Aromatic spices, fragrant dishes, sumac and olive oil are a few of the many elements that make Middle Eastern cuisine a favorite for so many. Whether you’re heading out for a romantic date night or would like to enjoy a hearty yet healthy meal with friends and family, Middle Eastern cuisine will satisfy your cravings for all things hummus, shawarma, baba ghanoush and more. Check out the Top 10 Middle Eastern Restaurants in Hong Kong that are a must-try!
Nestled in a cozy corner off Glenealy Street, is a HK classic for Lebanese cuisine – Sumac. Recently renovated, you’ll enter a more modern yet still inviting and warm space. Traditional Lebanese flavors and dishes continue to take center stage at Sumac where head chef Hussein Al-Ankoune delivers delicious bites while focusing on traditional ingredients like sumac, zaatar, pomegranate, cinnamon, chickpeas, garlic, and more. Menu highlights include Mouhamara, falafel, batata harra, lamb kofta, sayadieh (sea bass fish filet), and much more. With plenty of options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians this is great option for larger groups with varied requirements or even a romantic date night with shared plates.
Inspired by the cultural renaissance in 1960s Beirut, which came to be known as the “Paris of the Middle East”, Maison Libanaise embodies the progressive nature of the time. The relaxed atmosphere at this all-day Lebanese dining canteen features cold mezze, hot mezze, main courses and desserts. And if you’re pressed on time, you can order the Beiruti Box to-go which includes a nicely plated choice of mezze, mains, rice pilaf, pita and a drink. If you prefer to stay for a refreshing after-hours drink, try the Frose, made from churned frozen rose wine with Lebanese rose molasses and freshly squeezed lime, a perfect way to beat HK’s summer heat. Maison Libanaise also host "Grillades a la Maison", on selected dates and are a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon - Lebanese-style.
Hidden gem, Beyrouth Bistro, is popular among locals and those who appreciate authentic Lebanese flavors. This small, casual spot is a favorite late-night spot for post-LKF nights. However, even if those nights are long behind you – this place is perfect for a quick lunch while running errands in Central or a casual dinner-vibe sitting on high stools and chatting with the sweet owner. Flavorful dishes are made with quality ingredients, so you can indulge in favorites like hummus bayrouti, baba ghanouj, kibbeh, fatayer, shish kebab wraps, lamb shawarma falafel wraps, halloumi, and more.
Beyrouth Bistro, 23-39 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2480 5338, www.deliveroo.hk/en/menu/hong-kong/soho-district/beyrouth-bistro
Fragrant scents from spices and authentic dishes will envelop you the moment you enter Saffron Persian Cuisine. A cozy spot with atmosphere, you’ll relish in tasty Persian dishes bite after bite. Both sophisticated and simple, try favorites like dolmeh, homemade vine leaves stuffed with rice, minced meat, chickpeas, and herbs, or koobideh with naan (grilled ground lamb), kebabs, chenjeh with rice (grilled marinated beef fillet), saffron joojeh kebab with rice (grilled marinated chicken). Be sure to save room for a traditional Persian ice cream made with saffron, pistachio, rose water, and flakes of frozen clotted cream that will be the perfect touch to a perfect meal. Reasonable and delicious, you’ll leave feeling completely nourished as they say “Nooshe Jan”, may the food nourish your soul.
Modern and innovative is how you can describe Bedu’s approach to Middle Eastern cuisine. Bringing a cool New-York-ish vibe to the HK scene, the restaurant and bar holds on to traditional Middle Eastern cooking methods and ingredients but adds their unique twists to bring a burst of flavor in delicious dishes like the honey baked feta, the charred chermoula chicken, rack of lamb, beef kibbeh nayeh, truffle duck tagine, charred broccoli and more. The menu offers a nice balance between ‘dips’, ‘greens’, ‘land and sea’, ‘sides’ and ‘sweets’. Head there on a weekday for a sweet set-lunch deal (HK$220/pp) or on a weekend for a fab and reasonable brunch (HK$450/pp).
Reminiscent of the vibrant meze filled streets of Tel Aviv, Francis gives customers an intimate, neighborhood feel while serving delicious Middle-Eastern plates and an extensive choice of wines. This walk-in only restaurant is perfect for date-nights or small groups, and you can check their live availability from your phone and join a waitlist so that you can enjoy a drink nearby before being alerted to a table opening. Enjoy the lunch set for an affordable HK$180/pp that includes one meze and one main. The weekend brunch menu gives you a selection of 3 chefs choice meze, and one 1 vegetable, shakshuka, and kafta for the table to share at HK$320/pp. If you prefer to get a bit more variety, opt for a la carte menu with the likes of zucchini flowers, baby calamari, lamb ribs, sea bass, kafta and more.
Step into an urban oasis in the heart of Central at Shahrazad which gives off the ultimate Middle Eastern vibe with vibrant pops of colors and bold patterns throughout on throw pillows, décor, and walls. For upscale Lebanese dining, Shahrazad ticks off all the boxes. Authentic and flavorful, try yummy dishes like the impossible basha, chicken ouzi, tabouleh and hummus. The newly launched weekday 5-course set lunch is HK$188/pp and will give you a hearty fill with a soup of the day, choice of salad, cold mezze, hot mezze, a main and dessert. For celebrations or just-because, check out their semi-buffet brunch, with an exciting rotation of Lebanese specialties, cold and hot mezze selections as well as plenty of vegetarian dishes for HK$268/pp. Or unwind after a busy day at their exquisite balcony with some Lebanese wines, artisan teas or cocktails.
Hong Kong knows no borders when it comes to the cuisines of the world – and Head Chef Mohsen continues to expand our palates while delivering authentic Egyptian cuisine at Aziza. Freshly made foods that give a home-cooked feel and exotic recipes such as shish taouk, mooza danny lamb shank, labneh, halloumi, falafel wraps, lamb or chicken shawarma will leave guests completely satisfied. They can also host private parties. Check out this family-owned business for an authentic and delectable Egyptian & Mediterranean meal.
Aziza, Shop 1B, G/F, Upton Tower, 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2886 4889, www.aziza.com.hk
Catering and helping you throw the most fabulous private events while serving modern and tasty Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods is what you can expect from Pomegranate Kitchen. A big part of any perfect event is the food, and Pomegranate Kitchen’s approach from initial concept through design and coordination will bring your dream to life and your tastebuds on fire with exceptional menus that are customized to meet your preferences. Curated menus are made for occasions like junks, Cocktails and Canapes, Christmas deliveries, and lunch deliveries, while they each contain a range of amazing options such as halloumi-zaatar-sesame flatbreads, chipotle-sumac-lemon chicken fillets, citrus harissa prawn salad and so much more. You can also host events in their airy and stunning private space in Wong Chuk Hang.
When you can’t choose between Lebanese, Moroccan, and Egyptian cuisines – have them all at Bushra where Middle Eastern chefs helming from all three regions work together to bring you their most classic and authentic dishes. The two-level restaurant features al fresco dining overlooking the TST East harbor, a balcony that gives you a little more privacy, as well as live DJs, belly dancers, shisha, and Middle Eastern cocktails. Be spoiled for choice with a variety of salads, cold mezze such as Muhammara and Jordanian Musakhan, hot mezze like fatayer, lamb kebab, garlic butter prawns, and mains Moroccan beef tajine, platter meshwi with beef, lamb and chicken, oven-baked whole seabass, among plenty of other tempting options.
Bushra, G6 & UG16, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 6172 3591, www.facebook.com/bushrahongkong
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