Average spend per person: HK$80-150
Also see my list of best Mediterranean food in HK below
My friends who know me well know that I’ve been feeling deprived of delicious and good value Mediterranean food here in Hong Kong. Manila has seen a flourishing of Persian eateries over the last five years, and I remember frequenting establishments like Uncle Moe’s (chicken kebab to die for), Ababu, and Persepolis (best keema ever). On the other hand, Hong Kong doesn’t have a single Persian joint. Not one. Sure they have Greek, Turkish, Arabic, etc. but no Persian. 😦
Before coming to OH Food, my roundup of best Mediterranean food places in Hong Kong were:
- Bahce Turkish Restaurant – Moussaka was wow. Al fresco dining options outside, and it’s just a walk from the beach. Shop 19, G/F, Mui Wo Centre, 3 Ngan Wan Road, Lantau Island
- Ottoman – Located at ‘Soho East’, the new hip place to dine on Hong Kong Island (eastern district). It’s along the Quarry Bay Waterfront Promenade, right on the harbourfront. Try the chicken shish kebab. Shop GA10B, G/F, Lei King Wan, 55 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho
- Sumac (Lebanese-Mediterranean) – Really good sauces and grill entrees, but I wish they’d rinse their rice. G/F, 8 Glenealy, Central, Hong Kong
- Souvla (Greek) – Their lunch sets include a main and a buffet for only HK$200. The desserts (baklava and more) are ah-mazing! 1/F, HO LEE COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 40 D’AGUILAR STREET, CENTRAL
- Habibi Café – it being just two blocks from my office, I am a lunch-hour regular at this Egyptian establishment. Love their set lunches (around HK$80), especially on Wednesdays and Fridays when they have kebab/shawarma! Shop A, G/F Sunwise building, 112-114 Wellington street, Central
Now, these places are all great, but they’re all incredibly expensive in comparison to OH Food. And of more or less the same quality. I guess the only thing you need to sacrifice in OH FOOD is the ambience (Sumac and Souvla are ‘urban posh’, while Bahce and Ottoman have waterside locations) – but then again, the food and price make up for everything. Plus you can sit by the windows overlooking the Southorn Playground and the Wan Chai street life…
My meal: Chicken Sheesh Taook. The better, more flavourful dish out of the two we got:
It was so good. So tender. The garlic sauce was amazing. The rice was perfect. The tomatoes. The cucumbers. The lemonade with mint. Mmmm.
Our dessert (Arabic sweets – baklava): Generous portions, again delicious taste.
And the menu (in flyer form):
Obviously Hong Kong still hasn’t discovered the goodness of Middle Eastern / Mediterranean food. It seems only Westerners or expats here are interested in these eateries. Maybe it’s Hong Kongers’ racism affecting their cuisine preferences (ha) but anyway, I’ve noticed that Hong Kong people usually prefer Japanese and Thai food. I hope the city soon learns to extend their palate to the wonderful food of the Mediterranean region – I can’t wait.