Mar Mikhael is in a phase where it’s almost saturated in terms of real estate and capacity, just enough to start revealing somewhat more unique concepts to stand out from the rest of the pubs and restaurants in the area. Acote is one of those places, and last weekend, I went there with a few friends to try the newly open gourmet sandwich place right next to Prune.
The place is absolutely gorgeous. It’s cozy, but you don’t feel cramped, and the design and accessories are all to-die-for. One particular designer piece is an iron-wrought silhouette landscape of the Corniche, complete with all the people and things that make it unique. From the fishermen, to the kaak and corn cob sellers, the joggers, the arguileh folks and the iconic Manara tower and that radio tower on the AUB Beach. It took me a good 3 to 4 minutes to figure it all out. Yes, that’s how much I liked it that I wrote 4 sentences about it =P
Now, onto the food. I had the lobster roll. I love lobster, and when I’m in Maine, Boston or San Francisco, I always go to one of the piers to have a lobster roll. I can honestly say it’s one of the best ones I’ve ever had. The bread, the dressing and the lobster were just right, good enough that I didn’t let anyone else share with me (Joey doesn’t share food). The burgers were great too, and their fries and chips are home-made.
All in all, it was a very delightful experience. It’s a great venue, extremely nice staff and a menu that will make gourmet sandwich lovers very happy. I highly recommend the 30,000 LBP lobster roll.