Karim's Garden of Delights
Trip Start May 31, 2006
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That's why when Ed and I walked in to Karim's place for our dinner date with David and Lucy, we instantly knew why this place was special. There were only about 5 to 7 tables in the small restaurant, which looked more like the dining room of a private home. The kitchen was not an industrial kitchen but rather the homely kitchen one's grandmother might have. Baskets of fresh aubergines, ripe tomatoes, mushrooms and cucumbers were displayed on the kitchen counter right in front of where the dishes were prepared.
The whole room smelled of mint, coriander and lemon juice with a spicy hint of peppers and there was slow sexy Arabic music playing in the background. We were greeted by Karim who already knew we were going, who we were and that we were vegetarians. We were seated and through our fist glass of wine, David mentioned there was no menu: if Karim knows you well enough he will just cook for you. And so he did.
It was impossible to be bored in this little Lebanese jewel of a restaurant, everywhere you looked there was something interesting to rest your gaze in. Decorations of all sorts covered every corner, niche, and hole. Bright colorful paintings on the walls, little red lamps and lanterns hanging from the ceiling, violins, guitars and an accordion placed around the salon, a little fake apple tree with bright red apples, rose colored mantels with tiny flowery details, hand painted fans, porcelain dolls, mugs, jars, vases, teapots, wreaths of apricot colored roses and shiny garlands hung from every lamp. It reminded me for some reason, of Hieronymus Bosch´s Garden of Delights.