The timing couldn’t be better to write about JOSEPH’S RESTAURANT, Trinidad’s only fine dining restaurant specializing in Lebanese and Middle Eastern food.
This week JOSEPH’S plays host to an Arabian Festival featuring a nightly dinner buffet and live entertainment in a beautiful open air setting. Authentic Hummus, Falafel, Kebabs, Kibbeh and other classic Lebanese dishes grace the buffet, and they’re totally worth the space on your plate.
But, our best advice is to go big at the buffet and try the dishes that may be new to you.
We’re talking the Balela (a buttery chickpea (channa) salad with herbs tossed in a lemon and olive oil dressing); Ful Medames (fava beans tossed in a garlic and lemon dressing); and Shankleesh (Lebanese cheese topped with tomatoes and herbs).
Must-try dishes on the hot buffet include the Kafta (meatballs mixed with spices), Mahshi Malfouf (cabbage leaves stuffed with rice & ground beef), and the Muhammara (ground red sweet peppers cooked with fresh mince meat that paired beautifully with the fragrant rice and pita bread).
Culinary cowardice led us to bypass the Kibbeh Nayeh, crafted from mint-infused raw mince beef and cracked wheat. Often referred to as the national dish of Lebanon, the chef spoke no truer words when he said it was “one for the adventurous.”
Wrap up your evening with a wee cup (or two) of the aromatic Arabic coffee and pair it with our favorite desserts on the buffet — the Baklawa, Namoura and especially the Ma’amolul, shortbread pastries stuffed with dates.
Arabian Week at JOSEPH’S RESTAURANT runs through this Friday, 21st November; buffet dinner starts at 6:30pm and is $375 per person inclusive of VAT & service charge and a glass of wine.
Cuisine – Arabic
Hours – Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm; Closed Sunday.
Address/Phone/Email – 3a Rookery Nook, Maraval, Trinidad; (868) 622-5557; firstname.lastname@example.org.