Lebanese Food at Manuella in Maamelteine Jounieh
Whenever we finish a Lebanese Feast, we remember some mezza items that we did not order and we regret it. To resolve this problem, we decided to go for a set menu, where we don't have to think about what to order. Our recent visit was to the famous Manuella in Jounieh a huge restaurant that overlooks the Mediterranean sea. It serves a Lebanese and a fish set menu for a very reasonable price.
Here are some of the food items that were served and that can be way better with some modifications.
•We started with the Tabbouleh and Fattoush. They were both average as the vegetables were not fresh and the sauces have to be reconsidered. The tabbouleh had a excessive amount of olive oil which masked the lemon taste and we honestly prefer the fattoush with pomegranate molasses.
•They serve both; hommos and hommos lahmé. The hommos mixture was good with balanced thiné quantity and salt on it. The meat and pine nuts portion in the hommos with lahmé was very generous however the meat needed to be more cooked.
•The Moutabal Batenjen was also good with a balanced taste.
•The Vine Leaves were not good as they seemed old and the rice was over cooked. They also needed more lemon.
•The Garlic Labneh was fine with the correct amount of garlic and chopped mint.
•The Ra2a2at were a disaster! The cheese was tasteless and they were too oily to a point when we bite them, instead of feeling the melted cheese, we had oil.
•The Kebbe 2ras was tasty as it was crispy and was filled with meat and pine nuts but they had the same problem of being oily.
•The Fries experienced the same problem like all the other fried items served at Manuella. They were too oily even inedible.•The Mashewe on the other hand surprised us after all the mezza platters since they were delicious. The meat was succulent and the marination was great. The kebab had the right spices, the taouk was full pf flavors and the brochettes were tender and juicy.
Our feast did not end here since Manuella offers complimentary treats on the house. We were offered strawberries, pineapples, kiwi, bananas, fruity liquors and Lebanese jams.
Manuella impressed us 3 years ago but it was not the same this year. The place lost its charm and did not evolve with the huge competition in the market.