maître d’ - Tawlet Ammiq, Lebanon

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With a menu designed and presented entirely by local farmers, Tawlet Ammiq – an eco-friendly eatery in the heart of Lebanon's 'bread basket' – dishes up the country's most authentic grub.

 

Kamal Mouzawakis a bit of a foodie celebrity in Lebanon. He is the founder of the Beirut-based Souk El Tayeb, the country’s first farmers’ market. He is also the driving force behind one of the capital’s best-loved restaurants: Tawlet.


Tawlet has been a darling for culinary activists the world over. The restaurant is a bastion of the farm-to-table theme. The buffet focuses on a different region of the country every day; meat-stuffed puff pastries from Tripoli, or a selection of kibbeh from Anjar.


Kamal mouzawak

Last year a group of partners, including the Al-Shouf Cedar Society, A Rocha, and the Swiss Development Agency, created the countrys most eco-friendly space in Ammiq – a village situated in the fertile Bekaa Valley – and invited Mouzawak to fill it with a regional rendition of Tawlet. The resulting Tawlet Ammiq is perhaps one of the the most environmentally and culturally responsible restaurants in the world.


The list of the restaurant’s eco-friendly features is very impressive. The building was constructed with recycled wood, it’s powered by solar energy, and air-conditioning is provided by an innovative system employing metal chimneys. Even the roof is green (literally – it’s covered in grass). Savvy insulation means the place uses 80% less energy, and all waste that can be reused or recycled is.


Mouzawak maintains that he never set out to fight a cause; “I’m just the son of farmers, and I believe in what they create. Really, though, I love seeing cooks celebrating and perpetuating their knowledge and passion for food.”



 

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Beirut, Lebanon
Distance: 1,818 km
Flight Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes
Frequency: 4 flights a day

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Tawlet Ammiq
Ammiq Old Village
West Bekaa, Lebanon
Tel: +961 3 00 44 81
www.soukeltayeb.com

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