What you get: Lebanese breakfast spread with different kinds of hummus + tabouli + the creamiest natural yogurt with olives + warm pita and falafel + kibbeh + endless coffee and pulpy fresh fruit juice + the most amazing knafeh for dessert
Brunch at Liza is like being invited to your Lebanese neighbors’ apartment for a birthday party. Although there’s no smiling grandmother filling your plate with seconds and thirds, you’ll probably be doing that on your own. Just a short walk from Paris’ Palais Royal is an exotic little gold and white dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows that let in soft light on a Sunday morning. Opened by Liza Asseily over ten years ago, the restaurant enabled the Beirut-born socialite to bring Lebanon to Paris. An outpost of the restaurant is located in the Galeries Lafayette and Liza has recently opened another venture in a former palace in Beirut.
The open sweet and savory brunch buffet at Liza is generous and everything is so delicious that you’ll want to sample a bit of each dish. Start your meal moderately with a small plate of fresh tabouli or fattoush and a few savory tarts, and then embrace the free-for-all where you fight your best friend for the last steaming kibbeh meatball.
Finish off any remaining yogurt or hummus with warm pita and then return for a plate of sweets. The dessert spread features bite-sized honey and nut pastries as well as fresh fruit, pudding and confiture covered in a nest of shredded phyllo, and knafeh. This last mind-blowing dessert is a slice of buttery phyllo crust covering a stretchy warm cheese similar to mozzarella. The cake is then drizzled with a rose and orange blossom syrup. Don’t miss out.
14 Rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris
01 55 35 00 66
Sunday brunch from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m for 31€