In recognition of Le Phénicien’s fish and seafood cuisine, Walid Mouzannar, secretary of l’Académie Libanaise de la Gastronomie, said: “Back in the old days, people used to believe that fish can digest gold. After tasting the excellent and flavorsome cuisine of Le Phénicien, we can only reaffirm this belief, as Habib’s cuisine can be considered as gold.”
Established in 1973, the first Le Phénicien restaurant was opened in the southern city of Tyre. Since then, seafood enthusiasts have been frequenting the restaurant and its sister branch in Horch Tabet, Beirut, to taste mouthwatering dishes created by Hadid.
“Since its inception, Le Phénicien has benefited from a stellar reputation. I’ve inherited the sense of hospitality and great culinary skills from my grandparents who were known for their open-door policy at home and delicious dishes. What confirms our stellar reputation that goes beyond the borders of our country, is the quality of guests that visit us. We are graced by foreign ministers, officials and foreigners who enjoy their culinary experience at Le Phénicien. To date, there hasn’t been a bad review of Le Phenicien, which is why we’ve been awarded by l’Académie Libanaise de la Gastronomie.
“My legacy lives on with my two sons, Youssef and Omar, who graduated from La Sagesse with honors and handle the operations with me at the restaurant. They also successfully manage our boutique hotel in Tyre whose reputation grows stronger every day,” said Habib Hadid, owner of Phénicien.