It has been a long while since my last feast on Mediterranean & Lebanese Cuisine. Where better than to satisfy the cravings than to head to the new F&B hub at TREC KL. Last week I was there with a bunch of other foodies to sample what Byblos Cafe & Lounge had to offer, so do read on below.
|Mediterranean & Lebanese Cuisine @ Byblos Cafe & Lounge, TREC KL|
Byblos Cafe & Lounge, TREC KL
Operation Hours:-Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 3am
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 5am
The Hive, TREC, Jalan Tun Razak, 54000 Kuala Lumpur
For reservations, call +60.12.902.2240
Lebanese and Mediterranean food is characterized by their servings of vegetables, lean meat, healthy grains, nutritional nuts and olive oil. And when seeking alternatives to local food, fast food and heavy western dishes, healthy Lebanese food is simply ideal as it is considered to be one of the most healthy Mediterranean diets.
|Nice warm and comfy decor|
Byblos is the name of the most ancient in city in Lebanon, and by all possibilities, the world. It is a city steeped in history, and its origins can be traced as far back as 7000 to 8000 BCE. Drawing on the rich history and culture of this city, Byblos Café & Lounge was named thus to give Malaysians and foreigners alike a taste of the real Lebanon; to that end, the interior of the restaurant emulates an authentic Lebanese feel. So there you have it, a brief history on how the name came about.
Byblos Cafe & Lounge is a contemporary cafe, with a comfy and warm restaurant feel. Love the setup, which made me comfortable right away upon entering the doors. Outside, there were shishas ready for customers to enjoy. They serve mediterranean & lebanese, with a twist, adding zest and flavour into their dishes.
Byblos is located at The Hive in TREC, a dining, entertainment and nightlife venue built on a 7-acre site located along the bustling Jalan Tun Razak. With front-row views of the spectacular greens of the Royal Selangor Golf Club, and within the immediate vicinity of the Ikea/Ikano Megamall development, TREC has an enviable location like no other. Endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia as a Designated Entertainment Zone under the NKEA EPP 8 programme, TREC comprises five unique zones, offering eateries, quirky and indie cafes, wine bars, bistros, pubs and lounges, and clubs. TREC is also part of the KL Tourism Master Plan.
|Some of our yummy noms that afternoon|
Byblos offers a rather extensive selection of traditional favourites like the Hummus, Moutabal, and Tabbouleh which we proceed to try out. Perfected from over two decades of cooking and made all the more distinctive through the use of the freshest organic ingredients, you can be sure it's good. I'm not a big fan of the hummus though, but hey, it's always good to widen our range of cuisine.
|Hummus (RM 13)|
Served with fresh 'pita' bread, we savoured the Hummus and Moutabal. The Hummus is made from Mashed chickpeas mixed with tahini or lemon juice, topped with olive oil, while the Moutabal is a unique blend of Minced eggplant mixed with tahini paste and lemon juice. I was told this two dishes were really healthy, with very little or no calories inside. Good to have for a snack before indulging in their main course.
A rather green dish, Tabbouleh, made from fresh parsley, tomatoes, onions and burgul wheat topped with lemon, olive oil and spices, tickled my senses. I expected it to taste very 'vegetarian' which is correct in a sense as it's made out of purely vegetables. The onions, lemon and spices made it stand out in terms of taste and flavours.
|Falafel (To Go – RM9, To Dine in – RM12)|
We tried their Falafel next, deep-fried minced fava beans and chickpeas, served with tahini sauce and condiments. It tasted somewhat meaty, but with a softer texture, and because it's deep fried, there's this crunchiness to the outer part of the pieces.
|Mixed Pastries (RM 24)|
Now the two offerings on their Mixed Pastries came next. An assortment of cheese rolls, kebbe kras, sambousik and spinach fatayer, all of which I really liked. Not as healthy as their vegetarian variant, the cheese rolls got my asking for more. Loved the kebbe kras, filled with minced lamb, something I would definitely recommend.
|Mixed Grill (RM 49)|
Ahh, my favourite. I was beside myself with joy when the very yummy looking Mixed Grill platter was served. With three long skewers of meaty goodness, we had the grilled beef tenderloin cubes, marinated chicken breast and minced lamb. These meaty delights are served with hummus, garlic sauce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and French fries. Four skewers, all of which I can finish off alone if given the chance.
|Byblos Dessert (RM 16)|
|Mouhalabieh, layali loubnan and chocolate custard. (2 sets shown here)|
We ended our meal with some sweet dessert in the form of the Mouhalabieh, layali loubnan and chocolate custard. Not exactly sure what went into each cup, but hey, as long as they are sweet, cold with ice cream, who am I to judge. Great meal out at Byblos Cafe & Lounge, so the next time you're in the vicinity of TREC KL, and am in the mood for some good Mediterranean & Lebanese Cuisine, do remember to drop by!