Vegan Lebanese Food
One of the biggest trends right now is vegan and vegetarian Lebanese options. As more people adopt plant-based lifestyles, restaurants like Tawlet in Beirut and Bab Sharki in Byblos are evolving classic Lebanese dishes to be meatless and dairy-free. For example, veggie kafta is made from chickpeas and lentils instead of lamb. Vegan labneh is made from cashews or coconut yogurt rather than dairy. And mujadara is made with olive oil instead of ghee. Many modern Lebanese eateries now have dedicated vegan menus featuring plant-based shawarma, falafel, hummus and more.
New Twists on Mezze
The small starter plates known as mezze are essential to Lebanese dining. And chefs are putting creative new spins on traditional mezze items. Some examples include fried Brussels sprout kibbeh, labneh cheesecake with berry compote, and harissa spiced chicken wings. Mini dessert mezze are also trending, like tiny cups of cinnamon rice pudding or rosewater panna cotta. Restaurants like Em Sherif in Beirut are making mezze feel fresh again with these contemporary renditions.