February 26, 2012 Beirut Lebanon Middle East

The Grill Room Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel, Beirut

Non-smokers friendly

The Grill Room The Grill Room
4.1 out of 5 based on 1 professional review.

RATING:82/100

Welcoming: 5/5

Food Temperature: 9/10

Ambiance / Music: 9/10

Menu Choice: 5/5

Food Taste: 27/30

Architecture / Interior: 9/10

Food presentation: 9/10

Service: 9/10

Value for money: Soon

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The Grill Room is a special place for me.  The entire ambiance is charming and knows how to pull you in.

As I may have mentioned in my previous reviews, the first thing in liking a new restaurant is the first impression, and at The Grill Room, the initial feeling was utter astonishment. This was the first time I visited a grill restaurant, without having the impression of being in Argentina or Texas. The decoration is simple and clear, very classy and elegant without having the flames and smoke images.  You’ll enjoy the smooth carpet, comfortable chairs, leather table top, sufficient lighting, high sealing and happy, welcoming waiters. The wine glasses are large and thin making you enjoy your drink, while soft drinks are served in special jars, which I found fun and unique.              

Two thumbs up for this non-smoking restaurant.

I like it when the menu is presented on a single paper, without having to travel between pages.  A single large sheet of paper, on a leather platform, it’s straight to the point, divided into salads, appetizers, meat and fish, side dishes and side vegetables.  A menu that serves all desires in a couple of lines is truly rare these days.  The bread served at the beginning is so special, with its crunchy envelop and hot core, served with salt and pepper grains and butter on the side, it's the start of an outstanding culinary experience.

Prepared by an international chef, the appetizers are great and tasty.  The Roasted Beets served with caramelized nuts, marinated salmon and the famous foie gras, which is the best you can have in town.  Two pieces served with fig jam and fig bread melt the second they touch your palate.  It was absolutely divine! All those details are nothing if by any chance the meat is not perfect:  Be assured, the quality, taste and cooking temperature are perfect. I had the Hamburger; it was really the best with no competition around. A thick and juicy meat served with roasted foie gras, cheddar cheese and black truffles presented on a soft bun, with lettuce and tomato.  It is so juicy and so tasty that you do not need to add any dressing to it.  We were four enjoying this lunch; the burger was so delicious that we had to order another one to savor the moment to the max. We were appreciating the lunch so much that we noticed two hours later that time was running out and that we had to order deserts before they closed the kitchen. We ordered to share:

  • Profiteroles:  Nougatine au chocolate, Valrona Givara chocolate, Va Valrona nilla ice cream prepared with milk and not butter.
  • Chocolate Parfait:  Chocolat cacaette, home made, peanut butter, 66% Valrona Caraibe, covered with Caramel. Warm Chocolate Tart:  fondants au chocolate a l'orange.  70% Guanava.

 

As much as we enjoyed our main courses, the deserts were the cherry on top.  Every item is so fresh and so crunchy, you can tell that it’s prepared a couple of minutes earlier and not heated in the microwave. We couldn't find anything negative about that magnificent experience, and I will definitely repeat it soon. I would recommend a gentle wine, like the Paul Jaboulet, Aine Parallel, 45 Cote du Rhone France.

The total check is an average of 150$/person for this sumptuous lunch.

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