Restaurants, Lebanese Mar Mikhael
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Motto, Restaurant and cafés, Beirut
© Mótto

The ingredients aren't the only fresh thing about Mótto. This quirky restaurant on Madrid Street has a bracingly open-ended take on dining: there is no fixed menu, and which country's cuisine you'll be eating depends on which of a rotating band of chefs is in the kitchen that day. In the past we’ve been served up Sri Lankan, Ethiopian and French (though the lunch menu is centred on Lebanese fare). This freeform approach extends to the pricing: namely, there isn't any, and you pay what you think is fair. That the restaurant is still in business bodes well. Call ahead if you're apprehensive about which contents your tastebuds will be sent to. In fact, call ahead even if you're not: booking is a must. 

By: James Haines-Young


Venue name: Mótto
Address: Madrid Street
Mar Mikhael

Cross street: near Manar Petrol Station
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 1pm-4pm; Sat noon-5pm
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Write a review...Had a great experience: the Sri Lankan food was delicious (even if they did not accommodate some guests' dietary preferences), the ambiance simply magical with Jazz playing in the background, the art space inside very cool with a shop section selling various handmade items from food and drink to crockery and clothing.

It was awkward evaluating the right price per person for the food at the end but when we saw the table next to us (made up of fellow European NGO employees) quibble over whether or not to pay $10 p.p., we paid $20 pp and left.

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