This week at Motto, Damascene chef Dima is presenting a new twist on some classic Syrian recipes. She explains how her food is influenced by tradition: “That’s why I still go and visit my grandma every two weeks; sitting with her, sitting with my aunts, and getting all the original recipes.” “I decided to go […]Read more "Dima Al-Chaar: Generations of Damascus"
This week we welcome Italian food back to the Motto family! Chef Barbara Massaad teams up with fellow slow-foodie Veronica Pecorella for a spectacular seasonal Italian menu at Makan, from Thursday to Saturday, 22-24 October. Here Veronica tells us the story of how her friendship with Barbara has brought them to Makan, and beyond: I was 16, maybe […]Read more "Bread and salt: Italian is back at Makan"
Fresh from his debut at Motto, experimental chef Ziad Halwani takes on the Makan kitchen for a truly inspired seasonal menu. Monday to Wednesday, 12-14 October, Ziad will be bringing his innovative style to Makan for this seasonal Mediterranean menu. The dishes make the most of the end-of-summer produce that will soon disappear from the […]Read more "Ziad Halwani: inspiration in the kitchen"
Chef, cookbook writer and food photographer Barbara Massaad has big, bubbly red hair and a big, bubbly personality. Already well known in foodie circles as the author of cookbook bibles Manoushe, Mezze and Mouneh, she is also President of Slow Food Beirut. Barbara came first to Motto for lunch one spring afternoon, and was inspired by […]Read more "Barbara Massaad: a chef on a mission"
This week Makan welcomes Ismail Darmin, chef of the Indonesian Ambassador to Lebanon, with veteran guest chef Ana Nur for an extra special menu. Ismail and Ana will bring to Beirut all the diversity and flavour of Indonesian cooking. Ana says she’s excited to be back cooking for Makan/Mótto: “I owe the restaurant big time […]Read more "Salt, pepper, spices… And love: Indonesia’s national dish comes to Makan"
Mótto’s one year anniversary – blogged by our partner Angela. What a year…Read more "Happy Birthday Motto: what a year"