Fare: Mediterranean with Lebanese influences
Noise Level: Moderate
Formerly the Porch and Proper, the restaurant was purchased by Patricia and Tony Massoud in February 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic and after a brief operation had to close. During this period of closure, the Masoud’s decided to rename and rebrand the restaurant and in October 2020, opened Li Beirut with a new menu with authentic Lebanese dishes. Li Beirut has since become a Collingswood favorite dining spot.
Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Patricia Massoud inspired by the song "Li Beirut" (to Beirut), by the international artist "Fayruz", named their new restaurant "Li Beirut."
Chef Patricia Masoud’s culinary skills are mostly home grown, inspired by, and developed under her grandfather, and father who owned a restaurant in Beirut.
Prior to emigrating to America in late 2019, Chef Patricia refined her culinary skills while studying with acclaimed Lebanese television Chef Antoine El-Hajj.
Many of the recipes and the style of cooking from past generations have been retained by Chef Patricia. Her favorite/signature dish is the shawarma, it reminds her of her father, when she stood by his side as he prepared the dish.
Chef Patricia is committed to serving a healthy menu, using natural, highly nutritive, and low in cholesterol ingredients. The menu features vegetarian, meat, and seafood dishes, prepared with spices and aromatic herbs to create enticing aromas and flavors.
They offer a prix fixe option for $40 that allows you to try most items on the menu.
The ambiance is modern with a touch of Mediterranean. Candle lit tables add a nice touch for a romantic occasion
There is outside dining on the porch. The setting is cozy and attractive with potted plants and shrubbery. In the cooler months they have patio heaters.
Exceptional hospitality. The owners take pride in welcoming guests and in ensuring an enjoyable dining experience.
Li Beirut is open six days/week. Tuesday – Saturday 4pm – 9pm & Sunday 12pm – 9pm
(updated: January 2021)
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