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Chef Naim Bellan Recipes - Giraffe Room Lounge and Restaurant, Great Neck, New York, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Chef Naim Bellan, Giraffe Room Lounge and Restaurant, Inn at Great Neck, Great Neck, New York, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience Chef Naim Bellan focuses on an international menu at the Giraffe Room Lounge and Restaurant located at the Inn at Great Neck in Great Neck, New York. He graciously takes time out from the kitchen to share a few of his tempting recipes for Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions, Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Chicken Mona Lisa, and Bourbon Steak.

 

Naim Bellan grew up in Haifa Israel, and he brings international flavor to the Giraffe Room Lounge and Restaurant where he has been the Executive Chef for the last 7 years. Prior to joining the restaurant at the Inn at Great Neck, he owned several restaurants and a catering company.

In April 2010, I had the opportunity to meet with Chef Naim Bellan after having dinner at the restaurant. He grew up with an appreciation of good food, as his mother is an excellent cook who still enjoys cooking for her large family. Chef Bellan has continued to hone his culinary skills, and after 30 years in the business remains passionate about what he does.

Chef Naim Bellan- Giraffe Room Lounge and Restaurant, Inn at Great Neck, Great Neck, New York, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience
Chef Naim Bellan

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his four daughters, and loves going to the East Village in New York to eat with friends. He is also part owner of a vineyard and winery in Galilee, Israel that will produce wines to raise money for charity. They planted their first vines one year ago, and he hopes that they will be able to enjoy their first harvest in 2012.

Chef Naim Bellan graciously shares a sampling of his recipes to provide a delicious taste of the Giraffe Room Lounge and Restaurant. 

The Menu

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions
Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Chicken Mona Lisa
Bourbon Steak

 

Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions

Ingredients:

2

Cups

Dried Lentils

1

Cup

Rice

 

 

White Onions

 

 

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Method: Wash the lentils and the rice, and add both to a pot. Cover with water 1-inch above the lentil and rice mixture. Add salt and pepper and cook until lentils are rice are cooked. In a sauté pan sauté the julienne white onions until golden. Season with salt and pepper.

Presentation: Top the lentils and rice mixture with the sautéed onions and serve with the Tomato and Cucumber Salad. 

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

 

 

Tomatoes, diced

 

 

Cucumbers, diced

 

 

White Onion, diced

 

 

Red Radish, diced

 

 

Fresh Italian Parsley, minced

 

 

Fresh Mint, minced

 

 

Salt and Pepper, to taste

 

 

Olive Oil

 

 

Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed

Method: Toss together in a bowl and serve.

Chicken Mona Lisa

Ingredients:

 

 

Chicken Breast

 

 

Artichoke Hearts, quartered

 

 

Red Pepper, sliced

 

 

Garlic cloves, chopped

 

 

White Wine

 

 

Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed

 

 

Chicken Stock

 

 

Asparagus

 

 

Butter

Method: Sauté chicken breast in butter until golden. Add artichoke hearts, red pepper, and garlic, white wine, lemon juice, and chicken stock and cut asparagus. Cook through and finish with butter if desired. 

Bourbon Steak

Ingredients:

 

 

Steak

 

 

White Onions, diced

 

 

Mushrooms, sliced

 

 

Beef Stock

 

 

Cream

 

 

Butter

 

 

Fresh Parsley, minced

Method: Sauté onions and mushrooms until golden brown. Add bourbon and reduce. Add beef stock and reduce. Add cream and butter at the end. Garnish with minced fresh parsley.

The Giraffe Room Lounge and Restaurant is open for Breakfast daily from 7:00am until 10:30am, Lunch daily from 11:00am until 2:30pm, and Dinner from 5:00pm until 11:00pm.

Inn at Great Neck, Great Neck, New York, USA
Giraffe Room Lounge and Restaurant

Read about the Giraffe Room Lounge and Restaurant and the Inn at Great Neck in the Restaurants and Hotels and Resorts sections. 

Inn at Great Neck, Great Neck, New York, USA

Giraffe Room Lounge and Restaurant
Inn at Great Neck
30 Cutter Mill Road
Great Neck, New York 11021
United States
Telephone:      +1-516-858-3690 
Website:          www.InnatGreatNeck.com
  

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