Cooking at home involves the risk of small burns, spilled liquids, and the advances of an oven in heat. Avoid stovetop suitors with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of Lebanese fare at Habibi Lebanese Cuisine. This Groupon is valid at Habibi's location on Pine Street only.
A family of cooks have sculpted Habibi's Lebanese recipes over generations to fill a menu divided according to each relative's culinary contributions. Tender slices of beef, chicken, or lamb shawarma ($9.95) allow onion, garlic, and vinegar flavors to infiltrate their meaty dwellings, and kebab skewers ($10.95–$11.95) suspend meat and veggies just out of reach of hungry flames. Majadara ($9.95–$11.95) soaks brown lentils in a warm lake of spice, and chefs can eschew the dish's traditional lamb to fill the plates of vegan diners. The dough disk of a shatta pizza ($6.00) hovers over awed palates and sends down beams of red-hot pepper aromas. Sips of specialty drinks including rose water and tamarind juice cool steaming palates more effectively than singing odes to igloos.
Every Friday and Saturday night, Eva, an accomplished belly dancer, entertains guests with graceful feminine movements that sway to captivating music and put viewers in a trance while pieces of pita sneak away to join bread circuses.
Habibi Lebanese Cuisine
Habibi Lebanese Cuisine's cooks refer to generations of family recipes as they assemble vegetarian mezzas, marinate shawarmas and kebabs, and toss crisp, tangy salads. The menu unfolds a feast of Levantine delicacies, all arranged under headings such as "My Loving Mother's Specialty Dishes," "May's Delicious Kabobs," or "The Secret of Curly's Gold." Guests savor honey-drizzled baklava or roasted-eggplant casserole underneath the dangling orbs of whimsical postmodern chandeliers and alongside colorful landscape paintings. Belly dancers entrance spectators with hypnotic twists and turns on Fridays and Saturdays as visitors sample exotic Lebanese anise arak and dine on artfully plated lamb and kafta kebabs.
Old Town - Chinatown
221 SW Pine St.
Portland, Oregon 97204