Karam Lebanese Cuisine

Downtown Portland

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Cooks reference family recipes to yield traditional Lebanese cuisine from scratch, including oven-baked pita bread & house-made yogurt

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Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 5 or more. Valid only for dates purchased. Must purchase 1 food item. Dine-in only. Dinner only. Not valid for Happy Hour. Not valid on 12/31/11, 2/14/12 or 5/13/12. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Recipes are written in a language all their own, leading amateur cooks to confuse a pinch for a dash or forget that the chef’s word for water is salt. Trust a native speaker with today’s Groupon to Karam Lebanese Cuisine. Choose between the following options:

  • For $15, you get $30 worth of Lebanese cuisine for dinner, valid from December 2011 to April 2012.
  • For $15, you get $30 worth of Lebanese cuisine for dinner, valid from May 2012 to August 2012.<p>

Referencing family recipes, the kitchen staff at Karam Lebanese Cuisine yields a menu of authentic lamb and vegetarian dishes made from scratch. Slabs of baked pita bread leap from the oven and land atop a safety net of appetizers, such as grape leaves stuffed with veggies and special seasonings ($6.95) or the baleela serving of hot hummus ($6.95). Afterward, eaters can bulk up with the fatte plate of layered bread, roasted eggplant, garbanzo beans, and house-made yogurt with a choice of chicken or lamb ($14.95), or they can read their dining companion’s fortune in the mashed mounds of chickpeas that populate the falafel plate ($11). Parched throats can savor sips of turkish coffee ($2.50), house-made lemonade with strawberry buoys ($3.75), or eran—a house-made yogurt smoothie mixed with cucumbers ($3).

Karam Lebanese & Syrian Cuisine

For more than 15 years, from within the same walls, the Karam family has owned and operated three restaurants, each evolving from the last. The family has remade and refined their eatery until both the menu and character better reflected their Lebanese heritage, transforming it from a pizzeria to an international café to their current iteration, Karam Lebanese & Syrian Cuisine. Today, the chef infuses a fresh Syrian-style of cooking into the menu, channeling the knowledge she gleaned from working alongside her mother, aunts, and grandmothers in preparation for weekly meals.

Inside Karam's walls decorated with lively frescoes, the familiar scent of fresh-baked pita bread wafts through the dining room. The kitchen's emanating warmth hints at the chefs' made-from-scratch Middle Eastern creations, such as the shawarma plate with tender cuts of lamb that rest atop a fluffy bed of basmati rice. To create vegetarian-friendly fattee, the chef layers bread with strips of roasted eggplant, garbanzo beans, yogurt, and pine nuts never tested on animals or pines. Diners can accent intricately flavored meals with glasses of tea freshly made from herbs grown in-house.

Customer Reviews

The seasonings were amazing--thanks!
Naomi H. · March 11, 2013
Thank you for a wonderful meal!
November 4, 2012
Food was fresh and very tasty.
Bradley C. · September 2, 2012
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    Downtown Portland

    515 Southwest 4th Avenue

    Portland, OR 97204


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