Sassy’s Guide to Middle Eastern Restaurants in Hong Kong

22 August, 2017
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Eat & Drink

Sassy’s Guide to Middle Eastern Restaurants in Hong Kong

We’re not mezze-ing

 

Exotic flavours and spices, chargrilled meats and melt-in-the-mouth tangines, Middle Eastern food is delicious! As the culinary capital of Asia (read: a foodie’s heaven!) it was no surprise how quickly people in the 852 fell in love with this cuisine. With so many restaurants popping up all over the city, we have rounded up our favourite places and highlighted them here.

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Beirut

Celebrating the culinary contributions of Lebanon to Middle Eastern food, Beirut truly reflects the comforting and welcoming culture of the Middle East. Start you meal here with delicious Beirut Dips, including Mouhammara, a fine spicy walnut paste with olive oil and the Hommos with Lamb Meat, served with finely chopped stir-fried lamb. Follow that up with authentic Mezza, including Halloumi Cheese, Falafel or Bami Bizeit made with okra and ladyfingers, and mains, including Kaftas and Shawarma.

Where: 27-39 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong, 2804 6611, beirutbar.com

Hours: Monday to Thursday: 12pm to 2:30pm for lunch and 6pm to 11pm for dinner. Friday to Saturday: 6pm till late.

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AZIZA

This newly opened Egyptian themed restaurant is tucked away on Hau Wo Street in Kennedy Town. The food here is lovingly prepared daily by Chef Mohsen Gaber Ibrahim and his wife, Zinab Mohamed Hammd. We were wowed by the super tasty falafel, they moist and flavourful lamb and beef kebabs, and the homemade – yes, from scratch by Zinab! -couscous that was incredibly light and fluffy. To top it off, the freshly made Egyptian desserts were the perfectly sweet end to a fantastic meal.

Where: Shop D, G/F, Shun Cheong Building, 28 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong AZIZAHK.com

Hours: 12pm to 3:30pm for lunch and 6pm to 10pm for dinner (last order 10pm).

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Mama Malouf

Named after chef Alex Malouf’s mother, Mama Malouf offers numerous Middle-Eastern fusion comfort food options such as a Lebanese breakfast pizza, shakshuka, falafel with yoghurt tahini sauce and skewered parmesan crumbed chicken livers with pickled chillies and feta mayonnaise. If you’re in the mood for a lavish Middle Eastern banquet, impress family and friends with the Teta’s Traditional Banquet or Mama’s Modern Banquet!

Where: G/F, 93 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.mamamalouf.hk

Hours: Monday to Wednesday: 6pm to 11pm, Thursday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm, Saturday to Sunday: 11pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm.

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Maison Libanaise

Handily located just off the Mid-levels escalators, Maison Libanaise has got to be one of our favourites in the city for food that packs a punch. Perfect for lunch or dinner on the go, the restaurant serves up a selection of classic Lebanese dishes, with a modern twist. From almond falafel and haloumi with za’atar spice, to roasted lamb with spiced yogurt, choose your main and get it all wrapped up in a tasty pita, or served as a salad with your choice of rice or tabbouleh and a selection of sauces. Veggies out there also must try the harissa roasted cauliflower, for a meat-free dish with a difference.

Whilst we love the flavourful takeaway options at Maison Libanaise, make sure to also check out its cute outdoor terrace space, and order a frosé or two, if you happen to be in the area. Although the service here is sometimes not the speediest, the food and vibe more than make up for it.

Where: 10 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.maisonlibanaise.com.hk

Hours: Friday to Saturday: 11am to 12am, Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 11pm

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Sahara

Well known for being a shisha bar and late night hangout, Sahara also serves delicious Middle Eastern fare: tagines, fluffy pita bread, delicious dips and addictive baklava. The Moroccan glass lanterns, exotic Arabic music and comfy sofas create a cool vibe and ensure a true Middle-Eastern experience!

Where: G/F, 11 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central, 2291 6060, ww38.sahara-hk.com

Hours: 6pm to 11:30pm. The bar stays open until 1pm.

Read more: Sassy’s Guide To Shisha: Hookah Hook-ups For Every Mood

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Sumac

A friendly Lebanese restaurant with warm and sunny burnt orange decor and classic French windows, Sumac is hidden away on Glenealy. Named after a spice used throughout the Mediterranean, it offers some of the most authentic grubs including a rack of delicious, juicy lamb, hummous, fattoush and halloumi, The friendliness of the manager and the delicious food makes this a hidden gem worth seeking out.

Where: G/F, 8 Glenealy, Central, 2147 9191, www.sumac.com.hk

Hours: Monday to Thursday: 6:30pm to 10:45pm. Friday to Sunday: 6:30pm to 11:15pm

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Pomegranate Kitchen

If you’re looking for Middle Eastern cuisine with a twist, Pomegranate Kitchen is just the right place! With a unique blend of Mediterranean cuisine and exotic Oriental spices, it serves a tasty variety of recipes including hummus, shakshouka, zataar and Mediterranean soups and salads. It is only open for lunch (it’s a private kitchen) and has limited space so be sure to make your reservations well in advance!

Where: 4/F, Sing Teck Industrial Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2580 0663, www.pomegranate.com.hk

Hours: Monday to Friday: 12pm to 3pm

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Le Souk

Located conveniently near the SoHo escalators, Le Souk is colourfully designed and is ideal for drinks after work as well as a for dinner parties with family and friends. With signature dishes such as Cous Cous Le Souk, Egyptian Mezze Platter, Morrocan Seafood Paella and Seabass tagine, this restaurant offers good options for both vegetarians and meat lovers.

Where: G/F, 4 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 2128, www.aldentegroup.co/le-souk

Hours: Everyday: 5pm to 11:30pm, bar stays open till 2am

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Zahrabel Dining Club

If you’re craving traditional Middle Eastern delights, Zahrabel is the place for you! With a choice of sharing menus comprising of four, six, eight or 10 sharing mezze dishes, along with a la carte options, Zahrabel knows just how to keep you coming back for more! Signature dishes include Jos Mahrouse, a Mediterranean dip made of spicy nuts, hot mezzes (great for vegetarians and meat eaters), and baklava. 

Where: 25/F, 235-239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 5503 9181, zahrabel.com 

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm to 2:30pm, 7pm to 12am (closed Sunday and Monday)

Read more: Zahrabel: Lebanese Lunch With A Tasty Flair

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Olive

Olive serves Greek and Middle Eastern dishes in a buzzing space on Elgin Street. The food is a modern interpretation of what some consider to be quite a ‘heavy’ style of cooking. We love the light takes on old classics such as traditional kofta, warming tagines, vegetarian moussaka, as well as the selection of sensational desserts and world-class wines! It’s set lunch, consisting of mezze (Hummus, Haloumi and Calamari), main courses including tagines, roasted chicken, lamb moussaka and steak, Olive’s Class Souvlaki with falafel, lamb, chicken or beef and desserts including handmade baklava and Middle Eastern Tiramisu is served from 12pm to 2pm everyday, and is definitely a must-try.

Where: G/F, No. 32 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, 2521 1608, www.diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Olive

Hours: Set Lunch served from 12pm to 2pm, Dinner from 6pm to 10:30pm

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Falafeltlv

Opened in summer 2017, this Israeli restaurant serves its own take on falafel, shawarma, hummus and more. Choose between a half or whole Falafel In Pita ($45 for half, $75 for whole), or Chicken Schnitzel ($105), and even Sabih ($45 for half, $75 for whole), an eggplant and egg sandwich packed with delicious salad, pickles and sauerkraut. Save room for dessert, Malabi, a delightfully refreshing treat made with coconut shavings, peanuts and a sweet syrup over a light custard.

Where: 47 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 65531984  www.facebook.com/Falafeltlv/

Hours: Sunday through Tuesday, 12:00pm to  9:00pm, Wednesday through Thursday, 12pm to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday, 12pm to 11pm.

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