Marking Black Sheep Restaurants' twelfth venture, Maison Libanaise brings Lebanese food, drink and culture to the SoHo neighbourhood. The charming building is just off the escalator (and also previously occupied by Life Cafe), and the restaurant’s exterior dons a stunning mural of a Lebanese woman; you won’t miss it.
The interiors of Maison Libanaise are inspired by 1960s Beirut, with three different levels. Le Comptoir on the ground floor features an open kitchen, which means that wandering guests can smell the aroma of freshly baked pita bread wafting through the space. On this floor, Lebanese specialties like Almond Falafel and Spiced Yoghurt Roasted Lamb are available for takeaway as a wrap, in a rice bowl, a meze platter or on a fresh salad or tabouleh (starting at $58). Freshly made juices and thirst quenchers like watermelon juice with rosewater are available as well.
The first floor features an ornate dining room, appropriately named La Salon. Here, guests can try and share a range of diverse Lebanese dishes for lunch and dinner, like the smokey baba ganoush ($48), pan-fried haloumi ($78) topped with honey glaze and dates, and the pan-fried and roasted sea bream ($128) that comes with tahini, walnut and parsley salad. Head Chef James Harrison is the former star apprentice of “the Godfather of Lebanese Cuisine”, also known as Michelin-starred chef Greg Malouf, so you can be sure that the dishes are made traditionally and allow Middle Eastern flavors to shine.
La Buvette is the final floor, and also a cozy rooftop for diners wanting a relaxing, al-fresco meal. A casual spread over wine can also be enjoyed here, as Maison Libanaise is home to over 100 selections from wineries across Lebanon. The comprehensive list includes fresh rosés and structured whites, and even a collection of 18 consecutive vintages of Chateau Ksara from 1990-2007. With a good balance of sharing plates, star dishes and a huge selection of wine, Maison Libanaise hopes to introduce and show the diversity of Middle Eastern flavours to Hong Kong diners.
10 Shelley Street, SoHo, Central
Opening Hours: Ground Floor: 11am-11pm (daily), First Floor: 11am-3pm, 6-11pm (daily)