It's always a challenge to have a relaxing yet charming lunch on a Sunday with all the over booked restaurants and the hectic ride to reach your destination. That wasn't the case in our last family lunch at Pier 78 in the newly opened Kempinski Summerland Hotel Resort in Jnah. The restaurant is breathtaking with its beautiful yet simple decor where you can enjoy the alluring blue shores whether you are sitting inside or on the terrace.
The menu is compact yet it offers a variety of appetizers, seafood specialties, salads and main platters.
We started with the unmissable Lebanese star item: the Tabbouleh. It was fresh and tasty.
From the cold appetizers section we had the Hummus, Al Raheb Salad and Raw Fish.
•The Hummus presentation was just perfect and its texture was great.
•The Raw Fish was exceptional! It was very tender and perfectly marinated. It was served with a tasty lemon say sauce.
From the hot appetizers section we tried the Fried Calamari, Shrimp Provençal and Mix Hot Mezza.
•The Fried Calamari were phenomenal; extremely crispy and not oily. They made us drool!
•we loved the Shrimp Provençal as they were cooked to perfection in a yummy provençal sauce.
•The Mix Hot Mezza basket contained kebbe, sambousik, rakakat and fatayer.
For main platters we had the Fried Fish, the Lebanese Mix Grill and the Grilled Whole Chicken.
•The fried Dorado was simply amazing as it was not oily at all although it was fried. It was beautifully served with tarator, fried bread and lemon slices on the side. It was crispy from the outside and tender moist from the inside.
•The Mix Grill platter consisted brochettes, taouk, kabab and côtelettes served with grilled vegetables. The meat was succulent, the taouk were well marinated and the kabab were full of flavors. It's a great choice for non seafood fans.
•The Grilled Whole Chicken was divine. The chicken was outstandingly tender and juicy with a caramelized skin. It was served on a one of a kind buttery potato purée. Simply perfect!
Complimentary desserts and café blanc are served on the house. The selection includes fresh fruits, oriental sweets and Turkish delights.
At Pier 78 the theory of "the eyes eat before the mouth" is perfectly respected because each platter was a piece of art. They also excelled in preparing all the dishes. The dazzling location made us feel that we are on a vacation even though it was for a few hours of time.
Location: Al Akhtal Al Saghir Jnah
Price Range: 50$
Phone: 961 1 858 000