Terrace Restaurant’s Favorite Middle Eastern Dishes

Tandoor Bread at Terrace Restaurant and Lounge

Tandoor Bread at Terrace Restaurant and Lounge

It’s difficult to select our favorite Middle Eastern dishes at Terrace Restaurant, but that’s not going to stop us from trying. If you’ve never tasted authentic Lebanese cuisine and aren’t sure what to order, let us recommend the following combination of traditional favorites and more “out there” selections from our extensive menu. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

L’sanat at Terrace Restaurant and Lounge



Sliced into fork-sized cubes and poached in a zesty combination of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and bay leaves, this exquisite lamb tongue (that’s right…lamb tongue) dish is served over an onion, rocket, tomato, and walnut “salad.” A MUST for the adventurous foodie!


Though most patrons have likely tried Sabra or another store-bought variety, Terrace’s hummus will change the way you think about this traditional Middle Eastern dip. Made with smashed garbanzo beans, tahini (sesame seeds), lemon, garlic, and olive oil, our house-recipe hummus can be served with flat bread or vegetables and topped with beef shawarma, chicken shawarma, sujuk, lamb bits, pine nuts, or hot red chilis, if preferred.

[Read: Five Reasons Why You Should Eat More Hummus!]

Baba Ganoush at Terrace Restaurant and Lounge

Baba Ganoush

Mutabbal (Baba Ghanoush)

Made by blending smoked eggplants with tahini (sesame seed) sauce, lemon juice, and garlic, the salad version of this traditional Lebanese appetizer (Baba Ghanoush) means “pampered papa” or “coy daddy” in Arabic. After trying Terrace’s mutabbal, you’ll feel pampered too!


A Middle Eastern stable, Tabooleh combines vegetables like chopped parsley, tomatoes, and onions with spices, lemon juice, and olive to create a light, zesty salad. Tabooleh is so popular that Lebanese citizens actually celebrate National Tabooleh Day on the first Saturday in July.

Fatoosh at Terrace Restaurant and Lounge



Another ethnic dish that has become popular in Western cultures, Fattoosh is made with toasted pieces of flatbread, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, and mint, then tossed in a lemon juice and olive oil dressing. Typically a vegetarian dish, meat (such as chicken) may also be added for a small upcharge.

Ashta B’Assal

One of the most popular Middle Eastern desserts and a great alternative to traditional ice cream, our ashta is made from clotted cream and rose water, then topped with pure honey, almonds, and a dusting of ground pistachios.

How To Make Arabic Coffee - Terrace Restaurant

Arabic Coffee

Arabic Coffee

Made from roasted coffee beans and cardamom, this traditional after-dinner beverage is served from a special coffee pot called dallah (pictured above) and poured into small cups called fenjan. Because the coffee is brewed at high temperatures, portions are usually small, and some patrons prefer to add evaporated milk or cream.

[Learn how to brew your own Arabic coffee at home!]