BekaaHouse in Fribourg opened my mind a bit. I’m quite an ignorant person with countries like Lebanon. I was never interested in that particular country so if someone asked me what I know about Lebanon, well, let me think and think and think… Hole. After a visit in BekaaHouse my ignorance became a little fascination.
BekaaHouse is located in the center of Fribourg. Nice, cosy restaurant. When we came there we already knew what we wanted. A menu for two to try as many things as possible. For the choice of wine we didn’t have a clue what to order but the service was just incredible. Man who was serving us asked what kind of wine we usually drink and then explained all about Lebanese wine and came back with a bottle of Château Ksara from 2012 (as he explained the same wine but from 2016 wouldn’t be drinkable). Perfect choice.
As far as it goes for the meal. We were served:
- pita bread
- hommos: dip of blended chickpeas with sesame tahini, garlic, lemon juice
- baba: a dip made of char-grilled eggpland, tahina, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic
- labneh: strained yogurt cheese, spreadable and garnished with olive oil and sea salt
- fattouche: salad of tossed greens with cucumbers, tomatoes, mint
- rakayek: Lebanese cheese rolls
- falafel: small deep-fried patties made of highly spiced ground chickpeas
- kebbeh: fried balls of finely minced beaf meat mixed
- selection of 3 types of meat with vegetables and rice
- and last but not least – homemade pancakes with whipped cream, almonds and spices
We paid 170 Swiss francs for the meal, bottle of wine, coffee and a little cherry and prune schnapps to go with it. It might seem like a lot but for the quality, quantity and amazing service it wasn’t expensive.
BekaaHouse is a restaurant I would take my friends, family and share a meal with. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about Lebanese cuisine or wines, the man who works there is like a little walking wikipedia but nicer, he has a smile on his face and passion in his eyes. BekaaHouse is the one you need to stop by when in Fribourg. If you don’t, well, your loss.
Address: Rue de l’Abbé-Bovet 7,
Tips: Take one of the menus. You will be able to try all the goodness the restaurant has to offer. Don’t be afraid to ask – they will be more than happy to answer.
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 11.30 – 14.00 and 18.30 – 23.00; Saturday: 18.30 – 23.00; Sunday: closed.
Text: Agnieszka Wajs