I think most of you living here in Lebanon already know BarTartine. It’s a restaurant that I usually recommend when asked for a place that serves interesting international food.
After their success in Mar Mkhayel, the restaurant opened another branch in ABC Achrafieh, and a third one in Dbayeh.
The menu is interesting, with some starters, salads and soups, pizzas, tartines (sandwiches), burgers, pastas and other platters.
As for the desserts, they have some excellent tarts & eclairs, in addition to the almond mille-feuille, which is really special. I’ll be telling you about all that later on, because, for today, I’ll share with you my review of their appetizers.
The choice is not huge: 4 interesting “not so common” platters to share, in addition to French fries and a quiche du jour that can be one of the following: tomato goat cheese, asparagus or the traditional quiche Lorraine. I did not try the asparagus one lately, and therefore I did not include it in my review, but as far as I remember, and even though it was my least favorite, it was still delicious!
Now, let’s see all these appetizers, under the “Count me in” section in the menu:
Garlic shrimps with cream cheese
Garlic shrimp with cream cheese:
Those are excellent; they reminded me of the garlic bread that I prepare, but in a creamier version, because of the garlic cream cheese spread on the 2 pieces of toasted baguette. They’re topped with yummy grilled shrimps, and served on a bed of lettuce. Beware, they’re a bit hot! The whole plate is sprinkled with parmesan cheese, and it costs 15,000 LBP. I highly recommend them.
Artichoke & spinach dip
Artichoke & Spinach dip:
This quickly became one of my favorite starters: a lovely gratin combining two strong flavors that I really love – artichoke and spinach, loaded with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and baked in the oven. Served with some bread crackers on the side, it costs 17,000 LBP. and is recommended unless you’re not fan of one of its two main components.
Lentils & sundried tomato crostinis
Lentils & Sundried Tomato Crostini:
This appetizer kind of disappointed me, probably because my expectations were too high. It consists of a lentil and fresh basil dip, topped with sun-dried tomatoes and served with little pieces of toasted bread, all for 10,000 LBP. Very healthy, I would have enjoyed it better if I didn’t have mjaddra on the same day for lunch. Yeah, they are very similar, but the basil gives it some extra flavor. So, if you are not fan of that traditional Lebanese dish, do not order this appetizer.
Delicious fries, crispy & golden, with no frying oil unpleasant taste, for 7,000 LBP. They need a lot of salt though.
Ricotta croquettes with Marinara sauce
Breaded ricotta and parmesan fingers, seasoned with thyme and deep-fried until golden and crispy. Served with a marinara sauce, they are good if you’re fan of fried foods. The contradiction between the crispy outside and the melting inside of these croquettes is interesting. They will cost you 15,500 LBP.
Quiche du Jour:
Goat cheese quiche
Tomato goat cheese:
The tomato goat cheese quiche is superb. It is divided into 2 pieces, both covered with a thin dough crust. Even though I felt that it contains some excess of dough compared to a traditional quiche, but the cheese and tomatoes that melt in the mouth make it an excellent starter. For 15,000 LBP. with a side salad (lettuce and tomatoes), this starter is highly recommended.
The quiche Lorraine is delicious as well. The crust is the same, but this one is a traditional Lorraine, stuffed with bacon and a lot of cheese. I love it. For the same price than the other quiches, and served with the same side salad, this appetizer will surely please you.