There’s nothing as hearty as a good meal that starts with hummus and ends with baklava. Fall in love with falafel all over again at these Middle Eastern restaurants in Hong Kong.
No need for a getaway for a taste of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine! Hong Kong has hot new restaurants opening every month, contributing to an exciting food scene that knows no borders. If you love a good resto that also serves some mean vegetarian options, you’ll love these Middle Eastern restaurants in Hong Kong.
Best Middle Eastern restaurants in Hong Kong
Named after the zesty spice that elevates many flavours of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, Sumac showcases traditional Lebanese food in Hong Kong. The restaurant features gems like Tabbouleh, Chicken Taouk, Shrimp Fatteh, and more, as well as set lunches and dinners where you can sample chef recommendations. Beautifully renovated in 2023, the space is now decked out in stylish interiors inspired by the architectural styles of Lebanon. The private Sumac Lounge is similarly appealing, serving cocktails like the Sumac Margarita, along with shisha and a variety of mezze.
Sumac, LG/F, 8 Glenealy, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9594 1173
2. Maison Libanaise
By the name, you’d already guess there’s some French influence in store at Maison Libanaise. This restaurant takes inspiration from the cultural renaissance of 1960s Beirut, known as “the Paris of the Middle East” for its French architecture, progressive food scene, and liberal residents. The dishes here are just fire, with the light and tangy Hummus Araydis and generous portion of Mashewe Mshakal being especially great for sharing. Bask in a Lebanese paradise by wining and dining your way through the region with generous pours and plentiful plates.
Maison Libanaise, 10 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2111 2284
3. Francis and Francis West
Bringing flavours from the Middle East and North Africa to Hong Kong, Francis has two locations brimming with vibrant mezze. In the heart of Wan Chai, the original Francis serves up plates from Chef Asher Goldstein’s hometown of Tel Aviv. Octopus Skewers, Manti, and Knafeh are some of the most popular dishes, which go perfectly with wines from over 50 different wineries. Over in Soho, the cosy Francis West touts fragrant and smoky spices from the multicultural Maghreb region. Chow down on Burik, Quail Skewers, Merguez, and more as you take your palate on a journey along the coast of the Mediterranean.
Francis, 4 & 6 St Francis Street, Wan Chai, p. 5216 8318 (Whatsapp)
Francis West, 42 & 44 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9039 0969 (Whatsapp)
4. Shahrazad Lebanese Dining Lounge & Bar
For more upscale Middle Eastern dining in Hong Kong, Shahrazad Lebanese Dining Lounge & Bar is the place to go. The vivid colours, bold patterns, and Arabian lanterns instantly teleport you to the land of Persia (as does the food!). Start off with some Shahrazad Fattoush and Kibbeh before indulging in the Lahma Bill Fasolia. Additionally, if you’re still peckish, you’ll love the Tagines that are served with vermicelli rice. Of course, you can’t leave Shahrazad without a shisha sesh with some signature cocktails – be prepared for quite an elaborate list of fresh fruit hookah!
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Shahrazad Lebanese Dining Lounge & Bar, 2/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2330 0242
5. Carat Fine Indian and Mediterranean Cuisine
With a menu that offers half-Indian and half-Mediterranean cuisine, be sure to keep flipping the pages to see the full range of offerings at Carat. Can’t pick a favourite? The Mediterranean Dips Platter is a must-try for those who want to taste a little bit of everything. The Kibbeh, Moroccan Lamb Lollipops, and Samke Harra are also hot items here.
Carat Fine Indian and Mediterranean Cuisine, 4F, Winfield Commercial Building, 6-8 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2391 3929
Head Chef Mohsen brings scrumptious Egyptian cuisine to Hong Kong with the family-owned eatery, Azia. With a name meaning “darling” in Arabic, Aziza embodies the aim to provide a welcoming and homey atmosphere for all guests. Food-wise, carnivores would love the Shish Taouk while the veggie eaters can dine on the delectable Okra Tagine. Be sure to ask what the special dessert of the day is to satisfy your sweet tooth before you leave.
Read our full review of Aziza.
Aziza Shop 1B, G/F, Upton Tower, 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 5365 6444
Taking inspiration from the nomadic wanderings of the Bedouin tribes across the deserts of North Africa to the rocky sands of the Middle East, Bedu brings rich Middle Eastern culinary traditions to Hong Kong. With the launch of a new menu in November 2023 from Chef Ali Ahmadpour, diners can indulge in some Spinach Labneh, Olive Parvardeh, Baghlava Mille Feuille, and more in this interpretation of a modern Bedouin’s food adventure.
Bedu, 40 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 6346 5219
Here’s a culinary gem in the To Kwa Wan neighbourhood – especially for those of you who like your food hot and spicy! The dishes at Lamees have their spice levels slightly turned up a notch – and they certainly don’t skimp on flavour, either. For the adventurous spice addicts, the Sojok and Hummus Har don’t disappoint. Not a big fan of spice? Don’t fret – there are still plenty of crowd favourites for you to choose from, including the Tabooleh, the Classic Trio Dips Platter (with non-spicy hummus), and the sweet Kanafeh to wrap things up.
Lamees, Shop 2, G/F, Sanford Mansion, 145 Pak Tai Street, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong, p. 9181 9600
We remember the anticipation of waiting for the first Chickpea location in Hong Kong to open and safe to say, it’s still one of our go-to spots to grab lunch or dinner. This humble takeaway serves freshly made hummus, pita pockets, salads, and more – plus it’s pretty generous when it comes to portions. Keep your eyes peeled for the Chickpea locations across town or simply follow your nose toward the delightful smells!
Chickpea has multiple locations in Hong Kong.
10. Saffron Persian Cuisine
Combining premium halal lamb, beef, and chicken with Persian’s finest ingredients, Saffron’s welcoming team is always ready to cook up a storm to please your palates. On a hot summer evening, the Mast-O-Khiyar with Persian-style yoghurt, chopped cucumber, and mint has just the kick to quench your thirst. Alongside the rice dishes served with signature skewers and kebabs, you can even go all out with the Kebab Lovers platter. For the final act, opt for the Baghlava for a classic Middle Eastern sweet finish that’s oh-so worth it.
Saffron Persian Cuisine, Shop E, G/F, Garley Building, 47-53 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2595 9900
11. Beyrouth Bistro
When you’re in the mood for a quick bite, stop by Beyrouth Bistro for authentic Middle Eastern Food. We recommend the Chicken Shawarma Wrap to truly hit the spot. The sauce is generous and tangy while the chicken is spiced to perfection. The best part? Beyrouth Bistro is open till the wee hours of the morning – making it the perfect place to grab some delicious drunk food!
Beyrouth Bistro, 23-39 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2480 5338
12. Pomegranate Kitchen
From canapés to cocktails to festive celebrations, Pomegranate Kitchen is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Hong Kong that specialises in bespoke menus for special occasions, whether they be corporate functions or weddings. Pomegranate Kitchen presents Middle Eastern cuisine in a broader sense, rather than focusing on one particular region. Influenced by Chef Maria Bizri’s Middle Eastern and North African heritage, all the food here is created with a contemporary twist while reflecting the best of the culture. Taste favourites from across Tunisia, Iraq, Jerusalem, and more.
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Pomegranate Kitchen, 4B, Sing Tech Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, p. 2580 0663
[This article was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2023 by Min Ji Park.]