I never thought healthy could be delicious. Then I met Kitchen Confidential.
There was a time when I used to review restaurants on a daily basis. But over the past few months, I’ve tried to adopt a “healthier” lifestyle; it hasn’t been easy, and the fact that there aren’t that many options that are actually delicious, makes the goal all the more difficult. And then a couple of weeks back, I discovered Kitchen Confidential, and everything changed.
Nestled in the heart of Achrafieh, the mini-resto thrives on delivery orders, but I’ve made it a point to “binge” in person the past two Saturdays and I’ve been enormously impressed each time. KC prides itself on using ingredients that are organic, gluten free, sugar free, soy free, yeast free, dairy free, and allergen friendly. Yup that’s a handful, but it doesn’t mean the place is flavor-free! In fact, the natural substitute-ingredients work incredibly well to create some truly spectacular creations that never make you feel like you’re deprived or compromising on taste.
For breakfast, the Avocado Thyme mankouche is a pretty great option, but the real highlight here is the Vegan Cheese mankouche. A non-diary option, this flavourful combination of almond and cashew nuts makes for a satisfying treat. In addition, the Lahme bi Ajin is probably the single best I’ve had in town. Topped with lemon balm, it’s zesty and awesome in every way.
A recent food intolerance test revealed to me that I’m intolerant to yeast, which is sadly found in my two favourite things in the world: pizzas and burgers (specifically, the buns). So imagine my excitement when I discovered KC’s yeast-free pizzas and buns (buckwheat or rice flour). The Mediterranean Pizza is topped with tasty sun-dried tomatoes, while the burger is packed with flavor and a side of luscious coleslaw (and luscious is a big word to describe a salad I’m never been fond of).
The sandwiches are also outstanding. The chicken club is bursting with freshness, while the “eqqsquisite” sandwich is a real revelation – featuring boiled free-range eggs and avocado, it’s a surefire winner. You can choose to have it in one of the above breads, or even go for the paleo option which is made grain free (utilizing coconut and almond flour).
And then there’s dessert. The incredible thing about KC’s sweet treats is that you would never guess they’re processed-sugar free. All the ingredients are natural, and yet each one of them is better than the last. I’ve sampled the incredibly decadent chocolate fudge cake, and a trio of reliably scrumptious cakes: the zesty lemon sponge cake, the ever glorious lazy cake, and the utterly perfect carrot cake. Moreover, I even sampled a piece of maamoul stuffed with dates, and it was absolutely excellent.
If I had any complaints, it would be that KC only opens Monday through Saturday (from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm). Now tell me, what exactly am I supposed to do on Sundays without my favorite new discovery in town?
If you’re looking for something healthy, guilt free, AND downright yummy, give this a shot.
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