What a year for the Motto-Makan family! 25 chefs, cuisines from all around the world, opening a second space…
How many of these top 10 moments do you remember?
10. Dreaming at Mar Mikhael Car Free Day
Motto took over the Madrid Street tarmac on Car Free Day in April and November. We have fond memories of the delicious Sri Lankan lunch in the sunshine, and our daydreams of a permanently car-free space… Aah…
9. Motto’s New Floor
In summer we gave Motto a facelift – or a foot lift – with this beautiful vintage Lebanese tiled floor. Treated and scrubbed, grouted and loved, the we love our new floor and its perfect imperfections. While we were at it, we made other improvements too – more space for diners, new tables, and we spruced up our kitchen to make sure it meets the highest standards.
8. Hisham’s Surprisingly Delicious Vintage Brunch
One of our finest regular chefs, Hisham, came up with a stroke of genius for one of his brunch menus in July: a Surprisingly Delicious Vintage Brunch, full of hearty retro flavours with Hisham’s inimitable hipster twist. It was, as expected, Surprisingly Delicious – and a beautiful day.
7. Beware Of The Bunnies: Blackboard Art at Motto
Motto’s blackboard went from strength to strength this year, with a charming weekly art intervention by members of the team. Angela’s ‘bunny’ board caught the interest of the Syrian kids selling flowers on the street, and turned into a drawing tutorial.
6. Karim’s Brunch Cocktails
The Motto-Makan team have hidden and wonderful talents. Did you know that Motto partner Karim is an incredible mixologist? Two words: jalapeño margaritas.
5. Artist In Residence paula roush
Makan and Plan Bey hosted the team’s first ever artist residency, with Portuguese artist paula roush. Paula stayed at our guest house, Beyt, ate at Motto and Makan, and worked day and night with the Plan Bey team. The result? Torn Folded Curled, an exhibition produced in partnership with the Arab Image Foundation. We had a great time populating Makan with vintage 1940s furniture to match the era of the exhibition. You can still find Paula’s posters and artist books at Plan Bey.
4. Persian Poetry at the Yaldā Festival Dinner
Persian chef Mehirnaz has been one of 2015’s stars, bringing more and more enticing oriental flavours to Motto and Makan. She helped us celebrate the winter solstice festival of Yaldā with an atmospheric Persian poetry reading, set off perfectly by her luxurious menu and Makan’s beautiful Persian table cloths.
3. Barbara Enters The Scene
Barbara entered our lives one sunny day when she came for lunch at Motto. Little did we know how much impact she would have! Barbara inspired us to join the Slow Food movement, helped us design Makan as a foodie space, and cooked sumptuous meals from her many cookbooks. She’s kept us busy with her boundless energy and inspired us to great things. We love having her in the family!
2. Nimal’s Best Night Ever
What were your favourite moments at Motto and Makan in 2015? Comment on this blog or on Facebook and we will add your special moments to our year-end review.