Friday, 29 July 2011

Summer Lovin’: Pépé Abed, the best fish in Lebanon

Byblos is a magical place. I am not sure if it is the sea breeze, the amazing ruins, or the friendly people. One thing I am sure of is that you can find the best fish in Lebanon there, at the Byblos Fishing Club.

Pépé Abed has celebrity status in Lebanon, being the founder of several restaurants, clubs and resorts, including the Byblos Fishing Club. The restaurant has pictures of many celebrities that have visited the fishing club.  

I was lucky enough to have a lovely lunch there, which was pricey but totally worth it. You get to pick out your fresh fish, which is always fun.

Homemade lemonade is always a treat in Lebanon; they add in a touch of rose water. It was perfect for that hot summer day. 

Then I had jumbo shrimps, grilled to perfection, and barbequed whole fish. I was amazed at the simple basic flavors; a squirt of lemon was more than enough.  

We were then given a delicious dessert, I didn’t catch the name though, on the house, made with what I think is semolina flour, and has lots of cinnamon and sprinkled with coconut. To say that it was phenomenal would be an understatement. If you ever find yourself in Lebanon, you must go to Byblos and visit Pépé’s.  

The view from the restaurant

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