Ahmad Tabche, Restaurateur, Owner of Leila's Authentic Lebanese Restaurant in Budapest

  • 7 Dec 2023 2:09 PM
Ahmad Tabche, Restaurateur, Owner of Leila's Authentic Lebanese Restaurant in Budapest
Highly motivated restaurateur with more than 5 years of experience in high-traffic establishments. Talented at managing large, diverse, and multicultural teams of culinary and service personnel.

Quick-thinker with a winning attitude to deliver an exceptional dining experience to every customer.

He grew a 40-seat restaurant to a 150-seat restaurant within 4 years. His experience includes working in the consumer goods' industry in a multicultural environment.

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1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?

I first visited Hungary in 2007 and moved to Budapest in 2008.

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?

No really, but been short-term residing in some countries like Jordan, Syria, and Qatar.

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?

The country is rich in history & culture. Also rich in business opportunities.

4. Friends are in Budapest for the weekend - what must they absolutely see and do? 

Visit the local markets, have a walk in Margit sziget in spring, and thermal spas + mild wine and Christmas markets in winter.

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?

Lecsó :)

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?

Cheese (although I’m lactose intolerant)

7. What is your favourite Hungarian word? 

Köszönöm! Reflects class and elegance the way it’s pronounced.

8. What do you miss most from home? 

Family - siblings.

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?

Sales & marketing.

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?

Any job that has to do with Finance.

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?

Sydney, Australia 

12. Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?

Florida, USA (for Christmas)

13. Apart from temptation what can't you resist?

Good food!

14. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?

Basketball ( I used to play wjrh the national team of Lebanon back in the days)

15. Red or white?

White (I like red but makes me sleepy, sometimes a hade a glass before I go to bed).

16. Books or films?


17. Morning person or night person?


18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?

Discrimination and racism.

19. Buda or Pest?

Buda for living and Pest for work.

20. What would you say is your personal motto? 

Don’t let anyone get into your mind with dirty feet!

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