”We did not get obsessive about the design… Everything is a bit tongue in cheek; delightful and somewhat impish.”
A few weeks ago, I was researching breathtakingly beautiful bucket list restaurants for a MyDomaine story (I know, my job is hard) when one of them stopped me dead in my tracks. Liza Beirut is Liza Asseily’s newest Lebanon outpost (her Paris restaurant is a staple in the French capital). The restaurant, designed by self-taught interior designer Maria Ousseimi, occupies the second floor of a 19th-century palace in the sophisticated Achrafieh neighborhood.
The wallpapers alone make quite a statement: ranging from oversized banana tree leaves, to blown-up Lebanese Lira bills (the local currency), each hanging in one of the restaurant’s four rooms: main room, banana room, money room, building room. The interiors are just as stimulating to the eyes as the food is to taste. The frescos, arches and patterned tiles all pay tribute to Lebanese culture.
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