Braai: Delicious & Stylish South African Cuisine

 

A first of its kind in Beirut, Braai (meaning barbeque in South African) opened its doors on the Charles Malek Avenue four months ago, facing the Sofil Center in Ashrafieh. Inspired by South African cuisine and grill, Braai serves a rich variety of delicious, mouthwatering platters straight from the flame grill with a wide selection of prime beef.

 

The venue itself is extremely stylish; black metal integrated with dark wood and cacti create the perfect setting for an elegant grill restaurant. Set up on two floors, the lower one is more of a lounge/bar area with very comfortable seating and dim lighting. Attention to detail is evident in Braai, with award winning chairs and lamps designed by Tom Dixon. I loved the lower section for its cozy ambiance. Its creative chimney is great for cold winter nights, especially during Jazz nights with performers from the Dutch embassy. The upper floor is the dining area with comfortable seating, glass walls and slick elements of design. The venue is trendy, beautiful to look at, and spacious. Creative lighting is incorporated into walls and wine bottles are beautifully displayed in circular metallic structures on the walls. It’s these little details that made me appreciate the work that’s been put into the place. The bathrooms arebeautifully integrated with the rest of the place. Everything about the place is very harmonious, from the concept to the décor to the food, and the result is a very modish yet comfortable setting.

The menu is very original, serving items like wild hare. It has a very wide variety of entrées, soups, salads, beef, lamb, pork, poultry and fish. All the meat used to prepare the dishes is aged, not frozen. We tried an assortment of specialties, starting with the roast beef. It is made unique with its delicious chili sauce that is typical of South African cuisine. The Peri Peri chicken liver also comes with an absolutely delicious sauce that keeps you longing for the next bite. A personal favorite was the lamb shank. Although it wouldn’t have been something I would choose to order, I was pleasantly surprised with its flavor. Succulent meat, mouthwatering sweet chili sauce and a beautiful presentation – I definitely recommend it. The chicken ginger platter comes with a unique sauce made of soya butter and lemon – delectable! I also loved the Argentinian beef sirloin that’s bursting with flavor from the flame grill. This piece of tender meat comes with a side of herb-sprinkled grilled vegetables and potatoes. The desert was grand. After a heavy meal, try the fresh and light carpaccio ananas with orange peel slices and sweet special sauce. The pain perdu is also a very good choice; rich and sweet with a serving of vanilla ice cream topped with warm caramel sauce.
The portions are very generous and fulfilling, so I recommend that you order several dishes for sharing so that you can taste and enjoy the variety.

The chef has many years of experience when it comes to fine dining, having worked in restaurants like Mandaloun, Julia’s and Provincia. The Chef’s favorites are the lamb shank, the chicken ginger, the cote de boeuf, the sea bass and the half deboned chicken. His favorite sauces are the chili and wild mushroom.

Braai opens its doors at 12 pm and takes a short break from 4 till 8 pm after which the kitchen remains open till 11:30 pm. There is a special lunch menu for those of you working in the vicinity. I definitely recommend this place to people of all ages who enjoy trying new and original types of foods that will thrill their taste buds. Book a table for a group of friends, and with the right bottle of wine from the restaurant’s wide selection, enjoy a new type of cuisine in Beirut that you will surely love and appreciate.

Dress code is smart casual

Price per person including drinks is approximately 60 USD.

Rating: 4/5

For reservation:  +961 1 333 901

 If you have been to Braai, please leave a comment on the page, letting us know how your experience was and how you think the venue can improve.