There’s something very charming about pop-up business concepts. These nomadic shops or restaurants are there just long enough to peek our curiosity and grab our attention but they know never to overstay their welcome. Like any good house guest, I suppose. It’s interesting to see the concepts at play and how these pop-ups make themselves at home by squeezing into new contexts.
It’s no surprise that, like any trend, pop-up dining is also catching on here in Beirut. One interesting example is the recently launched The Junkyard that’s making itself at home in the neighborhood of Mar Mikhael for the next few months.
The setting is very quaint, right off Armenia Street (the main road in Mar Mikhael) so you’re away from all the hustle and bustle of triple-parking valets, while still remaining very much central. Be careful not to miss it as it’s tucked away in the lot right behind Chez Sophie.
The Junkyard is a sensory wonderland made up of recycled materials, fabrics and objects. The collaged space will have you examining the details and delighting in the randomness in how it all came together. The bar and the colorfully-light up wall by the bathrooms were definitely highlights for us. To a certain extent, the decor reminded me of Chez Maguy’s in Batroun with its mix-and-matching approach (although the decor there was probably more of an after-thought than a concept like it is here).
The element of surprise in the decor as you wonder what that really is and how they chose to use it there also extends to their menu. Every day, there’s a new menu based on a variety of meats and organic recipes. Last night, for example, octopus was on the menu. Big eaters: come prepared. The portions are pretty small and intended to be more like tapas than individual plates but all the more excuse to try out as many different dishes in one night as possible. You’ll pay around 10,000 LL for vegetable tapas to approximately 19,000 LL for a seafood one, which is quite affordable for the quality of the dishes.
If you’re into trying out new things in our city and avoiding the typical Gemmayze-Mar Mikhael bar scene, The Junkyard should be next on your list. It’s certainly an experience.. and one that’s not there for long, so check it out soon and let us know what you thought of it too.
For reservations or more information, call 03-945961