The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon to Le Chef Restaurant, located in Farmington Hills. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Lebanese fare during dinner.
- For $6, you get $15 worth of Lebanese fare during lunch.
Le Chef’s menu creates a mirage of Mediterranean and northern Lebanese flavors within a dining-room desert of sandy and auburn hues. During lunch, bathe a pita in the restaurant's signature hummus ($8) blended with tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice. Lunch combos, such as lamb chops ($14) or falafel ($10), embody Lebanese cooking’s focus on olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, starches, and fresh vegetables. Other authentic entrees, such as the chicken shawerma ($17) and lamb shank bamia with rice ($16), make appearances after the moon chases the sun over the horizon. Many traditional desserts are available, as are freshly squeezed juices.
Le Chef pairs its authentic plates with chic, modern décor. Dining-room walls—which are painted sandy yellow and chocolaty brown—are adorned with splashy modern art. Around white-linen-draped tables, plush leather chairs welcome diners more pleasantly than the moon welcomes a handsome astronaut. During the sunny season, the restaurant opens up its outdoor patio for afternoon butterfly sighting and nighttime stargazing.
WJBK Fox 2 featured Le Chef Restaurant on its cooking-school segment.
Le Chef Restaurant
Though they're far from the cerulean seas and rolling mountains of northern Lebanon, the cooks at Le Chef Restaurant flood their sophisticated dining room with the mouthwatering aromas and flavors of the diverse region. Their menu reads like a ‘best-of’ list of Lebanese cuisine, offering up favorites such as stuffed lamb, couscous, and chicken shawerma. They also prepare an impressive list of vegetarian specialties, such as grape leaves that are stuffed with rice, chickpeas, onions, and tomatoes and served with tangy yogurt sauce. Guests can pair their meals with Lebanese white and red wines from the lush Bekaa Valley or choose more recognizable varietals from Italy, Spain, and France. When weather permits, wining, dining, and backflips can unfurl on Le Chef's patio.
Besides friendly lunch and dinner service, Le Chef Restaurant also offers up its distinctive fare during special events with private dining and catering services.