Balthazar is ideally located just by the main entrance to the Beirut Souks, which ensures that the outside tables are usually crowded with shoppers and people watchers. But don't be deceived by the outward appearance: this not really a casual café, despite the fine selection of pastries. Inside, you're greeted with plush (if vaguely forbidding) black, red and gold decor – colours every bit as rich as the offerings on the high-end menu of French classics. Elaborately seasoned tartares and grilled meats put in an appearance alongside more neutral bistro fare such as burgers and halloumi salad. Balthazar is also a great place to sip an early evening cocktail.
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu 10am-11pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks LL160,000|