Out for dinner tonight at the Loyal Heights favorite Cafe Munir. It is a charming neighborhood spot that requires a reservation, unless you want to stalk the door and slip in at 5pm. Otherwise, you run the risk of them being fully booked.
Dinner was a series of meze accompanied by a glass of supple red wine from Massaya in the Bekka Valley. Wine from the Lebanon is not seen on many menus in Seattle. Chateau Musar is perhaps the most well known estate from that country. It was a pleasure to experience another winery’s work.
The wine on its own was fruity, but quite dry. The tannins, while fine, needed food to tame them. Once the dishes of meze arrived the wine melded beautifully. There was hummus, labneh with za’atar, beets with tahini dressing, pears with pomegranate and yogurt dressing, cheese, braised green beans. It sounds like a lot and it was; except the portions were thoughtfully plated with enough to satisfy and share. There was little left to take home at the end of the meal.