Beirut, a central city purveyor of excellent Middle Eastern fare, is launching its new exquisite menu created by new Head Chef Alexandre Vallee, formerly from The Grove, on Monday 29 May.
To celebrate the launch, Beirut are organising an exclusive one-off event on Wedneday 31 May giving you the chance to try the new menu matched with wines from De La Terre. See below for more details.
Together with new Executive Chef Sam Campbell, they bring authentic and fusion Middle Eastern dishes that cement Beirut at the forefront of Auckland's restaurant scene.
Beirut is changing its menu for the very first time, and that's a great excuse to pay them another visit.
Here is a selection of dishes that you should definitely try.
Beirut are launching a fun take on a Turkish leek fritter, with currants and feta, saffron honey drizzle and grilled leek. The fritters are popular all over the Middle East and the fillings vary depending on the region. The Beirut version has a strong cumin kick. The saffron honey dressing brings some sweetness while the strong flavor of the grilled baby leeks creates a perfect balance between sweet and savory.
Another must-try is Alex Vallee's signature Hapuka dish translated into a Middle East version with the addition of Ras-el-Hanout spices and harissa espuma. Ras-el-hanout is usually made from cardamom, cumin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and commonly used in Morocco. Harissa, popular in Tunisia, Lybia, Algeria and Morocco, is used to make a flavour-packed espuma.
Don't forgo the Koofteh meatballs from North - West Iran. The meat exterior is kneaded and the stuffing is made from dried fruits and nuts. The trim comes from the pumpkin and a silky veloute is made with turmeric.
Menu Launch Dinner
Enjoy three exceptional courses, matched with equally exceptional wines from boutique, family owned vineyard, De La Terre. During the evening, you will be treated to discussions from Alexandre and De La Terre's Chief Wine Maker and vineyard owner, Tony Pritchard, who is one of New Zealand's most experienced and respected vintners.
Tickets are $100 per person and include a beverage on arrival, amuse bouche and three courses with wine matches. Please RSVP to email@example.com
Very limited places available.