Lebanese restaurant Bekka has opened its doors in Melbourne’s Moonee Ponds, serving up a shared dining experience inspired by the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon.

Owners Richard and Suzanne Pavlov (Brunswick Foodstore) are behind the new venture and have drawn on their Lebanese heritage for the restaurant’s menu.

As the principal chef, Richard has curated a menu that focuses on authentic Lebanese dining, which is “fun, healthy and delicious”.

Dishes include falafel and fried cauliflower served with house-made tahini as well as more substantial offerings, such as garlic prawn skewers, lamb, chicken and barramundi with fattoush from the char grill.

Trish Khoury from Grace Interior Designs is behind the restaurant design, which features a green colour palette inspired by Lebanon. The look is finished with black, tan and accents of gold, while the industrial seating is a gentle nod to Melbourne dining.

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