Le Zyriab Restaurant in Paris
The Zyriab is a Lebanese restaurant, which is located within the Institut du Monde Arabe or Arab World Institute, and provides unforgettable views from the 9th floor towards the River Seine and the Ile de la Cite island with Notre Dame Cathedral.
About The Zyriab by Noura
Run by the Noura group who specialise in Lebanese cuisine, the Zyriab restaurant first opened on the top floor of the Institut du Monde Arabe back in 2008, and with its subtle and refined decor of soft tones complemented by glass and concrete, the restaurant was an instant success.
And with the incredible panoramic views from the large windows, along with the terrace that has a fantastic view of the Ile de la Cite and the Notre Dame Cathedral, you will come away with lasting memories of both the food and the surroundings.
The cuisine at Le Zyriab by Noura Restaurant
Now for starters or hors d’oeuvres, you could choose to have cold dishes such as baked seasoned aubergines that are cooked with tomato and chick peas, a mixed salad served with Lebanese bread, or what about spicy diced potatoes with coriander or lamb tartare served with a garlic puree.
Then you have the hot hors d’oeuvres that could be delights such as baked spinach pies, beef rissole with pine kernels, Lebanese bread filled with halloumi cheese and bastorma or marinated chicken livers in lemon and garlic flambeed in Grenadine syrup, to name a few.
And both the hot and cold choices of the hors d’oeuvres are an average cost of between €10 and €14 unless you go for a platter selection which is more, but then you go on to the grillades or main course, and these range in cost from around €20 up to €30 as of 2018.
The Grillades could be minced lamb skewers with different seasonings such as parsley, onion and pine kernels, however you could opt for something such as chicken flambeed in lemon, garlic and coriander, boneless marinated grilled chicken, or grilled lamb cutlets. Yet there are also two mixed grills to choose from which are a selection of grilled skewers of kafta, lamb and chicken or mixed seasonal fish presented on skewers.
The tempting desserts include things such as Lebanese blinis filled with achta clotted cream and served with syrup, home made ice creams like pistachio, dates, figs, orange blossom and the more traditional flavours. Alternatively you could opt for a coffee or mint tea gourmand served with date mousse, rose-water ice cream and a piece of pastry, and these all range in cost from €9 up to approximately €14 as of 2013.
However, rather than opting for the a la carte menu, there are set priced menus to choose from and these are a three course option with tea or coffee also included. And as of 2018 the Menu Classique has six hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, the Menu Sensation has a selection of eight hors d’oeuvres, and both are available for lunchtime.
There is also the Menu Tentation with ten hors d’oeuvres and the ultimate is the Menu Degustation, with 16 hors d’oeuvres and a variety of grillades, rather than a specific choice, which are available of an evening and all of these range in cost from around €50 upwards.
Visiting The Zyriab Restaurant in Paris
You will find this restaurant specialising in Lebanese cuisine located on the 9th floor of the modern building that is home to the Institut du Monde Arabe, or Arab World Institute, in the 5th Arrondissement, where you can enjoy fabulous views of the River Seine and the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral, which is on the Ile de la Cite island.
And to access the Zyriab by Noura, you ascend via a glass lift to the top of the building, or level 9, and arrive at the contemporary yet refined dining room, which means that you do not have to go through the Institut du Monde Arabe Museum or the cultural centre.
It is open on a Tuesday through to a Saturday from 11am through to midnight and on a Sunday for lunch only, however, it is closed on a Sunday evening and on Mondays, plus we would like to point out that reservations are necessary for both lunch and dinner, yet private functions and parties can also be catered for.
Lunch is served between midday and 3pm, then you have the option of the Salon de Te, or tea room, open for afternoon tea between 3pm and 6pm, whereas an evening meal is served from 7:30pm up until one hour before closing time.
Access to Le Zyriab by Noura
As we mentioned earlier, you can access the restaurant via a glass lift within the Institut du Monde Arabe, with having to go through the cultural centre or its exhibitions.
Now when it comes to getting to this Lebanese restaurant in Paris via public transport, you have the Metro stations called the Jussieu stop serving lines 7 and 10, the Cardinal Lemoine or Maubert - Mutualite stops both serving line 10, or on the opposite side of the River Seine you have the Sully - Morland stop that serves line 7.
However if you are arriving via the RER trains you would need the Gare d’Austerlitz train station, which serves the RER C line along with the Intercities and TER trains, plus this is also a Metro station for the Metro lines 5 and 10.
Although, if you are utilising the bus, it would be the Bus Lines 24, 63, 67, 86, 87 and 89 or the Noctilien Night Bus Service via lines N15 and N22, not forgetting about the Batobus, which is the water bus shuttle service that has a dock near to the Jardines des Plantes close by as well.