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About us

A Message From
Our founder

It all started with my love affair with herbs and spices which begun at the young age of 15 years old when I worked at a neighborhood spice factory in Beirut, Lebanon during my summer vacation. It was working in that environment where I absorbed the art and the power of the relationship exchange between the earthy elements and each of their individually unique powers over the senses. Our Mediterranean cuisine goes back several thousand years of gastronomical evolution that has influenced modern cuisine as we know it today. With each civilization adding their own flavor of life. With the use of spices, ingredients and cooking techniques that started with the Phoenicians, Greeks, Arabs, Romans and Ottomans.
At Open Sesame it all begins with a our love to serve our guests a cuisine that has been created from scratch with heart and passion to nourish and revive the memories to the spices that I cherish so fondly from my own recollections.We are transformed from the nourishment and life force that's in the food we eat, it is essentially who we become and with this knowledge I have never compromised the quality and the time needed to pour all that into our food.
Open Sesame has been serving guests since 1999 with the commitment to share my love and the history of our gastronomical evolution. With this commitment we look forward to welcoming you back time and time again.



 

Ali Kobeissi 

Menu

In Lebanon to eat is to feast and in doing so we evoke a celebration. The idea is to share, so start with the basic... A Mezza of Hummus, Kibbi, Fried Potatoes and Tabouleh. Let the bread act as your utensil with which to eat. Use it to scoop up the food... SAHTEIN!


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Serving all of your favorites in a New Remodeled
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Catering Menu

Catering

OpenSesame can help customize and cater formal events such as weddings, birthdays, showers and graduations. We offer several menu options that can accommodate any budget, along with staffing options to help make your event a memorable, hassle free experience

 

For more information please contact us or email: catering.opensesamegrill@gmail.com

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  Restaurateur Ali Kobeissi brought Lebanon with him to Long Beach when he opened Open Sesame in Belmont Shore. Now, he’s celebrating 15 years in business. “I don’t give out my recipes,” Kobeissi, 46, said. “They are all personal, from my family with my own little flavor. … And, I import spices from the spice factory where I worked when I was 15 years old;...

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OUR ROOTS
From fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, to lean meat and fish, Lebanese food epitomizes the Mediterranean diet. This diet rich in essential nutrients is widely known to enhance a healthy lifestyle! Through replacing unhealthy cooking oils with heart-healthy fats, like olive oil, Mediterranean cuisine helps prevent cardiovascular problems while also supporting weight management.


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