From Our Editors
It’s obvious that Stephan Pyles has let his travels inspire his menu at Samar: just look at each section’s title. “Inspirations from Spain” features sautéed mushrooms with hazelnuts and valdeon cheese, while “Inspirations from Eastern Mediterranean” serves up small plates of falafel, fattoush salad, and brussels sprouts drizzled with pomegranate molasses. As for Pyles’s “Inspirations from India,” he brought back pan-seared scallops with green coconut curry and lamb biryani with fried shallots. Guests dine on these small plates amid a space decorated with richly colored fabrics, golden lanterns, and custom zebrawood tables. Like the menu, the atmosphere feels authentic thanks to Pyles’s travels: he headed to the Souk El-Hamidiyeh bazaar in Damascus and to markets in Beirut to choose light fixtures and to make sure the rest of the design had the proper aesthetic. The resulting intimate space may even help inspire “samar,” which means late-night conversations among partners, close friends, or two ships passing notes in the night.