Virgo season is finally upon us, meaning it was time for me to celebrate. In my
family, it is tradition for the birthday person to choose where they want to
eat. As it was my birthday, I preferred a place I had been craving for a while,
have been circulating all over social media regarding this restaurant, and one
that had especially caught my attention was their cotton candy dessert.
Majdoline is a
modern Lebanese cuisine restaurant located in the Third Circle area. It serves
traditional Arabic dishes with a twist. The Lebanese kitchen is generally comprised
of multiple family-style shared dishes with a variety of cold appetizers,
hot appetizers, grilled selections, and desserts.
We reserved a
table on Wednesday evening, and it was refreshing to see that the place was
alive and pretty full for a weekday — even though I am not usually a fan of
crowded places. The crowd was mainly families and large parties.
The restaurant is
a redesigned old Ammani-style building with a stone exterior, and the tables
are pretty classic, maybe even too traditional for a modern Lebanese-style
If we are
discussing implementing the vision of the restaurant (Modern Lebanese) in every
detail, I would suggest leaving behind the old-style napkin folding on the
plate and going with something more elegant and simple.
I would also not
put appetizer and main course cutlery on the table. Leaving the appetizer
cutlery on the table initially and placing the main course cutlery just before
serving the main course would do fine, especially since they are already
changing the plates for the main course.
Also, I would
definitely change the fully black-suited server’s uniform and go with something
a little more modern, possibly a nice shirt and a chic apron — practical and
easy on the eyes.
We were served the
moment we sat down with some sliced tomatoes with garlic aioli and sumac. The
tomatoes were unevenly sliced, but they tasted pretty good and earthy. I was a
little worried that starting the dinner with garlic would be a bad idea, but
thankfully it was not an overpowering taste.
multiple cold appetizers, including the rocca salad with tresse cheese,
tabbouleh, shanklish, and kubbeh niyeh, which is similar to beef tartar but
with a finer minced beef that is spreadable.
appetizers were spot on regarding the quantity of dressing and ingredients on
the plate. The presentation was fairly simple, but the table’s servers helped
you by serving every single dish on the table onto your plate.
We ordered spicy
potatoes, grilled cheese raqaeq, and Amaryiet Ras Asfour for the hot
appetizers. The potatoes were crispy and nicely seasoned, and the grilled
cheese raqaeq were simple with their cheesy and crisp flavor.
The hot appetizer
section star was the Amaryiet Ras Asfour (bulgur topped with cubed beef,
yogurt, and molasses). I would definitely go back just for this dish alone. The
sweetness of the molasses with the creaminess of the yogurt went very well with
the beef flavor and the bulgur at the bottom.
For the main
course, we ordered Majdoline Shish Tawook and the Shawarma Cake. Shish tawook
is basically chicken cubes that are chargrilled. Ar Majdoline, serve’s them
with a house special sauce and cheese. The sauce and the cheese tasted great,
and the portion of the chicken was great as a main course. However, the chicken
was a little overcooked and on the dry side.
The Shawarma Cake,
an interesting twist on shawarma, was Angus beef cubes with onions and herbs,
all rolled in bread that looks like a Swiss roll. The cake log is sliced at the
table and served in individual portions to everyone.
In terms of
creativity, I must say that it is well thought out, especially presentation and
serving. For the execution and flavor, I would probably say no thank you. The
meat was chewy, and the liquid from the meat made the bread so soggy that it
was partially falling apart and unpleasant to eat.
As much as I
wanted to try out their cotton candy dessert, we brought in the dessert for my
birthday. So If I come back for the hot appetizer item, I would also definitely try that dessert.
All in all, the
appetizers were a highlight during this experience, and the main course was
less impressive and needed to be tweaked a little bit.
The service was
pretty friendly and hospitable, yet still old school if we wanted to be
technical on implementing the “modern” vision.
If you are with family or
have a large group to entertain for a good bite, I would recommend going there
with a little consideration on what to order. The value for money can be a
little on the lower side, but the appetizers are worth it.
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