From Beirut with Love: Qasti Bistrot

Chef Alan Geaam arrived in Paris 15 years ago with hardly any money and no knowledge of French. He worked initially as a dishwasher until one evening the restaurant’s chef cut his hand and had to rush to the hospital, leaving orders coming in with no one to handle them. Geaam stepped in and the rest is, as they say, history. Today, Alan Geaam holds one Michelin star for his eponymous restaurant and recently opened a second, Qasti Bistrot in the Marais, to rave reviews.

Chef Geaam grew up in Libya until his family fled the war to Lebanon, where they found more conflict brewing. These early experiences of hardship shaped his passion for family and the culture that binds us together. He never received any formal culinary training, rather he learned to cook from his mother and always nurtured an interest in combining ingredients in unexpected ways. His menus at Alan Geaam and Qasti Bistrot are firmly rooted in Lebanese flavours with a French gastronomic touch that makes them shine. Qasti Bistrot, decorated in vibrant blue frescoes, is the more casual of the two. Conceived as an intimately personal project (Qasti is Lebanese for ‘my story’) the small bistro is a very stylish new spot for discovering the native dishes of Lebanon.

Quasi
205 rue Saint-Martin
75003 Paris
Open on Monday and Friday from 12.00pm to 2.00pm, 7.30pm to 10.30pm | On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12.00pm to 2.00pm, 7.30pm to 10.00pm | On Saturday from 12.00pm to 3.00pm, 7.30pm to 10.30pm | On Sunday from 12.00pm to 3.00pm, 7.30pm to 10.00pm
+33 1 42 76 04 32

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