This stylish restaurant is the epitome of Levantine sophistication. Its owner, Liza Soughayar, wanted to create a place that showcased the best of contemporary Lebanese design.
The sprawling 500sqm interior is housed on the first floor of a historical venue that is the Metropolitan Club – the former residence of some of Lebanon’s most prominent families.
The tables, by Karen Chekerdjian, are engraved brass trays turned upside-down. The translucent mashrabiyyahs of Plexiglas inlaid with mother-of-pearl were conceived by Nada Debs. While Beirut architect Annabelle Karim Kassar installed her signature stocking lamps for lighting. The chic crowd comes to sample chef Karim Haidar’s (formerly of Fakhreldine in London) imaginative take on Lebanese classics.
Liza also has its own bakery next door, which serves delicious breads and oven fresh man’ouches to fashionistas on the go. Not only did it make a killing with fashion editors and models, the day Stephano Pilati decided to stage his début show for YSL at the former Paris stock exchange near by; but I’ve been told that a certain publicist at Givenchy pops in daily on her way to work.