$15 for $30 Worth of Lebanese Food at Gemmayze

Royal Oak

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$15 for $30 Worth of Lebanese Food

The menu includes entrees such as lamb shank osso bucco ($18.95) and swordfish kabob ($14.95) as well as mezzas such as grape leaves ($4.95) and sumac-encrusted tuna ($13.95).

Gemmayze Lebanese Kitchen and Lounge

Cousins Elias Hajjar and Nicholas Aubrey take yearly trips back to Lebanon to visit their family, but they can eat authentic Lebanese cuisine without leaving the confines of their own restaurant. With Gemmayze, which is named after a bohemian neighborhood in Beirut, they "wanted to create not only a menu that exemplified what's happening in Beirut and Lebanon right now, but we wanted to re-create the atmosphere,” Hajjar said in a Detroit Metromix article. “So the colors on the walls and ceiling are light and very clean and refreshing, and the menu reflects that as well.”

Inside the multi-level dining room, dangling lights twist like a strand of DNA above tables topped with shareable plates of hummus, grape leaves, and kibbe nayee—minced raw meat with bulgur and spices. Each dish is made from scratch using recipes that date back generations. Nearby, decorative palm tree appliqués cling to windows and a large brushed metal frame displays a variety of vintage forks, which can only be wielded by the rightful ruler of England. After dinner, patrons can move into the lounge and perch atop comfy ottomans and banquettes swaddled in rich fabrics while sipping wine or a cocktail.

Reviews

Fabulous! Great food, great ambiance, great service and really nice staff.

K L, iDine, 3/6/13

the dishes we tried were excellent- easily the most nuanced middle eastern cuisine in metro Detroit.

David, Urbanspoon, 9/15/12
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    Royal Oak

    310 South Main Street

    Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

    248-399-4900

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