Beirut Beirut, Munich’s best falafel joint, has got itself a sister restaurant – Manouche. It’s also in Sendling – and also in the same street as Beirut Beirut – Valleystraße – towards Gotzinger Platz. It offers fresh, homemade, organic Lebanese pizzas – known in Lebanon as manouche.
In Lebanon, manouche is simple street food. Za’atar and thyme are rubbed into flatbreads before they’re baked in the oven. Toppings include jibneh and labne cheeses, minced beef, spinach and kishkeh – yogurt and bulgur mixed together, a traditional Lebanese breakfast food.
Khudor, the owner of Beirut Beirut and Manouche, has spawned an authentic Lebanese cafe. Manouche are served wrapped in paper, laban (Middle Eastern buttermilk) is on hand to wash everything down and traditional Lebanese music plays in the background.
I ordered my manouche with kishkeh. Warm from the oven and folded over on itself, it was filled with tomatoes, mint and a tart and refreshing dollop of kishkeh. It was warm, comforting and deliciously authentic.
Manouche is also licensed, meaning you can pop by in the evening (they’re open until 10pm) to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine with your traditional Lebanese street food.
(Please excuse the quality of the photos, they were taken on my phone!)