Drunk Hong Kongers and kebabs are our modern-day Romeo and Juliet – two lovers intertwined in lust and salt. Whether you’ve been drinking all night and become dehydrated with a sudden urge for salt or you’re off for a quick lunch or dinner bite to feed on some meat, you need to know your kebab game here.

Dotted typically around the late-night party locations of Lan Kwai Fong, Soho, Wan Chai’s Lockhart and Jaffe roads, and Tsim Sha Tsui’s Hart Road, kebab shops have stood for 30-plus years in the city, offering Middle Eastern spiced meat sandwiches slathered in sauce.

The debate on which kebab is the best is one of extreme contention. To settle it once and for all, we have summed up our rankings of the worst to best kebabs you can find in Hong Kong.

Which Hong Kong kebab is the best?

7. Istanbul Express Turkish Restaurant

Hong Kong kebab

Serving Hong Kong with Turkish bites since 2005, Istanbul Express’ Wan Chai store shares a sizeable menu of Turkish signature dishes, meat platters, and doners. Whilst their other options rank well for authenticity, the beef and chicken doners are poor in quality. The mixed kebab meat shaved off the spit is leathery and lacks heat and spice. The bread has a starchy touch, the chips are overfried, leaving little potato filling inside to savour, and the sauces taste watered down.

Istanbul Express Turkish Restaurant, 66 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, 2865 0066


6. Ebeneezer’s Kebabs & Pizzeria

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A name synonymous with kebab culture and late-night dining in Hong Kong, Ebeneezer’s, or Ebz if you’re cool enough, serves multiple areas with meat at night. Even after city-wide renovations and menu improvements, their meat doesn’t rank high enough. The popular chicken tikka kebab is dry with a muted masala-tomatoey tone, the falafel kebab has a grainy texture from the chickpea insides, and the real beef kebab is often tough on the teeth. The Greek-style pita bread usually tastes metallic, with the meat sandwiches wrapped in tinfoil.

Ebeneezer’s Kebabs & Pizzeria, multiple locations across Hong Kong 


5. 27 Kebab House 

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Found in Soho, Wan Chai, Happy Valley, and Tsim Sha Tsui, 27 Kebab House is conveniently located in every popular bar district. The chicken, beef, and lamb kebabs are well seasoned, with a heavy emphasis on salt, yet the rolls skimp out on a big stuffing of lettuce and onion to cut the fat. Don’t head to 27 Kebab House when you’re searching for a lean meal with an emphasis on spice. You will feel heavy (but satisfied) after a plate or wrap, and the flavourful sauces do their job.

27 Kebab House, multiple locations across Hong Kong


4. Bismillah Kebab House

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Bismillah Kebab House is a part-Turkish, part-Indian sit-down restaurant situated at the back of the first floor of Chungking Mansions. The menu is large, and the kebab dishes – lamb and beef rank the best – are well seasoned with an Indian spice mix. Whilst the fries taste of old, unchanged oil, the meat is spit-roasted and charred, with a good umami tone. The sauces are made in-house and add a pickled, sweet, or tangy flavour, depending on application.

Bismillah Kebab House, Shop 75, 1/F, Chungking Mansions, 36–44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2722 5733


3. Agora Takeaway Kebab

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Comparatively healthier than other meaty contemporaries, you can taste the freshness of Agora’s seared chicken shawarma and lamb kebab. The white sauce slathered over the chicken, lamb, and beef adds a next-level creamy and lemony tone to the well-spiced proteins. Every kebab wrap and bowl comes with a sumac-dusted, lemony side salad that effectively cuts the fat on your palate and inside your stomach for a clean ending.  

Agora Takeaway Kebab, Shop 1B, G/F, Hillier Building, 275 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, 2386 2701


2. Cappadocia Turkish Kebab

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Sat on the boozy Wan Chai strip, Cappadocia Turkish Kebab is mighty with spice and salt in the rankings. Featuring lamb, chicken, falafel, and iskender (doner meat slathered in a spicy tomato sauce) with chips, salad, rice, or in wrap form, their offerings are endless. The lamb meat is cured in ground spices and dressed in a tangy, garlicky white sauce, whilst the chicken is very moist and pairs well with the chips that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. 

Cappadocia Turkish Kebab, 18 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, 5598 1881


1. Beyrouth Bistro

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Beyrouth Bistro has been around since the 1990s, run by three Lebanese brothers. Located on that infamous Lyndhurst Terrace corner with a yellow sign, the vibe of the place is unchanged, so too with the house-made beef and chicken kebabs. Paired with sauces and laffa bread created on-site, the meat is tender to bite, spiced very well with sumac, cumin, coriander, and pepper, and pairs well with the addictive, tangy sauces that make diners salivate. Add in the friendly service from the brothers and the kebabs taste the best in Hong Kong.

Beyrouth Bistro, 23–39 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2480 5338

Rubin Verebes is the Managing Editor of Foodie, a culinary connoisseur, and guiding force behind the magazine's delectable stories. With a knack for cooking up mouthwatering profiles, crafting immersive restaurant reviews, and dishing out tasty features, Rubin tells the great stories of Hong Kong's dining scene.

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