It’s the second week of Lent for Catholics and the first week for Orthodox, meaning 40 days of fast. If fasting during this period was way more severe in the ancient times, we still have some communities that abstain from meat, eggs and all dairy products.
Vegetarian and vegan foods are commonly consumed during Lent period, in addition to fish. And it’s very common to see restaurants preparing some special meatless menus or Lent-friendly meals for people who are fasting.
I read today that Crepaway has a new item specially conceived for Lent, the Seafood wraps, so I decided to give it a try (Note: I do not fast).
The Mixed Seafood Wraps Platter
The menu consists of 2 wraps: you can order fish wraps, shrimps wraps or a mix of both. The wraps are served with a side Ceasar salad, salt & vinegar French fries with aioli sauce and a soft drink, all for 21,000 LBP.
Let’s describe the wraps now:
Crispy battered and deep-fried fish or shrimps are wrapped in warm tortillas with veggies: lettuce, carrots, cucumbers and coriander. Three sauces are used to flavor these wraps: aioli, guacamole and a hot sauce – Crepaway’s tangy signature sauce. Beware, it’s really hot!! And in the end, a squeeze of lemon adds some needed extra flavor to the dish.
The fish wrap is way more interesting than the shrimp one. I can’t really explain why, but you feel it just fits better. The sauce is really hot and I wasn’t expecting it at all. Not recommended for people who don’t like or can’t tolerate hot foods.
The seasoned fries are delicious, but I could not understand why they were served with aioli dip. They’re already good on their own, so no need to add a dip until it’s really a perfect fit – which is certainly not the case with the aioli sauce.
The Caesar salad is, well, Crepaway’s famous Caesar. With thyme flavored croutons, crispy Iceberg and shaved parmesan, this salad never fails to please.
Fish & Chips
Fish & chips
My friend who was accompanying me decided to order fish as well, so he opted for the fish & chips platter, for 20,750 LBP: two big fish fillets, battered and deep-fried, decorated with three pieces of shrimps, fried until golden as well, and served with French fries, a delicious coleslaw salad – yeah, it’s really delicious and different from all the coleslaw salads that are served elsewhere – and a side of tartar (the mayonnaise based sauce that usually accompanies seafood). if you’re abstaining from dairy products, replace with ketchup, mustard or simply, a squeeze of lemon,
I loved the crispiness of the fish! You can’t really feel the oil in both fish and shrimps, which is excellent, and the tartar and coleslaw are yummy.
Fish & Chips is not my favorite dish, and I wouldn’t usually order it, but for people who have decided to go for a meatless diet for the next few weeks, these are 2 options to replace the daily mjaddaras all moms are preparing!
Personally, I prefer the fish & chips to the new seafood wraps. What about you? Did you try them?