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“Gilt... A Meat Lovers' Haven”
Review of Gilt Beirut

Gilt Beirut
Ranked #77 of 1,013 Restaurants in Beirut
Price range: US$60 - US$80
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Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Gilt, a restaurant-bar in Saifi Village, Beirut, is the latest creation from renowned restaurateur, Marwan Keyrouz. Its trendsetting décor - designed by Architect Issam Barhouch - is seamlessly and flawlessly integrated into a restored historic building located on 752 Gouraud St. The visual surroundings are enhanced by the unique selection of music and presents connaisseurs with a most satisfying sensory experience found nowhere else in the region.The menu of Mediterranean, Asian and Peruvian fusion, designed by Chef Maroun Chedid, sets Gilt apart from other restaurants of its caliber. Each signature menu item is a perfect balance of color, texture and flavor intended to make each mouthful an elevated gastronomic event.Gilt’s subtle, metamorphic nature confirms its position as the go-to place for all those seeking an experience unlike any other and ensures that one will return to witness this transformation time and time again. The exuberance of the space, the cultural integration, the food, drink and functional comfort rapidly cements Gilt’s reputation among Beirut’s trendsetters.
Reviewed 22 August 2017

If you’re heading to Gilt to reminisce about the days of Marwan Keyrouz at the helm of Element’s DJ booth, think again. Not that the music is bad here, quite the opposite actually. The music is a regal to your ears; it is just a much different style. I would dare say that, just like a fine wine, he had matured, moving away from the commercial hits that he once used to play, and that nonetheless made us dance throughout the night and all the way until dawn. The remixes he plays in Gilt now are just exquisite, and the CDs he churns out every year to celebrate his success are a testament to such. Recently having celebrated the 4th anniversary of Gilt, he now upped the level once more by moving (seemingly escaping the city, just for the summer season) to Le Plateau de Bakish. Maybe there, in the open air, your ears could handle the loud music, as it does get astoundingly loud, to the point where at times, you can’t really engage in conversations comfortably. Not to mention that the issue of air pollution would be resolved in the open air of the mountains as Gilt in the Saifi area tends to be heavily polluted when it gets crowded.

The drinks at Gilt, even though feeling light on alcohol, are heavy on the price. A Moscow Mule at 24,000 and a Stoli Red at 22,000 are rather on the high side of Beirut’s bar scene. The service nonetheless is up to par, and the waiters are professional and fast on their feet. Occasionally though, you might get the overzealous guy who, in trying to provide a personal touch, by making it look as if they know you and remember your drink by shouting with confidence: “your usual drink, Mr./Mrs. X?” and getting it all wrong because obviously he got you mistaken with another patron. The intent was there though, and the innocence of his mistake made it all worthwhile.
The food at Gilt is mesmerizing. Unfortunately, it is just not consistently so. I will give it the benefit of the doubt this time around, given that the place was packed and the kitchen was overwhelmed and probably burnt out. I will just have to go again and test it out on a slow day. But that should be no excuse, and the kitchen staff should be up to par at all times. On our last visit, the Grilled Calamari Salad was a tad too oily and the Grilled Octopus was indeed undercooked. But the Grilled Tenderloin of Beef was very tender and exquisitely tasty, even though it was grilled to a medium temperature, when it was actually ordered medium rare, and the side of broccoli and burnt mushroom that came with it was not really worthy of such a dish. Moreover, not that it needed any sauce as the meat served is indeed of top quality and delectable on its own, it was served with a side of pepper sauce, which really lacked the punch of pepper. It was more like a creamy sauce with a meager hint of ground pepper. The Veal Tenderloin à la Plancha was a great meal as well - perfectly cooked and very tasty. But their best menu item is still by far, the one and only Gilt’s Authentic Steak Tartare. If only they would not serve it with a side salad “on top of” the steak tartare, which makes the tartufo dressing seep through the meat and destroy the magic of that dish. Lest we not forget the fries that are served along, golden and crispy as they should be, that you just could not get enough of. But again, I have to stress this out again though, an “aside” serving of that salad, along with its wonderful truffle oil dressing would be better suited for that delectable dish.
As for the desserts, you can safely skip those, as you won’t be missing much. The French Pain Perdu looks like a mess, with three flavors offered in one dish, none of which really hits the mark. The Chocolate Soufflé came burnt even though it carried the Gilt name and thus is seemingly considered as a reference not to be missed. The only dessert that was worth trying was the Hazelnut Biscotti, and still that wasn’t to die for.

At an average of $120 per person, Gilt is positioning itself high up on the ladder, but the kitchen is not following suit at all times. The high ceilings and the great music, the great service and the cleanliness of the place, and even the fact that the restrooms are constantly being cleaned up to perfection do not make up for the stumbling kitchen work. Now if only I could understand the meaning of that ruler inside their WC…

Sound: Max Level = 109.4 dB, TWA = 82.6 dB

Air Quality: 39/100 (very polluted), VOC 2.7ppm, Humidity 62%, Temp +20°C

Sound: 1/5
Decoration: 4/5
Staff: 4/5
Meals: 3.5/5
Cleanliness: 4/5
Rating: Good
Price: Very High

In short…
We like: the music, the steak tartare, the grilled meat
Not so much: the desserts
Our suggestion: go for dinner mid-week to avoid loud music on heavily crowded nights

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Thank Cordon C
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

The whole experience was okay until the waiter, by mistake, dropped a full tapenade knife on my partner’s jacket. Without apologizing for what happened or saying anything or asking her to remove her jacket, he got the stain removal spray and started spraying her jacket, jeans, and her Gucci bag. We were like okay, but tell us what u wanted to do. I told him to remove the stain remover on the bag, he replied it’s okay no worries, it’s powder. I told him to hand me the bag and to give me a wet napkin or towel. He went and got me alcohol. After requesting again and saying you cannot clean stains remover from an expensive bag by using alcohol, he got me a towel and I cleaned the bag. I asked for the bill, I got the full bill, and I got 2 free shots as a way of saying sorry. I said I don’t do shots, he said it is okay put it in the glass with a smirk smile. I paid the full bill and talked to the manager. I told him what had happened; his reply was OH wish you told me on the spot. Thank you gilt for making feel guilty for going to your highly reputable place and thank you for providing me with a wonderful unparalleled class A state of the art top notch experience and customer satisfaction and care.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner to Gilt along with a couple of friends on a Friday night. The place is beautifully decorated, the music is nice and it was not too crowded. We ordered goat cheese and salmon blinis from the appetizers section. They were exquisite! The black angus salad was also good. The tenderloin was probably the best we've ever had. The salmon and the trio burgers were ok. However, the pommes frites with truffle aioli were a big disappointment! We were charged 18.000 LL for french fries and some dipping! Whereas on the menu, it is written 9.000LL. When we asked the waiter for some clarification, he said that we have to double it by two since it comes with a dipping!! It should have been clearly mentioned on the menu!!
Their prices in general are a bit high, but you get what you pay for. The food quality is really good. Except for the french fries!

Thank NisrineBardawil
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I love this place! You can have an amazing dinner, as well as great drinks at the bar while listening to good music. They changed the menu recently and added some new items.The quinoa salad is a must as well as the tuna cumin starter. Would definitely recommend Gilt to everyone!

Thank Reibek
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Very nice place. A well thought out, varied, creative menu. Appetizing plates, portions right on point, fresh ingredients, and a tasteful twist to some classic dishes! Service was prompt and everything was clean. Nothing much to criticize really except that it could be a little brighter, more lit. Great restaurant!

Thank Noura73
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