I fell in love with Middle Eastern cuisine while travelling in Dubai back in 2014. Even Edwin, who is usually uninterested in food, was pleasantly surprised by how much he enjoyed it. So now, one of my many food quests is to find good and affordable Middle Eastern restaurants in Hong Kong!
We chanced upon Beirut’s poster while walking around in Lan Kwai Fong looking for a lunch spot. It wasn’t situated on the ground floor like a lot of other restaurants and bars, so we had to take a lift up and walk through a dusty old corridor. For a while we were wondering if there really was a restaurant at the end. It’s strange how there are all these old and seemingly abandoned buildings right in the middle of Central.
Anyway, once we got in, we were greeted by gorgeous interiors and an extremely friendly lady (manager/owner/?), who told us a bit more about the restaurant. Apparently they were previously situated elsewhere and now they’d moved into a better location.
Our starters. Roasted eggplant dip on the left and hummus on the right. Yum!
The flatbread that came with the dips.
Unfortunately the main course was rather polarising. The lamb shawarma was tough and dry. I could smell the aromatics that went into the dish, but there’s just no way to save overcooked meat.
On the other hand, the chicken shawarma was amazing. Juicy, tender, flavourful… Maybe the lamb was a dud? Anyway, I would definitely go back for the chicken.
The lunch sets didn’t come with dessert, and we were rather full by then, in any case. Perhaps in the future we’ll go back to try their baklava. 🙂
Beirut Restaurant & Bar
1/F, Block A Winner Building
27 – 39 D’Aguilar Street
Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
Tel: 2804 6611