6 must-try Pain Perdus in Lebanon

One of my favorite desserts is the “Pain Perdu” which is known as well as French Toast in English. “Pain Perdu” means literally “Ruined or Lost Bread”. But trust me it is “the dessert” that you should be looking for everywhere.

It is a dish made of bread soaked in eggs, milk, sugar, butter and vanilla then fried. It is served mostly warm with caramel sauce & vanilla ice cream in order to guarantee a mouthwatering taste. It can be presented in a bowl or a plate. In the old days, it was made to save some old breads. Traditionally, it was served in the South of France around Easter.

I have tried many Pain Perdu in restaurants. It is not an easy recipe as it may look like. Many were a failure and few were a success.

Here are 6 of my favorite places that serve the best Pain Perdu in Lebanon:

1- Montagnou


Montagnou is far from Beirut but the taste of its Pain Perdu is worth the long road. What makes it special is the vanilla twist.

Address: Main street, Kfardebian, Kesserwan
Reservation: +961-9-341441

2- Salted Bistro


Salted Bistro is a new restaurant in Gemmayzeh. I had very low expectations when we ordered it. The waiter said that it needs 20 min to be ready but it was definitely worth it.

Address: Gouraud Street, Gemmayze, Beirut
Reservation: +961-1-444881

3- Swiss Butter


This Pain Perdu is unique because it is more creamy than all the others. It has a different delicious taste!

Address: Gouraud Street, Gemmayze, Beirut
No Reservation

4- Couqley


Old is Gold! The very first Pain Perdu I fell in love with! The more you add Caramel, the more you fall in love!


1- The Alleway, Gouraud Street, Gemmayze, Beirut
2- Blueberry Square – Dbayyeh
Reservation: +961-1- 442678 / +961-4-444876

5- Balthazar


The second Pain Perdu I got introduced to! The milk is very obvious comparing to the others!

Address: Beirut Souks, Downtown, Beirut
For Reservation: +961-1- 999223

6- The Gathering


Fancy Restaurant with amazing Pain Perdu! The overall experience in The Gathering is unique!

Address: Pasteur Street, Gemmayze, Beirut
Reservation: +961-1-566196

That’s all folks! I am sure that the list can be longer but I intended to choose the most favorite for me! Let me know your options!

Keep Curling! Cheers to Happy and Healthy days full of yummy desserts!


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