A thoroughly memorable treat
While I’ve become quite the burger fanatic over the last couple of years, I’m also a guy who’s always appreciated good Italian food. Tavolina, situated in the heart of an impressively booming Mar Mikhael, is not just good, it’s pretty darn amazing.
Shockingly enough, every single plate I taste is fantastic. For appetizers, I sample a delicious bresaola and a mouthwatering Shitaki mushroom platter (which I secretly wish I was not sharing with my fellow eaters as it’s beyond heavenly). For the main course, we order an assortment of Italian delights, each more succulent than the last. The Diavola pizza topped with spicy peperoni is incredible, and the rich mushroom risotto is beyond creamy and flavorful. As for the pastas, I sample a magnificent white truffle oil concoction, but the true highlight is undoubtedly a pesto gnocchi that tastes as spectacular as it looks.
As for dessert, the creme brulee proves to be quite scrumptious, while a chocolate souffle with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is completely decimated within seconds. We also try several scoops of a marvelous raspberry sorbet and a lusciously zesty lemon equivalent. It’s worth mentioning that the food arrives at a tremendously rapid pace that’s truly staggering (and satisfying).
If there’s anything I’m not too fond of at Tavolina, it’s the setting. While not particularly terrible, there’s really nothing exceptional about the place’s look. Nevertheless, I do appreciate the assortment of old-school lightbulbs dangling from the ceiling.
Finally, the pricing could be a bit on the expensive side for Italian cuisine (around $50 per person) but the food’s remarkable quality is definitely worth it. In addition, the waitress in charge of us is superb – sweet and courteous at all times, while doing an excellent job of recommending the majority of the delectable dishes we ordered.
All in all, Tavolina just might be my new favorite Italian restaurant in Beirut. Dining there was a real pleasure and I for one can not wait to drop by again and further sample its outstanding variety of treats. An undeniable success.