Let’s Hangout!

 

FaçadeWhen you go to a restaurant what would you ask for more than a great food, nice atmosphere, big and lit space and a good service?

Well the Hangout restaurant has it all!!

The Hangout opened in December 2012 and since, it has made an indelible mark on Gemmayzé dining scene.

When I got an invitation to visit the restaurant for lunch along with other food bloggers, I surely replied: Hell Yes!

At my arrival I was welcomed by one of the owners Selim Heleiwa. Listening to him describing the restaurant brings many fond memories about our childhood. The place is an old Lebanese house from the late nineteenth century, beautifully restored, spacious and friendly. I certainly admired the little collection of cooking books on display.

To kick off we were presented with some Salmon Tartar, Fried Mushrooms with Halloum, Sahen el Teta (goat labneh, home made butter and organic pickles), fresh bread and a Goat Cheese salad. The cheese balls have an apricot fruity taste served with a slice of bread, iceberg, olives and sundried tomatoes. The dressing is so yummy that I ate all and will definitely order this one again!!

The Hangout cellar holds around 2000 bottles of wine with the finest Lebanese vintages as well as wines from around the world.

I had a glass of wine from Selim’s recommendation for this week Château Khoury Rosé de Rêve 2011.

The cellar with an 80% selection of the best Lebanese wine
The cellar with an 80% selection of the best Lebanese wine

I spent an epic two-hours at The Hangout, tasting and enjoying an array of delicious food. Everybody around was sharing the same experience and expressing how much the Gourmet Burger, the Côte de Boeuf and the Beef Stroganoff are delicious and flavorful.

I was offered a fresh mango juice with a hint of cardamom flavor I don’t know if this was on the menu, but I will sure ask for it upon my next visit along with the best Pain Perdu in town.

Everything on the menu was so creative and no wonder the restaurant is increasingly growing in fame so fast.

… in short, The Hangout is a breath of fresh air and just the kind of restaurant we’ve been waiting for.

The Salad Bar!

The Salad Bar!

Strawberry French Toast

As you already know I’m a Food Stylist and I have a shoot for a TV commercial tomorrow. Part of my job is buying the food that’s featured in the commercial ad. To get the best results, I always buy the highest quality available on the market, and of course the freshest products!

7:00am: Fresh Market

I reached the Fresh Market early in the morning on an empty stomach: BIG MISTAKE! I ended up buying 3 times more than I had on my shopping list:)

The job required 3 ingredients: asparagus, basil and tomatoes. However, I also bought pumpkin, cauliflower, zucchini, pears, apples, blackberries, strawberries, etc.

When I got back home I was craving for breakfast, so I decided to treat myself to some “pain perdu” with strawberries. It’s quick to prepare, fresh and consistent.

Strawberry French Toast

Ingredients

·      2 eggs, lightly beaten

·      2 cups of milk

·      1tsp vanilla

·      20gms butter

·      4 slices of white bread or milk bread

·      10 strawberries, hulled and cut

·      Icing sugar, to sprinkle

Preparation

1.   Beat eggs, milk and vanilla

2.   Soak bread in mixture and shake excess.

3.   Melt the butter in a pan and cook the bread on both sides until brown.

4.   Line the strawberries and sprinkle with icing sugar

*You can add vanilla ice cream and serve it as dessert! mmmm