I'm a Lebanese guy whose been living in Vilnius for a good chunk of time, with passion for food beyond the financial vision of it.
I had jouned dinner at Jamal place with 2 of my friends and 4 other people. We enjoyed company and food a lot. It was our first experience with plateculture but definitely recommend Jamal's cuisine. Dishes were simple but tasty, good introduction to Lebanese cuisine. We are already arranging next dinner with falafels
We decided to try PlateCulture experience and went for a birthday dinner at Jay's soul kitchen. It was my second time dinning with Jamal but for other 7 friends that came together it was the first time. Jamal and his girlfriend live in a cozy apartment in the heart of Vilnius old town, so you can reach it super easily. When we came to their place hosts greeted us and asked to sit around the table. Jamal was in the kitchen making last touches, their home had a wonderful smell of home made happiness. We poured ourselves some wine and encouraged by the hosts started tasting Jamal's dishes. As we were 8 people, Jamal prepared 6 different meals to try. We could not decide on which one is THE BEST, because honestly each dish had it's own surprise. I think we all especially liked his chicken, then falafel, home made naan bread, his famous spread and beef with roasted vegetables in a magic sauce! As it was my second time visiting this family - I can say that they managed to surprise my taste buds AGAIN. As fo everyone else - they loved this experience, we left thanking Jamal and Dominyka for this great opportunity to meet them, taste their food and have a wonderful evening in their home.
We recommend Jamal and such experience in general. Any time you are travelling and want to meet local or you are a local who wants something new and extraordinary - this is the thing to try.
Definitely 5 out of 5.
Thank You, Jamal, the food was awesome. I'm dreaming about mashed potatoes with mint :) Sorry for being not very communicative with You, but hope You'll understand - 7 girls, which haven't seen each other for at least a month :)
Would not recommend for those, who cares about aesthetic, nice interior very much.
Thank you so much for an extremely lovely dinner and cozy atmosphere. Everything was just compelling! We had a nice chat with a charming chef, food was excellent, especially at this price. The blend of flavors was exquisite! Wishing you all the best with your secret future project. Hugs!
It was exceptional dinner. Well thought menu as well as mix of delicious flavours resulted into amazing experience to the last bite. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to discover something new and extremely tasty all in one place.
This was my second PlateCulture experience. No regret, my friends and I had a very special dinner. When we arrived, chef picked us up downstairs with just t-shirts while temperature outside the building was somewhere around -15C. Food prepared by Jamal was simply awesome and very delicious, done with love and passion, especially carrots, which flavour we can't forget up until now. Jamal and his girlfriend were very friendly and communicative, we had a great chat.
We highly recommend Jay's Soul Kitchen to every food lover.
While driving back from the dinner at Jamal's we couldn't stop talking about how great the overall experience was. We were a group of vegetarians (and pescatarians) and meat-lovers so overall we tasted it all - fish, shrimps, chicken, and vegetables. My personal favorite was eggplant prepared with honey - even though I was full I wanted to clean out the plate. We chatted, laughed, discussed, we listened to Jamal's stories about Lithuania and Lebanon, we asked him thousands of questions and he answered all of them without blinking. It's amazing how a chef can express his personality with cooking and talking about food. In the end we understood that even though we ate and ate and ate, we did not feel heavy - the food was both filling and light. Everything was prepared with so much love and enthusiasm. I recommend Jay's kitchen to everyone with my heart, my soul, and my stomach.
We were so happy tasting all these amazing recipes by Jamal. He is a wonderful cook, host and has lots of stories to tell from his 11 years in Lithuania already. 110% recommended! We couldn't leave without asking for the recipes. Jamal, thanks for these too!