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Hungary’s first Lebanese restaurant opened
Baalbek, a traditional Lebanese restaurant opened in November downtown, at the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace which is the first 5 star hotel of the Mellow Mood Group.
Source: press release
Best of Budapest online | January 5, 2016
This new hip place for oriental cuisine lovers - which is named after a Lebanese city situated on a hilltop in the Bekaa Valley - welcomes guests in the heart of Budapest, offering the finest Levantine cuisine prepares all dishes halal, placing emphasis on traditional recipes, fresh and premium ingredients and, last but not least, on exquisite serving. With its oriental atmosphere, Baalbek welcomes guests with homemade Arabic bread, unmatched genuine dishes and constantly changing daily offers all week long. The menu, in addition to the all-time favorite mezzes and colourful salads, presents culinary specialties such as ”Harira” the spicy lamb soup, freshly made grill meat and fish, Lebanese milk pudding flavored with rosewater and “Um Ali” the Egyptian bread pudding.

The restaurant’s Executive Chef – whose passion is authentic Arabic cuisine – is the guarantee that every guest in the restaurant will have the impression they are on a gastronomical journey to the Middle-East.
”With opening the restaurant our aim is to bring the Middle-East’s most exciting cuisine a bit closer to our guests. It really is exciting because our menu offers delicious dishes with a hint of Mediterranean and a touch of Turkish flavors, all of this served in a traditional atmosphere with matchless Arabic hospitality,” said Judit Blandl, General Director of Mellow Mood Group. ”Besides, I truly believe that locals and tourists are equally open to such novelties. The Buddha-Bar restaurant has already become a favorite place for Asian fusion food lovers, and an original Lebanese restaurant can only extend the Klotild Palace’s inimitable blend of flavors,” Tamás Fazekas, General Manager of Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest added.
Baalbek, with its cosy winter terrace, offering a wide range of premium shishas and traditional Arabic tea, will undoubtedly become a must try restaurant in Budapest.

Why Baalbek?

In some interpretations Baalbek means God of the Town, and the city’s trademark is the monumental columns of an old temple, built in the times of the Roman conquest. These epic columns are reflected in the restaurant's logo as well. When choosing the right name for the restaurant, the other major inspiration was the famous Hungarian painter, Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka’s monumental painting of the city, which is also known as the last painting of his expressionist era. Currently, the original painting can be seen in Budapest, at the former Military Headquarters building of the Buda Castle, at the 'The Lonely Cedar – Csontváry’s Genius' exhibition, up until January 31. After that, it will move back to its original home, the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs.

About Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace

Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace – the first 5-star property of Mellow Mood Group - is part of the world-famous Buddha-Bar concept. The downtown hotel features 102 first-class rooms including 27 suites, state-of-the-art conference facilities complete with high quality catering services, as well as the relaxing Buddhattitude Spa, which is a perfect place to smooth all senses. The unique Buddha-Bar Restaurant, Bar & Lounge is celebrated for its Asian-fusion cuisine and authentic Buddha-Bar DJ music. Combining a modern Asian-colonial interior and a historical palace, the hotel received the Best International Hotel Interior Award in 2013.


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