When my friends told me about this restaurant, I became so interested. I have been in Chennai for two years now and I was really craving for food from my native country (Lebanon).
I entered the restaurant with medium expectation as you can not expect authentic Lebanese food in Chennai.
Ordered for Hummus which is the most simple dish to prepare. Unfortunately it turned out to be very watery and tasteless. I really wonder if they put any chickpea in that.
Lebanese pita bread (called Khobez in Lebanon) was also tasteless. Just a flap of wheat flour which doesn't fill you at all.
One of the most famous salads in Lebanon is Tabbouleh. It gives you a very refreshing feeling once you have. I recommend everybody to get the recipe from the net and prepare it. All the ingredients of that salad are easily available in India. Anyhow I ordered tabbouleh from Zaitoon and oooooh my goodness that was a true insult. It was not even 1% close to that. They just cut some vegetables and squeezed some lemon over it and they charge so much for such a small plate. Seriously tabbouleh is something so different than that and I call what they do cheating.
Falafel was missing a key ingredient (Fava beans) just like every restaurant which serve falafel here. It was not even close to true taste.
Shawarma and Grilled Chicken were ok only but trust me they were far faaaar different from what you get in Lebanon. Same thing with Dajeej al fahem (Which means Chicken cooked using coal).
They get average rating from me because their Indian dishes tastes nice. Their Kerala paratha is awesome and other Indian breads are good.
If you are concerned about hygienic conditions over there it is below average. You can see for yourself the kitchen over there as it is separated from the seats by a transparent glass.
Cutlery served over there usually contains stains and cleanliness is not up to the mark.
My advice to you if you are going there is to stick to Indian food. It tastes good over there and definitely avoid what they call Lebanese over there (except for the grilled items which are ok).
I hope that one day one restaurant would open in Chennai which serves the real tasty Lebanese food unlike what is currently available here and please do not get any wrong idea about our cuisine, it is one of the best in the world........