We'e tried Syrian food, Yemeni, Jordanian and just about every other cuisine in the Arab world. Our experience with Al Torath, however, didn't just add Libyan food to our long list of things we tried, it gave us a smile that lasted an entire week. If you don't know much about what Libyans have for breakfast, lunch dinner, let us tell you it looks a lot like what Egyptians, except it's different in every way that counts. 

The above picture looks a lot like mombar, right? Well, this mombar-looking thing is full of delicious liver instead of the usual rice, and it is actually called osban. Served with bitter soda (which is apparently a Libyan favorite); mixed with lemon and orange juice to give the meal a fizzy sting that leaves you refreshed and hungry for the next delectable bite.

After taking in how welcoming and appetizing the atmosphere is, prepare for this rich creation known as balaw. Think steamy rice made with a mix of nuts, liver and some shanks on top. Guaranteed to balaw your mind. Yup, we went there.


If you're a fan of couscous, then you'll definitely love Libya's take on because it's made with onions, vegetables and shank meat. Oh, and it's best served with some maisho. Not just any mahshi, because it's filled with beef. 


All in all it was a uniquely delicious experience. We got to see the real generosity and skill of the Libyan folk. Oh and fun fact: Do not confuse their cheese tajin with our usual Egyptian tajin because the Libyan kind is rich with cubes of potatoes, chicken and cheese. 100% recommended.

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