Stayha Lebanese Restaurant’s Bloggers Ghabga

By | August 4, 2013

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Last week I received an invitation from a newly opened Lebanese restaurant in Kuwait, Stayha, to attend a special bloggers Ramadan dinner or ghabga as we call it in Kuwait. The  event was handled by non other that our dear friend and fellow blogger Ansam who did a very good job indeed from invitations to hosting the dinner. The invitation came with two little jars filled with Lebanese goodies, each blogger got a different thing than the other.

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Mine had a jar of mixed olives and a jar of Labna balls in olive oil. Two perfect things I’d personally eat for suhoor or breakfast.

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Why is the restaurant called Stayha? Stayha, in the Lebanese dialect, means the roof and because the restaurant is situated on the rooftop of a building in Salhiya area with roof seating and views of Kuwait’s skyline the name stayha would make very much sense.

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The rooftop seating area is spectacular indeed, perfect for the good weather season in Kuwait which should start in about a month or two.

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At the door of the restaurant we were greeted by the restaurant’s owner and gusts of bukhoor -burning incense- blowing our way which gave a homey feel to the low-ceilinged, big window-ed cosey restaurant.

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As I sat to a long table of bloggers, I was handed the restaurant’s menu to choose my drink. Meanwhile, the first of the dinner dishes where arriving from the ghabga’s set menu.

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A look at stayha’s brick over preparing their freshly baked pita bread.

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And the usual Lebanese mezze platters. Everyone was raving about stayha’s hummus which is usual hummus mixed with muhammara but I couldn’t eat for I was still too full from my iftar meal and could barely breath.

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For a main dish there was a platter of kebab with minty yoghurt sauce.

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And the star of the table was the Stayha cocktail juice. How good does that colourful cup look?

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I had to leave when the hour nearly struck midnight so I didn’t get to see what desserts they had on the menu but I did see a spectacular fruits arrangement before I went out. How lovely!

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I had a really good time and I enjoyed seeing my fellow bloggers again. There were so many I’m not sure I said hello to everyone though so hello again if I missed anybody. I’d love to visit Stayha again in the winter and have dinner on the roof when the weather is good. That is of course if they would have a non-sheisha smoking section on the roof and yes they serve sheisha in the restaurant but in a separate section. Thank you Stayha restaurant for your invitation and warm welcome and thank you dear Ansam for organising the event, impeccable as always :)

Stayha Restaurant is located on the roof of Noor Al-Salhiya building right across from Salhiya Complex in Kuwait City. For directions and more information you can contact them by calling +(965)-22455000 or follow them on instagram (@Stayha).


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