuds.
We had a mediocre experience. The service requires a major improvement.