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Hassouni

Café Hamra

[color="#5D5D5D"][font="tahoma, arial, verdana, sans-serif"][size="2"][font="arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif"][size="2"][font="arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif"][size="2"][color="#5D5D5D"][color="#1C2837"][font="Tahoma"][size="2"][size="2"]On Hamra Street in the Hamra neighborhood, opposite Roadster Diner (a local landmark). A HUGE cafe, with an indoor non smoking section, an indoor smoking section, and best of all a huge garden in the back. This opened in fall 2010, so very new.[/size][/size][/font][/color][/color][/size][/font][/size][/font][/size][/font][/color]
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Argileh: 4/5. Pretty good. They use tall Leb cafe style pipes, with the quirk that they're PURPLE anodized aluminum. Standard Lebanese flavors available, plus 'Ajami and the house special mix. More on the house special below. I got that, and we also got a plain mint, which was strong as hell on first pull, but smoothed out quite nicely.[/size][/size][/font][/color][/color]
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[color="#5D5D5D"][color="#1C2837"][font="Tahoma"][size="2"][size="2"]Service: 5/5. Excellent for Beirut.
[/size][/size][/font][/color][font="Tahoma"] [/font][color="#1C2837"][font="Tahoma"][size="2"][size="2"]Food: 4/5. Good, though not the best. They do Lebanese food and Western food. The food is fine, if not the best in the neighborhood, but the desserts are superb, as are the drinks. Great juices, great Turkish coffee (very artfully presented too):[/size][/size][/font][/color][/color][/size][/font][/size][/font][/size][/font][/color][color="#5D5D5D"][font="tahoma, arial, verdana, sans-serif"][size="2"][font="arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif"][size="2"][font="arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif"][size="2"][color="#5D5D5D"][color="#1C2837"][font="Tahoma"] [/font][/color][/color][/size][/font][/size][/font][/size][/font][/color]
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Price: 5/5. Reasonable. 14,000LL for Mu'assal, 14,500 for the special mix, and 16,000 for 'Ajami. I got the house special which I was told was a bunch of flavors with apple dominant...it tasted like straight DA to me.

Overall recommendation: The atmosphere here is AWESOME. Inside they have big comfy couches, baskets of books for you to read, and funky decor. Outdoors, the garden is lovely. This is really as much of a cafe for food and drink as for smoking, I'd say they do both equally well (this is often not the case). Go![/size][/size][/font][/color][/color][/size][/font][/size][/font][/size][/font][/color][color="#5D5D5D"][font="tahoma, arial, verdana, sans-serif"][size="2"][font="arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif"][size="2"][font="arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif"][size="2"][color="#5D5D5D"][color="#1C2837"][font="Tahoma"] [/font][/color][/color][/size][/font][/size][/font][/size][/font][/color]
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