Located in the Weavers Building in Clemenceau Fennel has quietly established itself among the city’s food-loving population as something of a home-from-home and one of the finest Italian restaurants in Beirut.
Spread over two floors, the all-white interior looks out through wide glass windows onto a plant-filled terrace and the hulkingly ramshackle old Holiday Inn. Owner and recipe designer Ahmed Husseini describes the food simply as ‘Italian cuisine in an unclassical style’ – or, roughly translated, experimental Italian. ‘My philosophy is: have quality on your side, rely on the freshest and best ingredients, and let talented staff experiment with the recipes,’ Husseini says. ‘The result is all in the taste.’
The pasta is, of course, made fresh daily on site and is close to perfection coupled with a bottle of Castigliono Chianti. With its wide selection of international magazines and papers to pore over, Fennel is a perfect place for Sunday brunch.