Sirena at Mótto

Sirena was the first Indian restaurant in the Middle East, founded over 50 years ago in Beirut’s 1960s heyday. Handed down from father to son (and granddaughter), the concept was a pillar of Lebanon’s world cuisine.

Now, after a ten year wait, Sirena makes its comeback in Beirut’s gastronomic scene, with a three-month pop-up at Motto in Mar Mikhael! Diners can once again experience Sirena’s authentic dishes, cooked by an Indian chef in Lebanon’s only traditional Indian charcoal tandoor.


Sirena at Motto

Sirena’s pop-up at Motto features weekly set menus, with recommended prices. The concept has been developed by the Motto team and Raji Varma, son of Sirena’s founder Bisham Varma and himself an experienced restaurateur.

“I came to Motto when it first opened. I found it cosy and small: I’m used to much bigger operations – my original kitchen is as big as the whole inside space at [Motto’s sister space] Makan… I’m excited about doing this pop-up at Motto to raise awareness of the name among a new group of diners who haven’t tasted Sirena’s food before. And now Mar Mikhael is the place to be, so I’m so happy to be here!”

Sirena’s Raji Varma


Sirena at Motto guarantees an authentic experience, with selected Indian playlists, decor and live cooking by an Indian chef in the charcoal tandoor oven. We always make our spice mixes freshly and from scratch, and select the finest ingredients and flavour combination. Spice levels range from mild to hot. We cater for vegetarians: for other dietary requirements please alert the team when making your booking.

How to book / Opening hours / Contact us

Sirena at Motto is open daily from 8pm, Monday to Saturday, starting on 6 June. Places are strictly limited and booking is essential. Reservations can be made by SMS or Whatsapp on 70954057.

Menus are published weekly on our Facebook page, and via our email newsletter. You can download our flyer here: Sirena-flyer. For media enquiries, please email

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