Exploring Amar’s Traditional Lebanese Dish: Sheikh El Mehchi

Amar on Atlantic Avenue photograph by Emiliano Brooks

Currently we’re touring across the culinary globe to Lebanon with the support of Amar owner Nicolas Kurban. The quaint present day Mediterranean bistro, which opened earlier this 12 months, invites you in to indulge and savor classic home made food: the very same dishes Kurban’s mother use to make for him to appreciate right after college in Lebanon.  

Lebanese food revolves about family and sharing sitting down all-around the table for limitless several hours. Thirty-moment dinners really don’t exist in this eating tradition. There’s a relationship with the meals and with everyone else at the desk. 

“Food is linked with culture, loved ones and heritage,” Kurban claims. 

Right after a wide range of notable positions in the hospitality field, such as posts with Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Wynn Las Vegas and the 4 Seasons Resorts & Resorts, Kurban however experienced an itch to open up his possess restaurant. But even ahead of those people jet-placing jobs, his enthusiasm for foodstuff and hospitality blossomed when he was a teenager doing work in his dad’s cafe in Lebanon. That encounter led him to pursue a hospitality management degree at Ohio Condition University prior to going back again to Lebanon to open his have restaurants. 

When COVID hit previous 12 months and his Kimpton Resorts occupation, which expected miles of touring, was out of the blue grounded, he made a decision to just take the leap. “I knew exactly what I wanted to do,” he states. “What I didn’t genuinely know is how considerably people today were being likely to like it. The cuisine is exceptional.”

As Boca people for extra than 3 several years, Kurban and his spouse Susanna, who is Amar’s culinary director and bakes all of the desserts, searched tirelessly till they identified the perfect area straight on the flourishing Atlantic Ave.

“Atlantic Avenue has a substantial momentum,” he shares. “There’s so a lot advancement. The total detail is shifting towards that place where by I am.” 

Although Lebanon’s quintessential fare–think hummus and falafel–is common, there are a number of items on Amar’s menu that may possibly not be, including sheikh el mehchi. Translating to “the king of stuffing,” the dish attributes little one eggplant stuffed with minced meat, baked in a tomato and crimson pepper sauce and served with rice. According to Kurban, a ton of Lebanese restaurants aim on mezes, or shareable tapas plates like tabouleh or kibbeh, because that is not what Lebanese folks try to eat at dwelling but do take pleasure in consuming when eating out. Rather, for his cafe Kurban desired to introduce his patrons to his grandmother and mother’s relatives recipes, like the sheikh el mehchi. Really don’t be concerned, you will nevertheless find the creamy hummus on the menu. 

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