RARE is a French restaurant hidden in the backstreets of Achrafieh, once you find it its hard to fight the urge to walk in this cozy eatery.
The facade of the restaurant is open to the street and features a bar with stools that give the place an urban feel and lets in plenty of light. The interior is classically furnished with modern elements and a little Gothic twist in the reception area, where you can find an alter style desk full of half melted candles creating what looks like a piece of art.
As you walk in towards the back you feel the lights dimming, changing the mood from casual to an upscale French ambiance.
As we got settled we glanced down at the placemat which conveniently turned out to be the menu and were downright surprised by how budget friendly it is, all the while maintaining a high quality standard. (Check out the Menu here)
As soon as we sat we were served a basket of soft fresh bread and an olive butter spread.
Fresh Crab, Grape Fruit, Fresh Mushrooms and Avocado Layered Cake // This was our favorite dish; these layers of fresh, simple ingredients compliment each other so well. It is so light and just perfect for summer.
Fresh Tuna Carpaccio // Incredibly fresh tuna slices that will melt in your mouth, this is a great starter and definitely worth an order every time.
The Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Salad With Vermicelli Noodles, Green Spinach, Courgette, Carrots, Fresh Mushrooms and Sucrine Lettuce // A very refreshing salad with Contrasting, vibrant and striking flavors and textures. It was a little intense for our palate.
Kale salad, with pear, beetroot, red cabbage, cranberries and almonds // A highly recommended salad, we’d definitely order it again as the ingredients taste so good and so refreshing together.
Magret de canard with cherry sauce // (The sauce can differ depending on the season) This is a classic, refined dish. The duck was perfectly cooked and juicy covered with a mouthwatering sweet and tart cherry sauce. Absolutely loved it!
Tuna tataki steak with mixed vegetables // Two generous chunks of tuna sitting in a sweet, delectable Asian style sauce with a mix of fresh vegetables, sprinkled with sesame seeds, we really enjoyed this plate.
Choux a la crème surprise //A surprise indeed! A choux a la crème inside a choux a la crème!!
This fluffy, creamy and rich piece of heaven has a mini choux in it’s center filled with salted caramel. The texture is smooth and silky and the flavor is a beautiful balance of sweetness and lightness. They certainly achieved perfection with this one.