When my cousin used to tell me about how much she LOVES Manuella, and how frequently they invited many of those who used to visit them from abroad, I used to think that maybe and I day maybe she is exaggerating.
And due to its location in Jounieh, I did not think it had anything special worth the trip, but I was sooooo wrong and I regret it! Nani, I am sorry :P.
We were looking forward watching the fireworks show in the frame of the launch of Jounieh International Festival this year. I was calling every single restaurant on the bay to only be deceived by “we are fully booked”, and then I remembered Manuella and could not thank my memory enough!
First the call: a very nice, polite and professional host answers the phone and ensures me to get the best place for the eve.
The drive was hectic, too much traffic on the way because everybody was heading for the same spot! But the experience was worth it!
We were pleasantly welcomed and escorted to our table. Neat and wide areas, tables are set in a way to respect the privacy yet in a very friendly way. I loved the decoration that reminded me of the restaurant in Al berdawni Zahle! Fresh and colorful!
A versatile menu that has everything to please all tastes! And the servers are so helpful and sweet, they make sure you are enjoying your experience and you bet we did.
The food: generous portions for very affordable prices and homey taste; we had:
Hommos: creamy and made with real chickpeas!
Tabbouli: I am not a big fan but according to my friend it is soooo tasty, and very well presented!
Batata harra: never have I tasted it made that way: wow very impressed: it comes crunchy not sogging with oil and by the end of the bite you feel the kick of spiciness and what makes it special the citrusy sauce that was added and that made all the difference!
Calamari a la provencale: made as per my request! with the same sauce used for the batata harra, perfectly cooked and seasoned, I loved it!
And grilled cheese rkakat, crunchy and light!
And to end the feast, after the servers cleared our table, the generosity of Manuella is unbeatable, they spread the table with seasonal and exotic fruits, syrups served over crushed ice and jams of all kinds!
In between, we got to enjoy the fireworks with a very good view! I would definitely come back and advise you all to try this lovely place!