BYBLOS RESTAURANT-THE ORIGINAL LEBANESE DINING EXPERIENCE IN NORWOOD
BYBLOS is a great, Lebanese restaurant lead by a wonderful and worldly owner, born in the Middle East but whose second home is the Italian part of Switzerland, and who through quirks of fate wound up in in the Boston area, the easily accessible downtown Norwood.
His name is Maurice and he is so CHARMING and DISARMING that you feel instantaneously a member of a big family and at home in global village. (The customers come from the four corners of the earth).
The place reminded me of the classic Lebanese meals I enjoyed at Marroush Restaurant, a few streets up from Harrods Department store in London. I can still smell the Lamb Kebabs and beef Kebabs, or Dover Sole cooking on the charcoal brazier
I believe that at Byblos Cafe (Norwood) human connectivity is the secret specialty item on the menu not just the wonderful purple Turnip pickles and Olive appetizer you are served immediately upon entering.
A nod to the the beautiful Nellie, Maurice's sister in law about what Mezze you would like and within minutes you are served warm Spinach Pies, and wonderful bowls of the most sumptuous Hummus and Baba Ganouj you have ever had in your life, garnished with a puree of olive oil parsely, and roasted garlic.
Every waiter and waitress is ready to strike ip a conversation if you initiate it ( and will leave you to yourself if you don't) as if you had grown up in the same Mediterranian Village went to the same elementary school, worked in your family Groceria, Mercedes dealership, Rolex Watch Shop then than by some miraculous coincidence wound up bumping into each other for lunch at Byblos restaurant, 1000s of miles away.
There are dozens of delicious dishes on the Dinner and Lunch Menus (reasonably priced), so many in fact that this reviews would have to be the length of a Sunday New York Times Magazine Article to due justice to describing them.
To make some attempt at brevity, I recently went to Byblos Cafe with some family members , and to keep things simple we ordered the Byblos Family Platter #2. The Menu said "For Two". but in reality portions were so generous that there was plenty for the three of us. (Actually we had enough for almost four)
BYBLOS FAMILY PLATTER #2
We were served the deluxe combination platter of traditional Middle-Eastern dishes . The dishes include Fattoush Salad with lovely Pita Chip,s and Parsley Lemon Dressing, Hommus, Baba Ghannouj,
Then just about the time that you have used up all the available real estate in your stomach my friend the Russian waiter brings a second big platter, Chicken Kabob,
Kafta Kabob, Kibbee Layers, Grape Leaves, Grilled Vegetables, and rice. Price $49
I am a very busy business man and enjoy writing Yelp and Trip Advisor Reviews as a way of unwinding. Yet for me Byblos, is not the kind of restaurant that is "One and Done," ie go there once or twice and then rarely if ever again.
As Byblos is one of my favorite restaurants in the greater Boston area I make it a point to go to Byblos, at least 2 or 3 times a month, and when I don't I almost feel guilty when I walk in the door, and see Maurice with his outreached hands and big friendly smile.