beirut: pop-up container restaurant opening

© food for thought / photography: anthony rahayel

there are few cities that can match the bubbly sophistication of beirut. an ancient crossroad of trade, finance and creativity, this mixed bag of expertise has given the city a retail and hospitality infrastructure that continuously expands in new and unexpected directions. a new culinary phenomenon of late is the pop-up container restaurant, an adventurous outdoor diner erected in a former junkyard. as the unofficial name already implies, it's made from remnants of a shipping container and scrap materials. a motley collection of props, eclectic furniture pieces and bright colours are thrown into the equation to heighten the quirky vibe. now, this may still sound a tad too utilitarian, but great attention to detail has rendered this place into a welcoming and fun dining environment. an initiative of chef tomas reger, of le sushi bar fame, the restaurant's concise menu changes daily, featuring tasty meat, fish and even vegetarian dishes in tapas-sized portions, as the concept is all about sharing food. the pop-up container restaurant will be operational until the end of the summer season, closing early september. location: rue mar mikhael, opposite bus cemetery [mar mikhael].

© food for thought / photography: anthony rahayel