We’ve already heard of it through word to mouth and social media, but didn’t really get the chance to visit Bou Melhem Restaurant in Sin El Fil until last Friday. As soon as we walked in, the friendly staff welcomed us and guided us to a nice table close to the bar. We then had the honor to meet with the owner himself, warmly welcoming us and wishing us a beautiful night ahead.
Bou Melhem counts an indoor setting and a terrace, and organized a special ‘One Man Show” event on Fridays so we were kindly warned about the high music and waiters suggested we move our table to the terrace in case we were disturbed.
We didn’t really have to order, the restaurant specialties were served throughout the night from the appetizers to the salads and main dish, all the way to cocktails and desserts.
Here’s an overview of what we tasted along with our feedback:
Tabbouleh & Fattouch: Although the tabbouleh really needed a lighter hand on the salt, it was very tasty and fresh; yet the fattouch came from another dimension: The perfection of the flavors and the impeccable balance left us speechless!
Eggplant Salad (Batenjen el Raheb): While I didn’t taste this dish because I’m not really fan of eggplants, my partners did express enjoyment in it but only as average; they didn’t think there was anything special about it except the colors and presentation.
Raw Kibbeh & Tebleh: They come from the same background, but Kibbe includes an additional ingredient that’s Burghul (crushed wheat): They both tasted amazing and as fresh as they looked.
Roasted Hummus, Crispy Shankleesh & Mouhammara: These dishes are among Bou Melhem restaurant’s mezze specialties. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT visit Bou Melhem and leave without trying them!
Pesto Chicken: I would definitely have added a little more salt, but they tasted amazing and although the dish was overwhelmed with pesto, it didn’t cover up the chicken taste that both my partner & I love.
Lahmeh Ras Asfour: It’s basically a dish that consists in small beef cutlets marinated in Pomegranate Molasse: Absolutely heavenly to taste buds and that comes from my best friend who rarely eats meat!
Halloumi & Figs: This dish is definitely recommended to you if you’re a fan of sweet and salty.
Mixed Grill: Generous portions and buttery taste. I honestly cannot think of a word to describe how moist and tender the Kafta, Meat, and Taouk tasted; definitely a must try whenever you visit!
Although we were too full to even consider dessert, we were presented a selection of fresh season fruits and Lebanese puddings (Mehallabiye & Meghli); we also couldn’t leave without experiencing Bou Melhem’s special Frappé drinks (Caramel, Mocha & Lemonade) and Sharab El Wared which marked a special place in our hearts.
Of course the concept was not only about experiencing the food, we were also treated to the ‘One Man Show’ and had a blast dancing to the oriental tunes and then after midnight, the whole restaurant lights were dimmed and we got to enjoy some occidental music until early hours.
Overall, Bou Melhem Restaurant was a one of a kind experience that we cannot wait to re-live!