If all of Lebanon eats and parties the way they do at Maroush, then we're on the next plane out. Part of the continually-growing Maroush empire founded by Abouzki Marouf, this Maroush is a bright, fun, very smart place to eat, schmooze and be entertained. The space is divided into the upper mezzanine - or should that be mezze-nine - that looks onto the larger dining room below. The looong menu includes the Lebanese top ten and then some. We like to start with araks all around, munch on the huge platter of complimentary veggies, then choose a million starters and share them - hoummous both shawarama and awarma, falafel, moutabal, tabouleh, fattoush and kibbeh nayeh for the raw lamb devotees. If you still have room for main courses, try one of the simply-roasted lamb dishes with rice or explore the fish. For pudding have the mouhallabia, milk-based concoction. Then sit back and enjoy the live music and spectacular belly dancer, if you're downstairs. The atmosphere is great-spirited and you'll leave ready to book again.
The great thing about Maroush V and groups is that it's already got the atmosphere going before the party's even started. The combination of elegant decor, great food, excellent service and slightly mad entertainment - the belly dancer can really move - makes for a terrific group destination. If you want to share it with even more people, then the mezzanine level seating 80 or the downstairs (live entertainment) area seating 85 can be hired separately. A launch or party here would be unforgettable. The food pleases just about everyone, from vegetarians to Atkins-lovers. A selection of hot and cold mezze, like foul moudammas, hommos Beiruty, stuffed vine leaves, bastorma, kibbeh shamieh, Lebanese sausages, grilled halloumi cheese and more, will serve, and the kebabs are always a crowd-pleaser, although more sophisticated palates might choose one of the fish dishes. Wines and service are just right.
A credit card is required to secure a reservation for groups of 8 persons or more, if there is availability. A non-refundable deposit of 25% of food costs will be charged to this card.
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